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COVID-19: Major incident declared in London

20 December 2021

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has declared a “major incident” in the capital due to the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

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The Mayor has declared a “major incident” to help NHS London, local authorities and other essential services support each other and reduce service disruption in the capital. 

A major incident is any event or situation which allows special arrangements to be put in place by the emergency services, the NHS or local authorities.  

 At the present time, there is no change to UK Government advice or guidance from UCL.  

Please check the UK Government and NHS websites, as well as UCL’s coronavirus information hub, for the latest updates, especially if you are planning to travel over the winter break.  

Keeping safe on campus 

UCL is following UK Government guidance and advice from our Public Health experts to keep everyone on campus as safe as possible. Staff and students onsite should continue to follow the measures we have put in place and remember: 

Teaching in Term 2 

UK Government guidance states that universities should remain open for face-to-face education and learning support. This is also the advice from UCL’s Public Health experts.  

All students should plan to travel to campus for face-to-face teaching for the start of Term 2, unless they are on a remote learning pathway. UCL will keep our position under review, in line with Government guidance and informed by our Public Health experts, and we will update you should anything change. 

Read more about what to expect in January in our recent update for students