College update: Changes to measures on campus from 18 April

March 31, 2022

The next steps in the easing of Covid-19 measures at NESCol campuses have been confirmed.

From 18 April, following the Easter break, the requirement for face coverings to be worn in all public areas will be lifted and one-way systems will be removed. This follows consultation with trade unions and the NESCol Students’ Association, who are fully supportive of the approach.

From that date the use of face coverings will be a matter of personal choice within the College. The Scottish Government continues to strongly recommend their use. Further details on the national guidance can be found here.

Where industry-specific guidelines are in place, for example in hospitality and hair and beauty settings, these will continue to be followed.

The health, safety and wellbeing of all connected with NESCol remains the priority and remaining measures will continue to be followed.

  • Distancing: Maintain appropriate distancing where possible. Although the 1m rule is no longer in place and markings will be removed, every individual should take personal responsibility to keep those around them safe.
  • Clean your hands regularly: This remains an important measure to prevent the spread of illnesses. Hand sanitising stations will remain in place and increased cleaning regimes continue.
  • Do not attend College if you have symptoms: If you feel unwell or have any illness that could spread to those around you, stay at home and follow the well-established procedures for reporting your absence.
  • Follow the latest guidance on testing and isolation: From 18 April, there will no longer be a requirement to carry out regular lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms and access to free kits will come to an end. PCR tests will remain available for anyone with symptoms until the end of April. You should follow the latest Scottish Government guidance on testing and isolation, which can be found here.
  • Get vaccinated: Vaccination remains the best form of defence against Covid-19. Ensure you are fully vaccinated, including boosters, to help protect yourself and all those around you.