Under new Government guidance, university students will be allowed to travel home for Christmas on staggered departure dates to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission
From 3rd December to 9th December students will be allowed to travel home on staggered departure dates set by universities to manage pressure on transport infrastructure and reduce the risk of transmission to family and friends.
Universities have been told to move learning online by the 9th December so students can continue their education while having the option to return home in the ‘student travel window’.
Testing will also be offered to as many students as possible before they travel home for Christmas under the Government’s mass testing plans. If a student tests positive before their departure they will need to remain in self-isolation for the required period of ten days.
Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said:
“We know this Christmas will feel different, and following this incredibly difficult year we are delivering on our commitment to get students back to their loved ones as safely as possible for the holidays.
“We have worked really hard to find a way to do this for students, while limiting the risk of transmission. Now it is vital they follow these measures to protect their families and communities, and for universities to make sure students have all the wellbeing support they need, especially those who stay on campus over the break.”
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries said:
“The mass movement of students across the country at the end of term presents a really significant challenge within the COVID-19 response.
“The measures announced today will help minimise that risk and help students get home to their families as safely as possible for Christmas. It is crucial that students follow the guidance in order to protect their families and the communities they return to.”