Magdalen and COVID-19
We are working hard to ensure you can live and study at Magdalen safely and enjoy as much of College life as possible.
We all recognise that this is a challenging time, but if we look after ourselves, and each other, and stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information and guidelines, we can still enjoy (almost) all that this wonderful College can offer.
- What to do if you develop symptoms
- How to socialise safely
- Self-isolating as a household
- Self-isolating as a single person within a household
- Welfare support
- Who to contact if you have questions
- Common questions
What to do if you develop symptoms
Book a Covid-19 test with the University’s Covid-19 testing service.
How to socialise safely
Socialising within households
- Members of a household may interact freely with one another without regard to social distancing (whether inside their physical household space or outside it). This can be anywhere in or outside the College, in their individual rooms within the household, or in the common areas of households. Please be considerate in your use of common areas: for instance, it may not be appropriate for some members of a household to occupy a kitchen for an evening without regard to whether other members of the household might wish to use it.
- Households might wish to consider agreeing among themselves:
- A rota or booking system for using the kitchen.
- Expectations for tidying up after using the kitchen.
Socialising outside households
- If you wish to socialise you are strongly encouraged to do so outdoors. The College, JCR and MCR have provided various tents to facilitate this, though when the weather permits you are encouraged to make use of the full College site (New Buildings’ Lawn, Water Meadow, Fellows’ Garden, etc).
- When socialising with people outside your household you may not gather in groups larger than six. These six may be from any number of households. You must maintain social distancing within these groups (2m whether indoors or outdoors).
- The main tent in the Deer Park will be divided into twelve boxes so multiple groups of 6 can meet safely inside it at the same time.
- The following restrictions apply to all tents:
- No smoking
- No glass
- No amplified music
- 10pm curfew by law (as all tents are “social spaces”)
- Students are expected to clean up after themselves. Recycling and rubbish bins have been provided.
- The JCR and MCR committees may decide to introduce additional regulations for the use of their tents.
- Face coverings must be worn in accordance with the University policy whenever in an indoor space outside of your household. Face coverings can be obtained from the Porters’ Lodge for a 50p donation.
- Students are expected to remain 2m apart from anyone who is not a member of their household.
- College will have some facilities (e.g. the Hall) where it is possible for students to be closer than 2m apart due to the mitigations in place.
- Please be aware that for the purposes of self-isolation anyone who is a “close contact” of a person with symptoms will also be required to self-isolate for 14 days (and are not to book a test unless they are symptomatic). The household of a close contact does not need to self-isolate unless the close contact is symptomatic. A close contact is anyone who 1) had face-to-face contact with a symptomatic person at a distance of less than 1m in the 48 hours before the onset of symptoms; or 2) has been within 2m of a symptomatic person for more than 15 minutes in the 48 hours before the onset of symptoms. Note also that mitigations do not affect whether a person is a close contact.
- Members of College are allowed to bring a single guest onto the College site at any one time.
- Guests must be signed in at the Porters’ Lodge, and should not be brought into College by other entrances under any circumstances.
- Guests are not allowed to use any common facilities. This includes common areas of households (kitchens and bathrooms), the various tents or other indoor locations (JCR/MCR, Hall, etc). Guests are allowed 1) to go directly to their host’s private room; or 2) to go for a walk around the Water Meadow.
- Guests must leave the College grounds by 10pm. Overnight guests are not permitted.
- Members of College can visit another household, and will count as a guest for the purposes of this section other than for the need to sign in at the Porters’ Lodge. For the avoidance of doubt, that means that they cannot use the common facilities of the household they are visiting, and cannot stay overnight.
- If we find evidence that the guest policy is being abused, we will take the approach of most other Colleges and ban all guests.
Please also see the link below for further information, and answers to FAQ’s, on households at the University of Oxford:
Please also see the University Guide to Help You Stay Safe.