New Restrictions on Dormlife
What new guidelines do I have to follow?
There is not such a big difference for you personally. The biggest change is that there are thresholds on the amount of people allowed in each common room now. This includes your kitchen, which you can read about in question 3.
Other than that, the new guidelines recommend being extra careful with common contact points, so we are taking some extra measures to keep door handles and elevators virus-free. You can also increase your efforts by disinfecting surfaces you have touched, open doors with elbows etc.
Where did you get those rules from and where can I see them?
We got these rules from Sundhedsstyrelsen, which is the Danish Health Authority and part of the Danish Ministry of Health. You can find the original document (in Danish) here. As they only existed in Danish, we also translated the new guidelines, which you can find here and also in the lobby in the inspector’s frame.
It is also a very good idea to check the webpage of Sundhedsstyrelsen, www.sst.dk. You can find a lot of information about Covid-19 in Danish, English and other languages on the website.
What changes in my common kitchen?
We have many new guidelines for the common kitchens. There will be a maximum number of people allowed in your common kitchen from now on, based on the rule of 4 square meters per person. It is also recommended to form “cooking-teams” of a maximum of 10 people, who always cook together, and to keep one meter distance to everyone, at any time. That way, you can reduce your potential exposure to the virus in your kitchen.
You should go and read this and all the other recommendations and guidelines for kitchens are summarized in our comprehensive corona-kitchen-guide.
What is different in the hallways, study room and other common rooms?
In the study room, we have a new threshold of five people allowed inside. We are trying to supply enough hand sanitizer and cloths so you can clean table and chair, when you leave. Other than that, the room should be aired out regularly (once per hour while used) and the usual distance guidelines apply. The full guidelines for the study room can be found here. It is pretty much the same in other common rooms like the table tennis room, the laundry room or the bike basements.
What about the gym and the ballroom?
As of right now, the cardio room will also be closed down and the weight room is closed due to repairs anyway. Generally we follow the commercial fitness centers, doing what they do.
The ballroom will also be closed for bookings for now. The risk and the efforts connected with cleaning are simply too high right now. Also, the closing period of the ballroom due to exam period starts in one week anyway, so we are basically just closing it down a week earlier.
I don’t agree with your measures. How do I tell you?
The best way to do this is to send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to write to our facebook-chat. In general it is not a good idea to contact a Resident Council member in person or to try arguing under Facebook posts in the group.
When you want to give feedback, make sure to use reasonable arguments, so we can understand your opinion.
We understand that the way we manage things seems overly cautious to some of you, and while we are always reevaluating our course, your feedback helps to push us in one or the other direction and also gives us a chance to explain our point of view.
Do I still have to wear masks in the common areas?
The new document doesn’t mention masks at all and we are in the process of requesting more information from Sundhedsstyrelsen.
In the meantime, we stick to the last information we have gotten from the corona hotline and urge you to keep wearing masks in all common areas, also considering the safety of the workers that don’t live here.
What to do if I get infected?
If you get tested positive, the first thing you should do is self-isolate immediately. In case of infection, the rule given by the government is that you can only leave your room for one reason, and that is to get tested. Remember to wear a face mask when you leave your room in that case.
Generally, follow the guidelines from Sundhedsstyrelsen, which you can find here.
Inform your kitchen, as it might be a good idea for them to isolate and get tested as well, based on how much you use the kitchen. As you have to eat, try to organize help for you to get food (ask neighbors or kitchen mates, before you ask people from other floors).
You have the possibility to contact Hvidovre municipality, if you haven’t already been contacted after your positive Corona test. The municipality has isolation facilities with catering included. Find contact information here.
If you cannot find a solution for your food supply, have problems contacting the municipality or other problems, contact the Resident Council per mail on email@example.com or send a message to Resident Council RSK.
What if I have symptoms or someone close to me has tested positive?
If you have symptoms, self-isolate and get tested. Follow these guidelines.
If a person close to you gets tested positive, the general procedure is to get tested 4 and 6 days after the last contact and to be alert for symptoms for two weeks after the last contact. See additional guidelines here.
Can I help in any way?
Yes, definitely! We are from now on disinfecting all common contact points (like door handles, elevator buttons etc.) in the dorm once per day. You can volunteer for this, just send us a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message to Resident Council RSK.
Other than that, we are always grateful for everyone who takes their own responsibility seriously and sticks to the guidelines, as well as every feedback message we get.