Bath’s Student Community Partnership has sent thousands of students living in the city a ‘Protecting our community together’ Covid-19 flyer.

The flyer, part of the partnership’s commitment to stopping the spread of coronavirus in Bath, follows a joint open letter to students last month from the universities and their students’ unions.

Delivered to areas with large student populations, the flyer reminds recipients of the importance of following safety measures put in place by both universities and colleges to protect the health of everyone.

The flyer was produced by the Student Community Partnership (SCP) – a body representing Bath Spa University and its Students’ Union, the University of Bath and its Students’ Union, Bath College and its Students’ Union, Norland College, and Bath and North East Somerset Council.

It complements existing measures that are in place at all university and college campuses in Bath to limit the spread of infection, and to ensure they remain Covid-secure for students, staff and the wider community.

Safety measures include social distancing; use of face coverings; increased sanitation points; a mix of face-to-face and online learning; frequent email reminders of Government rules; reducing numbers on public transport and on campuses; using one-way routes and maximum occupancy restrictions; and creating Covid-compliant study and recreation spaces throughout the city.

The NHS Covid-19 app is now in operation across campuses, and students and staff have been asked to download it, and scan into buildings each time they enter.

All students have been provided with clear instructions on what to do if a member of their household develops symptoms of Covid-19. This includes the entire household going into isolation and reporting it to their respective university or college immediately.

Plans are also in place to support students who are self-isolating and can’t leave their home. This includes helping provide food and other essential items along with wellbeing and mental health support.

Furthermore, Bath Spa University is encouraging students and staff to commit to the Bath Spa Community Pledge which reinforces the University’s core values and reminds everyone to act respectfully and be compassionate citizens.

At Norland College, any breach of its risk mitigation measures will also be considered a breach of the Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities.

Both universities and colleges have made extensive Local Outbreak Management plans which detail the procedures they will follow in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak. To see this, and to find out more about Bath Spa University’s Covid-19 advice and to read its FAQs visit www.bathspa.ac.uk/about-us/covid-19-advice.

To find out more about the University of Bath’s Covid-19 advice visit www.bath.ac.uk/topics/coronavirus-covid-19.

To find out more about Norland College’s Covid-19 measures and advice visit www.norland.ac.uk/coronavirus-response.

Any residents with local community concerns are advised to contact the SCP using the details found on its website: www.scpbath.org.uk/contact-us or phone 01225 383419.