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Jun 22, 2020 | University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland


Protection concept for the autumn semester 2020/21

Since June 19, 2020 the special situation under the Epidemics Act applies in Switzerland due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Based on this Act, the Swiss Federal Council has issued the “Ordinance on Measures in the Special Situation to Combat the Covid-19 Epidemic” and formulated guidelines for protection concepts. On June 25, 2020, swissuniversities, the umbrella organisation of all Swiss universities, approved guidelines for the start of operations of the Swiss universities in the autumn semester of 2020/21. These principles apply for the current Covid-19 situation in Switzerland with few new infections and may be subject to new measures, should the number of infections increase over the next few weeks.

Based on these principles, the “Covid-19 FHNW Protection Concept” was issued on June 30, 2020, and will come into force in the autumn semester of 2020/21. It replaces the protection concept for the transition phase, which has been in force since June 8, 2020 and will continue to apply until August 31, 2020. By issuing the protection concept for the autumn semester in good time, we are attempting to give the universities and members of the FHNW a planning perspective. We cannot, however, currently rule out the possibility that the protection concept might need to be re-adapted if new infections increase again over the course of the summer.

The most important protective measures are:

- Hygiene measures

- Compliance with the required distance of 1.5 m

- Wearing of face masks, where the required distance cannot be complied with for more than 15 minutes.

Information on specific implementation measures in the universities and services will be provided by the universities and services. Students and staff who have any questions regarding the implementation of the measures described above should contact the person responsible at the respective university or the services directly.

Working from home during the corona pandemic

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 advicefor working from home (in German)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The FHNW has prepared a FAQ for its staff and students on how to deal with the coronavirus at the FHNW, which will be continuously updated.
>> To the FAQ


For questions on how to deal with the coronavirus the FHNW has created a hotline.
Tel:           056 202 75 75
E-Mail:     Y29yb25hQGZobncuY2g=

Actual Situation in Switzerland

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

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