Covid-19 information

When do I have to self-isolate? (in a nutshell)

We know this year will be different to what you may have expected. In order to keep everyone safe, we need you all to play your part within halls. We ask you to not only respect the safety measures we have put in place, but to look out for one another and help us build a welcoming, safe and supportive environment.

Please always read any messages from your wardening team or the College and take note of local notices within your halls, as procedures are updated.

Our Covid-19 Halls pages will also be kept updated with current guidelines, so also check here.

COVID-19 safety measures in halls

Unless you are self-isolating (see below) you are able to use all communal facilities in halls including laundry, as long as you follow all the COVID-19 measures in place within halls.

Face Coverings: 😷  Face coverings must be worn in all areas of the hall when you are outside of your bedroom. You will be expected to wear them when preparing food in the kitchen, but you may remove them whilst you are eating.

Maximum room capacities: 👥👥  Each kitchen has a safe maximum number 4 of people at any one time. Signs in the kitchen indicate where to cook/eat.

2m distance: 👈🏻  👉🏻  You are expected to remain 2m apart at all times where possible. Where it is not possible, then 1m+                  

Regular handwashing: 🧴 You should continue to practice excellent personal hygiene. Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or more and avoid touching your face.

Household Zones in halls   🏢

To help manage any instances of COVID-19 within the halls, residents will be assigned household zones. 

Residents will not be able to mix within zones – i.e., a resident of Zone 10 will not be able to visit someone in the kitchen of Zone 9 – even if following social distancing guidance. Residents of any zone are able to mix in the common areas, as long as the maximum room capacity is not exceeded and residents are keeping their distance and wearing face coverings. 

If a member of your household becomes symptomatic, or tests positive for COVID-19, then all members of the household will need to self-isolate according to the Self-isolating protocol.

Guest policy

At this time, it is not possible to allow any guests within halls.

This policy will be in place until at least the end of October. This includes Imperial students living in other College residences. We will keep this policy under review, and update you accordingly.

Self-Isolating in halls

There may be times whilst staying in your accommodation when you will be required to self-isolate.  

Self-isolation protocol
Reason for self-isolationProcedure to follow
You have travelled from an area that requires 14 days self-isolation upon arrival 🛬🚊🚁🛶🚜  
– You will remain in bedroom except when using kitchen, doing laundry or collecting deliveries (during which face coverings must be worn) 
– There is no need to report to College that you are isolating, but please inform the warden so they can assist you better
– You must self-isolate for 14 days
You have been notified, by the warden or via Track and Trace you have been in contact with an infected person. This could be a member of your household Zone who has developed symptoms or has a positive COVID-19 test result.– Report self-isolation on MyImperial
– You will remain in your bedroom except when using kitchen, doing laundry or collecting deliveries (during which face coverings must be worn) 
– You must self-isolate for 14 days
– You are symptomatic
– You are symptomatic and awaiting test results
– You are a-symptomatic but have a positive test result
– Report self-isolation on MyImperial
– You will not be able to leave your room under any circumstances except in an emergency
– You will need to arrange for food to be delivered to your bedroom door
– You must self-isolate for 10 days or until you have received a negative test result

Depending on the reason for your need to self-isolate there are different procedures you should follow.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 whilst you are self-isolating, you will need to report your change of status via My Imperial and follow the guidance for those self-isolating with symptoms. You must self-isolate for a further 10 days from the onset of symptoms or until you receive a negative test.

More information can be found here.


Support for those self-isolating with symptoms or a positive test

For those of you who are symptomatic or have a positive test and cannot leave their room, you must arrange for food to be delivered to your bedroom door.

College Food delivery service: 🥪🍎🍫🧃

The College can provide a daily food delivery to your door for those who cannot leave their room. This will include one hot meal, drinks and items you can store in your room for breakfast and lunch the next day. Once you have reported your self-isolation status, you will need to visit the food delivery page to order your meals for the next 7 days. Everyday there is a range of meal options to choose from, including vegan and you can specify any allergens or dietary requirements.

For full details about arranging food deliveries visit here.

Please note: this option is not available to those who are self-isolating and can use the kitchen facilities.

Arranging your own food: 🥐🥩🍧🥤🥡🥢📫

If you would prefer to make alternative arrangements for food to be delivered to you, you can do so. You will need to ask one of your roommates isolating within your zone – but who aren’t symptomatic – to collect any deliveries on your behalf.

Cleaning in halls 🧹🧼

Cleaning: We have increased the frequency in which our cleaners will be in halls cleaning communal areas, including kitchens, common rooms and high-traffic areas. Please see local notices or contact your hall supervisor for the cleaning schedule.

We will also be providing cleaning supplies in your kitchens so you can wipe down touchpoints before and after use, in between the scheduled cleaning. Please do not remove these supplies from these areas.

Room cleaning: Room cleaning takes place monthly, and will commence in October. Check your local notices for when your room is scheduled to be cleaned.