Coronavirus / COVID-19

Status 30: June 2021

Mask Duty

Masks are mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor rooms at UZH, as well as in all classrooms during on-site seminars or lectures. This explicitly also applies to workspaces for independent study for which registration is not required.

Masks are not required in outdoor areas and in all workplaces (offices, laboratories, workshops, etc.) in indoor areas not accessible to the public, and at workspaces for independent study for which registration is required (e.g. in libraries), provided that the safety concepts are observed and the distance of 1.5m from other people can be maintained.

Exams Spring Semester 2021

The exams still pending in the current 2021 Spring Semester will take place as planned.

Covid Certificate

Covid certificates will not be required for courses that are part of the regular curriculum, for research projects or for the workplace.

Special events outside of the regular curriculum are once again permitted at UZH and can be conducted with or without a Covid-19 certificate requirement.

  • For events with a Covid certificate, the full room capacity can be used and there is no mask requirement.
  • For events without a Covid certificate, a maximum of two-thirds of the room capacity can be used and a mask must be worn.
  • There are no Covid-related capacity restrictions for outdoor events.

Working from Home

Instead of the previous requirement to work from home, the Federal Council now recommends working from home. The recommendation applies with immediate effect (until 23 August). On this basis, the operational units can gradually increase their on-site operations according to their own planning in a start-up phase.

The Directive on Working from Home of 18 January 2021 will be replaced with immediate effect by the Directive on Adapted On-Site Operations.

The current UZH directives on shortening quarantine and on employees with childcare responsibilities will remain in effect until further notice (at least until 23 August).
Human Resources: Directives

Business Travel

Business trips on behalf of UZH are generally permitted if the applicable travel instructions of the FDFA, the specifications of transport companies and the general hygiene and conduct measures can be observed. Internal authorization is no longer required.


Special approval for research projects with study participants from risk groups is no longer required.

UZH Buildings and Libraries Closed to the Public until 5 July

All UZH buildings and libraries are closed to the public except for those attending public events until 5 July 2021. 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 are open again.

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 a safe distance 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 Concepts for the University of Zurich