As we gear up for Christmas, we're doing everything we can to support students who wish to travel during the festive period, asking them to follow local and national guidelines, adhere to social distancing, wear a face covering and continue practicing good hand hygiene.
The Welsh Government has set out a series of principles to support students to have a safe festive season and our safe routes to Christmas set out how individuals can responsibly spend Christmas where they are now, or where they intend to be. This information will help us all continue to make responsible choices to help protect our friends, families, and communities.
Teaching finishes on the 11 December for most students (some on placements will finish a little later on the 18 December) and that's when we'll begin to wind-down the University for Christmas. Where it's safe to do so, face to face teaching will continue until the end of term, as planned. Students can switch to online learning, using our flexible learning approach, if they decide to leave campus early. We ask that individuals talk to their Personal Tutor about how this would work for them before leaving.
We are asking everybody to plan how they're going to get to where they'll spend Christmas now. Students will be familiar with the rules in Wales, and those traveling away from Cardiff for Christmas are likely to be asked to follow different local rules and guidelines to help stay safe. The latest guidelines for Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland are online and students should familiarise themselves with local guidelines before leaving Cardiff.
You can help by talking to them about changes that have taken place recently and help manage their expectations in advance of traveling.
Getting a test
Students who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus should call 119 or apply for a test online at the local walk-through testing centre based at Museum Avenue, Cathays, or the drive-thru centre based at the Cardiff City Stadium.
To help get some reassurance asymptomatic students, or those traveling to spend Christmas with vulnerable family members, get a test on campus between 01-03 December before travelling to where they'll be spending Christmas.
Screening can help determine if somebody is carrying the virus or not. Keep in mind that a positive result will need a further Swab Test (commonly referred to as a PCR test), to determine the infection, and students will need to self-isolate in Cardiff until the results are returned (within 3 days).
*Accessing a screening test is offered on a voluntary basis. We're encouraging those who might be worried about carrying the virus to get tested and help reduce the risk just as they have done this term on campus.
Travelling by car
Keeping to social distancing guidelines on campus is still really important, and we need your help to manage this at the end of the term. If you're planning a pickup from one of our campuses then you should think about how and when to do this, and make sure they are ready and social distancing can be maintained.
Just like at the start of term, we're asking students to book pick up slots to help manage the number of people on our sites at any one time. You should check this has been arranged before travelling.
Travelling by public transport
If a student plans to travel by public transport they can plan ahead using the Transport for Wales capacity checker. Booking tickets in advance will save money and guarantee travel plans can be met.
We continue to work closely with students, staff, the Welsh Government, and Public Health Wales in the run-up to Christmas to support students who are travelling to a non-term-time household to do so as safely as possible.
Safe route to Christmas: Spending Christmas in the same
household (or bubble)
Staying in Cardiff, on campus or communing to University
Safe route to Christmas: Spending Christmas in a different household (or bubble)
Leaving campus to spend Christmas in a different part of the UK or aboard.