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Arcady Hall COVID-19 Information (updated 5 July 2022)


Arcady Hall is following the Ministry of Education Guidelines for the tertiary sector in response to the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system).  The Hall is currently operating under the Orange setting.


COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

  • There are currently no COVID-19 vaccination requirements for residents, staff, or visitors to Arcady Hall.  However, we continue to monitor the health and safety risks posed by COVID-19 to our residents and staff and reserve the right to amend this policy in the event of significantly increased risks and/or changes in government policies/COVID setting.


  • The COVID-19 vaccine is effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and the severity of symptoms and hospitalization.  The Hall therefore strongly recommends that residents and staff get vaccinated against COVID-19 (as well as other potentially serious, infectious illnesses including meningitis, influenza, and measles).


Mask Wearing

  • Although mask-wearing is no longer compulsory in most places under the Government’s Orange setting, masks have been clearly shown to reduce the spread of the virus and COVID-19 is still prevalent in our communities.


  • Masks do not need to be worn outside, in student accommodation areas, in the Common Room, or in the Study Centre.   However, wearing a mask will make you less likely to contract Covid-19, so we strongly encourage you do so.


  • Kitchen and dining hall staff are required to wear face masks (in accordance with government guidelines at the Orange setting). 


  • Students and staff are required to wear face masks in the dining hall when collecting food and when leaving the hall.


  • To protect our staff, we respectfully ask our residents to wear face masks in areas where staff are working, including the laundry and the office reception area.


Residents who suspect they have COVID

  • Hall residents who feel unwell and think they may have COVID-19 should contact a Residential Assistant (RA) or other staff member using the RA duty phone (027 247 4727) to obtain a RAT test and to arrange meal deliveries, and welfare checks. 


  • Residents who have COVID-19 must self-isolate in their room for seven days from the date they became symptomatic, or the day they tested positive (whichever is earlier).   Hall staff will take care of residents who are unwell and self-isolating.  A staff member will visit you at least once daily in person, deliver your meals, collect your rubbish, and do your laundry.


  • Most otherwise healthy people experience only mild symptoms with the now dominant, omicron variant of Covid-19. However, if you begin to feel very unwell, we will seek medical advice from the UC Health Centre and, if necessary, arrange for you to be seen by a doctor and/or be admitted to hospital.


If I need to self-isolate, can I go home, rather than stay in Hall?

  • Under current Ministry of Health Guidelines, students who test positive for Covid-19, or are deemed to be a ‘close contact’ of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, may go home providing they are able to travel safely i.e. by private transport and can self-isolate at home. Most UC courses are being delivered online this year so you will be able to continue studying from home.


Will the Hall refund my accommodation fees if I decide to go home to self-isolate?

  • If the Hall is open and operating normally, students who choose to go home to self-isolate will not be eligible for a fee refund for the period they are absent.


  • If you go home and are subsequently unable to return to Hall for a prolonged period during term time e.g. due to prolonged Covid-19 symptoms, or the introduction of new travel restrictions, you may apply in writing to the Principal for a fee refund. The Arcady Hall Board will consider requests all such requests on a case-by-case basis in accordance with existing policies regarding prolonged absence due to sickness or other personal circumstances.

Please direct any questions or comments regarding this policy to


For further details of the University of Canterbury’s COVID-19 policies, guidelines and updates see:

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