The Federal Council has decided that in-person instruction at university-level institutions may resume with certain restrictions as of 19 April 2021. The mask mandate continues to be in force, a distance of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained and rooms can be used at 30% of their capacity only. In-person events are capped at 50 persons. As before, there will be exceptions: If a class is an indispensable part of a programme and demonstrably cannot be held in a remote format, the attendance of more than 50 people can be authorised.
What does this mean for the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts?
The limitations in terms of capacity communicated by the Federal Council do not allow for a return to attendance-based formats on a grand scale. What is more, many modules have been designed and adapted to online instruction. At the same time, these steps towards reopening give as a certain flexibility that will have a particular impact on the practical training sequences in workshops, labs and studios and in continuing and on executive education programmes.
Students and participants in continuing and on executive education programmes will be informed by their head of programme if something changes for them this semester or if their programmes continue in the current format.
Requirement to wear a face mask
The general requirement to wear masks has been extended to all interior and exterior spaces of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. It applies irrespective of the occupants’ ability to maintain the minimum distance. With this measure, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts follows the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health.
Distancing and hygiene rules inside the buildings
The buildings of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts are open to employees, students in education or continuing education programmes as well as to visitors. To protect all occupants of the buildings, the following distancing and hygiene rules apply in addition to the mask-wearing mandate:
- A minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained
- Frequent hand-washing and sanitising
- Observing distance markers and notifications inside the buildings
The workplaces in the libraries are accessible for students on all campuses.
Access to book lending, advice and to the open-access shelves is also granted.
Masks are required in all HSLU libraries.
Please read the latest information in the library blog: blog.hslu.ch/bibliothek (only in German).
Procedure if you fall ill with COVID-19
Students in education or continuing and executive education programmes, employees as well as visitors are prohibited from entering the premises of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, if
- they have been tested positive for COVID-19.
- they experience typical COVID-19 symptoms
- they have had close contact with an infected person (less than 1.5 metres for more than 15 minutes without mask).
Support Contact Tracing
If tested positive, students are expected to report it to their head of programme immediately and also provide information about persons they have been in close contact with (at a distance of less than 1.5 metres and for at least 15 minutes without appropriate protection such as a partition or face mask).
The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts will then share the information with the canton’s contact tracing office, thus supporting the public authorities’ contact tracing efforts. The goal is to break the chain of transmission as quickly as possible. With these measures, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts complies with the Canton of Lucerne‘s framework of precautionary measures of October 2020.
Students can find more information about the procedure in case of a (suspected) infection with COVID-19 HERE.