Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government restrictions, taught students should not return to campus until on-campus teaching resumes, other than in specific extenuating circumstances.

If you are already in Edinburgh, and have to come on to campus because you are unable to study in your accommodation, or to attend a pre-arranged meeting, please remember to follow Scottish Government guidance on the wearing of face coverings.

All students and staff:

  • must wear a face covering in libraries, study spaces, hospitality areas such as cafes (including front of house staff), staff welfare areas and staff rooms (unless seated) and communal areas such as corridors and areas in libraries which are accessible to students and other customers; and toilets unless a relevant exemption applies*; and
  • may wear face coverings when sitting in an office (including shared) or when seated within tutorial or lecture theatres, or if there is a physical barrier (such as a perspex screen at receptions) between staff and students / customers.  All activities currently authorised to take place in School buildings are on the basis of 2 metre distancing being in place.  Face coverings should be worn if moving around or entering and leaving these spaces.

The University therefore expects everyone to wear face coverings in all University buildings unless individuals have good reasons for not wearing one.

* Staff and students should be aware that there are certain conditions and hidden disabilities that may preclude persons from wearing face coverings and should ensure they understand and respect this.  In line with our Dignity and Respect policy, any bullying or harassment on this issue will not be tolerated.  Details of relevant exemptions can be found on the Scottish Government website.  Those exempt under the guidance and regulations do not have to prove their exemption and should not be made to wear a face covering or be denied access [to public transport or shops].  We ask for people to be aware of the exemptions and to treat each other with kindness.

A face covering can be a covering of any type (except a face shield or visor) that covers the mouth and nose. It is recommended that it be made of cloth or other textiles and should be two, and preferably three layers thick, and through which you can breathe.

Religious face coverings that cover the mouth and the nose count as face coverings for these purposes. Transparent face coverings which assist communication for those who rely on lip reading and facial expressions can also be worn.

Read the BBC’s instructions on how to make cheap and effective masks.