COVID-19 Policies and Assurances
Griffith Halls of Residence is committed to maintaining superb levels of safety and sanitation on campus which exceed the requirements of Irish Government guidelines.
GHR keeps all residents up-to-date with regular correspondence, conveying the latest messages from the HSE (Health Service Executive), WHO (World Health Organisation), DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland), DES (Department of Education and Skills), and DTTS (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional informational literature is distributed to apartments and on notice boards in both blocks. See some of our regular student updates for examples of our COVID-19 communications, March, Easter, May and June updates.
All signage is Government approved.
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In the event a learner/resident has to cancel their planned study to Ireland due to COVID-19, a full refund will be issued prior to the lease agreement commencing but may take 30 days to process same. This would cover travel restrictions in Ireland or the learners/resident home country due to COVID-19. If the learner/resident or an immediate member of their family testing positive for COVID-19, close to the learner/resident’s travel date, a full refund would be extended with evidential proof of a positive test result.
In the extremely unlikely event that a resident is required to self-isolate off-campus, GHR aims to provide an allowance of weekly rate paid to the resident to support their off-site cost when re-joining the GHR community. This would be applied to the resident's in-house account and refunded less any deductions like key replacement with the security deposit at the end of the lease agreement period.
In the event that a learner/resident’s visa is refused or delayed a full refund will be issued providing appropriate evidence can be extended regarding the refusal/delay but may take 30 days to process same.
GHR Check-In and Restricted Movement Procedures
GHR requires all inbound residents to complete a health and safety questionnaire before check-in. This questionnaire is vital to protecting the security and integrity of our existing population and contributes to the peace of mind they enjoy on campus.
All residents are required to download the HSE Covid-19 download app as part of our lease agreement. You will be required to show this downloaded app on arrival to Griffith Halls of Residence. This app was released earlier this year and will allow health authorities to track and trace your contacts in the event you contract the virus and notify you in the case you have been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus.
Once residents have checked-in they will be obligated to undergo a 14-day period of restricted movement on campus prior to their mixing with the existing residential and campus population.
Before their period of restricted movement residents are provided with helpful information on local shopping, internet and additional information. A copy of the informational leaflet which new residents will be issued with can be downloaded here. All residents with confirmed bookings should familiarise themselves with this content prior to arriving.
We ask incoming residents to please ensure they have enough toiletries and if applicable, medicines for their two-week isolation period. We also ask that they bring 14-days’ worth of clean clothes.
We guarantee arrivals on September 4 can on campus at GHR. For residents with delayed visa approvals or flight challenges we will do our upmost to accommodate your arrival post September 4. We envisage an ability to accommodate many of those who experience challenges associated with arrival after September 4 however we will only be able to confirm our ability on the successful receipt of your check-in documentation.
GHR is a shared accommodation provider and therefore both those in restricted movement and those in general living on successful completion of check-in will be housed within apartments comprised predominantly of three or four people. GHR will ensure to the best our ability allocation from a movement restriction perspective in such a way that the full apartment commences this isolation at the same time, where possible. It could be possible due to staggered arrival dates that a small number of residents complete more than 14 days of restricted movement. Should this be the case you will be advised prior to your arrival.
Post period of restricted movement residents wishing to continue exercising social distancing within apartments are deemed ‘a family unit’ by GHR and therefore timetabling regarding communal use areas within the apartment will be left to individual residents to establish.
All new residents may be subject to temperature check on arrival at GHR.
We ask that all incoming residents arrive at GHR in appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including mask and gloves.
GHR Commitment to Hygiene and Cleanliness
GHR has taken the following measures to ensure the safety and security of our residents –
We clean our common areas – block stairwells, hallways, entrances and exits and laundry facilities – daily with disinfectants recommended to combat the virus.
All rooms are cleaned, sanitised, sealed and then left ventilated for a minimum of 72 hours pending the arrival of new residents.
We have mounted hand sanitation stations at all entry and exit points to the Halls of Residence for regular use.
We have instituted a one-way system in hallways to limit the flow of foot traffic passing and interacting unnecessarily.
We have implemented a one-way system outside our accommodation office to prevent unnecessary and accidental congregation.
We regularly stock face masks in our on-site vending machines.