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Update from Eddington in response to Coronavirus

Posted Thursday 26th March 2020


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The unprecedented circumstances bought about by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the UK and around the world have meant that many of our community facilities have temporarily closed or are operating minimally in accordance with the UK government and/or University of Cambridge guidelines.

The Storey’s Field Centre is closed. The University of Cambridge Primary School and Eddington Nursery remain open to support families who the UK government has defined as key workers towards the pandemic.

Whilst the open spaces remain available (we encourage recommended social distancing etiquette), certain play facilities and leisure equipment will be closed until further notice.

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In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Eddington Sainsbury's is now open from 08.00 to 20.00 Monday - Saturday and 10.00 to 16.00 on Sundays.  

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the supermarket will dedicate 08.00 to 09.00 to serving elderly customers, disabled customers and carers

Anyone with NHS ID will be able to shop in store from 07.30 to 08.00 Monday - Saturday.

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At Eddington, temporary retail outlets and sporting activities have been suspended until further notice and the Eddington Beer Garden (which was scheduled for 27-28 March) has been postponed.

On a positive note, we have seen a huge willingness to support others in the community who are self-isolating, unwell, or are vulnerable. The University will be signposting people who want to help by directing them to organised channels as and when the opportunities arise.

We wish you and your families good health during these uncertain times.

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Coronavirus update 11/3/2020

Posted Wednesday 11th March 2020

Dear residents,

We are writing to provide you with an update on how the University and Colleges are responding to the ongoing threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19). No cases of infection have been confirmed in Cambridge – neither at the University nor across the city. The likelihood remains high, however, that the first instances of infection will be reported soon.

If and when that happens, there is no reason to feel unduly worried. We are aware that the large majority of those who contract this virus experience only mild symptoms, not unlike the flu. We know that the virus primarily affects those with compromised immune systems or other underlying conditions, so we urge people who feel they are at risk to be especially careful in following public health guidelines.

The University is making every effort to put in place the processes to deal effectively with a wider outbreak. Staff and students should visit the University’s coronavirus webpage regularly: This provides access to the latest government advice on health and travel, as well as a number of HR-related FAQs. Further information will be added the webpage as it becomes available over the coming days. It is worth reiterating that the government, not the University, has ultimate responsibility for providing public health advice. We are following the advice closely, and trying to communicate it in a timely way. I urge you to continue to refer to the webpage for up-to-date guidance.

The best way to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses is to wash your hands regularly and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues, which should be binned straight away. Additional cleans of high-traffic areas across Eddington are taking place, but residents should still be vigilant with their personal hygiene.

If residents are self-isolating then we would urge them to follow NHS guidance, which can be found here:

We will be in touch again when we have new information to share with you. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Portal Team