Guidance at a glance

We expect you to follow these key principles while you are in residence in Cambridge:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Work from your room
  • Observe social distancing when you go out
  • Stay alert to minimising the risks of virus transmission in all aspects of your life
  • Don’t leave home if you, or anyone you live with, has symptoms.

This page is intended to provide a helpful, at-a-glance overview of the full guidance available in the Trinity Hall Coronavirus webpages. Please refer to those pages for further details, to the University’s COVID-19 pages, and to the Government Guidance.

Key Behaviours

  • Practise frequent handwashing and good hygiene especially if coughing or sneezing
  • Wear face coverings in all communal indoor and outdoor areas in College sites
  • Maintain social distancing of two metres from anyone not in your household

Households and Social Contacts

Households (Student Accommodation)

Residential accommodation is organised into households of no more than eight students. Signage indicates the designated toilets, showers and gyp rooms (shared kitchens) for each household. You must not enter another household’s space or invite anyone from another household into your household’s space.

Meeting others

During lockdown, announced 6 January, it is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You cannot leave home for recreational or leisure purposes (such as for a picnic or a social meeting).


College is closed to non-academic visitors until further notice. Academic visitors are required to sign in to support the College’s Track and Trace records.

Access to non-academic staff / meeting colleagues

The Tutorial, Bursary and Accounts offices are available by appointment only. IT will carry out IT support for Fellows, staff and students remotely where possible, otherwise an appointment will be needed to see them.

College Protocols

A One-Way System on Central Site

Please observe the one-way system in the open spaces on Central Site. Signage is in place to guide you.

Hand Sanitising Stations

Across all sites you will see either wall-mounted or free-standing hand sanitiser stations. Please make use of them.


There will be no cafeteria or coffee shop during Lent Term 2021, following the lockdown announcement of 6 January.


The housekeeping team have implemented a number of enhanced cleaning procedures across College. Please see the Housekeeping page for the latest information.

Symptoms and Testing

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • high temperature – this means a feeling of feverishness, or a measured temperature above 37.8° C
  • new cough – this means a new intermittent or persistent cough, or worsening of your usual cough (if you have one)
  • a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, particularly in the absence of nasal congestion
  • a sore throat
  • nasal discharge or congestion
  • Muscle aches
  • new hoarseness
  • new shortness of breath
  • a new wheeze
  • a positive Lateral Flow test

If you develop one or more of these symptoms, you must self-isolate in accordance with NHS guidance, email and alert the Porters’ Lodge by telephone or email. Your household must do so too, unless you are only experiencing flu-like symptoms.

See the full guidance on what to do if you have symptoms

If you test positive for COVID-19

You should follow the advice given by the NHS Test and Trace Service and provide details of your recent close contacts. Current guidance is that if you test positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for 10 days and your entire household group must self-isolate for 10 days.

If you have been in contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 infection

If you are told by NHS Test and Trace that you have been in contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus  infection  then you must self-isolate for 10 days  (refer to NHS guidance on how to do this). If you have symptoms, then your household members must self-isolate for 10 days or until you return a negative test result.

If you have any queries or concerns, including about breaches of these rules, please contact your Tutor.

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