Information and FAQ for Staff

Status: 15 November 2021

Fact Sheet for Christmas and End-of-Year Events at UZH

The end of 2021 at UZH continues to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, we will still be holding various Christmas and end-of-year celebrations. This fact sheet summarizes the rules that apply to each type of event. Please find out about the currently applicable regulations at UZH before you start planning your event.

It is mandatory for all organizers, contributors and participants to adhere to these rules. The organizers of each event are responsible for making sure that the rules are adhered to. The rules reflect the current legal situation as of 25 October 2021. The fact sheet will be amended accordingly should the situation change over the next few weeks.

Fact Sheet for Christmas and End-of-Year Events at UZH (PDF, 144 KB)

New Directive: "Adapted On-Site Operations with Partial Certificate Requirement"

The Covid certificate requirement applies to students as well as to employees who are often or always present in on-site courses or continuing education classes for which Covid certificates are required. From 20 September 2021, the new directive on adapted on-site operations with partial certificate requirement replaces the previous directive of 24 August 2021.

UZH for Staff: Working Hours and Absences

Covid Requirement in Cafeterias, Libraries, Museums and ASVZ

In UZH cafeterias, a valid Covid certificate is required. Excluded are locations that are operated entirely as take-aways. The certificate requirement is based on the operator's safety concept. The UZH Covidpass is not accepted.
UZH Cafeterias

To the UZH libraries, entry is only permitted for those with a valid Covid certificate or UZH Covid Pass. Loans and returns are excluded from this requirement. Masks may be removed at library study spaces only when seated; users must wear a mask when moving about.
Services UZH Libraries during Corona Restrictions

In UZH  museums and collections, a valid Covid certificate (official EU or Swiss certificate) is required in all public indoor areas.

Note: The UZH Covidpass is only accepted for courses in UZH museums and collections.
UZH Museums and Collections

In university sports, a valid Covid certificate is required for indoor sports (as well as outdoor offerings for 200 or more people). The certificate requirement is based on the safety concept of the ASVZ. The UZH Covidpass is not accepted.
ASVZ: Safety Concept (in German)

Covid Certificate Requirement in Events and Courses

From 20 September 2021, everyone attending on-site courses or other events at UZH must have a valid Covid certificate. The following documents are accepted:

  • Swiss Covid Certificate
  • Official certificates from EU/EFTA countries
  • UZH Covidpass

plus other certificates that are recognized under Swiss law.

People who do not have one of the above documents may have their foreign Covid certificate converted or request a Swiss Covid Certificate (see below), provided certain conditions are met. In the meantime they must get tested to obtain a pass. In this case they are entitled to use the free UZH testing service. 

Requesting a Swiss Covid Certificate

People who have been vaccinated abroad with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson or AstraZeneca can apply for an official Swiss Covid Certificate, whatever their country of origin. If certain conditions are met, those vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm can also apply for a certificate. Please request the Swiss Covid Certificate via your canton of residence.
Canton Zurich: Covid certificate for persons vaccinated abroad

Covid Pool Testing at UZH / UZH Covidpass

UZH is offering free Covid tests for students and employees who are required to have certificates, e.g. teaching staff, from Sunday, 10 October 2021 until the end of the February 2022 exam period. Testing facilities are located in front of the Dozierendenfoyer on Campus Irchel and the Foyer West of the Main Building on City Campus.

In the case of a negative test result, a UZH Covidpass is issued. NB. this is not a Covid Certificate valid throughout Switzerland; it is an electronic document valid only for events subject to mandatory Covid certificates, libraries and museums at UZH. It is also valid for courses at other Zurich higher education institutions and the UniversityHospital Zurich (USZ). It will be sent by e-mail and is valid for 72 hours after the test was done. Thus, for a normal week of university attendance, two tests would be required.
All Information on Testing at UZH
FAQ on Testing at UZH

Mask Recommendation

Masks will no longer be mandatory in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Otherwise, masks continue to be mandatory in all indoor public spaces at UZH.

Vaccinations at UZH

UZH supports the vaccination campaign of the Federal Office of Public Health. By getting vaccinated, we can help to contain the pandemic so that we can all go back to researching and working without restrictions. UZH will not exclude anyone based on their personal decision whether or not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. This also means that a person’s vaccination status is not relevant when it comes to determining whether they work on site.

You can find all information about vaccinations at UZH on our website: 
Have a Heart for UZH

Mask Requirement

Masks are mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor areas at UZH, including study spaces. 

Masks are not required in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Masks are also not required in outdoor areas and in all workplaces (offices, laboratories, workshops, etc.) in indoor areas not accessible to the public, provided that the safety concepts are observed and the distance of 1.5m from other people can be maintained.

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. (in German)

Directive for Parents with Children Requiring Care

In view of the special situation, the Executive Board of the University has issued a 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

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)