Heading to campus? Here are 5 things you should do!
UPDATED 16 JULY Your guide to staying safe - and keeping others safe - on campus.
As restrictions ease, some of us are spending more time on campus. While it’s fine to come to campus to study in the library, attend classes or visit your food court favourites, it’s important to follow some basic guidelines to keep ourselves and people around us safe.
1. Make sure you’re on top of the current government and UTS rules
There’s no doubt about it – the constant changes to what we can and can't do can be hard to keep up with. So, before you start your commute, check the NSW Government rules and the UTS COVID-19 impacts and response page to make sure you’re informed and you don’t put yourself at risk.
2. If you can, come in during off-peak times
Schools are back and some people are slowly heading back to work, which means public transport is likely to be busier between 8-9.30am and 2.30-6pm. So, if you can be flexible, and you’re just coming in to watch a pre-recorded lecture or smash out a couple hours of study, try to avoid these peak times on public transport. And remember to keep your 1.5m distance – it was weird to sit next to a stranger on an empty bus, and now it’s risky too!
3. Sanitise, sanitise, sanitise!
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – personal hygiene is one of the most efficient methods of staying COVID-free. There are hands-free sanitising stations all around campus and soap in all the bathrooms, so make sure you make good use of them.
And if you haven’t already, start developing that muscle-memory for sneezing and coughing into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue handy.
4. Check out the signs on campus for a reminder
So, you’ve checked out the necessary webpages, successfully completed your off-peak commute, washed your hands with warm water and soap – and promptly forgotten the basic rules. Never fear, we’ve got info and instructions plastered all over campus, reminding you of everything from how many people are allowed in each space to how long you should wash your hands for (20 seconds, BTW).
They’ll also let you know what’s changed around things like queuing for lifts or keeping your distance when ordering food in UTS Central.
5. Be respectful of others
Waiting for a coffee? Keep your 1.5m distance. Finding a place to study? Make sure it’s 1.5m away from your neighbour. Walking past someone on your way to the hand sanitising station? Yep, you guessed it – stay 1.5m away from them! While university learning activities are ‘essential gatherings’ and are exempt from some social distancing requirements, we're asking all students and staff on campus to maintain the 1.5m distance wherever it's possible.
And, even if you live with the person you’re walking next to, you should practice social distancing – no-one else can tell you’re housemates!
On that note, make sure this basic respect extends to our security and cleaning staff. They’re on the front line, keeping our campus safe so you can study in peace, so if they ask you to keep your distance from someone (yes, even from your housemate or partner), remember they’re just doing their job.
We all have a part to play in UTS’ ongoing commitment to community safety, so let’s all do our bit to respect ourselves and each other. You got this.