In an email circulated to the student body, Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, asked students to continue observing a voluntary lockdown after the confirmation of a cluster of positive Covid-19 cases linked to an illegal party in a hall of residence.
Students at the University of St Andrew have been asked to continue the voluntary lockdown from the weekend after the confirmation of four new positive cases of COVID-19.
Sally Mapstone, the principal and vice-chancellor of the University, informed students about the new cases in an email to the student body on Monday 21 September 2020. According to Professor Mapstone, the cases are linked to one illegal party that took place during Freshers week in one of the halls of residence. As a result, over 40 students are now in enforced isolation.
Professor Mapstone stated in her email that, “Quite apart from the fact that the party broke the law, and our own very clear guidelines on socialising and safe behaviour, the ripples from this single incident have consequences for all of us.”
The email did not mention whether the students who attended the illegal party had been subjected to disciplinary action.
As a result of these new findings and the rising number of cases nationwide, all students at the University were asked to continue to support the voluntary lockdown.
Speaking of this, Professor Mapstone stressed that, “the next few days are especially important. In light of these latest cases, and the fact that they were acquired in St Andrews, I must ask all of you to continue to support our voluntary response to risk.”
This comes as the principal and vice-chancellor asked students on Friday 18 September 2020 to observe a voluntary lockdown during the weekend in order to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19 to spread in St Andrews. Students were asked to “remain in your rooms as much as possible, not to party, not to go to bars or restaurants, and to avoid mixing with any groups outside your own households.”
Some activities that were cancelled over this weekend will, however, resume. The click-and-collect service from the Library and the Gym will be available from Monday 21 September, while the bookable study space in the Main Library will re-open Tuesday 22 September.