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National 'firebreak'

Statement | October 19, 2020

Following the First Minister's announcement today, Monday 19 October, of a two-week 'firebreak' here in Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University remains open and able to continue our Covid-safe flexible, face-to-face and online teaching as planned.

Since the start of term, the university has adopted a flexible on-campus and online approach to its curriculum ensuring that no student will be at a disadvantage should the pandemic cause programme delivery to change suddenly. This approach gives students greater control over when and where they learn.

In line with Welsh Government advice, all students have been advised to remain at their university/term-time accommodation to reduce unnecessary travel. Students have been asked to remain in their accommodation and within their household 'bubbles' unless they need to go outdoors for exercise or to obtain essential supplies of food and medicine. Students must remain in their accommodation if they have been asked to self-isolate or have Covid-19 symptoms.

Our campuses have been redesigned with one-way systems, smaller class sizes and enhanced cleaning routines to help keep students, staff and visitors safe. Maintaining the 2m social distancing guidelines, the university has been able to adapt its spaces safely, to help ensure learning can continue uninterrupted. Where the 2m rule cannot be followed safely, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided, and wearing face coverings is mandatory across campuses. 

The university remains committed to supporting the safety and health and wellbeing of its students, staff and wider city community.

We continue to work with Welsh Government and Public Health Wales, playing our part in helping to stop the spread of the virus.