COVID-19 – updates and guidance

The latest information on Imperial's response to COVID-19

Updated Monday 27 June 2022

We reviewed our COVID guidance ahead of the start of the summer term on 30 April and are keeping all measures in place.

Please protect yourself and others and: 

  • Wear face coverings in crowded areas 
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of respiratory disease 
  • Get fully vaccinated 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Respect personal space. 

Please follow the UK government guidance for any areas not covered by College guidance. 

Wear face coverings in crowded areas 

We encourage all members of our community to continue wearing face coverings indoors, especially in crowded, enclosed spaces, unless you are exempt.    

Stay at home if you don’t feel well 

If you are displaying symptoms of respiratory disease, don't come onto our campuses. Instead, work or study remotely if you are well enough and able to do so. 

You should follow the government guidance and try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. 

Staff who do not have work that can be done remotely should take sick leave. COVID-19 sick leave for staff should be recorded in Teamseer using the ‘Sick - Coronavirus’ category. Sick leave logged in this way may not be taken into account under the College’s sickness absence management (Bradford Score) triggers. 

Students living in College halls of residence can request an LFD test kit from their halls team if they display COVID symptoms, while stocks last.

View more information on what to do if you have symptoms, test positive, or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

Get fully vaccinated 

We are very strongly encouraging vaccination, including boosters. Vaccination is free for everyone in the UK, including international students. Find out more about booking vaccinations and boosters on the NHS website

Cover your coughs and sneezes 

Covering coughs and sneezes will help reduce the spread of particles carrying COVID-19 and other viruses. 

Respect personal space 

For the comfort and wellbeing of others, please respect people’s wishes for extra space where possible.   

Additional guidance 

  • Staff and students no longer need to take regular COVID tests before coming onto campus. The College's asymptomatic PCR testing scheme closed on Friday 24 June. 
  • There are no longer any capacity constraints in office, library, teaching and examination spaces. 
  • Events can resume at full capacity following the gradual build up over the spring term. A separate COVID risk assessment is no longer required, but COVID risk should still be considered as an item in standard risk assessments. 
  • For staff who have underlying health issues which make you clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, you can ask your manager to explain the measures taken to control risk in your area. Individual risk assessments can be carried out where appropriate. Occupational Health accepts referrals from managers for employees who have concerns about their personal medical vulnerability after reviewing the risk assessment.