Trinity College Dublin has placed a blanket ban on students and staff returning from a high risk coronavirus region from entering the campus for 14 days.
The restriction goes beyond official HSE advice that if a person returning from one of these region is feeling well they should operate as normal.
Under HSE protocols, only people with certain symptoms who have returned from such regions are required to take certain steps in their own interests and that of the general population.
The high risk areas are as defined by the HSE: China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, Japan or the Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna or Piedmont regions in Italy.
Trinity’s ban follows the confirmed case of coronavirus at the university, which led to the closure of part of the campus today as a precautionary measure. It is being cleaned and will reopen on Monday.
Arrangements for working and studying remotely for those people affected will be made as appropriate, the college advised in a letter to staff and students today.
The ban will have particular implications for staff and students living in college or college accommodation, and they will be communicated with separately, the letter states.
Trinity has a Covid-19 Working Group, which has been operating for some weeks and its Major Emergency Management Team has met in recent days.
The letter stated that “decisions are being taken to reduce the risks from the virus.”
All staff and students at the university have been told to minimise work-related travel overseas as much as possible, and work-related travel to high-risk areas is prohibited until further notice.
The letter advises that the situation could change over the coming days and “everybody should check emails regularly over the weekend as well as the latest official advice from the HSE and other statutory bodies.”
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