New UK and Europe COVID-19 Guidance

Last updated: 11:00 BST 21 October 2020


Local Guidelines and Restrictions

The health, safety and wellbeing of all our students, staff and local community is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to ensure our students are as safe as possible.

In several regions of the UK and Europe, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, local restrictions have been announced by the Government.

Check below for details on any restrictions in place for the location of your Study Centre or College.

England

Key differences between tiers in the alert system.

Medium
Follow the rule of six when meeting indoors or outdoors
Pubs and restaurants to close at 10pm
High
No household mixing indoors
Rule of six will apply outdoors
Pubs and restaurants to close at 10pm
Very High
No household mixing indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens
Rule of six applies in outdoor public places like parks
Pubs and bars not serving food will be closed
Guidance against travelling in and out of the area

Students outside London (in particular Royal Holloway International Study Centre) are being told not to visit London unless vital.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: Medium

From 23 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • Hospitality venues (such as pubs, cafes and restaurants) will only be able to offer table service and will be closed from 22:00 BST (10pm).
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in taxis, and in pubs, cafés and restaurants, except when you are seated to eat and drink.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: High

From Friday, 16 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government COVID alert levels

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: High

From Friday, 16 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government COVID alert levels

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: High

From Friday, 16 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


From 23 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • Hospitality venues (such as pubs, cafes and restaurants) will only be able to offer table service and will be closed from 22:00 BST (10pm).
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in taxis, and in pubs, cafés and restaurants, except when you are seated to eat and drink.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: High

From Friday, 16 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government COVID alert levels

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

All teaching is taking place on campus only with enhanced health and safety measures in place


Tier: High

From Wednesday, 14 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


From 21 September 2020, restrictions include:

  • You may NOT enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation, in the affected areas.
  • You should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in any public venues.
  • You should only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to college or work.
  • You should avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues will be required to close between 10pm to 5am.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Tier: High

From Friday, 16 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


From 21 September 2020, restrictions include:

  • You may NOT enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation, in the affected areas.
  • You should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in any public venues.
  • You should only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to college or work.
  • You should avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues will be required to close between 10pm to 5am.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: Very high

From Saturday, 17 October local additional restrictions include:

  • Pubs and bars will close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
  • Indoor gyms and fitness/dance studios, sports facilities, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos will close
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside their local area, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities
  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in the Liverpool City Region and avoid staying overnight in the Liverpool City Region if they are resident elsewhere

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


From 21 September 2020, restrictions include:

  • You may NOT enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation, in the affected areas.
  • You should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in any public venues.
  • You should only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to college or work.
  • You should avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues will be required to close between 10pm to 5am.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: High

From Wednesday, 14 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


From 21 September 2020, restrictions include:

  • You may NOT enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation, in the affected areas.
  • You should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in any public venues.
  • You should only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to college or work.
  • You should avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues will be required to close between 10pm to 5am. 

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: High

From Wednesday, 14 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


From 21 September 2020, restrictions include:

  • You may NOT enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation, in the affected areas.
  • You should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in any public venues.
  • You should only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to college or work.
  • You should avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues will be required to close between 10pm to 5am.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning only until 11 November 2020, to align with University policy. Centre is open for non-teaching activities.


Tier: Very high

From Wednesday, 14 October local additional restrictions include:

  • Pubs and bars will close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
  • Indoor gyms and fitness/dance studios, sports facilities, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos will close
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside their local area, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities
  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in the Liverpool City Region and avoid staying overnight in the Liverpool City Region if they are resident elsewhere

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


From 3rd October 2020, restrictions include:

  • You may NOT enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation.
  • You should avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events.
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues will be required to close between 10pm to 5am.
  • Do not socialise with other people outside of your own household anywhere, apart from outdoor public spaces such as parks and outdoor hospitality settings.
  • Only undertake essential travel, such as getting to campus.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning only until November 2020


Tier: Medium

From 23 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • Hospitality venues (such as pubs, cafes and restaurants) will only be able to offer table service and will be closed from 22:00 BST (10pm).
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in taxis, and in pubs, cafés and restaurants, except when you are seated to eat and drink.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher-led learning only until 2 November to align with University policy


Tier: Very high

From Saturday 00.01 BST, 24 October local additional restrictions include:

  • Pubs and bars will close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
  • Many sports facilities and leisure centres will close. Sport Sheffield will remain open, however some services may be affected
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside their local area, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities
  • You should avoid staying overnight in South Yorkshire, including Sheffield, if you live elsewhere

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


Tier: high

From Wednesday, 14 October local additional restrictions include:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Further information: UK Government Covid alert levels


From 23 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • Hospitality venues (such as pubs, cafes and restaurants) will only be able to offer table service and will be closed from 22:00 BST (10pm).
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in taxis, and in pubs, cafés and restaurants, except when you are seated to eat and drink.

The University of Sheffield has taken the decision to temporarily suspend face-to-face teaching from Friday 9th to Monday 19th October 2020. At University of Sheffield International College, we will also be suspending all face-to-face teaching for these dates.

With everyone's health and safety always being our top priority, we have aligned with the University in taking this decisive action to minimise the health risks to students, staff, and wider community.

Our building will remain open to allow students access to professional services as required. Access to the building will remain, as now, a limited and controlled process in order to minimise the number of people who may be required to be in the building.

Virtual teacher-led learning will continue, and we are committed to reopening for face-to-face teaching as soon as possible.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: Medium

From 23 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • Hospitality venues (such as pubs, cafes and restaurants) will only be able to offer table service and will be closed from 22:00 BST (10pm).
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in taxis, and in pubs, cafés and restaurants, except when you are seated to eat and drink.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Mixture of face-to-face and virtual teacher-led learning. Campus is open for students to access facilities


Tier: Medium

From 23 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • Hospitality venues (such as pubs, cafes and restaurants) will only be able to offer table service and will be closed from 22:00 BST (10pm).
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in taxis, and in pubs, cafés and restaurants, except when you are seated to eat and drink.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Scotland

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning only until 29 October 2021.


