COVID-19 Update on College Facilities

Here is the latest information for students living in College (Main Site or Rectory Road) about what facilities are open and closed, and what restrictions are currently in place.

To make things as easy as possible, and to keep you up-to-date with new developments in these rapidly-changing times, we have created this information page for you to refer to in order to check which facilities in College are open, which are closed, and what restrictions may apply to their use. We understand that this is your home, and we are doing everything we can to keep as much open for you as possible, whilst ensuring that we follow government advice to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our whole community.

When using the areas of College that are open, we request that you please wear a face covering, wash and/or sanitise your hands frequently and follow social distancing guidance (at least 2 metres of space between you and each other person around you, or 1 metre plus an additional pecautionary measure such as a face mask if 2 metres isn't possible). Your adherence to these guidelines will help us to keep all College members safe. We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we navigate our way through this new normal.

Each measure listed here is under regular review, and we will let you know when changes are made. We suggest that you check this page frequently during term time (at least once per week). If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Domestic Office in the first instance and they will be happy to assist.

Last updated: 16th July 2021

What’s Open?

Boathouse – The Boathouse will be open to OCBC members only. Members will be expected to abide by hygiene and safety protocols, which will be communicated by the Men’s and Women’s Boat Captains.

Chapel – Small said services will be held on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6pm, and Morning Prayer on weekdays at 8.10am. The Chapel is open to Members for private prayer and reflection. Please contact the Chaplain for details.

College Bar – The Bar in Front Quad is open for outdoor and indoor table service during the times specified on the Temporary Food Provision page. The 'rule of 6' will apply to groups who wish to sit indoors. Please wear masks when moving around indoors unless seated at a table. There is a large heated outdoor seating area available for College members to use, and gatherings of up to 30 people will be allowed outdoors. Please be considerate of other College members and keep quiet after 10pm.

College Gyms – The Third Quad gym is the only one in College currently open. Please abide by all necessary protocols when using these room – instructions will be clearly posted. The Oriel Square gym is temporarily closed due to refurbishment works and the squash court at Rectory Rd will remain closed until it is possible to open it up safely.

Communal Kitchens – Communal kitchens are open for students to cater for themselves. Please only use the kitchen assigned to your household and abide by social distancing and hygiene protocols during use. If you are unable to do this, please wait until the kitchen is free in order to prepare your food in a safe environment. Scouts are cleaning the kitchens more often than usual, and are paying special attention to disinfecting communal areas.

Hall – Renovations to the Hall are now complete and it is open for use. Please see the Temporary Food Provision page for further information.

JCR and MCR Common Rooms - Please abide by all necessary protocols when using these rooms – instructions will be clearly posted.

JCR/JCR Annexe – Please abide by all necessary protocols when using these rooms – instructions will be clearly posted.

JMH Common Room - Please abide by all necessary protocols when using this room – instructions will be clearly posted.  

Laundry Rooms – Laundry rooms remain open. Please follow the protocols posted in the laundry rooms, wear a face covering and stay 2 metres away from other users. Please use the Circuit Laundry app to see when machines are available and when your laundry is done. Do not enter if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (fever above 38.7, new or continuous cough, loss of sense of taste and/or smell).

Library - The Library remains open for those who have booked a session (see 'Using the Library Safely'). Study slots can be booked in advance between 10am-midnight (Monday-Friday) and books can be returned with an appointment during between 10am-11.45pm (Monday-Friday). Face coverings must be worn at all times when in the Library and strict social distancing protocols must be observed throughout. Please do not come to the Library for any reason if you haven’t booked a timeslot online here.

MCR Bar - The MCR Bar is open for table service only, and the 'rule of 6' will apply. You should aim to leave at least 2m distance between each seated group. Masks should be worn when moving around the Bar. From 4th June, MCR members will be allowed to bring guests to the MCR Bar during open hours, as long as they comply with the rules communicated by the MCR President. If MCR members have questions about this, please contact the MCR President in the first instance.

Oriel Takeaway - The Oriel Takeaway remains open for lunch and supper Monday-Friday, but is now available to collect from the College Bar as the marquee in Second Quad has been taken down. Please see the Temporary Food Provision page for details.

Sports Ground (Bartlemas) - The sports ground is now open for students and outdoor team sports are once again permitted to take place. Tennis and Cricket facilities are open, although must be booked in advance. Tennis should be booked via the Deans, and Cricket via the Groundsman, Lee Freeman. The rule of 6 still applies for any visitors to the sports ground who aren't participating in a team activity.

Teaching Rooms – Please abide by all necessary protocols when using these rooms – instructions will be clearly posted.

What’s Closed?

Most facilities in College are now open, although they may not be functioning as 'normal'.

Other Information and Contacts

Welfare Team

Please contact the Welfare Team via email: welfare@oriel.ox.ac.uk. In an emergency, please contact the Lodge via phone (and 999 if appropriate).

The Lodge

The Lodge continues to operate as normal (24/7), but we ask you to please conduct your business with the Lodge via phone (01865 276555) or email (lodge@oriel.ox.ac.uk) in order to protect the wellbeing of Lodge staff. If you do have to attend the Lodge in person, please adhere to social distancing guidance (stand at least 2m apart) and wear a face covering .

Cleaning Provision

The Housekeeping Team is hard at work keeping the College as safe as possible for all users. Housekeeping provision in student bedrooms will be reduced for Trinity term 2020 to allow the staff to concentrate on frequently touched surfaces and common/shared facilities. Please respect their efforts by abiding by hygeine and social distancing protocols. Areas to be cleaned (both bedrooms and common areas) must be empty for the Scout to clean – if you are asked to vacate a room so that the Scout can clean it, please be patient and accommodating.

Fire Safety

When occupying a building and hearing the fire alarm siren, please evacuate the building immediately, assemble at your usual fire assembly point and await further instructions from College staff.  When you reach the fire assembly point, please remain in your household group and maintain a 2 metre distance from all other College members.

Maintenance Team

Please report any issues through the online maintenance request form. Please note, any issues which cannot be resolved remotely will be attended to by a member of the team in person, but you must vacate your room while the work is being carried out.

IT Support

Please report any issues by emailing it-support@oriel.ox.ac.uk. Please note, any issues which cannot be resolved remotely will be attended to by a member of the team in person, but you must vacate your room while the work is being carried out.

College Departments/Offices

Many office staff are working from home, although efforts are being made to ensure that student-facing staff are in College on a rotational basis. In order to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19, please do not visit offices in person but email instead. College staff are working hard to keep things going in difficult circumstances, and things may take slightly longer than usual. We are very grateful for your patience and understanding.