Dear members of the Aalto community,
The Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group has issued extensive mask and remote work recommendations due to the worsening coronavirus situation. Aalto University recommends that employees work remotely tasks permitting, and that face masks be used in all spaces where other people are present. These recommendations on remote work and masks are effective immediately and will stay in force until 16 January 2022.
Teaching, studying and working on campus
In Period II, teaching will follow the previously planned timetable, and spaces can be used to full capacity while we simultaneously ensure health security. We will publish information on the potential further details affecting the spring 2022 teaching arrangements by the beginning of December.
We recommend that Aalto employees work remotely tasks permitting and hold meetings online. Those working on campus should reserve a workspace through the Aalto Space app.
For example, teaching staff and the employees working in workshops, laboratories and service desks work on campus, too.
Self-study spaces are still open. Students can use them by reserving a workspace, taking account of health security.
The restaurants on campus will independently publish information on any restrictions on the use of their spaces and other special arrangements. Up-to-date information on campus restaurants: https://www.aalto.fi/en/campus/campus-restaurants-and-cafes
The aim is to organise on-campus events that are central to Aalto University’s operations, such as public examinations of doctoral theses and graduation ceremonies, in a way that takes account of health security.
We recommend that all event organisers carefully assess the need for their event, its physical arrangements and the possibility of organising the event online or postponing it. Event organisers are responsible for the health security of the event.
Last week, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland issued special restrictions on sing-along events and events held in venues that require audiences to stand. For details on the restrictions, see the webpage of the Regional State Administrative Agency (in Finnish only, https://avi.fi/tiedote/-/tiedote/69925012).
The events team of Lobby Services will be happy to give you further information and advice: [email protected]
Mask recommendation and vaccination
We strongly recommend the use of face masks in all spaces and situations where other people are present, unless prevented for personal health reasons. If you forget to bring a mask, you may obtain one from the lobby services of the building. General hygiene requirements remain in force. In other words, we will take care of good hand hygiene, maintain distances and not come to the campus if we are ill.
Covid-19 vaccines effectively prevent severe forms of the disease and curb the spread of the virus. We hope that as many members of the Aalto community as possible will protect themselves and others by taking the vaccine.
The latest information and guidelines are available on Aalto’s website: https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university/information-on-coronavirus. If you do not find answers to your questions in our published material, you can email your question to [email protected]
Crisis Management Team (CMT)
The Aalto University Crisis Management Team (CMT) is responsible for Aalto University’s instructions. The CMT is led by the president. Members of the CMT include the head of security and risk management, the director of communications, and other key Aalto staff as necessary. The CMT is following the coronavirus situation, keeping in close contact with the authorities, and formulating the measures to be taken by the university. The CMT is utilising the situational assessment of the Finnish authorities and expert opinion.