Coronavirus / COVID-19

Status: 30 July 2020

Revised Safety Concept for UZH / Safety Concept for Events

The UZH Safety Concept has been revised. In addition, a Safety Concept for Events is now available. Previous safety concepts can continue to be used, but must be adapted accordingly. We recommend using this revised and shortened template.
Safety Concept for the University of Zurich during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Increased On-Site Operations

On-site operations at UZH can be increased for employees as a result of the end of the "extraordinary situation" declared by the federal government from 19 June and the new provisions on personnel law issued by the Government Council of the Canton of Zurich on 1 July.

For Staff: New Regulations for On-Site Operations

In principle, employees can work on site again. The previous directives on Working from Home and Childcare have been revoked and replaced with the Directive on Adapted On-Site Operations (Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2).
All Information for Staff

For Students: Preview of Fall Semester

The Executive Board of the University has decided on basic principles for planning the upcoming Fall Semester. Next semester’s courses will be a blend of online and classroom sessions. In addition, classroom sessions will be planned in such a way that they can in principle also be completed digitally.
All Information for Students

For Teaching Staff: Planning for Fall Semester

The Executive Board of the University has decided on seven principles for planning the Fall Semester 2020. The principles are currently being adapted by the individual faculties to take into account each faculty's specific circumstances.
All Information for Teaching Staff

For Researchers: Return to Normal Research Operations

Research activities are possible again in the buildings of UZH from 8 June 2020 if the guidelines issued by the FOPH on containing the spread of coronavirus, the UZH safety concept and the specific safety concept of the relevant research unit can be adhered to. Further provisions are specified below. 
All Information for Researchers

Reopening of Libraries, Museums and Cafeterias

From 8 June, the university libraries will reopen for UZH members, and most UZH museums and collections will also reopen their doors from 8 June. The provision of food and drink options will be adapted gradually according to demand.
Coronavirus crisis – Services of UZH Libraries
Reopening of UZH Museums
Adapted Cafeteria Services

Timeline of Events at UZH

We managed to save the spring semester for our students. In an infographic we show an overview of and measures taken for the protection of UZH members since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.
Infographic: Timeline of Events at UZH

Protective Measures of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

In Switzerland there are only a small number of infections confirmed by tests. The new Test, Trace, Isolate and Quarantine rules are designed to identify and break the chain of infection from person to person:

  • Test – Identifying infection early on: Do you feel ill, or are you experiencing particular symptoms? Stay at home, do the coronavirus check, or call your doctor on the phone.
  • Trace – Identifying chains of infection: If the coronavirus test indicates an infection, the cantonal authorities consult with the person affected to work out who they had close contact with up to two days before the symptoms of the disease appeared. Then the authorities will notify these close contacts of the possibility that they might be infected, and what to do next.
  • Isolate and quarantine – Breaking chains of infection: If the coronavirus test is positive or you have had close contact with an infected person, you must go into isolation or quarantine to prevent the further spread of the virus. The cantonal authority will contact you and inform you about what to do.

Continue to follow the hygiene and social distancing rules:

  • Keep your distance
  • Masks compulsory on public transport
  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue or the crook of your arm
  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department