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Visitor Policy

Policy on access to the College grounds and main site, visitors to hostels and furnished lets

During the Covid-19 pandemic the College remains closed to members of the public, College and University alumni and all those who do not have specific business here.  

This policy focuses on Members of the College community and on Visitors.  

Members of the College community’ in this policy means: current Fellows; current staff including College Teaching Associates; current students, including those resident in College hostels, furnished lets or outside College, and widows and widowers of former Fellows. 

Anyone not falling within this definition, such as alumni, former Fellows, former staff, the family and friends of Fellows, students, residents or staff, is considered ‘a Visitor’ for the purpose of this policy.  Any Visitor with specific business in the College is asked to check in on arrival at a Porters’ Lodge.

The College will do everything that is reasonable and proportionate to keep people safe.  We require Members of the College community and any permitted Visitors to comply with government policy and College guidance to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.  

Using the College grounds

All current Members of the College community are permitted access to the College grounds.  

Following government guidance, you may gather only with your household, ‘support bubble’ (if relevant), or one member of another household.

When using the College grounds please remember:

  • The Great Gate and the rear of College are locked
  • Access to College is via the Forecourt or Cripps Lodge
  • Observe social distancing at all times
  • Observe the College’s face covering policy


Fellows may continue to socialise with their household and/or support bubble in the Fellows’ Garden. 

The playing fields remain open to all Members of the College community.

Visitors to the College main site

You may not have access to the College main site unless:

  • you are a Member of the College community as defined above
  • you have been identified as a member of a resident Fellow’s support bubble
  • you have an approved work/education related purpose for attending the site.
     

When on the College main site:

  • Social visits to households in College (other than a pre-notified Fellow’s support bubble) are not permitted
  • You should observe social distancing and the face covering policy at all times

 

Guests of students and Fellows in residence on the main College site, in Hostel and Furnished Let Accommodation

In line with government guidance, excluding support bubbles, no household on the main College site, in Hostel or Furnished Let Accommodation may have guests in their rooms, communal areas or private gardens.  

Overnight visits

Students are not permitted to host guests overnight.  
 

Support Bubbles for students in single households

Students who live in single households on the main College site or in Furnished Let Accommodation may form a support bubble with one other household. The residents in this household must also all be a member of St John's College. 

It is not possible to switch between bubbles/households, and a household can only be part of one support bubble. The members of an eligible student’s support bubble, once notified, will be able to visit that student’s room as if they were in a single household with the student.

Support Bubbles for Resident and Partial Residential Fellows

Fellows in residence may identify a support bubble with a single household outside the College.  Government guidelines require this to be exclusive.  It is not possible to switch between bubbles/households, and a household can only be part of one support bubble.   The members of a resident Fellow’s support bubble household, once notified, will be able to visit that Fellow’s room as if they were in a single household with the Fellow.  The provisions of the Fellows’ Guide apply.