From 9th October until 25th October 2020 restrictions include:

  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • You may not enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation.
  • Hospitality venues such as pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will:
    • only be able to open indoors until 18:00 (6pm).
    • only be allowed to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks indoors
    • be able to serve alcohol in outdoor settings (such as beer gardens) until 22:00 (10pm)
    • accept a maximum group size of six people from up to two different households
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in transport and venues except when you are seated to eat and drink.
  • You are advised not to share cars with people from outside your household.
  • You should avoid public transport for all but essential travel.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Teaching status

Virtual teacher led learning only until 25 October 2020.


From 23 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • From 24 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:
  • Maximum group size of 6 at indoor sports and hospitality venues.
  • You may not enter other people’s homes, including student accommodation.
  • Hospitality venues (such as pubs, cafes and restaurants) will only be able to offer table service and will be closed from 22:00 BST (10pm).
  • It will be mandatory to wear face coverings in transport and venues except when you are seated to eat and drink.
  • You are advised not to share cars with people from outside your household.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Wales

Teaching status

Virtual teacher-led learning only until 6 November to align with University policy


With effect from 24:00 (midnight) BST on Friday morning (23 October 2020). These restrictions will end on Monday 9 November.

The Welsh Government has introduced new ‘firebreak’ restrictions on people throughout Wales as a precaution to prevent the renewed spread of COVID-19.

All teaching and learning at the Centre will continue to be online until further notice.

The International Study Centre will remain open to allow students access to student services as required. Access to the building will remain, as now, a limited and controlled process in order to minimise the number of people who may be required to be in the building.

The new rules will affect what you are able to do while you are in Wales.

  • You will have to stay at home except for very limited reasons, such as exercise.
  • You must not visit other households, or meet other people you do not live with, either indoors and outdoors. You must not visit student accommodation other than your own.
  • However, if you are living alone, you can form a temporary extended household with one other household. This will allow you to spend time with the people in that household as if you lived with them.
  • All non-food retail shops will shut, as will hotels, hairdressers and beauticians will have to shut.
  • Cafes, restaurants and pubs will close unless they provide delivery or takeaways.
  • You should only travel for essential purposes.

These rules apply to everyone, and must be followed. People breaching the rules could be fined, with fines starting at £60.


From 27 September 2020, restrictions include:

  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants in Wales will have to shut at 10pm.
  • People across Wales have been asked to only make "necessary journeys”.
  • People will not be allowed to enter or leave the Cardiff City area without a reasonable excuse (travelling for education reasons is allowed).
  • Meeting indoors with anyone who is NOT part of your household is not allowed.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Ireland

Teaching status

Virtual teacher-led learning only until further notice to align with University policy.


With immediate effect from 20 October 2021

New ‘Level 5’ COVID-19 precautions have been introduced by the Irish government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and these will affect what you are able to do while in the Republic of Ireland.

All teaching and learning at Dublin ISC will continue to be online until further notice. On-campus student social and club activity has been suspended.

What the new measures mean:

  • You should stay at home.
  • You can only exercise within 5 km of your home.
  • There must be no visits to other people’s homes or gardens, including student accommodation other than your own.
  • You can meet with one other household in an outdoor setting which is not a home or garden, such as a park, including for exercise.
  • Most non-essential shops and hairdressers will be closed. Bars and restaurants will only be able to provide a takeaway service. ‘Wet pubs’ in Dublin remain closed.
  • You should only travel for essential purposes, for example to attend medical appointments or collect medicines. There will be only limited public transport available.
  • You cannot fly out of Dublin Airport unless your journey is essential.
  • No amateur sports events are allowed.

When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home. Only shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, and avoid public transport.

There is a full list of the restrictions here.


From 22 September 2020, key changes to restrictions include:

  • There are to be no organised indoor gatherings (this includes cinemas and theatres).
  • Outdoor gatherings are to be up to a maximum of 15.
  • In Dublin City, visitors to private homes and gardens are limited to a maximum number of six from one other household.
  • People living in Dublin should remain in the county.

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Netherlands

Teaching status

Virtual teacher-led learning only until further notice to align with University policy


With immediate effect from 14 October the following restrictions are in place:

  • The rule of 1.5 metre social distance is of paramount importance to prevent the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19) and must be respected by everyone in Holland ISC at all times.
  • Wearing face masks in classrooms is still encouraged but not required. You can remove your facemask once you reach your seat as long as you always keep a minimum of 1.5 metre distance from others.
  • In secondary and higher education institutions (VO, MBO and HO) everyone must wear a face mask outside lessons.
  • Indoors and outdoors a group must have no more than 4 people from different households.
  • If you are aged 13 or over, wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
  • All establishments that serve food and drinks must close. Take-away will still be possible.
  • Retail stores must close no later than 20.00. There will be no late-night shopping.
  • No alcohol will be sold or delivered between 20.00 and 07.00.
  • Between 20.00 and 07.00 you may not drink alcohol or have it on your person in public spaces.

People arriving in the Netherlands (Holland) from most countries should self-quarantine for 10 days. Travellers from a number of countries are exempt from the self-quarantine rules. The list of exempt countries can be seen here.

Key restrictions in the Netherlands include:

  • You should stay 1.5 metres apart from other people, and avoid crowds, when you are out and about
  • A non-medical face mask is required when you travel by public transport

Visit our website for more information about studying here.

Further information about local restrictions in place in each location can be found on the Latest COVID-19 Government advice websites.