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Sep 09, 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 (9 September 2021)

  • Introduction of mandatory certification

Introduction of mandatory certification

In accordance with the Federal Council Ordinance of 8 September 2021, the FHNW is introducing mandatory certification in the areas of education, continuing education, libraries and events at the FHNW.
The details of how mandatory certification is to be implemented will be elaborated in the coming days so that the options and conditions involved can be introduced on 15 October 2021. The current FHNW protection concept requiring masks to be worn in all publicly accessible areas remains in force.
With immediate effect, certification is obligatory in the canteens, for continuing education activities involving more than 30 persons, for events involving third parties, and for users of the libraries; this is in addition to the measures in the protection concept and is due to the Federal Council ordinance.
The campus restaurants/canteens at the FHNW are subject to the current separate provisions for catering establishments.

FHNW protection concept

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 and amended it again on 8 September 2021.

In accordance with the latest FHNW Covid-19 protection concept dated 28 June 2021, the following continues to apply:

In-person activities

In-person gatherings in the schools are permitted provided the protective measures (distancing, face coverings, hygiene) are observed.

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 websites 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

Face coverings continue to be mandatory in areas of the FHNW accessed by the public (including classrooms).


By getting yourself vaccinated, you’re helping to prevent a new wave of infections and contributing to a return of the freedoms of everyday life. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect yourself and others against the Covid-19 virus – and its potentially severe complications. That’s why the FHNW strongly recommends its staff and students to receive the vaccine (FOPH info).

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. No COVID certificates are issued for those saliva tests.


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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