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.
New Directive on Repetitive Testing
At the end of January 2021, the Federal Council passed a resolution on covering the costs of tests for persons without symptoms. The Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich recommends repetitive testing for “situations in which protective measures can only be implemented to a limited extent and there is an increased risk of transmission.”
At UZH, the Executive Board of the University has issued a new directive for the implementation of the resolution listing the criteria for requesting repetitive testing and explaining the process in detail. In case of questions in this regard please contact the UZH Occupational Medicine team.
Directive on Repetitive Testing (PDF, 41 KB)
New Directive on Shortening Quarantine
The Federal Council has permitted a shortening of quarantine after close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 or after a stay in a state or territory with an increased risk of infection (return quarantine). The decision to shorten the quarantine is made in each individual case through the cantonal authority. At UZH, the Executive Board of the University has issued a new directive for the implementation of the resolution setting out the exact criteria and procedure for such a shortening of quarantine.
Directive on Shortening Quarantine (PDF, 35 KB)
Further information can be found on the website of the Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich.
www.zh.ch/de/gesundheit/coronavirus/contact-tracing (in German)
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.
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.
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.
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 obligatory in all UZH indoor spaces where there is more than one person in the room, e.g. open-plan offices, multi-person rooms, meeting rooms and other shared spaces (shared workstations, corridors, elevators, toilets, break rooms, etc.) as well as during meetings in individual offices. Masks are obligatory in outdoor spaces at UZH in particular wherever the required minimum distance of 1.5 meters between people cannot be kept, e.g. in busy pedestrian areas, in front of buildings, when arriving on or leaving campus, in waiting areas, and in seating and standing areas (benches, tables, etc.).
New Directive for Parents with Children Requiring Care
In view of the special situation, the Executive Board of the University has issued a new Directive on Staff at UZH with Children Requiring Care. The directive corresponds to the statutory provisions of the Canton of Zurich. More detailed information can be found on the UZH for Staff website:
UZH for Staff Website: Directive Staff with Children Requiring Care, dated 27 Oct 20
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.
Procedure for (Suspected) Cases of COVID-19
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UZH, all employees must immediately inform their line managers and are required to stay away from UZH if they become infected with coronavirus, develop symptoms that point to a infection or have been in close contact with someone infected with coronavirus. Please be sure to read the fact sheet on how to proceed in case of a (suspected) COVID-19 infection:
Fact Sheet: Procedure for COVID-19 Infections (Status: 29 September 2020)
Staying Fit and Healthy Working from Home
Tips and ideas for working from home from the Safety, Security and Environment Office:
Fact Sheet: Staying Fit and Healthy Working from Home
Gradual Easing of Ban on Work-Related Travel
Due to the planned gradual lifting of travel restrictions, the Executive Board of the University has decided to in principle allow work-related international travel and stays abroad on behalf of UZH. Members of UZH traveling abroad must follow the relevant travel recommendations of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the provisions issued by transport companies as well as the general rules of hygiene and conduct. International travel on UZH business will continue to be limited to urgent and important trips, which require the approval of the relevant dean or head of Central Services unit.
Approval form for work-related travel abroad (PDF, 124 KB) (Status: 1 July 2020)