Safety Concept for the University of Zurich during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Return to On-Site Operations: Safety Concept for UZH

This safety concept aims to protect all people entering UZH premises (staff, external service providers, visitors, patients, etc.) against coronavirus infection as best as possible. UZH’s safety concept is made up of two parts: 

  • Basic Safety Concept of UZH. The Basic Safety Concept for the University of Zurich describes the general rules of conduct and safety measures.
  • Specific Safety Concepts. The Specific Safety Concepts serve as the basis for practical implementation.
    • Safety Concept for Organizational Units. The Safety Concept for Organizational Units serves the implementation rules of conduct and safety measures in their areas of responsibility.
    • New: Safety Concept for Events. The Safety Concept for Events is required for courses and events with close contact, events featuring external guests and events featuring more than 100 people in allocated rooms as well as rooms managed by external providers.

Basic Safety Concept as PDF

The key rules and measures of the basic safety concept are briefly explained below. For more details, please check the following document:

Basic Safety Concept of UZH (Status 28 July 2020) (PDF, 164 KB)

Please also take into account the specific safety concept of your organizational unit.

Key Rules and Measures at a Glance

Hand Hygiene and Disinfection of Surfaces

Everyone must wash their hands with soap and water regularly. In particular, they should do so immediately after arriving at their workplace, after any unavoidable contact with other people and before and after breaks. Hand sanitizer must be used wherever this is not possible. 
FOPH: What’s the right way to wash your hands?

Maintaining Distance

All staff and visitors must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from one another and adhere to the University of Zurich’s other distancing rules. When maintaining a distance of less than 1.5 meters is unavoidable, technical or organizational measures such as substitution (e.g. working on different tasks), partitions, non-changing teams or wearing hygiene masks must be taken. In addition, areas where people may move about and congregate must be defined.

Appropriate Cleaning, Ventilation and Waste Disposal

Objects and surfaces need to be cleaned regularly, especially if they have been touched by several people (e.g. door handles, elevator buttons, coffee machines). Regular and sufficient exchange of the air in rooms must be ensured through ventilation. In principal, the cleaning service disposes of household waste from the rooms.

Self-Isolation and Self-Quarantine

People who are ill (with typical Covid-19 symptoms) or those who have come into contact with infected people are required to immediately self-isolate or self-quarantine and to inform their line-managers.
Procedure for Covid-19 Infections
FOPH: Recommendations regarding self-isolation and self-quarantine


The following provisions apply to courses at UZH:

  • People must be able to keep a distance of 1.5 meters in teaching rooms (e.g. lecture halls and seminar rooms) at all times.
  • For rooms allocated centrally, room occupancy is determined and displayed by Events Management.
  • Courses and events where applicable social distancing rules cannot be observed (e.g. practical courses with close contact ), events featuring external guests, and events in external and allocated rooms with more than 100 people (e.g. lecture halls, seminar rooms and practical training rooms) require a safety concept.
    Safety Concept for Events (Template) (PDF, 558 KB)

Non-public events

For non-public events held in the rooms of the respective organizational unit, hygiene and social distancing rules must be observed, or other protective measures (e.g. compulsory wearing of masks) must be taken. If neither social distancing rules nor other protective measures can be implemented, the contact details of those present must be recorded and passed on to the cantonal medical service upon request. In allocated rooms (lecture halls, seminar rooms, practical training rooms, etc.), maximum occupancy as well as seating arrangements must be observed.

SwissCovid app

Health experts and the Executive Board of the University urgently recommend installing and using theSwissCovid app.
FOPH: Instruction Video on the SwissCovid app

Approval for trips and stays abroad on behalf of UZH

Trips and stays abroad on behalf of UZH require approval. Quarantine provisions must be ovserved when traveling from high-risk areas.
UZH Staff: Approval Form Work Related Travel (PDF, 124 KB)
BAG: Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland