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Information on coronavirus

Information on the effects of coronavirus and COVID-19 on activities at Aalto University.
Aalto University campus in winter, photo by Anni Kääriä

On this page you will find the most important and up-to-date guidelines related to the coronavirus situation. 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.

 

Facilities and safety

  • We strongly recommended 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. 

  • Remember to maintain good hand hygiene, avoid close contacts and not to come to campus if you are ill.  
  • We hope that as many members of the Aalto community as possible will protect themselves and others by taking the vaccine. Covid-19 vaccines effectively prevent severe forms of the disease and curb the spread of the virus.

Working

  • 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. 
  • Read about hybrid working here.
  • Book a workspace in advance through the Aalto Space app
  • Aalto personnel are required to have their Aalto ID card visible at all times. 

Studying and teaching

  • Teaching this autumn is implemented in a hybrid form. 
  • 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.  
  • Self-study spaces are open. Students can use them by reserving a workspace via the Aalto Space app, taking account of health security.  
  • The use of teaching space must be arranged so that participants in the teaching session can effectively avoid having close contact with the other participants.
  • Foot traffic congestion should be avoided.
  • Up-to-date coronavirus guidelines for students can be found here

Events and visitors

  • 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). 
  • For information and instructions on the COVID-19 passport, see the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health webpages.

  • Read more about facility use and event security here.
  • The events team of Lobby Services will be happy to give you further information and advice: [email protected] 

Travel

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

Latest email to employees and students

Useful instructions

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Information regarding support for online teaching at opit.aalto.fi (external link)

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

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Coronavirus - Information for students (external link)

Coronavirus - Information for students

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How to organise events responsibly maintaining coronavirus protocols

The Aalto University campus is available for events. The event organiser must ensure the safety of participants.

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