Certain parts of the Oxford Brookes campus will be unaffected by the move into Tier 2 restrictions, The Flete can reveal. This is because of technicalities in where the Oxford city boundary lies.
While their Headington campus will go into Tier 2 restrictions, the Wheatley, Harcourt Hill and Swindon campuses will remain unaffected.
Students will be able to travel from Tier 1 areas to the Tier 2 campus for face-to-face teaching as usual, but will not be allowed to socialise with Tier 2 students indoors, unless in a support bubble.
As with the University of Oxford, campuses and halls of residence in all of these locations will remain open and operational.
It has been reported that Ian Hudspeth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, requested for the whole of Oxfordshire to be moved into Tier 2, and has expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s refusal to do so. The current rate within the county is 117.5 per 100,000 people.
Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, has also communicated her discontent on Twitter, saying that she is “disappointed that once again the advice of councils, public health officials, police and others to move the entire county to Tier 2, given the spread of the virus in our community, was ignored.”
Between the 16th and 22nd of October, Oxford Brookes reported 58 confirmed cases. 54 of these cases were students, while 4 were members of staff. Out of these cases, 52 were within Oxford, while only 5 were outside of the city. This figure has lowered since earlier in the term. Between the 2nd and 7th of October, Oxford Brookes has reported 98 cases.
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