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Information on coronavirus

Information on the effects of coronavirus on activities at Aalto University.

On this page you will find the most important and up-to-date guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic. Supplementary information can be found from the page Internal instructions related to coronavirus (requires log-in). Further instructions and relevant links are at the bottom of this page.

Update 27 November. We very highly recommend that everyone wear a face mask when indoors. We will work remotely. Each contact teaching event will be limited to 10 people. Avoid staying in general indoor spaces on campus. Read the latest release below.

 

We hope that all Aalto community members follow these guidelines and share responsibility for their own and our community's safety.

Facilities and safety 

  • While working and studying on campus, everyone must do their part to keep physical distance from others and maintain good hand hygiene.
  • If you have a cold, flu or other infectious disease, stay home. If you have coronavirus-like symptoms, get tested.
  • The number of workstations and meeting rooms on campus have been reduced to about one half of the normal capacity.
  • Avoid staying in general indoor spaces on campus
  • Aalto University encourages students and personnel to use the coronavirus tracing app Koronavilkku (koronavilkku.fi).

Recommendation on mask use

  • We very highly recommend that everyone wear a face mask when indoors (for example, in study or classroom situations, in the lobbies and corridors of campus buildings, , in campus restaurants before and after eating, and when in workspaces where several people are present) unless you have a special medical reason for not wearing a mask.   
  • Aalto University offers appropriate respirators for work and teaching situations where social distancing is not possible, for example, in laboratories, workshops or teaching that necessitates closer contact. For work travel abroad, the university provides respirators required by the airline and/or destination country.

Working

  • We will work remotely. Only work or attend meetings on campus if this is absolutely unavoidable. 
  •  The maximum number of participants in meetings that have to be held on campus will be 10 people.  
  • Pre-Christmas parties for university staff and e.g. presentation events by student guilds are held either online or outdoors in groups of no more than 10 people, while taking account of safety instructions. 
  • If you come to campus to work, reserve a work space according to your unit’s guidelines.
  • Read further guidelines on page Internal instructions related to coronavirus.

Studying and teaching

  • Teaching and studying will continue, in large part, remotely. 
  • Contact teaching deemed essential by the schools on week 48 will continue until the end of Period II. Each contact teaching event will be limited to 10 people.
  • Arrangements for examinations will change in that no more than 10 persons may sit for an exam in the same space. 
  • Self-study spaces on campus have temporarily been taken out of use.
  • Students taking part in in-person teaching can reserve a work station on the same day as teaching occurs.
  • Give special consideration to wearing a face mask when in a contact teaching event in order to ensure the safety of all participants.
  • You may visit the university premises for a justified reason related to your studies, and foot traffic congestion should be avoided.
  • Buildings where in-person teaching occurs or with a student cafeteria will remain open. Entry will occur from specially marked doors.
  • Up-to-date coronavirus guidelines for students can be found here

Events and visitors

  • •We recommend organising all meetings, events and exhibits remotely.
  • If a remote meeting isn’t possible, the maximum number of participants will be 10 people.
  • If hosting a visitor on campus is absloutely necessary, appropriate safety measures must be taken and it must be ensured that the visitor has no symptoms.
  • We are not receiving visitors who have arrived from countries with higher incidence rates (thl.fi) within the past 10 days prior to the visit. Persons who arrive from countries with low incidence rates may visit the campus even earlier than that if absolutely necessary.

Travel

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27 November: New restrictions and recommendations

The authorities have today, 27 November, issued new restrictions and recommendations to stop the coronavirus epidemic in the Helsinki metropolitan area. As we want to ensure the health and safety of the Aalto community and prevent infections and cases of exposure, we are now issuing new detailed policies on the use of the Otaniemi campus. Our goal is to ensure that essential contact teaching and research experiments can continue on campus. In addition, we want to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus right before the holiday season. These new policies will be in force from 30 November 2020 to 20 December 2020. 

Face masks: 

We strongly urge everyone to wear a face mask indoors (for example, when studying, in the lobbies and corridors of campus buildings, in campus restaurants before and after eating, and in workspaces where several people are present) unless you have a special medical reason for not wearing a mask. 

Working, teaching and exams: 

From 30 November to 20 December 2020: 

  • We will work remotely. Only work or attend meetings on campus if this is absolutely unavoidable. 
  • The maximum number of participants in meetings that have to be held on campus will be 10 people.  
  • For example, any pre-Christmas parties for university staff and e.g. presentation events by student guilds must be held either online or outdoors in groups of no more than 10 people, while taking account of safety instructions. 
  • A maximum of 10 people may take an exam in the same space at the same time.  
  • Contact teaching deemed essential by the schools this week (week 48) will continue until the end of Period II. Each contact teaching event will be limited to 10 people.
  • Wearing a face mask is particularly important when you attend a contact teaching event to ensure the safety of all participants. 
  • Avoid staying in general indoor spaces on campus. 

 
As the coronavirus epidemic remains just now at a critical stage, we call on everyone in the Aalto community to follow the guidelines and take responsibility for their personal safety and the safety of the community.  

For the current guidelines and instructions on coronavirus, see the coronavirus information site on aalto.fi at: 

https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university/information-on-coronavirus  

Let’s take good care of each other! 

The Crisis Management Team

The Aalto University Crisis Management Team (CMT) is responsible for Aalto University’s instructions. Led by the president, the CMT includes the head of security and risk management and director of communications, as well as other key Aalto staff as necessary. The CMT follows the coronavirus situation, keeping in close contact with authorities and formulating measures to be taken by the university, while also making use of the situational assessment of Finnish authorities and expert opinions.

 

If you didn't find the answers to your questions in the material published on this website, you can send your questions by e-mail to [email protected]

Advisory services

  • If you suspect you’ve contracted the coronavirus, the Terveystalo website provides instructions for home care and treatment. Contact Terveystalo primarily through Doctor chat 24/7. You will need your online banking credentials or a mobile identification to sign in. If you don’t have these credentials, call 030 6000 and your call is directed to a doctor.
  • A nationwide telephone helpline provides general information on the coronavirus, 0295 535 535. This telephone counseling does not provide health counseling or counseling for acute symptoms on call. Open from 8 am to 9 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays.
  • The public health care helpline number is 116 117 (24/7).

 

Useful links

 

THL.fi: Coronavirus COVID-19 - latest updates

YHTS.fi: Current information concerning the coronavirusTerveystalo website

UM.fi: Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Travel advisories (in Finnish)

UM.fi Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Info on coronavirusWHO.org: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Opening hours for campus restaurants and café's

Useful instructions

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Information regarding support for online teaching at opit.aalto.fi

Information regarding support for online teaching at opit.aalto.fi

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Coronavirus - Information for students

Coronavirus - Information for students

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Coronavirus guidance for events

This page contains instruction for planning events and exhibitions at Aalto University. It also provides links and tips on tools for organising a virtual event.

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News related to coronavirus on aalto.fi

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