CORONAVIRUS: WORKPLACES IN LIBRARIES TO BE OPEN AGAIN FROM 1 MARCH 2021

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The Federal Council has decided on the first opening steps for next week. For universities, little will change for the time being. The only adjustment: library workplaces will be accessible again from 1 March 2021.
With a gradual opening, the Federal Council wants to give social and economic life more room again. From 1 March 2021, all shops will be able to open, but the number of customers will remain limited.

Museums as well as reading rooms of archives and libraries will also reopen their doors. This means that our students, in particular, will once again have access to workplaces in the libraries. Distance regulations and hygiene measures from the protection concept of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts still apply here.

Outdoor meetings with family and friends as well as sporting and cultural activities with up to 15 people are permitted again. However, private indoor meetings remain limited to five people. The range of activities for children, adolescents and young adults has been deliberately expanded. For example, children’s and youth choirs are allowed to sing again. In addition, offers of open child and youth work such as youth clubs are accessible again (cf. media release of 24.02.2021).

The next opening step, which could also mean changes for the university, is scheduled for 22 March 2021. Among other things, this will involve cultural and sporting events with an audience (on a limited scale) and the abolition of the home office obligation. For the assessment of the next opening step, the Federal Council has set benchmarks, including the 7-day incidence and the utilisation of hospital capacity. The decision on further opening measures is expected for 19 March 2021.

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