Restrictions on indoor dining on campus to be lifted on October 22

Restaurants and cafés on campus will no longer require proof of vaccination from October 22

College has confirmed that restrictions on indoor dining on campus are to be lifted on October 22.

Today, College has confirmed to Trinity News that restaurants and cafés will no longer require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a recovery certificate from October 22, in line with national restrictions easing.

On Tuesday, government announced the reopening roadmap that will see almost all Covid-19 restrictions lifted by the end of October.

Under the plan, from October 22 proof of vaccination, recovery or testing as a prerequisite for access to any activities or events will no longer be required, with the exception of international travel. Vaccine certificates will not be needed to access indoors of restaurants, pubs or other venues. 

Requirements for physical distancing and mask wearing will also be lifted, except in a healthcare or retail setting, or on public transport. 

Limits on gatherings in homes, outdoor events, sporting, leisure or community activities, weddings, funerals, and religious services will also edn. Restrictions on high-risk activities including nightclubs will be lifted. 

According to the “Return to Campus” document circulated by Provost Linda Doyle last week, indoor dining at Trinity cafés and restaurants are subject to the “same rules as apply nationally – allowed with Covid cert”. 

People who are not fully vaccinated and those vaccinated with a vaccine not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are not currently able to access indoor dining on campus. 

Speaking to Trinity News, a spokesperson for College confirmed that if national restrictions on indoor dining are lifted by government in October, campus facilities will follow, at the same time.

“Yes, indoor dining in College will follow the prevailing hospitality guidelines”, the spokesperson said. 

Other College restrictions on social activity, including sports clubs and indoor society events, are said to follow “the same rules as apply nationally”. 

It is not clear at present whether these will also be eased on October 22, though Trinity intends to “relax regulations further” from November 1.

Sarah Emerson

Sarah Emerson is currently a Deputy News Editor of Trinity News. She is a Senior Sophister English Literature and Jewish and Islamic Civilizations Student.