COVID-19 will be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future and this year our community and operations have adapted to function both remotely and in a COVID-safe way, whether you are on campus or elsewhere.
We should all be doing some basic things to stay safe. These will start to feel "normal" soon, if they don't already.
Our Public Health Lead, Professor Tracy Smart, calls these COVID's greatest 'HITS':
- Wash and sanitise your hands regularly, especially after touching communal surfaces.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Also avoid close contact with colleagues and peers, such as handshakes and hugs.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, or cough into your elbow.
- Throw used tissues into a bin immediately and wash your hands.
- Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from other people.
- Cold, flu and hay fever symptoms are now COVID-19 until proven otherwise.
- If you get any symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath, get tested for COVID-19 immediately.
- You don't have to obsessively follow the pandemic, but you do need to remain alert. Things can change quickly and when they do, we need to act immediately to ensure we get on top of things.
- Stay in touch with the latest health advice in your area and respond when required. If you are on campus, make sure you are familiar with the ANU COVID-safe campus alert system.
If you are on campus, you have responsibilities to others.
As outlined in our University Guidelines, you must follow COVID-safe hygiene measures (listed above) and follow the instructions of ANU staff regarding COVID-safe protocol.
Please contact Communitywellbeing@anu.edu.au if you have a case under assessment (have been tested) or have a confirmed positive result for COVID-19.
Do not come on to campus if you:
- are unwell;
- have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results;
- are required to self-isolate because you have had contact with someone with a proven or suspected case of COVID-19; or
- meet the criteria to complete a 14-day quarantine period as advised by ACT Health (you must quarantine for the full 14 days even if you get a negative test result).
Wearing a mask on campus is not mandatory at the current low risk level, but we encourage wearing a face covering when coming on to campus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. If we go to a higher risk level, wearing of masks will become mandatory.
This page provides advice relating to the use and/or provision of face coverings at all ANU campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are not on campus
It is important that you practice COVID-safe behaviour and stay up to date with the latest advice and public health directions in your local area.
If you are unsure how to find this information, please get in contact with the COVID Response Office (COVIDResponseOffice@anu.edu.au) who can help you find the information you need.