Safety in the era of Covid-19

Covid-19 Update w/c 13/09/2021


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Please familiarise yourself with:

These will complement any group specific risk assessments and methods of work for COVID-19.


Physics and Astronomy: Roadmap for Return

Quick Summary of proposals for return to Physics & Astronomy



Social distance

  • No restrictions in research labs and associated areas*
  • 1m everywhere else after Sept 1 (until then, 2m)

*subject to adequate ventilation and local risk assessment, otherwise occupancy caps apply

Face covering

Maintain in all communal areas (corridors, shared offices and labs, toilets, lift); advise in labs even when seated. Teaching lab staff may use enhanced masks (FFP2 or FFP3) because of exposure duration. Usual exemptions apply.


All touch points before and after use; materials in corridors for offices


Ensure window in toilets, corridors, hallways are open. CO2 monitoring of ventilation to be explored; guidance awaited from Estates on minimum standard. Air flow systems in teaching labs have tell-tales fitted to demonstrate effective flows.

Room occupancy

Group-managed rota for shared office use, according to a local risk assessment for each room and user consent. Single room occupancy does not require risk assessment unless ventilation is inadequate. Research labs with inadequate ventilation will continue to use the Kelvin Building calendar and have occupancy limits.

Building occupancy

Endeavour to count ingress/egress at main traffic points in Kelvin Building, publish real time for confidence (though only within normal working hours to avoid highlighting vulnerability). Groups & teams should guide their members attendance in the return period.

Kelvin Building Calendar

Discontinue for adequately ventilated labs and offices; retain for spaces with occupancy caps caused by inadequate ventilation. Shared offices rotas should be maintained by the relevant  group or team.


From Sept 1, maximum of two persons at a time, with mask wearing required. Until then, single occupancy only

Common Room

Reduced capacity continues at current levels; kitchen area usable, subject to careful cleaning by users (and no sharing of crockery). Currently, access remains restricted to staff and support staff.

Read in full: Return Draft Strategy

For those laboratory areas that retain occupancy restrictions, please use the Kelvin Building calendar.

You can also read a list of FAQ's. 

Please remember and observe the following essentials:

  • Useful advice is available at:
  • Keep 1m distance from others in the Kelvin Building at all times
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer regularly (supplies will be available in labs and offices)
  • Masks should be worn at all times in the Kelvin Building except where alone in a designated office
  • Ensure your office is well ventilated
  • Clean work areas before and after work

If you have any further questions about any aspect of the above guidance, please contact your RGL, Lab Coordinator, Declan Diver or John Marshall.