COVID alert level


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

A new system of local COVID alert levels has been introduced with regions of England placed into 'medium', 'high' and 'very high' alert levels.

As of Wednesday 14 October, Nottinghamshire has been moved into high alert level. This category of restrictions means that:

  • households must not mix indoors
  • the rule of six still applies outdoors

Schools and universities will remain open and our teaching and research activities will be able to continue as planned.

You can view these restrictions in a number of different languages.


Non-mixing of households indoors 

The new restrictions means that you must not mix with people outside of your household (or support bubble where applicable) indoors except for teaching and/or research activities.

Student living in halls

If you are living in halls of residence you will have been allocated a household on arrival. This doesn't include everyone in the same block.

You will be reminded of your household number and you will also be able to see who else is in your household by looking at the identifier on the doors.

Student or staff living off campus

This is the group of people/family 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 doesn't include everyone in the same block.


Rule of six still applies outdoors

While the measures above apply to indoor settings the government has said the numbers of people able to meet outdoors for social purposes must be no more than six. Those who break the new law can face fines.

Exemptions to the ‘six’ include cases where a single household is larger than six people, meaning it’s perfectly legal to continue living and meeting as a household – even if there are more than six of you.

Under current restrictions you will no longer be able to meet members of another household indoors regardless of the numbers. Venues such as restaurants or gyms, must keep individual groups to no more than six people although there are some exceptions. Pubs, restaurants and take-aways must also now close by 10 pm.

It’s 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. For full details, including exceptions around support bubbles see the government website.

Other measures to help reduce the spread

In addition to the measures above, which are law, Nottingham City and County Council leaders have advised all residents to travel safely and continue to follow guidance on hygiene, hand washing, wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing.

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