Covid-19 cases and precautions at Bath University

We have received this from Bath University

Dear local residents,

I hope this message finds you well.

As you know, we have some cases of Covid-19 amongst our University community. We have received a few queries from local residents wanting more information.

As you’d expect, we are taking this situation very seriously and we’re holding daily meetings both to monitor the situation and implement all the actions needed to support our University community.

Now that advice from public health officials has evolved, we are making the data for cases amongst staff and students available on this webpage:

This page details new, daily reported cases amongst staff and students in Bath and also outlines our processes and guidance for self-isolation. We will be updating this page every day by midday, to be as transparent and up to date as possible in the information we are sharing. However, we will not be sharing information that may lead to individuals being identified, as I’m sure you will appreciate.

We have robust support systems in place for self-isolating households in University accommodation, including:

  • The provision of three meals and snacks every day
  • A central hub of support for any other needs such as food and medicine or access to technology, staffed 24/7
  • Laundry services
  • Additional virtual exercise classes being provided by Team Bath
  • Wellbeing support in place for those who need it.

This should enable students to self-isolate comfortably for 14 days, and we are being very clear about the gravity of the situation and the need to follow self-isolation rules. I am pleased to report that self-isolating students have been very responsible to date.

I do hope this is helpful.

Best wishes,

Professor Bernie Morley

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost


The students are back

This is fresher’s week, you will have noticed lots of coaches on the hill, extra buses have been added to ensure social distancing buses.

As is usual at the beginning of term there will be a lots of traffic to and from the Uni, this normally is lessens after the first 4- 5 weeks.

Freshers week events are online or in the East car park at the uni which has been set up to comply with Covid-19 rules, and will end at 10:00 pm in line with new restrictions when they come in.

The Uni has put measures in place to comply with Covid-19 regulations :

  • isolate all foreign students arriving for 2 weeks
  • create student bubbles ( by dormitories at the student housing distinguished by coloured wrist bands)
  • only 1 days 4 hours face to face teaching at the university
  • all lectures on line
  • reducing numbers allowed in the library
  • creating study space in town ( socially distanced )
  • increased security and student unions activity to regulate social distancing

They estimate that there will be 20% student attendance at the uni at most and many staff are working form home so the numbers going to and from the uni will be reduced.

While they can’t account for every student’s movements they are taking the Covid-19 regulations very seriously.

We will keep you updated.

NHS track and Trace

The NHS track and trace app is here, here’s the link.

This needs to be downloaded to a smart phone and you need to ensure that you allow your location to be seen and you carry your phone with you when you go out for it to be effective.

If you are detected as being within 2 meters of someone who tested positive for more 15 minutes or more you will be expected to self isolate for 2 weeks.

B&N ES Liveable neighbourhood consultation

Better health, environments and spaces for people and business

the consolation is open until 14th October , the details are on the B&NES web site link below

The council would like your views on developing ‘liveable neighbourhoods’ in Bath & North East Somerset. The consolation is open until 14th October , the details are on the B&NES web site link below and there is an online survey to complete on this link:

 Better health, environments and spaces for people and business

or call council connect on 01225 39 40 41 to request printed copies of the summary and survey.

Open gardens, 5th Sept 2:00-5:00 pm

Just to remind you that we are going ahead with the BHRA open gardens on Saturday 5th Sept. Those who have already signed up have fixed start times, and once they have visited the gardens are welcome to cross the road to Sarah’s house, Old Apple, for tea.

Anyone else who would like to join please come to Old Apple, Bathwick Hill first ( near White Lodge bus stop above Cleveland Walk on left had side going uphill ). We will allot a time to visit the gardens.

Teas will be served at Old Apple, please bring your face masks to wear near the tea serving area and when helping yourselves to cake.

The gardens at 5, 6, 7 and 15, Bathwick Hill will be open access will be via Madiera Walk and will be marked.

We are not charging for this event but please put something in the box for tea and we will donate any surplus over costs to the charity Julian House which has been very busy helping the homeless during the Covid crisis.

The weather forecast is good, but if it is wet on Saturday please check the web site, as the event is outside we will cancel if it is really cold and wet.

The canal towpath to Sydney gardens

You may have notice work stopped on the towpath and has just started again. We have received this update, for those who were wondering why it was still closed.

When the joints of the ramp were raked out it became apparent that there was a lot more damage to the setts than first thought.  Additional works were therefore required and given that the ramp is a listed structure, further consent was needed from the Conservation Officer.  In the meantime, the Canal & River Trust tried installing matting and fencing over the ramp to create a safe passage and reopen the path; however, this was found to be unsatisfactory due to the uneven setts, with a number missing or damaged. Therefore, for health and safety reasons, the decision was taken to apply for an extension to the public right of way closure.

Approval for the additional works to the ramp have now been granted and the contractors have returned to site today to complete the towpath works.  It is hoped that works will be completed by September 11th, but a contingency period until September 25th has been allowed, in case of poor weather or other issues occurring.  New signage should also be in place advising of the new date for opening the towpath.

Recycling and rubbish collections

The council have informed us that recycling and rubbish collections are now starting from 6:00 am , they suggest you put your rubbish out the evening before, after 8:00 pm if possible.

The crews are working longer hours so may also pick up later in the day than usual. They also ask that you bring your bins in promptly after the collection.

click here  for more info.

Also the recycling centre in Bath is now open, you need to book first

Bath recycling centre

Bath recycling centre will be open 7 days a week from Monday 27 July 2020 to Bath and North East Somerset residents. You must book an appointment online before you visit, otherwise you will be turned away.