Coronavirus / COVID-19

Current information

The Department of Education of the Canton of Zurich and the Federal Council announced further easing steps in the days ahead. These have no direct impact on operations at the University of Zurich. The opening hours of UZH buildings from 8 June on forwards will be communicated next Wednesday, 3 June.

Last updated: 19 May 2020

Return to On-Site Operations: Safety Concept for UZH

To ensure a careful return to on-site operations, the Executive Board of the University has approved a new safety concept. 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 of UZH is largely based on the model safety concept issued by the Swiss federal government and prioritizes the protection of people who are at especially high risk (see section 4 of the concept). In principle, people in high-risk groups must continue to work from home wherever and whenever possible. Basic Safety Concept of UZH
  • Specific Safety Concept. Using this basic safety concept as a starting point, the various organizational units of UZH have been instructed to develop their own specific safety concepts, which may vary depending on the composition of their staff, their operations and their available space. Line managers must make staff in their unit familiar with the concept and ensure that the relevant measures are implemented.

The following still applies:

Working from Home or On-Site

UZH members may return to their workplace as part of the gradual return to normal operations and with the agreement of their line managers provided the government recommendations on hygiene and social distancing and the provisions of UZH's safety concept can be met. The Executive Board of the University issued a new directive in this regard on 28 April 2020. It replaces the previous directive on working from home of 27 March 2020. The directive for employees with children requiring care has also been revised.
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Courses with Distance-Learning Formats until 7 June 2020

All courses will continue to be held remotely using distance-learning formats until 7 June 2020. From 8 June 2020, exceptions are possible for classes that for practical reasons cannot be held remotely. Teaching staff are however still required to hold examinations in digital format wherever possible.
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Research Operations with Reduced Presence

Research activities on the premises of UZH will be possible again from 27 April onwards if the conditions mentioned above are met. Research units need to submit a concept to the relevant faculty dean for approval.
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UZH Buildings Generally Open to Staff

UZH buildings remain closed, but UZH employees may in principle enter the buildings.

Gradual Reopening of UZH Libraries

Effective immediately, libraries are offering an on-demand scanning service for exam-related literature for teaching staff. From 11 May onwards, researchers and teaching staff will have access to the libraries in accordance with the relevant regulations. From 8 June, the university’s libraries will be open to all users again.
Gradual reopening of UZH libraries

Gradual Reopening of UZH Museums

In accordance with the Federal Council’s directive for cultural institutions, most museums and collections at UZH will also reopen their doors from 8 June.
Gradual reopening of UZH museums

Changes to Cafeteria Services

The provision of food and drink options will be adapted gradually according to demand. More information can be found on the UZH Cafeterias website.

Protective Measures of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

The Federal Council still categorizes the situation in Switzerland as extraordinary under the terms of the Epidemics Act. But it will now gradually begin to ease these measures. The focus is now on the following measures:

  • Keep your distance. Avoid groups of people. Leave space between you and the person in front of you when standing in line. Stay away from close family and friends at especially high risk.
  • Recommendation: If it’s not possible to keep your distance, wear a mask. There is no need to wear a face mask in public if you are in good health. However, we recommend you do so in situations, where you are unable to maintain a distance of 2 meters (e.g. on public transport or close-contact services).
  • Continue to work from home if possible. Carry on working from home if you are able to do so. This way, you are reducing your interaction with others and preventing the spread of the virus. Employers must establish a set of precautionary measures for employees in the workplace to ensure that hygiene and social distancing rules can be observed.

Still important:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly. Wash your hands properly several times a day with water and soap.
  • Avoid shaking hands and other physical contact when greeting people.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm. Cover your mouth and nose with a paper handkerchief when you sneeze or cough. If you don’t have a tissue, please sneeze or cough into your elbow, not your hands. This is more hygienic. If you do sneeze or cough into your hands, you should wash them straight afterwards using water and soap, if possible.
  • Stay at home if you experience symptoms. If you are feeling sick, it is recommended that you stay at home. This will prevent the disease from spreading to others.
  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor's or the emergency department. Call your GP or the canton’s medical hotline (phone 0800 33 66 55) to discuss the next steps.