'We know you might be nervous but we want to reassure you' - government sends a direct message to Warwick district residents after reopening of the University of Warwick

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The Universities Minister says measures are in place - and that students have been told they must behave responsibly

The Government has sent a direct message to the residents of the Warwick district about the reopening of the University of Warwick, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They want to reassure the local community of the work being done to ensure universities can reopen safely, and send a warning to students that they must behave responsibly in what is a new community for many of them.

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This comes in light of problems in other universities where there have been coronavirus outbreaks.

Many of the students at the University of Warwick live and socialise in Leamington, which businesses say is a great boost to the local ecomony.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan told the Courier and Weekly News: “This is a challenging time for us all, and I recognise that some residents in university towns and cities such as Warwick and Leamington may feel nervous ahead of the start of the academic term.

“But I want to reassure the people of Warwick and Leamington that every effort is being made by the Government and universities to ensure that students return to campus as safely and sensibly as possible.

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“We have already seen a mammoth effort from universities with a host of protective measures being put in place, such as limiting travel into campus, staggering class times over extended days, and reinforcing hand hygiene, to keep students and local residents as safe as we can during this time.

“But I have been clear that health advice only works if we all follow it and I am urging students, just like the wider public, to do their bit and act responsibly. I have faith in students that they will follow the guidance and by doing so protect their family, friends and local communities, and ensure campuses can remain open.”