Last updated: 29th November 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s briefing on Saturday, the following restrictions will operate in the College from 8.30am on 30 November 2021, until further notice:

  1. Masks will be required in ALL communal areas to include, when walking around the college, when visiting a staffroom that is not your usual base, in Study Zones and the Library. This will be mandatory unless medically exempt and, in this case, staff should confirm with their manager and HR, and students confirm with the ALS team. Masks continue to be freely available for both staff and students.
  2. Staff and students are required to undertake two lateral flow tests (LFT) twice a week, the day before they are due in college following the weekend and 3 days after.
  3. Lifts are restricted to one person at a time, unless accompanied by a support worker.
  4. Hand hygiene is essential to reducing infection and hand gel stations continue to be available around college.
  5. Any customers who wish to have a hair or beauty treatment, must take an LFT the day before, log their result with the NHS, and provide evidence of a negative test prior to treatment. Staff and students who are providing the treatment, must do likewise.
  6. We will continue to operate the Met at the Square restaurant, but request customers to wear a mask until seated and provide NHS text evidence of a negative LFT on arrival.
  7. Where possible, meetings with people external to the College will be held online using MS Teams. In exceptional circumstances, visitors will be required to always wear a mask when on campus and provide evidence of a negative LFT, within 24 hours of their visit.

Latest National Guidance

Please ensure that you are aware of changes to the National Covid-19 guidance, which has significantly changed for travel and the 10-day isolation period for anyone who may have been in contact with the Omicron variant, which is the case irrespective of vaccination status. This guidance changes regularly, and you should remain up to date on the latest.

Finally, whilst vaccination is a matter of personal choice, as a College we are actively supporting our Public Health Team in encouraging everyone eligible, to have a vaccine.

Thank you for your continued support in what is a challenging time for us all, these restrictions are for the safety of our staff, students and ultimately our community.

Update: 19th July 2021

Wirral Met College uses Government guidance and local Public Health advice to determine action designed to reduce the risk of catching and/or spreading the Covid-19 virus.

This guidance and advice changes frequently, to both reflect international advances in scientific research and address local borough or city region infection rates. The health and safety of our students, staff and visitors is of paramount importance and we will continue to ensure that controls are in place to reflect the latest Government and local Public Health guidance. We do this by:

1. Implementing a Risk Assessment, to ensure our governance and management controls reflect the latest Government and Public Health guidance.

2. Engaging and consulting on this with our recognised Trades Unions and our Student Executive Team to maintain regular feedback and input.

3. Providing training for staff and students about Covid-19 risks, what we have introduced to mitigate those risks in College and what is expected of them in following the controls we have put in place.

> Adapting that training to ensure it is accessible to students with learning difficulties and students whose first language is not English

4. Ensuring communications are displayed around campus, to make the controls clear.

5. Reinforcing general guidance, displayed on campus, through regular communication updates to staff and students, that summarise requirements as they change.

6. Pro-actively encouraging the take up of vaccinations.

7. Pro-actively encouraging regular testing through home based Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) whilst maintaining a college testing facility for students who require assistance with on campus testing.

In a global pandemic everyone must take personal responsibility to remain up to date with the latest Government guidance, which is available online

The controls within College, are:

  • Informed by Government guidance;
  • Informed by the local Public Health Team;
  • Managed by the Health and Safety Manager;
  • Reviewed by the Health and Safety Committee;
  • Led by the Senior Leadership Team;
  • Scrutinised and reviewed by the Board.

Wirral Met College's Covid-19 Risk Assessment

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