The information below is current as of September 27th 2021.
As we move into the start of the new academic year, some of the remaining Covid protection measures have again been altered. Note that, in line with UCL's stance (see UCL's Covid pages for more information), face coverings are expected to be worn at all times within the LCN unless eating or drinking, working alone in a private office (note: still must be worn in shared offices even if alone) or otherwise exempt. In addition, social distancing is still highly recommended wherever possible although it is no longer an absolute requirement and so should not hinder any activities so long as all partied are comfortable. Please do respect the wishes and feelings of others within the building, including those wearing any 'Please Give me Space' lanyards or badges (see UCL's Distance Aware initiative).
While the above measures are still in place, almost all other measures have been relaxed, including the need for regular LCN users to sign in and out each day during the normal working day. Please note that any external visitors, or any LCN staff/students working out of hours (evenings after 6pm or weekends at any time) must still sign in either using the old paper forms (please use your own pen) or online at https://tinyurl.com/LCN-attend. Anyone who had access to the LCN pre-pandemic should now be able to enter the building freely without booking or signing in so long as their swipe card is still valid. In addition, please note that we are transitioning to a new model of agile working, where the basic expectation is everyone should be on site 40% of the time (situation dependant; please speak to your line manager). As part of this, most desks are no longer allocated and you will be able to work at any desk you wish, with the intention being that you can work and collaborate alongside others working in your research theme with greater ease. Please do wipe down any desk you use before and after using it with the disinfectant wipes provided on each landing. Please also do not share keyboards or mice; these should be individually assigned and locked away when out of use.
All LCN users should continue to take lateral flow tests at least twice weekly if attending the building in line with UCL advice and should report positive or negative test results via Connect to Protect. This is the main route that UCL will use to notify any close contacts and arrange any additional cleaning required in the building, so please do make use of this tool. Note that, with the removal of social distancing requirements, training activities can now recommence but please do be aware that any positive Covid cases in a training group may require all trainers and trainees to self isolate in line with Government guidance.
We are aware that cases in the community are still increasing, and many of our users will not yet have had their full course of vaccinations, so please do respect the wishes and concerns of others when operating within the LCN. Also, please do stay at home if you feel unwell at all.
If you have any questions or concerns about the above, please do contact Matt Lougher, the Departmental Safety and Facility Manager, or Emma Grant, our Departmental Manager. The updated general Covid Risk Assessment for the department, based on UCL's updated guidance following the relaxation of restrictions, can be found here. Please note that this web page will be the main source of updates moving forwards.
As a final note, due to the low numbers in the building we are still operating under weekend working assumptions, as we may not have a full complement of technical staff, first aiders or fire marshals in the building. If you have any queries about how this may affect your work, please do contact Matt or Emma as above or, for queries specifically relating to certain facilities, please see the Cleanroom page, or contact Richard Thorogate (AFM, MPMS, PPMS) or the laboratory manager of the specific facilities you wish to enquire about.