Trinity Hall (Halls) are to enforce new restrictions from Monday November 15 amid rising Covid-19 cases in residencies.
Students who are residents of Halls received an email today from Warden Roja Fazaeli in relation to new restrictions that will come into force for two weeks.
According to the email, rising Covid-19 cases are being attributed to the decision behind the new measures, with over 30 cases reported in Halls this week.
The email read: “In the past week we have had a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases nationally and have also witnessed the number of positive cases increase in Trinity Hall.”
“In order to protect our community and those more vulnerable to the virus – following consultation with College Health and Trinity Living with Covid – some temporary restrictions will apply from Monday 15th of November for two weeks”, it continued.
The restrictions mean no guests (non-residents) will be allowed during daytime or overnight at Halls for these two weeks, nor parties, except for gatherings of up to 12 residents in an apartment.
Fazaeli directed students to the HSE website for advice if they develop symptoms.
Once a resident believes they have contracted the virus, they are told to self-isolate immediately, call and inform Halls’s reception at (01) 896 8024, and should also inform their Course Director and School.
If a resident tests positive for Covid-19 they are encouraged to return home for their period of isolation.
Students in single, ensuite rooms who are unable to go to their family home, can remain in their own room during their self-isolation and avail of the supports available. Students in twin rooms will have to move to the designated isolation rooms in Trinity Hall.
According to Fazaeli, “if isolation rooms are in full capacity or a student feels that they will not have adequate supports to self-isolate, there is an option of availing of HSE Self Isolation facilities at the City West Hotel. This can only be availed of where a GP referral is made”.