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Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit

Story added 20th Jul 2020

Welcoming you back safely to City Lit 

During the pandemic we have all truly lived City Lit’s values of being ambitious, imaginative and openhearted.

We are now opening our doors for face-to-face teaching in the safest way possible. Everyone's health and safety in the building is at the heart of our return so we've introduced new protective guidelines.

 We’ve put together the points below about what to expect when you visit us and what we are doing to keep our community safe.

To see which classes are returning to the building please visit our face-to-face courses.


What we are doing to keep you safe 

Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority. That's why we have maintained our enhanced cleaning procedures and social distancing measures, which have been guided by the expert information from the UK government and Public Health England

Students must sanitise their hands when they come into the building and regularly during your stay. Additional hand sanitiser units have been positioned at key areas throughout the College, including reception and all classrooms. Antiseptic wipes will be made available to clean shared equipment. 

Cleaning and disinfecting
We'll be sanitising surfaces throughout the day and we're cleaning the entire College every night. Classrooms and equipment will be sanitised between classes.

Social distancing
You'll see new social distancing signs around the College including one-way systems where possible with clear floor markings. We're also limiting the number of students in each area, including in the lifts, and we've also reduced the amount of furniture throughout the College. 

Changes to classes
We're running classes with smaller numbers to keep everyone safe and we have adapted the teaching spaces to reflect social distancing and cleaning requirements. 

Limited services and facilities
Our café will have a reduced service and will be takeaway only. Please note that we will only accept card payment. Student lounges and the Student Centre and Library will also remain closed. 

Protecting you and our staff and tutors
We've installed perspex screening at our reception desk and we'll be providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our staff where necessary. 


What you can do to keep yourself and others safe 

To keep our College as safe and clean as possible, we need your help too. We ask that you follow a few simple rules when you arrive.

Stay home if you're unwell
Please don't come to the college if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who thinks they might have symptoms of COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone who has, should get themselves tested and only come to the building if they have a negative result following the free test now available. Please call 119 which is the Covid-19 helpline immediately for advice. 

Arriving at the College and leaving
To assist with tracking who is in the building we ask you to download the Goaco App that will be used by all staff, students and visitors to check in on arrival. If you do not have a smart phone, we will have the ability for you to check in at reception. Entry and exit will be via the normal front doors.  Once your class is finished, please leave the building as soon as possible to minimise the number of people in the building. 

When you arrive for your class
Try to arrive no more than 15 minutes early and follow the social distancing rules while you're waiting for the class. 

Face coverings
You must wear a face covering when outside of your classroom, and we strongly encourage you to wear them in class. We will update this advice regularly in line with Government recommendations.  There are some people who are exempt from wearing face coverings including those with hidden disabilities and those who are travelling with, or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.  Please remember when you are communicating with someone in the College that they may be Deaf or hard of hearing and will find it difficult to understand you whilst your mouth is covered. 

You should bring your own face covering with you. 

Avoid using the lifts if you can
The use of the lifts will be restricted to two people per lift at the Reception end of the building and four people per lift at the Café end of the building.  If you can use the stairs, please do. 

Stairs & corridors
Stairs will be one way, with the stairs at the Reception end of the building for going up and the stairs at the Café end of the building for going down. All corridors are two way, however, we ask that you stay to the left of each floor to allow as much distance as possible.

Toilets on the ground floor will remain single sex and those on all other floors will be unisex as a temporary measure to reduce movement around the building. In addition we have reduced access to 3 cubicles each, outside doors will be held open, and a queue system will be in place. Accessible toilets remain unchanged.

Bring your own
Please bring a full water bottle as the water fountains are not in use apart from one on the ground floor. If your class lasts several hours, you may wish to bring your own snack for break time as the café will have a limited service. 

Arrive ready to learn
Please avoid using the toilets to change your clothes. The changing rooms will be closed.

Travel light
We would like to minimise the number of items brought into and taken out of the college. Please bring only the bare minimum with you. 

Please bring your bank card, as we can't accept cash if you want to buy anything. 

Use hand sanitising stations
You'll find these before you reach reception and throughout the College. Make sure you follow proper handwashing process if you use the toilets. 

Follow the social distancing signs
Keep to the one-way system and try to stay at least 2 metres from others as much as possible. 


If you're not ready to come back just yet 

Whenever you're ready, we'll be there to make your return as straightforward as possible. In the meantime, you might want to try one of our online courses.

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