Coronavirus / COVID-19

Status: 14 April 2021

On 14 April 2021 the Federal Council decided that face-to-face teaching will be permitted at universities to a greater extent. UZH will inform everyone about the next steps in the course of next week.

UZH Buildings and Libraries Closed to the Public, Museums to Reopen

All UZH buildings and libraries are closed to the public until further notice. Access is permitted for UZH students, employees and authorized people in research and teaching. The university museums and botanical gardens are reopened their regular opening hours.

Current Opening Hours and Services for UZH Members

  • Study Spaces can still be used. Please only use the spaces if there is no suitable space for learning at your home.
  • UZH buildings are accessible to UZH members until Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 7:00pm, exceptions are possible (e.g. libraries). Access thereafter will only be possible for those with a key or access badge: 
    Opening Hours of UZH Buildings
  • The library services available for UZH members can be found on the libraries website:
    Services UZH Libraries
  • The cafeterias are offering a reduced service for UZH members:
    Opening Hours UZH Cafeterias
  • The ASVZ sports facilities (indoor and outdoor) are closed.

Working from Home

From Monday, 18 January 2021, employees shall perform their work duties from home where feasible and where this can be implemented with proportionate effort and expense. This includes research activities. However, research activities requiring a physical presence on the premises of UZH are possible to a limited extent, provided the applicable protective measures are observed.

Directive on Working from Home dated 13 January 2021, effective from 18 January 2021 (PDF, 53 KB)
Detailed Provisions on the Directive on Working from Home (in German)

Line managers should decide which tasks must continue to be performed on site after consulting with their employees. UZH will take individually appropriate safety measures to protect its employees. People at especially high risk will now be provided with special protection. If this applies to you, please get in touch with your line managers to discuss possible solutions.It is therefore important that university units continue to be reachable by phone, e-mail and on Teams/Zoom during office hours.

The steps to relax the current coronavirus measures that the Federal Council decided on 24 February 2021 do not immediately affect UZH’s arrangements for research, teaching, and working from home. The university libraries will continue to open for UZH members, but will remain closed to the public. The university museums and botanical gardens will reopen in March with their regular opening hours.

The Following Points Apply:

  • The ongoing exam session will go ahead as planned by the faculties (digitally as well as on-site). 
  • On-site teaching suspended: On-site events at UZH are prohibited until further notice. Courses (including continuing education programs) will be held entirely in digital formats. Exceptions are courses that require attendance in person (e.g. practical classes in a lab or clinic) and selected individual lessons (e.g. for certain forms of examinations). The faculties (or respective office of the vice president or directorate for some continuing education programs) are responsible for regulating such exceptions.
  • Courses in the 2021 Spring Semester will be held using digital formats, as is currently the case. Classroom teaching remains suspended until further notice. As before, this does not apply to teaching activities that require on-site presence (e.g. teaching in labs or clinics) and one-on-one sessions (e.g. certain exam types).
  • General obligation to wear masks: Masks are now obligatory in all indoor areas of UZH. Masks must also be worn at your workstation or desk. This does not apply to employees who work in individual offices.

This Is How We Protect Each Other at UZH

Everyone at UZH (UZH members as well as external service providers and visitors) must adhere to the following rules

  • We wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor areas of UZH.
  • We adhere to the hygiene and conduct rules of the FOPH.
  • We keep 1.5 meters away from other people at all times.
  • We stay at home when we are ill or have returned from a high-risk area (according to the FOPH).
  • If we have symptoms we observe the current rules.
  • Students, employees and guests only come to the university when their presence on-site is required.
  • UZH recommends using the SwissCovid app.

Safety Concept for the University of Zurich

The protection of students, staff and visitors to the university is of the utmost importance to UZH. Our safety concepts play a central role in ensuring everyone’s security. UZH members are requested to proactively take personal responsibility for ensuring that the safety concepts are implemented and that they and people around them stick to the rules.
Safety Concepts for the University of Zurich