Coronavirus / COVID-19

Status: 2 November 2020

On-Site Teaching Suspended / General Obligation to Wear Masks

The Federal Council has announced new measures to contain and curb the second wave of the pandemic. As a result of these measures, UZH must further reduce its on-site presence. The following points now apply:

  • 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.
  • General Obligation to Wear Masks: Masks are now obligatory in all indoor and outdoor areas of UZH except for in offices that are only occupied by one person and in which the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained.

The following still applies:

  • The buildings will remain open in principle.
  • Services (e.g. libraries, advisory services, cafeterias) will continue to be provided as far as possible. More information about the opening hours of the cafeterias can be found on the cafeterias website.
  • UZH employees should continue to work on site with as limited a presence as possible.
  • Study spaces in libraries, public areas and selected lecture halls continue to be available for students to use.
  • Research continues to be permitted on-site provided the applicable protective measures are observed.

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 and guests only come to the university when their presence on-site is required.
  • UZH recommends using the SwissCovid app.

Safety Concept for the University of Zurich

The protection of students, staff and visitors to the university is of the utmost importance to UZH. Our safety concepts play a central role in ensuring everyone’s security. UZH members are requested to proactively take personal responsibility for ensuring that the safety concepts are implemented and that they and people around them stick to the rules.
Safety Concepts for the University of Zurich

Timeline of Events at UZH

An infographic showing the measures taken to protect UZH members since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
Infographic: Timeline of Events at UZH