FAQ on Mask-Wearing

Who has to wear a mask?

The obligation to wear a mask applies to anyone present at UZH (UZH members as well as visitors and external service providers) in indoor and outdoor spaces.

Where outdoors do I have to wear a mask?

Masks must be worn in outdoor areas at UZH wherever the required minimum distance of 1.5 meters can't be observed, in particular in busy pedestrian zones, in front of buildings, when going to/leaving campus, in waiting areas, in seating and standing areas (benches, tables, etc.).

Do I have to wear a mask all the time?

Masks may be removed to eat or drink. But removal of masks should be kept as short as possible.

What types of mask should be worn?

In medical areas hygiene masks (surgical or medical masks) are to be worn. In all other areas of UZH, hygiene masks or industrially produced textile masks (community masks) may be worn. The COVID-19 Task Force has recommendations for these masks designed to ensure a certain level of protection.
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) recommendations

Home-made masks may not be used.

Where can I buy masks at UZH?

You can buy masks at various ZFV cafeteria sites (as of October 2020)

  • Irchel Campus: Seerose, Café Complet
  • City Campus: Platte 14, Café Complet, UniTurm, Cafeteria Rämistrasse
  • Oerlikon Campus: Cafeteria Binzmühle, Cafeteria Cityport, Restaurant Forum
    Locations of UZH Cafeterias

At Irchel Campus there is also a vending machine with masks (in front of building Y23 / Facility Management Irchel Campus info counter).

On what grounds can someone be dispensed from the obligation to wear a mask?

Children under age 12 and people who can prove that they cannot wear a face mask on specific grounds (particularly medical grounds) are dispensed from the mask requirement.

Will UZH pay for masks?

Students and externals are responsible for supplying their own protective masks. The regulations for UZH staff can be found on the following page:
For Staff: Mask-Wearing and Provision/Reimbursement of Costs

What is the mask-wearing requirement based on?

The mask-wearing requirement is based on the social distancing and hygiene recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).