The traffic light model for the coronavirus situation defines the level of safety measures at the University of Turku. At the moment, all the University’s campuses are on the green light stage.
Update on 3 August 2021:
The regional corona prevention group of Southwest Finland decided on 3 August that the region transfers from the acceleration phase of the coronavirus epidemic to the community transmission phase immediately. The coronavirus management team of the University of Turku will meet on Wednesday 11 August to decide on the updates to the University's instructions on the coronavirus situation. Information about the new instructions will be updated on the University's communication channels on the same day.
The coronavirus management team of the University of Turku has decided on 8 July 2021 that the Turku, Rauma, and Pori campuses of the University are on the green light stage of the traffic light model. If the epidemic situation in the region worsens, stricter restrictions may be enforced. The green light stage of the University’s traffic light model complies with the restrictions and recommendations of the acceleration phase given for the Southwest Finland on 8 July.
The coronavirus management team emphasises the importance of following the safety measures and avoiding close contacts. Moreover, the members of the University community are recommended to get the coronavirus vaccine.
At the green light stage, the University personnel still works mainly remotely in those work tasks where it is possible. The maximum number of participants in small group contact teaching is 50 people.
The maximum number of people in individual indoor spaces and events organised indoors is 50 people on the green light stage. In events organised outdoors, the maximum number of participants and the safety measures are determined according to the authorities’ instructions.
Unnecessary close contacts must be avoided in the University’s facilities. If close contacts cannot be avoided, face masks are used if the regional authority recommends it.
Aiming for Controlled Return to Campus in the Autumn
At the beginning of the autumn semester, personnel continues to work mainly remotely in those work tasks where it is possible, similar to the spring semester. Meetings are held mainly remotely. Organising meetings in person with the immediate work community is possible when observing the maximum number of participants in accordance with the traffic light stage that is currently in force. In the meetings organised in person with the immediate work community, the personnel must also have the option to participate remotely.
In the autumn, the University aims to return to contact teaching in stages. This requires that the teaching staff and the administrative and support personnel whose work tasks involve assisting in teaching arrangements can work on campus. In April, the coronavirus management team of the University of Turku outlined the teaching arrangements for autumn 2021.
The University is preparing an exit plan for the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus. The aim is to publish the plan at the beginning of the autumn semester once the picture of the general coronavirus situation in the autumn is more accurate. In addition to the exit plan, the remote work policy pre-dating the pandemic will be reviewed and updated.
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