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May 27, 2021 | University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland


The FHNW is taking these organisational and distancing measures to protect its employees, students and participants in continuing education.

Updated content (27 May 2021)

  • New provisions governing in-person activities at the Schools
  • Teleworking from home is now recommended from 31 May 2021 and no longer mandatory
  • Launch of Covid-19 saliva testing at the FHNW

FHNW protection concept from 31 May 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the “special situation” as defined by the Epidemics Act has been in force in Switzerland since 19 June 2020. Based on this act, the Federal Council issued the Covid 19 Ordinance, which has now been amended (on 26 May 2021).

In accordance with the latest FHNW Covid-19 protection concept, the following apply until further notice:

In-person activities

New provisions governing in-person activities at the Schools are coming into force on 31 May. The previous limit on the number of attendees and the permissible room occupancy is abolished.

For organisational reasons, the remaining events in the spring semester 2021 will take place as planned and announced. Regarding the examinations and the autumn semester 2021, the schools of the FHNW are again planning to hold most teaching activities in the classroom. However, as long as room occupancy remains limited, large events will continue to take place online.

Learning rooms for students and participants in continuing education are open. Libraries and workplaces in the campuses are accessible again without restrictions, provided that protective measures (distancing, face coverings, hygiene) are observed. Please consult the library website for their opening hours.

Working from home during the corona pandemic

Teleworking from home is recommended for staff and must be discussed with line managers on a case-by-case basis.

The imposed and indefinite situation of working from home is difficult for everyone. Specialists in occupational and organisational psychology at the FHNW School of Applied Psychology have put together the most important tips and advice for social-distanced working during the corona pandemic.
>> Tips and advice for working from home (in German)

Obligation to wear a face covering at the FHNW

The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory at the FHNW.
An exception to the obligation to wear a face covering is permitted only for persons who are alone in closed rooms or if the director has granted an exception where there are grounds for doing so (especially for music making, medical reasons, etc.).

Covid-19 saliva tests

At the following campuses the FHNW offers Covid-19 saliva tests (pooled PCR saliva tests):

  • Brugg-Windisch
  • Muttenz
  • Olten (Riggenbachstrasse 16 and Von Roll-Strasse 10)
  • Basel (HGK, HSM (Musik-Akademie campus and Jazz campus), HSW Peter Merian)
  • Solothurn (PH)

Participation in the tests is voluntary and anonymous vis-à-vis the FHNW. Details of the test concept can be found on Inside FHNW (only accessible for members of the FHNW).
Taking a Covid-19 saliva test does not exempt from compliance with the protective measures.


The FHNW has a hotline for questions on dealing with the coronavirus.
Tel:           056 202 75 75
E-Mail:     Y29yb25hQGZobncuY2g=

Current situation in Switzerland

>> Latest information on the coronavirus by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

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