The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced the plan for a phased return of more students to residences and campus from September 2020. This follows the higher education department’s guidelines allowing for a maximum of 66% of students to return to campus. National COVID-19 guidelines must be followed.
UCT has a four-phase approach.
There will be one person per residence room. Health screening measures and personal protective equipment will be available.
Once Phase 3 is completed, 66% of UCT’s 7 700 students in residences will have returned; 4 200 in university residences and 900 in UCT-leased accommodation.
Return is by invitation only. Returning students must undergo a 10-day self-quarantine.
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In an email to the UCT community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is a rapidly changing epidemic. [...] Information [...] will be updated as and when new information becomes available.”
We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will be updating the UCT community regularly – as and when there are further updates. If you are concerned or need more information, students can contact the Student Wellness Service on 021 650 5620 or 021 650 1271 (after hours), while staff can contact 021 650 5685.