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Coronavirus: Instructions for visitors – the premises will be closed (updated on 17 March)

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The facilties of Tampere Universities do not pose an infection risk. We have however switched mainly to online instruction. Hosting visitors who are travelling from abroad is not possible for the time being. The premises will be closed.

Published on 16 March 2020 (updated 17 March)

The Finnish Government has today 16 March decided on measures in order to curb the spread of coronavirus in Finland. The measures will be in force until 13 April 2020.

According to the Government’s decision, the premises of educational establishments including universities and universities of applied sciences will be closed and contact teaching will be discontinued on Wednesday 18 March. Instead of contact teaching, instruction will be organized by alternative means as comprehensively as possible.

Staff will switch to telework where possible.

Update 17 March

Personal work equipment must be collected from the workplace on Tuesday 17 March.

The top management of the University and TAMK have issued the following guidelines on 17 March:

Important information: The premises of Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences will be closed as of 18 March; only employees performing specified duties can continue working on the campuses

The Finnish Government’s press release (in Finnish): https://valtioneuvosto.fi/artikkeli/-/asset_publisher/10616/hallitus-totesi-suomen-olevan-poikkeusoloissa-koronavirustilanteen-vuoksi 

Tampere Universities are making preparations to comply with the Government’s decisions together with other Finnish higher education institutions. Further instructions will be given tomorrow Tuesday 17 March.

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Updated on 17 March (updated the release and added unformation about collecting personal work equipment. Also added a link to guidelines issued 17 March)

Updated on 16 March (updated the release and added information about online instruction)

Updated on 13 March (updated the link to the last news and updated guidelines for foreign visitors):

New corona case involves exposure at the Pinni B building on the city centre campus, exposed individuals are being contacted, premises can be used as normal (updated on 13 March)

Updated on 11 March (instructions added concerning events of more than 100 people):

The Tampere Universities community adheres to instructions provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and Pirkanmaa Hospital District. We recommend avoiding close contact and mass gatherings of more than 100 people. We will not organise events expected to bring together more than 100 people in March and April. This applies to events hosted by the Tampere Universities community on and outside of our campuses. We are looking into the possibility to postpone events or put in place alternative arrangements.

When attending events, please wash your hands regularly, avoid shaking hands and practice proper cough etiquette (cough in a tissue or your elbow). If you suspect that you may be ill, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider by phone. Follow the instructions provided by healthcare professionals.

For the time being, Tampere Universities have ruled out the hosting of visitors travelling from abroad. Such visits are to be postponed or replaced with remote meetings. Visitors are advised to contact their host in advance to postpone their visit or agree on a virtual meeting.  

We hold the safety of our work and study environments and the health and wellbeing of all the members of our community as our highest priority. Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences are actively monitoring the situation and will provide updates on a regular basis.

Questions and inquiries: korona [at] tuni.fi