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Covid-19

The latest college guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) for students, staff, applicants and visitors. If you have any questions please email health@pca.ac.uk

Plymouth College of Art is currently open to staff and students, following a phased return that took place from Monday 8 March, with hybrid learning taking place from Monday 26 April 2021.


Since the start of the pandemic, a number of measures have been put into place to safeguard our community. Safety measures range from the introduction of guidelines around face coverings on campus and hybrid teaching timetables to promote social distancing and limit the number of people on campus, to ventilation assessments, one-way systems and temperature checks. In addition to supporting the national NHS Test and Trace scheme, we use our college ID cards to monitor attendance on campus and operate our own internal track and trace processes whenever there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 among staff or students.

While on site, we expect everyone to take part in the guidance set out by the Government for universities. Our guidance is designed to keep students, staff and members of our wider community as safe as possible. These guidelines are vital for keeping our campus open and must be followed even if you have been vaccinated and have no Covid-19 symptoms.

  • All students returning to the college are strongly advised to take two free home Lateral Flow Tests for Covid-19 each week while attending campus.
  • Many buildings have one-way systems in place, and additionally some rooms have reduced capacity which is clearly displayed. Look out for posters, signs and floor markings in buildings – they will provide clear instructions to help you navigate your way around.
  • Staff and special Covid-19 Ambassadors will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors have been lifted. The current Government rules (with effect from 17th May 2021) state that up to six people, or two households, can meet indoors. Up to 30 people can gather outside.

Under Government review until at least 19 July, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

NHS England has identified the following symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you have one or more of these symptoms, medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in your household must also self-isolate for 10 days from when you started having symptoms.

  • If your test is positive - you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation at your term-time residence. Anyone who you live with must also complete self-isolation for 10 days from when you started having symptoms. If you don’t adhere to this, you will be risking the health and safety of others and putting the college at risk of a potential outbreak and stricter regulations.

  • If your test is negative - you and others who you live with no longer need to self-isolate. If you live with someone who has symptoms of Coronavirus or has tested positive, you should self isolate for 10 days and report this to us through the absence/sickness reporting procedure. More guidance on when to self-isolate and for how long is available on the NHS website.

Please remember to fill in the Absence & Illness Reporting Form if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result.

Please maintain the highest standards of hand hygiene at all times by washing your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds and using the sanitiser stations available across the college.

If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, throw it in the bin and then immediately wash your hands.


The following information has been taken from gov.uk/coronavirus.

The ‘stay at home’ rule ended on Monday 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place.
People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme.

We are now entering the process of lifting lockdown. On Monday 12 April some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed. Many restrictions remain in place including but not limited to:

  • You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies.
  • You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible.
  • You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, the government has updated their advice for those who are clinically vulnerable and shielding - Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

For further details on the rules around lockdown, click here to visit the gov.uk website.

The NHS has issued the following advice on the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including COVID-19. It is vital that all staff, students and visitors to the college follow these simple actions to continue protecting one another from the spread of COVID-19.

Remember to:

  • Wash your hands often - use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and always when you get home or into work.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel - if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a mask - You must wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces.
  • Use a tissue or your sleeve - Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Remember, don’t use your hands, and make sure you dispose of the tissue straight away. Wash your hands after catching it.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Make space stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions in place.

For full information on what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, how to get a test, how to report an absence and what measures Plymouth College of Art is taking to maintain a ‘COVID-safe’ campus, please read our FAQs.

This video from the NHS shows the best way to wash your hands. Instructions are also available in an alternative format on the NHS website.

Due to the nationwide lockdown, we were not able to welcome visitors back on-site to experience our state-of-the-art facilities in-person for small-group tours, open days and campus experience events. However, we are now taking bookings for campus tours set to take place from Monday 26 April and we have a range of Open Days taking place from 15 May.

Find out about the virtual events we have coming up by visiting our What’s On page, and book a place at one of our upcoming Online Open Events or take a Virtual Tour.