Cardiff Digs: COVID-19

Covid 19

March 2020, marked the start of the most significant change to how we live, work and study in recent history due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have questions relating specifically to your university, Cardiff UniversityCardiff Metropolitan University and University of South Wales have specific webpages to keep you up to date.

Every one of us has made changes to our lives in to stop the spread of Covid-19.  Let’s build on that effort and keep going.  Following the Welsh Government’s coronavirus “firebreak”, a new set of measures will be in place for Wales from November 9th. It will take collective action and resolve to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe, but we can do it.

The new national measures include:

  • Stay out of each other’s homes, except in very limited circumstances
  • Limit the times you leave your home, and the distance you travel
  • When you do leave home, please try and be restrained in how many different people you see. It is better to see the same one or two people regularly than to see lots of different people occasionally
  • maintain social distancing, including outdoors
  • meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible, even in circumstances where the law allows you to meet indoors
  • Work from home if you can
  • Wash your hands regularly and follow other advice on hygiene
  • Self-isolate if you show symptoms of coronavirus

You can read more about the national measures here.

 

What are the rules for seeing other people?

  • You should keep your social group as small as you can.
  • Your household can bubble with one other household to crate an extended household, but you cannot see anyone from outside that bubble in your home or garden.
  • A maximum of four people can meet outdoors and in regulated settings like cafes, pubs and restaurants.
  • Avoid travel wherever possible.
  • Maintain a 2m distance from anyone outside of your bubble.
  • Formal organised activities such as organised sports are limited to 15 people in an indoor setting and 30 people in an outdoor setting, whilst maintaining risk management and physical distancing.

The Welsh Government have issued more information on extended households (or bubbles) with some student specific information too.

We all have a shared responsibility to keep everyone in the community safe and stop the spread. The best way to do this is to maintain social distancing and keep 2 meters away from others who are not part your household, regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and to self-isolate and get test if you become symptomatic.

You could also download the NHS Covid-19 app from the Play or App store. The app provides information on symptoms, allows you to book a test and supports the contact tracing system by alerting you if you should self-isolate. You can find more details about how the app works on the Welsh Government website.

We recommend planning ahead in case you are told to self-isolate in the future.  Identify some self-isolation “buddies” who can keep in touch with you and bring you supplies if you become ill or are asked to isolate.

Wales has published health and lifestyle guidance which can be accessed here along with frequently asked questions.

Let’s work together to Keep Wales Safe.

The symptoms of Covid-19 are:
• A high temperature (fever)
• A new continuous cough
• A loss of smell or taste.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately and book a test appointment.

You must tell those that you share accommodation with if you are self-isolating. 

People living in shared accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic are treated as a single household. This is for health protection purposes. This means that if anyone living in your shared accommodation who you share facilities with has coronavirus symptoms or needs to self-isolate, you all need to self-isolate.

If you are self-isolating, let your university know so that they can give you information about the wellbeing services they have in place.

Mental health and wellbeing support

This is a very difficult time for students and whether you are self-isolating or staying home to Keep Wales Safe, services are available to provide mental health support. If you are struggling, please reach out. You can find out more about University and NHS wellbeing support services here.

Food Deliveries

Most UK supermarkets have a home delivery service, but demand can be high, so it is sensible to plan an order in advance.  Here is a list of supermarkets offering home delivery.

If you have friends or have arranged a self-isolation buddy who can shop on your behalf, the Welsh Government has provided some information on payment options for shopping at the different supermarkets.

Cardiff has a wide range of takeaway food delivery options that can be ordered using apps such as Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats.  Some of these delivery services also offer grocery delivery.

The Council’s Volunteer Cardiff website also lists local groups, businesses and supermarkets that can offer support such as food delivery.

Just remember: If you are isolating and ordering food for home delivery, you must let the company know that you are self-isolating in the delivery notes. The driver will leave the delivery at your front door or at the entrance of your building for collection.  If a friend is delivering your supplies, they must also leave the delivery outside and not go inside for a visit.

When retrieving your delivery, be sure to maintain 2m distancing at all times, wear a face covering and wash your hands before and after collecting your delivery.

Students living in private rented accommodation may have questions relating to their housing situation.  Welsh Government has brought in emergency legislation to protect tenants and landlords during this period of change.  For up to date information relating to rented accommodation and Covid-19, please visit the Welsh Government guidance.

If you have already signed a tenancy agreement for a privately rented home for the 2020/21 academic year, and you have questions about that agreement or your circumstances, our partners in University Housing have put together this information to assist you.

If you are moving into your student home for the new term, take a look at our Moving In Checklist to help you get organised.

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