Updated 29th March in light of Step One relaxations
The national lockdown is slowly being lifted: from 29th March 2021, you can meet outdoors in groups of up to six, or two households if this is larger. You are still only permitted to meet indoors with members of your household or support bubble. From 12th April, pubs and restaurants will begin to serve groups of six outdoors. You can read the full government guidance here.
No indoor gatherings may be held in any venue with any person outside your household, with the exception of recognised support bubbles. This includes spaces on campus, which can only be used for teaching and study. No outdoor activity involving more than 6 people is permitted to be held physically. This applies to spaces including private gardens, public spaces such as parks, and (from 12th April) venues such as pubs and restaurants. As such, no club or society event may take place physically unless it is held outdoors and 6 people or fewer will be present. Multiple, separate groups of six in the same location must not interact with each other, and student groups are not permitted to organise events with multiple groups of six. Social distancing must be observed at all times.
All club or society activity must be undertaken virtually until at least 17th May, with the exception of outdoor events where 6 or fewer people will be present. We know that lots of clubs and societies have run a diverse range of virtual events successfully, and we encourage you to continue to do so. Clubs and societies no longer need to submit a checklist for virtual events, as we have been so impressed by the creativity and inclusivity of the events you have run throughout the academic year so far.
Organised sport is an exemption to the rule of six, and we are working closely with Christ Church Sport & Active Health to plan a safe return for some sports in the coming weeks. We will continue to communicate with club committees about what this will look like. In the meantime, clubs must not organise any training or informal sporting events outside of activity that is facilitated by Christ Church Students’ Union or Christ Church Sport & Active Health and properly risk assessed in line with NGB guidance.
Virtual events can be fun, engaging and inclusive. See here for 101 ideas for exciting virtual events - Zoom quizzes are great, but there are many more things you could do to provide fun events for your members and keep your community thriving.
Breaking the law
Let’s be clear, this guidance is to help you to obey the law: it is vital that student groups know and understand the new legislation. Breaking the law puts vulnerable members of the local community, including other students and staff, at risk of a potentially fatal virus. As such, the Union and University take any breaches of the law or government guidance very seriously and may take disciplinary action: for clubs and societies, this could result in your group being disbanded, and for individuals this could impact your academic progress. In addition, you may face police action including significant fines.
Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of the virus. If you’d like advice on planning a virtual event, do contact one of our sabbatical officers or the Union’s Opportunities Manager who will be happy to help you.
Student Group Events Policy (COVID-19)
Government Coronavirus FAQs