Update: 13th October 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening (12th October 2020), the current regional context and the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases locally, the college has now decided that – unless exempt from wearing one – all staff and students should wear a face covering (a mask, visor or both if preferred) in settings where a 2 metre distance cannot be observed. This now includes classrooms, salons, kitchens, workshops, staff rooms and, as before, indoor social spaces and corridors.
Given that Warrington and the surrounding areas – including Liverpool, Manchester and, now, Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East – are categorised by the government as either Tier 3 / Very High Risk (Liverpool) or Tier 2 / High Risk (the other areas listed) and the sharp increase in infection rates in the post-sixteen age group, we now feel this advice is necessary to keep everyone safe and well.
Please remember that, according to the guidelines and on the advice of NHS Test and Trace, staff and students will have to self-isolate for 14 days should they come within a 2 two metre distance for more than 15 minutes and/or within a one metre distance for more than a minute of any individual who subsequently tests positive for Covid-19. So, we ask that everyone in the college community observes a 2 metre distance from others wherever possible.
The college will continue to consult with Public Health England, following their guidance, as the pandemic takes its course to keep everyone safe.
Please continue to follow the government guidance:
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If you, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas.
Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance
You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Thank you for your continued support.
Principal & Chief Executive