We have continued to monitor the current situation and review any COVID-secure measures to keep our community safe, well and supported.
After ongoing consideration including a review of feedback from Campus Trade Unions and the Return to Campus Working Group, all current measures will remain in place until 19 September 2021.
This means we will retain our precautions on campus, including:
- Staff, students and visitors will need to provide a valid negative test from the last 4 days to access all School buildings on campus. This includes individuals who have been double vaccinated.
- Mask wearing will still be required in lifts, for students in teaching rooms and other teaching settings, and is strongly encouraged in all other areas within LSE buildings, especially in confined and high-traffic spaces, unless you are exempt. Please remain mindful of colleagues’ comfort levels to do with social distance and mask wearing within shared spaces. For information about local requirements on wearing masks, please contact your office manager or line manager.
- If you’re participating in any Summer School or executive programmes, masks (unless exempt) are required in the classroom for teaching and learning activities
- All fresh-air ventilation will continue alongside other measures to maintain a low-risk environment. If windows in your area don't open, fresh air is still being brought in and pushed back out for your safety.
- The Testing Centre will continue to provide PCR and rapid tests, and testing for travel. You are, however, encouraged to use a home test kit, where feasible, before accessing a test on campus.
- We strongly encourage all members of our community to get fully vaccinated, if you are not already. In addition, we are working on plans to offer on-campus vaccinations for COVID-19 through the St Phillips Medical Centre and the flu vaccination through HR. More information on this will be shared in due course.
- Ongoing monitoring of the local situation and LSE case rates through LSE Trace will continue, as well as the weekly wellness check-in. Anyone who tests positive or experiences COVID-19 symptoms should not come onto campus.
While England’s restrictions are lifting, we still have a duty to keep LSE COVID-secure, especially as case rates continue to rise within our London boroughs of Camden, Southwark and Westminster.
With this in mind, we may need to introduce further COVID-secure measures more widely at LSE in the future, to help limit community spread. This is in line with guidance from the government and Public Health England who have asked us to continue to exercise caution after restrictions end.