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Sheffield Students Reminded of Lockdown Rules

Posted by Richard Ward in ,

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Additional security has been put in place at a block of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Sheffield due to concerns about large groups flouting coronavirus restrictions.

Students in The Forge have anonymously complained about large groups congregating outside, whilst others have been spotted moving between blocks despite a no guest policy in place.

The site is managed by Unite Students, with the management company subsequently reminding residents that a 'safety team' will be patrolling all sites on a regular basis and will take action against anyone breaching coronavirus rules.

In a joint statement, Unite Students and Sheffield Hallam University said: "The health and wellbeing of our staff, students and the wider community are our top priority and at the heart of all our decision-making. We are working closely with our university partners, local councils, police and public health bodies to provide the best support possible to students as well as to our staff."

"Unite Students has put in place additional security at The Forge to ensure students and our staff remain safe and secure. Our strong advice remains that it is every students' responsibility to follow current government Covid-19 guidance, including household interactions, wearing face coverings, and social distancing to help stop the spread of the virus."

Sheffield Hallam University recently announced plans to move more teaching online after it reported 369 students and four members of staff had tested positive since the start of the academic year.