Sensible Precautions

Staying at home and social distancing

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home. Only when it is absolutely necessary should you leave your home (for example, to get groceries or medication).  

If it is essential that you go out, you should attempt to practice social distancing. This means: 

  • Attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people. 
  • Avoiding crowds and large public gatherings.  
  • Avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people.  
  • Minimising visits to vulnerable people 
  • Keeping connected with others, including colleagues, friends and family, through phone, email, social media, and online work platforms when possible. 

For the most up to date advice about social distancing, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Health and ACT Health websites. 

Steps taken by ANU 
Effective Thursday 26 March the University has moved to working remotely., and all courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of Semester One. 

Only very limited activity will be allowed to continue on campus. Details of this can be found here

Social distancing in the residential halls 

Our residential halls and colleges are working hard to implement social distancing. This includes implementing rosters to limit the number of students in shared spaces such as kitchens and common rooms, cancelling larger social gatherings, and increasing cleaning across the halls. By implementing these changes, and encouraging good hygiene, our residential halls and colleges can support our students to remain on campus and continue learning remotely. 

Keep your distance, and stay safe

Avoid large gatherings

The Federal Government has suspended many non-essential services to reduce the spread of the virus. A full list of impacted services can be found hereThe Government has  limited most indoor and outdoor non-essential gatherings to 2 people More information about the size restrictions on essential gatherings can be found here. 

Washing your hands

Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser kills viruses that may be on your hands.  

To wash your hands effectively:  

  1. Wet hands with running water (preferably warm).  
  1. Apply soap or liquid soap. Normal soap is just as good as antibacterial soap.  
  1. Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces, including the back of your hands and between your fingers.  
  1. Rub hands together for a further 20 seconds.  
  1. Rinse hands, making sure you remove all soap.  
  1. Turn off tap using your elbow or paper towel.  
  1. Dry your hands thoroughly with a paper towel or clean hand towel.  

If you cannot wash your hands, carry hand sanitiser with you to use frequently. Use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.  

For more information about protective measures against COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization

Practice good hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.  

You should also:  

  • Avoid touching your face, including rubbing eyes 
  • Avoid handshaking, hugging, air kissing, touching or group selfies  
  • Disinfect high touch surfaces regularly and keep your desk, keyboard and mouse clean and tidy  

Food and drink

  • Don't share food or drink  
  • Eat lunch at your desk or in your room in preference to using common rooms 

If you’re unwell

While the Australian Government recommends you stay home as much as practicable even if you are well, this is particularly important if you become ill. The below diagram provides a simple guide explaining what you should do if you are unwell.  

More information on how to stop the spread can be found on the Department of Health websiteYou can also check your symptoms using the healthdirect coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom checker or call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for more information. 

Multilingual resources

For resources on COVID-19 in 24 different languages, check out EthnoLink’s multilingual resource library