Prayer room locations
National Lockdown from 4 January 2021
Current government guidance requires the university to limit the number of people on campus. To ensure the university fulfils this requirement, the prayer spaces are only open for individual prayer and Friday communal prayers are suspended until government guidance changes. The maximum room capacity has also been reduced to help with social distancing.
- wear a face covering
- maintain strict social distancing at all times
- observe the room capacity
- use the hand sanitiser provided
- keep the windows open to assist with ventilation.
Watts Building fourth floor: 8am–6.30pm Monday to Friday
- Watts 405 – Reflection room
- Watts 405A – Sisters washroom
- Watts 405B – Sisters prayer space
- Watts 405C – Brothers prayer space
- Watts 405D – Brothers washroom
- Watts 405E – Quiet space
Dallington House second floor:
- Dallington 211 – Sisters prayer room
- Dallington 212 – Brothers prayer room
There are no washing facilities in either room.
Dallington House is currently closed. However, the Caretakers Team can open the building for students and staff who need to use the prayer rooms for individual prayer (Fridays prayers are currently suspended). Please go to the Caretakers Office in Ringmer House to arrange access to the building.
Before your visit
- Do not enter the prayer rooms if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 in your home environment / bubble.
- If you are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable, please follow the government guidance regarding social interaction.
- Prayers will be live-streamed where possible so that students and staff can follow them from home.
- Please carry out ablution / washing rituals at home prior to coming onto campus. However, where that is not possible, worshippers visiting the Watts prayer space can use the one wash station that will be available in each wash room.
Things to bring:
- your own prayer mat
- a bag for your shoes
- your own copy of the Qur’an and other items (for example, Shia stones.)
Parents and carers are advised not to bring their children to the prayer rooms. However, if they do choose to bring their children to the prayer rooms, they must supervise them at all times.
During your visit
Wear a face covering at all times, including on entering and exiting the prayer rooms and wash rooms and throughout the prayer, unless you are exempt.
Follow the guidelines about maximum capacity for each room and social distancing (one metre plus) at all times.
Enter the prayer rooms as soon as you arrive and do not queue or wait in the Watts reflection room, wash rooms, or the corridor. If the prayer rooms and wash rooms are full, please leave and return to the rooms later to check availability. Likewise, when leaving the prayer rooms, please leave immediately and do not loiter in the Reflection Room, wash rooms or the corridor.
Scan the QR code for the university’s test and trace web form on your mobile phone and complete on arrival. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code for the NHS COVID-19 app. Posters with both QR codes are displayed in the prayer rooms. Please note that providing data is optional and is not a condition of attending the prayer spaces.
Use the available hand sanitiser before entering the prayer rooms and wash rooms. Please note that the hand sanitiser is alcohol based. The university has a limited supply of non-alcohol based hand sanitisers for individuals who are not able to use alcohol based products. You can collect this from your local Student Centre or Watts Caretakers Office.
Only one wash station is available in each Wash Room. Do not use the sectioned off wash stations.
Only 1 person is allowed in each wash room at Watts at a time and only for the purpose of using the wash station. If on arrival, you need to use the wash station and it is already being used, please leave & check availability later. If you do not need to use the wash station, you can move straight past the person using it, into the prayer room. Please do not wait or loiter in the wash room.
When using the wash station, please also clean your hands with the available hand sanitiser before and after use to further help prevent the transmission of the virus.
The first worshipper to arrive at the prayer rooms should open the windows and prop open the inner doors of the rooms in order to maximise ventilation.
Place your prayer mat in a demarcated spot on the floor.
When entering the prayer rooms, please try to fill up the demarcated prayer mat spots furthest from the entrance first so that other worshippers do not have to walk past you to reach a spot. Likewise, on leaving the room, worshippers nearest to the exit should leave first so that other worshippers do not have to walk past them.
Place your shoes in your shoe bag and place the bag behind your feet whilst praying.
The individual leading the prayer should stand, sit or kneel behind the available transparent screen. Only the individual leading the prayer is allowed to speak, read, sing or chant during the prayer. They should still wear a face covering if they are able. They should also use the available cleaning products to clean the screen before and after leading the prayer.
When using any touch points (for example, the stereo and speakers, the stand for phone camera etc.), worshippers should use the available cleaning products to clean the touch point before and after use.
Any donations to charity should be made online rather than in cash.
After your visit
Remember to take your prayer mat, shoe bag and any other items home with you when you leave.
If you haven’t already done so, remember to complete the university’s test and trace web form or the NHS test and trace form via the NHS COVID-19 app. Please note that providing data is optional and is not a condition of attending the prayer spaces.