1) Strict adherence to hygiene rules (e.g. regular handwashing with soap or disinfectant) and behavioural rules (maintaining a social distance of 1.5 metres). Antibacterial hand gel stations are available at each of the entrances to the Institute as well as in classrooms and meeting rooms. Disinfectant sprays will also be made widely available for people to clean their workstation or study area on arrival and departure.
2) Wearing a mask is obligatory on the Institute's premises and in the common areas of the Edgar and Daniele de Picciotto Student House and the Library. Masks must be worn at all times, including in the classrooms, library and the meeting rooms. Staff members can remove their mask once seated at their workplace as long as a distance of 1.5 metres is maintained with the closest person.
Fabric masks as well as surgical masks can be purchased from the Reception Desk. The FOPH’s mandate on how to properly wear a mask must be followed by all persons present on the premises of the Institute.
3) All classes will move online. Professors, teaching assistants, and technical support students will have the possibility to come to the Institute during this period and use the available equipment in order to guarantee quality teaching.
4) Teleworking is encouraged for all administrative staff. However, continuity of administrative and technical operations in the classroom is to be provided by the smallest possible number of staff.
5) The Institute’s buildings are open, Monday to Friday from 8:00-22:00 and Saturday/Sunday from 9:00-19:00. Access continues to be by badge (with the exception of Rothschild). Visitors must announce themselves and be greeted at the reception desk.
6) Public events (i.e. ones open to the public and that require registration), will move online, except for ones which may be broadcast live from the auditorium, with an audience limited to the organisers of the event. Receptions (cocktails and parties), regardless the number of attendees, are not allowed.
7) The Institute asks that unnecessary business travel be avoided. The FOPH regularly updates this list of countries based on the changing epidemiological situation.
Any persons who have travelled to a country at risk are subject to quarantine for ten days on their return. The same rule applies to students coming from countries at risk. Anyone coming from a country at risk must inform the cantonal authorities upon arrival, as well as the Institute by sending a message to email@example.com.
8) Anyone presenting symptoms must be tested (the test is reimbursed by the health insurance). In case of a positive result, they will be placed in isolation by the cantonal medical authorities. The Institute will not share the identities of affected individuals beyond a small number of staff who need this information to respond adequately to the situation. The cantonal doctor will be in touch with anyone who has been in contact with the positive tested person and will decide on a possible quarantine. If you are in one of these cases, you must inform the Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information on these measures, please consult the FOPH’s website and their Instructions on Isolation.