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This page was last updated on 15 June 2021 at 16:27 (GMT)

The university, city and region we are proud to call home, must work together and do everything we can to try to stop the spread of the infection.

Covid-19 UK Roadmap

National restrictions remain in place but will start to be relaxed through a four-step process outlined below. 


Learning remains online for the majority of students and staff are advised to work from home where possible. Staff should familiarise themselves with the Return to Campus principles.

The latest announcement (14 June 2021) means that stage three restrictions are paused for a further four weeks. This means;

  • outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) are permitted for groups of up to 30 people. 
  • indoor gatherings are permitted with up to 6 people, or two households, able to mix (see below for definitions of household as this will vary depending on your accommodation). Please follow new guidance on meeting friends and family - outlined below.
  • pubs and restaurants may reopen to serve food and drinks indoors however, customers will have to order, eat and drink while seated. The Rule of 6 or two households will apply.
  • gyms and outdoor sports facilities can recommence indoor exercise classes and sports - see UoN Sport for more details.
  • other indoor locations will reopen including cinemas, hotels and entertainment attractions.
  • there will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.  The University of Nottingham's policy is that travel for study is only permitted to green countries. 

It is worth taking the time to understand how the rules apply to you so you can keep yourself and others safe, and so you can avoid being fined for breaking the law.

 Advice for meeting friends and family

The government has published advice for meeting friends and family safely. It emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. You will be encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

This includes advice to:

  • Meet outside
  • If you do meet inside, make sure the space is well ventilated – open windows and doors
  • Take the vaccine when you are offered it, and encourage others to as well
  • Remember that some people are more vulnerable than others to being seriously ill from COVID-19
  • Minimise how many people you’re in close contact with, and for how long
  • Get tested twice a week
  • Wash your hands and clean surfaces regularly to remove virus particles


What constitutes a household?

Students living in halls
If you are living in halls of residence you will have been allocated a household on arrival and you will also be able to see who else is in your household by looking at the identifier on the doors and your updated University ID card.

Student or staff living off campus
This is the group of people or family that you live with.

Student living in third party accommodation
If you are living in halls of residence you will have been allocated a household on arrival – this may not include everyone living in the same block.

Other measures to help reduce the spread
In addition to the measures above, which are now law, all residents are advised to continue to follow guidance on hygiene, hand washing, wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing.


UK Roadmap

Step one - From Monday 8 March


  • Schools and colleges open for all students
  • Higher education courses welcome back students on practical courses

Social contact

  • Exercise and recreation is permitted outdoors with your household or one other person
  • Household only indoors

And then from Monday 29 March:

  • Rule of six or two households outdoors
  • Household only indoors

Business and activities

  • Wraparound care, including sport, for all children

And then from Monday 29 March:

  • Organised outdoor sport (children and adults)
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities
  • All outdoor children's activities
  • Outdoor parent and child group (max 15 people, excluding under 5s)


  • Stay at home
  • No holidays

And then from Monday 29 March:

  • Minimise travel
  • No holidays


  • Funerals (30 people)
  • Weddings and wakes (30 people)

Step two - No earlier than Monday 12 April

Business and activities

  • All retail
  • Personal care
  • Libraries and community centres
  • Most outdoor activities
  • Indoor leisure including gyms (individual use only)
  • Self-contained accommodation
  • All children's activities
  • Outdoor hospitality
  • Indoor parent and child groups (max 15 people, excluding under 5s)


  • Domestic overnight stays (household only)
  • No international holidays


  • Funerals (30 people)
  • Weddings, wakes, receptions (15 people)
  • Event pilots

Step three - No earlier than Monday 17 May and at least five weeks after step two

Social contact

  • Maximum 30 people outdoors
  • Rule of six or two households indoors (subject to review)

Business and activities

  • Indoor hospitality
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions
  • Organised outdoor sport (adult)
  • Remaining accommodation
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances)


  • Domestic overnight stays
  • International travel 


  • Most significant life events (30 people)
  • Indoor events: 1,000 or 50% (plus pilots)
  • Outdoor seated events: 10,000 or 25% (plus pilots)
  • Outdoor other events: 4,000 or 50% (plus pilots)

Step four - Now likely to be Monday 19 July 

Business and activities

  • Remaining businesses, including nightclubs


  • Domestic overnight stays
  • International travel


  • No legal limit on life events
  • Larger events

CommUnity campaign

The CommUnity campaign was launched to provide reminders to students living in the community about good standards of behaviour, especially during the time of the pandemic. It’s a joint venture that sees the University team up with Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council and Broxtowe Borough Council. Below are some videos from the campaign.

 Stay at home if you feel ill
No house parties


  You're part of a diverse community
  Give people space when out and about



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