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Vox pop: Why did you ignore the one way system?

Well-being — Six University of Copenhagen students explain why they did not comply with corona regulations in building 2 at the CSS campus.

Each faculty has its own corona rules. At CSS, they have introduced a one way system in corridors in building 2, so teachers and students do not bump into each other, clog up the corridors, and infect each other. But if you go for a walk on campus, you can see that the guidelines are not always being followed.

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Elisabeth Lyngsie

Studies first semester psychology on the bachelor’s degree programme

Do you walk in the right direction, or not?

I try to go along with the rules. But when there are not that many people in the corridors, I just walk any direction. When I’m going to the canteen, I take the closest staircase, even though it’s one-way in the opposite direction. You only have fifteen minutes to get there and buy coffee. It is also easy to just follow the others.

What do you think of the university trying to fight corona like this?

It’s OK. They have to do something specific. But when you have to switch classes in the classrooms, there are a lot of people in the corridor. And when we don’t uphold distancing, then the one way system is useless.

Does it work?

No, I don’t really think so. I don’t think it works. But it may help keep it at the top of your mind that you have to take precautions. You are certainly reminded of it all the time.

Oskar Bjørkmann

Studies first semester politics on the bachelor’s degree programme

Do you walk in the right direction, or not?

Normally, I would follow the rules and the one way system. But now that my classroom was so close to an exit, I went against it.

What do you think of the university trying to fight corona like this?

I think it’s sensible. I am not sure people are complying with it. When you go to the bathroom you don’t go all the way around to get back to your classroom again. But the principle is good. I reckon people will comply with this to some extent.

Does it work?

I definitely think it does help. You have to make a decision on it when you have to go up to the 1st floor, because if you comply, you have to go up from the other end of the building. If this was really to work, I think there would have to be staff guiding people around. The rule about the one way system came before the mask rules, and I thought it was really well thought out. Even though the masks probably have a bigger effect.

Alberte Friis Hansen og Anikka Hassenkam

Study first semester politics on the bachelor’s degree programme

Do you walk in the right direction, or not?

It depends on how difficult it is. We have just been down to get some water, and on our way back we went against the one way system.

What do you think of the university trying to fight corona like this?

I find this initiative pretty silly. The other guidelines are fine.

Do you think it works?

No.

Sam Bryson

Studies first semester global development on the master’s degree programme

Do you walk in the right direction, or not?

I try to go along with the rules. I was not actually aware of what the ‘ensrettet’ [’one-way’ on the signage, ed.] meant at the start, so I hadn’t noticed it.

What do you think of the university trying to fight corona like this?

It is a bit unrealistic with the one way system when the hallways are so narrow and there are sitting areas. But the guidelines are fine.

Does it work?

No, not really. People crowd together all over campus, especially in the canteen. The most important thing is to have a mask on.

Anna Ovasapian

Studies first semester psychology on the bachelor’s degree programme

 

Do you walk in the right direction, or not?

I try to, as much as possible. If I’m in a rush, I don’t always do it. This applies to both if I have to go to a particular floor and when have to go back to class after having been to the bathroom.

What do you think of the university trying to fight corona like this?

I don’t really think it works. I don’t know whether this is actually based on science. It seems like symbolic politics.

Does it work?

Not if it is not observed. There are a lot of people in the corridor when a class has to enter a room. If you have to go through them, then it doesn’t matter whether it is a one way system or not.

image: Johanne Nedergaard/Uniavisen
It is packed in the corridors between the lectures.
image: Johanne Nedergaard/Uniavisen
image: Johanne Nedergaard/Uniavisen

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