THE Government minister responsible for universities has issued a message to the students and residents of Falmouth and Penryn as students return to campus.

Michelle Donelan said it was a time where residents may feel nervous as students come to town amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

She said: “This is a challenging time for us all, and I recognise that some residents in university towns and cities such as Falmouth may feel nervous ahead of the start of the academic term.

“But I want to reassure the people of Falmouth that every effort is being made by the Government and universities to ensure that students return to campus as safely and sensibly as possible.

“We have already seen a mammoth effort from universities with a host of protective measures being put in place, such as limiting travel into campus, staggering class times over extended days, and reinforcing hand hygiene, to keep students and local residents as safe as we can during this time.

“But I have been clear that health advice only works if we all follow it and I am urging students, just like the wider public, to do their bit and act responsibly. I have faith in students that they will follow the guidance and by doing so protect their family, friends and local communities, and ensure campuses can remain open.”

Earlier this week the Packet reported on issues with students gathering for parties at a new housing development, with worries about social distancing as well as noise problems.

In response, a spokesperson for Falmouth University said: "Students are required and expected to adhere to government laws and guidelines on Covid-19.

"The university is, and remains, in regular contact with all students and staff to relay the latest government information and remind them of the necessity to follow these rules fully."

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