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During the academic year 2021–22, we will be aiming, as a Faculty, to facilitate in-person teaching and other uses of the David Williams Building, including access to the Squire Law Library, as far as possible while being mindful of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and any UK Government or University guidance in this regard. Should the public health situation or the related guidance change, arrangements for the use of the David Williams Building may need to be revised accordingly. Further information about University policies in this area can be found on the University's Stay Safe Cambridge Uni webpages.

Face coverings

In line with the University’s most recent guidance on the use of face coverings, all members of staff, students and visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings when in the David Williams Building, including in communal areas and teaching settings

Social distancing

All users of the David Williams Building are asked to exercise common sense and courtesy by maintaining an appropriate distance from other building users and, in particular, by avoiding gathering in groups in public areas of the building, such as the foyer, corridors and areas outside teaching rooms. In lectures and classes, students are strongly encouraged to spread themselves out in teaching rooms rather than clustering together, and to avoid sitting in seats and/or areas that are marked off. Where seats are arranged in rows in lecture theatres, students should fill up rows from the middle in order to avoid groups of students clustering at the end of rows. Students are asked to respect any signage in teaching rooms indicating that given seats or rows are to be left vacant.

Arrival at and departure from classes and lectures

In order to avoid situations in which, for example, groups of students might end up congregating in corridors or outside teaching rooms, students are asked to arrive at classes just before they begin and to leave promptly at the end of each class. Equally, lecturers must ensure that classes end promptly so that students can leave well before the next group arrives. All lectures and classes in the Faculty begin at five past the hour and end at five to the hour (so, for example, a two-hour class that is timetabled for 10.00 am commences at 10.05 am and ends at 11.55 am). Lecturers should therefore ensure that all classes finish promptly by five to the hour.


Hand sanitiser stations are situated at the main entrance to the David Williams Building and key points around the building. Building users are encouraged to make use of these facilities.

Symptoms and self-isolation

Those who have tested positive for Covid-19 are no longer legally required to self-isolate. However, the government has emphasised the ongoing need for personal responsibility in the management of infection. In line with that approach, we continue to strongly encourage anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to follow advice on self-isolation, and minimise their risk of transmission to others. The current UK Government guidance is as follows: "Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. After 5 days, they may choose to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) followed by another the next day - if both are negative, and they do not have a temperature, they can safely return to their normal routine."