Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions


Earlier this month, the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 regulations on the use of face coverings and testing changed. Please read what this means for you on campus and during exams.

As confirmed by the Scottish government, from 18 April it will no longer be a requirement to wear face coverings in public places.

In line with this position, face coverings will not be required on our campuses. However, we do encourage colleagues and students to wear face-coverings in indoor communal areas during times when they are particularly busy. Examples of this may include lecture change-over times or in café and hospitality settings during peak times.

We would also ask everyone to be sensitive to the needs of others who prefer to continue wearing face-coverings. We support the distance aware scheme; lanyards are available from the University Library, and supplies will be made available to students at Garscube from the Gatehouse and Dumfries via the School Office.

 In Person Exams 

Last week we issued guidance for students that confirms face coverings are required if sitting an in-person exam, when entering, leaving or moving around an exam hall unless exempt; this can be found on our in-person exam webpage.


From 18 April, the Scottish government is no longer asking people to test themselves regularly using lateral flow devices (LFD), if asymptomatic.

From this point the University will no longer have the facility to order LFD test kits via the universities and colleges testing programme and we will not be advising students and colleagues to test twice weekly.

From 1 May we expect the national requirement for symptomatic PCR testing to end, however until then you should continue to isolate and book a PCR test if you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Please note that after 1 May the University will continue to follow public health advice and ask people not to come onto campus if they consider they may be infectious.

If you have any questions, please contact the UofG Helpdesk.

Further information can be seen on our Coronavirus: information for students and staff online pages 

First published: 28 April 2022

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