Information and FAQ for Staff

Update: 19 January 2022

The Federal Council has extended the obligation to work from home until the end of February and the 2G(+) rules for some indoor areas, the extended mask requirement indoors, and the 3G rule for events until the end of March. As a result, the current Covid measures of UZH remain in effect.

The Federal Council also decided not to introduce a ban on face-to-face teaching at universities and universities of applied sciences. This means that exams can be held as planned.

Please note the instructions on how to proceed in the event of Covid infection:

Procedure for Covid-19 infections, for staff and line managers

Procedure for Covid-19 infections, for students

Obligation to Work from Home

The individual organizational units of UZH are tasked with implementing the Federal Council’s instruction to work from home by drawing up appropriate rules for their employees. Employees shall work from home provided it is possible, reasonable and proportionate. It is important that university units remain operational and available during office hours. 

Ensuring that courses and examinations are held as set out in the course catalogue takes precedent over the instruction to work from home.

Directive on Adapted On-Site Operations and Working from Home, of 20 December 2021 (Website UZH for Staff)

Masks Mandatory

A general obligation to wear a mask applies to all buildings, in all indoor areas at UZH as well as in the indoor areas operated by UZH, regardless of whether an area is subject to mandatory Covid certificates. Activities in which masks can't be worn for safety or other reasons – e.g. when teaching classes – are exempt from this rule.
General Ruling to Expand Mandatory Masks (in German) (PDF, 25 KB)

Covid Requirement in Cafeterias, Libraries, Museums and ASVZ

In UZH cafeterias, a valid 2G 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. 
UZH Cafeterias

To the UZH libraries, entry for UZH members is only permitted for those with a valid 3G Covid certificate. For Non-UZH members, a valid 2G Covid certificate is required. Loans and returns are excluded from this requirement. 
Services UB Libraries during Corona Situation (in German)

In UZH  museums and collections, a valid 2G Covid certificate (official EU or Swiss certificate) is required in all public indoor areas.
UZH Museums and Collections

In university sports, a valid 2G 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.
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
  • ETH CoVMass

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. 

Courses and exams: 3G

For Courses and exams at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level, the previous 3G regulation (access for persons with a certificate confirming vaccination, recovery or negative test) with obligatory masks continues to apply.

Courses and exams at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level will go ahead unchanged as set out in the course catalogue (based on Art. 19a of the Covid-19 Special Situation Ordinance).

All other events: 2G

For anything else on UZH premises (for example public events, continuing education classes, the ASVZ or cafeterias), 2G conditions will apply from 20 December: Access is only permitted to persons with a certificate that confirms full recovery or vaccination. Depending on the area, 2G+ rules may also be applied (certificate of recovery or vaccination plus mask requirement).

Covid Pool Testing at UZH 

UZH is offering free Covid tests for students and employees who are required to have certificates, e.g. teaching staff until further notice.
All Information on Testing at UZH
FAQ on Testing 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

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