Coronavirus COVID-19

Status: 24 March 2020, 4:00 p.m.

Digital Teaching, Skeleton Staff, Only Exceptional Research

Switzerland, and with it the University of Zurich, is faced with an extraordinary situation. To protect the members of UZH, we have decided to take the following measures:

Courses with distance-learning formats until further notice

All courses will be held using distance-learning methods and digital tools. The aim is for students to be able to complete the semester incl. exams/assessments as normal. Our goal is still to allow students to access the course content and to support them in dealing with the course content and in completing their relevant assessments.
Further information for Students

In principle, employees must work from home

All UZH employees who are not required to be on-site must no longer come to work at the university. Teaching staff who want to make their courses available as podcasts are excluded from this rule. Line managers are advised to agree with their employees informally how their work rate can be maintained as far as possible using suitable means and arrangements.
Further information for Staff

Only exceptional research on-site

Only people who are overseeing crucial research systems and experiments may stay in the university’s buildings. Picking up documents and materials and completing experiments will be allowed until 25 March 2020. After this date, admission to university buildings will require non-transferable approval. Information for Researchers.
Further Information for Researchers

UZH buildings closed until further notice

The UZH buildings will be closed from Friday, 20 March, 6:00 p.m. Access will only be possible for authorized staff (e.g. with a key badge or entry controls) if this is absolutely necessary. All other people must work from home. Teaching staff who want to make their courses available as podcasts etc. may still come to UZH to do so. Details are available on the website for teaching staff:
Further information for teaching staff

University museums and libraries closed

The university’s museums and libraries will remain closed until further notice. UZH members may order library media online and have them delivered to their homes free of charge. UZH members may make a special request for access to a library if they require media or documents that cannot be copied or digitalized.

Public events cancelled until 31 May 2020

All events outside of the regular teaching and research activities have been cancelled until 31 May 2020 or must be held using digital formats.

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

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has declared that an “extraordinary situation” exists in Switzerland and the Federal Council is calling on everyone to stay home. The highest priority is to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, protect people at especially high risk, and assure the provision of hospital care for severe cases of infection and all other urgent treatments.

The general protective measures still apply:

  1. Keep your distance. Protect the elderly by keeping a safe distance. Keep your distance from others in a queue and keep your distance at meetings.
  2. Avoid shaking hands and other physical contact when greeting people.
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly. Wash your hands properly several times a day with water and soap.
  4. 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.
  5. Stay at home if you have a high temperature and a cough. If you are feeling sick, it is recommended that you stay at home. This will prevent the disease from spreading to others.
  6. 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.