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Coronavirus - Government guidance

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is our main priority.

We, together with our universities, are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment in which to study and work. It is important that we - staff, students and visitors - all work together, and in line with our values, to keep our community safe.

We understand that you might have questions about Covid-19 so have included below the latest guidance and links to further information.

What is the latest Government Guidance?

On Monday 4 January 2020 the UK Prime Minister announced a national lockdown in England. On Monday 22 February 2021 the Prime Minister announced the Government’s roadmap to ease restrictions in England. You can find out more about current restrictions on the Government website

When to self-isolate and what to do

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You should also self-isolate straight away if:

Students who are self-isolating should visit our information for students page for details of how to report that they are self-isolating and support available.

Staff who are self-isolating should visit our information for staff page for details of how to report that they are self-isolating and support available.

When do you not need to self-isolate

If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:

If you live in the same household as someone with Covid-19 and you meet at least one of the above criteria, you can take daily lateral flow tests for seven days instead of self-isolating.

For the latest guidance on when to self-isolate and for how long, visit the Government website.

Self-isolation guidance for households with a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19

Self-isolation guidance for contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19 who you do not live with

Guidance on testing instead of self-isolating if you are fully vaccinated

For further information about how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 visit the Government website.

What can I do to prevent the spread of Covid-19?

We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of Covid-19. Find out more about how to keep yourself and others safe by visiting the Government website.

What if I need medical help?

If you need medical help please visit

Where can I find out more?

For further information about Covid-19 including symptoms, when to self-isolate, how to book a test and the latest government restrictions and what you can and cannot do visit the UK Government website.

How is the Medical School keeping staff and students safe?

As the joint medical school of the universities of Hull and York we are working closely with our Universities to keep our staff, students and visitors safe.

Our Universities are closely and proactively monitoring guidance from Public Health England and will adhere to this guidance on any actions that need to be taken to reduce any risk to colleagues and students on campus.

Find out more about how the University of Hull and the University of York is responding to Covid-19.