Covid – 19 situation for the fallsemester 20

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ZHAW – Information

Rules of conduct and access to buildings

The rules of conduct and the access on the ZHAW premises are regulated by the ZHAW COVID-19 safety plan (last updated on 26.08.2020). The most important key points are:

  • From 1 September, face masks must be worn in all buildings and interiors of the ZHAW. The obligation to wear a mask applies to everyone in common spaces, meeting zones and classrooms.
  • In general, students must bring their own masks to the classroom. However, participants in continuing education will be provided with a replacement mask by the programme director if it has been forgotten or lost.
  • For all interactions on the premises of the ZHAW premises, the minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained whenever possible.
  • Everyone who enters ZHAW buildings must observe the applicable hygiene and distancing rulesset out by the Federal Office of Public Health.
  • Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 may not come to the ZHAW and must put themselves in isolation and quarantine.

HSLU – Information

Requirement to wear a face mask starting 1 September 2020

Starting 1 September 2020, all occupants of the buildings of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts are required to wear a face mask. The mask must be worn in all publicly accessible interior spaces of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts campuses, from the moment of entering the building until the person reaches his or her designated place or seat. This means that wearing a face mask is required in all entrance halls, corridors, staircases, communal and recess zones, lifts and lavatories. A distance of 1.5 metres will be observed in most classroom and work spaces. If, in rare cases, this cannot be acheived – for instance in coaching situations or activities in labs, workshops and studios – face masks must be worn. Face masks are not required in the outdoor spaces as long as the minimum distance is being maintained.
The cafeterias and libraries regulate access to their premises with their own precautionary measures.
Students, participants in continuing and executive education programmes as well as members of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have to bring their own face masks. In certain instruction settings, where the required distances cannot be maintained, lecturers or heads of programme will supply face masks.

Distancing and hygiene rules inside the buildings

The buildings of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts are open to employees, students in education or continuing education programmes as well as to visitors. To protect all occupants of the buildings, the following distancing and hygiene rules apply in addition to the mask-wearing mandate:

  • A minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained
  • Frequent hand-washing and sanitising
  • Observing distance markers and notifications inside the buildings

Hybrid instruction model

With its hybrid instruction model in the 2020 autumn semester, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts combines online formats and attendance-based instruction – both in its education and continuing and executive education programmes. Compared with a normal semester, there will be fewer people on the premises, which is why the minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained. 

SwissCovid app

The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts highly recommends its employees, students and participants in continuing education programmes install the SwissCovid app in a joint effort to break the chain of transmission.

Libraries and cafeterias

The libraries of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have reopened for all library-based services. Working spaces are available at the libraries. They must be used in full compliance with any current distancing and hygiene recommendations.
Please read the latest information in the library blog: blog.hslu.ch/bibliothek (only in German).

The cafeterias of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have reopened as well. Their range of products is slightly smaller than usual and they have their own precautionary measures in place.

Procedure if you fall ill with COVID-19

Students in education or continuing and executive education programmes, employees as well as visitors are prohibited from entering the premises of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, if

  • they have been tested positive for COVID-19.
  • they experience typical COVID-19 symptoms
  • they have had close contact with an infected person (less than 1.5 metres for more than 15 minutes without mask).

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 are not legally required to notify the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. However, we recommend you get in touch with your head of programme if you have COVID-19 or suspect that you might have it. The information will be treated with utmost confidence; your privacy rights will be protected.

The official procedure around contact tracing is within the purview of the cantons.

Students can find more information about the procedure in case of a (suspected) infection with COVID-19 HERE.

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