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The following information is intended to allow everyone who uses the David Williams Building, which houses the Faculty of Law and the Squire Law Library, to understand and to place themselves in a position to observe arrangements that are intended to enable the building to be used appropriately during the Covid-19 pandemic. The following arrangements regarding the use of the David Williams Building have been devised in the light of relevant guidance issued by the University and by the UK Government and should be read in conjunction with that guidance. Should Government or University guidance change in a relevant respect, the arrangements for the use of the David Williams Building will be amended accordingly; members of staff and students will be notified by email of any key changes. Please also refer to the University's Stay Safe Cambridge Uni webpages, which set out the approach that is being taken in this area across the collegiate University.

Symptoms

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, you should follow official advice regarding self-isolation and should under no circumstances enter the building. Members of staff who develop symptoms while in the building should notify their manager and then leave work immediately, thereafter following official guidance regarding self-isolation and testing. Students who develop symptoms while in the building should leave the building immediately, notify the Faculty as soon as possible (by emailing covid19@law.cam.ac.uk) that they developed symptoms while in the building, and thereafter following official guidance regarding self-isolation and testing and any relevant guidance issued by their College.

Social distancing

All teaching rooms, library areas and offices have been configured to facilitate 2m social distancing. Markings and signage in each teaching room, library area and office clearly indicate seats and desks that can and cannot be used in accordance with social distancing. Building users should ensure that they comply with such markings and signage and should also observe social distancing while moving around the building. An office should not be entered without first seeking the permission of the occupier.

Hygiene

Excellent hand hygiene remains a key infection control measure. Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance to and in multiple locations around the building. Everyone should use hand sanitiser on entering the building and as appropriate while in the building.

Cleaning

Cleaning will take place in the building throughout the day. Cleaners will target 'high touch' surfaces and shared areas within the building (e.g. lift buttons, door handles, water coolers, kitchens, taps, toilets). Teaching rooms will be cleaned between teaching sessions.

Face coverings

Anyone who is not exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering (a list of exemptions can be found on the University website) must wear a face covering while in the building except in certain circumstances in which social distancing can be observed at all times. This means that face coverings must be worn on entering and while moving around the building. Members of staff do not need to wear face coverings when working alone in their office or when working in a shared space in which social distancing can be maintained at all times. Students do not generally need to wear face coverings in classes provided that social distancing is maintained at all times but are required to do so (unless they are exempt from the requirement to wear face coverings) if their lecturer or seminar leader requests this. Library users (and staff, unless working behind a Perspex screen) must wear face coverings in public areas of the library, including when sitting at desks: although seating in the library has been configured to comply with social distancing requirements, face coverings must be worn in order to comply with the University Library’s policy, which has been formulated in the light of UK Government guidance.

One-way and 'keep left' systems

One-way and 'keep left' systems are in place in some parts of the building, including on staircases, in some corridors and in teaching rooms. Where this is the case it is clearly indicated by signage. All building users are expected to observe one-way and 'keep left' systems where they are indicated.

Before and after teaching sessions

Students should not congregate in corridors outside teaching rooms before or after teaching sessions and should avoid arriving more than a few minutes before the scheduled start time for their class. On arrival at their teaching room, students should generally find the room empty (because back-to-back classes in teaching rooms are not being scheduled to allow cleaning between sessions) and should enter the room rather than waiting outside. If, however, students find that a teaching room is occupied (e.g. because cleaning is still in progress) they should return to (following any one-way system) and wait in the lower-ground floor or the ground-floor atrium provided that social distancing can be maintained there. If social distancing cannot be maintained in the atrium, students should wait outside the building and should return to their classroom only at the scheduled start time for the relevant class. At the end of classes, teaching rooms should be vacated promptly, in order to enable cleaning to take place, and students should not congregate in corridors outside teaching rooms at the end of classes.