Reading University launches Covid safety hotline

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The COVID-19 support line will operate seven days a week Credit: ITV Meridian

The University of Reading has launched a telephone hotline for parents, staff, students, and local residents to provide information and support about University and community safety as England prepares to go into a second lockdown from Thursday.

Educational settings like universities and schools will remain open throughout the lockdown.

For more information, visit the university's coronavirus pages. Students, staff and members of the public can also call the University’s dedicated COVID-19 Support Hotline on 0118 214 7813 from 9:15am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Please note: members of the public cannot book COVID-19 tests through this service. If you need to book a COVID-19 test, please call the NHS on 111 or visit

The University is also strengthening its measures for controlling COVID-19 infections by putting in place a joint Incident Management Team. Credit: ITV Meridian

The University says it is also strengthening measures for controlling Covid-19 infections by creating a joint Incident Management Team in partnership with Public Health England.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University says there is a robust system in place to deal with increases in positive cases on campus.

The University says it is working closely with health authorities and local government to manage positive cases.