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What are the current local restrictions?

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Sunderland has been placed in Tier 4 restrictions as of Midnight 31 December 2020.

This means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.

However, this does not affect access to education. Gov.uk have also published guidance to universities and students on how students can return safely to higher education in the spring term. This guidance sets out how the Government will support higher education providers to enable students to return as safely as possible following the winter break, by staggering this process and to facilitate testing for all.

If you live at university, you should not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time.

As a student, you can meet in groups of more than your household as part of your formal education or training. Students should expect to follow the guidance and restrictions. You should socially distance from anyone you do not live with wherever possible.

For more information on Tier 4 restrictions, please click HERE

The Office for Students have also published guidance on returning to University in 2021 which includes FAQs on returning to study as well as what the Tier 4 restrictions mean for how universities can deliver programmes.

Please click HERE for further information on returning to studies in 2021.