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University’s Operation Continues with Emphasis on Coronavirus Safety Measures


Contact teaching and research can continue as long as the University’s instructions on safety measures are followed closely. The current guideline for remote work remains unchanged. The use of face masks is highlighted.

On 24 November 2021, the University’s coronavirus management team discussed how the recommendations (in Finnish) of the coronavirus coordination group of Southwest Finland impact the University’s coronavirus instructions.

The University's operation continues mostly according to the guidelines that have been issued previously. The University’s instructions on safety measures have to be followed closely.

– Responsible behaviour and observing the safety measures are very important in the current coronavirus situation. In the University's facilities, everyone has to follow the instructions, also those who are fully vaccinated. Face masks are used at the University. Masks can be removed only if it is certain that close contacts do not occur. It is possible that we might have to tighten the restrictions if people do not observe the safety measures, says Rector Jukka Kola.

Contact teaching and research can continue with an emphasis on the safety measures. Masks are always used in, for example, contact teaching and seminars if close contacts cannot definitely be avoided. Masks should also be used in lobbies and other shared facilities. It is highly important that people observe good hand hygiene and cough correctly.

The current guideline for remote work remains unchanged. Remote work is utilised to avoid close contacts and in facility arrangements, for example, through staggering work days on campus and the use of joint facilities. The units have to assess the safety measures required by the current epidemic situation.

In accordance with the instructions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Finland, the University cannot require a COVID-19 passport from the personnel. An external operator to the University can require the COVID-19 passport.  Events for a limited group of people, such as Christmas parties, can be organised as long as safety measures are observed.

At the moment, the green light stage of the traffic light model is in force on all the University’s campuses. The traffic light model for the coronavirus situation defines the level of safety measures at the University of Turku.

> University’s instructions on the coronavirus situation

> University’s Traffic Light Model for Coronavirus Situation

> Hygiene and Personal Protection during Coronavirus Pandemic (on the intranet, requires logging in)

Please send any further inquiries and questions primarily by email to koronainfo@utu.fi.

Created 24.11.2021 | Updated 24.11.2021