In line with the Scottish Government’s new Guidance for Colleges, all staff and students will be required to wear face coverings in areas of the College campus where adhering to social distancing is more difficult. This means that staff and students must now wear face coverings in corridors, communal areas, libraries and toilets. Staff and students will not generally be required to wear a face covering in classrooms or workspaces.
If a member of staff or a student meets the conditions of having a “reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering” – due to a health condition, to communicate with someone else who relies on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate or to seek medical attention, for example – as defined in the Scottish Government’s guidance, then they will of course not be expected to wear a face mask when travelling to and from the College or when on-campus. In line with the guidance, “we ask for people to be aware of the exemptions and to treat each other with kindness.”
The College has introduced a range of visible, evidence-based public health measures to suppress Coronavirus and to safeguard the health of our staff and students. We will continue this vital work across the college, throughout the sector and with government and public health agencies. Please see here for more information on our plans for a safe, phased return to our campuses.