2. Eating out is not an event.
We are neither closing off canteens and dining rooms, nor are we limiting the number of people. Instead, we have outlined some rules as below:
2.1 All diners to observe personal hygiene.
- Wash hands before and after meals;
- Temperature taking twice a day;
- Avoid rubbing your eyes or face
2.2 Those unwell should not consume meals at the dining hall/canteens.
2.3 All diners are advised to consume their meals within 30 minutes to minimise the time at the canteens/dining halls.
2.4 All students on LOA are to remain in their rooms as meals will be delivered to their rooms.
2.5 Diners who prefer takeaways are encouraged to bring their reusable lunch boxes.
2.6 Meals will only be served/sold to diners with an NUS student/staff card or with temperature stickers.
What is a bathroom?
Students on LOA will generally have designated cubicles in shared bathrooms, or their own facilities if the hostel is able to provide. Where reserved cubicles are not possible, we will increase the environmental sanitation:
1. Increasing the cleaning schedule for toilet, shower and pantry to four times a day (morning, 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m.);
2. Toilet seat disinfectants in all toilets, and sprays that can be used for other surfaces.
In these cases, students can space out the use of the shower (e.g. 30 minutes in between) to allow any remaining water droplets to settle to the ground. They must also wash their hands after using the bathroom. This is in line with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) guidance in relation on the use of shared bathrooms by persons on LOA.
Given the recent attention on toilet rolls, I thought I’d share this gem from MOH’s guidelines:
“Sharing the same roll of toilet paper is safe as long as the toilet roll is not stained, soiled or wet, although the sharing of towels is not advised.”
Also, yes, NUS has more than enough toilet rolls.
NUS Resilience Fund
NUS President, Professor Tan Eng Chye has announced a S$500,000 fund to be used in our response to 2019-nCoV. This will cover expenses relating to staff and student items such as but not limited to:
- Compensation to our Student Exchange Programme (SEP) or NUS Overseas Colleges students for cancelled flights, or flights to bring our students back to Singapore;
- Expenses in helping our staff and students under LOA, including hostel fees and food for our staff or students (under LOA) evicted by their landlords;
- Hospitalisation and care for our frontliners should they fall sick from overwork.
The Fund also covers equipment, supplies and infrastructure related expenses such as, but not limited to:
- Purchase of masks and other equipment to mitigate virus transmission;
- Preparation and maintenance costs of the Government-Quarantine-Facility (GQF).
The NUS Resilience Fund will be administered by the Office of Finance (OFN) to support approved disbursements.
At the same time, the President has also sent out a quiet appeal to professors and senior staff, to gather donations for the Red Cross in China. This is a non-tax deductible donation which we will channel to Red Cross in China via the Singapore Red Cross. The donations will go completely towards communities in China who have been severely affected by the virus. At the moment, donations are in the mid six figures and climbing.
Today, philosophers are still working on Aristotle’s question on the essence of Man, including what it means to live a good life. I don’t have the answer for human beings in general, but for the community of NUS, resilience must surely count as one of our essential components, and one measure of meaning, service unto others.
A/P Leong Ching
NUS Dean of Students