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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 16 December. We very highly recommend that everyone wear a face mask when indoors. We work remotely Teaching and study will continue from home until 26 February 2021.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 

  • We work remotely. Teaching and study will continue from home until 26 February 2021.
  • While working and studying on campus, everyone must do their part to keep physical distance from others and maintain good hand hygiene. Health authorities recommend keeping a distance of more than two metres to others.
  • 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 strongly urge everyone to wear a face mask indoors, 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.   
  • 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 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 study continues from home until the end of Period III, that is, 26 February 2021. Only essential contact teaching may take place on campus (e.g. laboratory and workshop-based teaching).  
  • Each contact teaching event is limited to 10 people.  
  • A maximum of 10 people can attend an examination at the same time, supervisors included.
  • Self-study spaces on campus have temporarily been taken out of use.
  • Avoid staying in general indoor spaces on campus.  
  • 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 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.
  • In maintenance visits, only functionally critical, absolutely necessary ones are permitted. They must be subject to a risk assessment and follow the university's safety guidelines, please contat [email protected]

  • 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.
  • If a remote meeting isn’t possible, the maximum number of participants will be 10 people.

Travel

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16 December: Guidelines updated

The instructions concerning coronavirus and activities on the Otaniemi campus have been updated on 16 December 2020. The guidelines on working on campus and working from home remain unchanged until further notice. The current guidelines on studying and teaching will stay in force until the end of Period III, that is, 26 February 2021. The purpose of these instructions is to ensure the health and safety of the Aalto community and prevent infections and cases of exposure. We are taking these steps to ensure also that essential contact teaching and research experiments can continue on campus, for example. 

Working on campus:

The following guidelines are in force until further notice. We will reassess them in January at the latest.

  • We work remotely. Only work or attend meetings on campus if it is absolutely unavoidable.
  • The maximum number of participants in meetings that have to be held on campus is 10 people.   
  • Avoid staying in general indoor spaces on campus.

Study and teaching until the end of Period III (26 February 2021):

  • Teaching and study will continue from home until the end of Period III, that is, 26 February 2021. Only essential contact teaching may take place on campus (e.g. laboratory and workshop-based teaching). 
  • Each contact teaching event will be limited to 10 people.
  • A maximum of 10 people can attend an examination at the same time, supervisors included.
  • Wearing a face mask is particularly important when you attend contact teaching or an examination, to ensure the safety of all participants.
  • Avoid staying in general indoor spaces on campus.

Face masks:

We strongly urge everyone to wear a face mask indoors, 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.

As the coronavirus epidemic is still 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. 

We would like to thank everyone in the Aalto community for your excellent cooperation and patience throughout the year.

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

At present, Aalto University organises only virtual events. This page contains links and tips on tools for a virtual event.

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