This covid-19 year, before leaving for a Christmas at home students have been no more than encouraged to have two tests three days apart but don’t have to have taken a test as a result of lax Government Guidance and University management.
The so called “travel window”, in which students are expected to move out of university runs from 3 to 9 December, although many already have gone home without any testing. And some universities are not even organising testing (although we don’t know which ones).
In England 1.2 million students will be travelling from a university to a home address in another part of the country.
That is a lot of long distance unregulated movement across communities and between different tier level.
And this is not to mention students on the move back to university (if they are returning) after the New Year. Some students, although not all, having mixed at home taking the virus back with them.
This is of course how to seriously undermine any good that so many who have respected lockdown and tier rules have done between them to reign in the spread of covid-19 before this season of goodwill and cheer is shared; for good and it seems ill.
As the bible says: “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others” 1 Corinthians 10:24., or to put it another way: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty” Proverbs 27:12.
General Secretary, Chester Community Voice UK
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