How coronavirus affects the University

This article summarises the most important principles and guidelines. Updated on 22 April 2022: The face mask recommendation has been eased.

The development of the coronavirus epidemic will be followed continuously, and the instructions will be updated if necessary. We will prepare for possible sudden changes in the situation during the academic year, in which case we will react quickly and make updates on the university’s coronavirus guidelines. 

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Most recents corona related updates:

  • Uniarts Helsinki still recommends people to wear a face mask on a discretionary basis and when there are several people in a room where maintaining a physical distance to others is difficult. 
  • The university’s facilities can be used for events without any COVID restrictions. The organiser of the event is responsible for taking the health safety of the event into consideration. 

Below you can find all of our COVID-19 guidelines, which have been updated based on the latest guidelines. 

Uniarts Helsinki’s coronavirus-related guidelines

Use of face masks  

Uniarts Helsinki still recommends people to wear a face mask on a discretionary basis and when there are several people in a room where maintaining a physical distance to others is difficult. By wearing a mask, you protect yourself and others in crowded situations. Consider wearing a mask for your own health and safety especially if you belong to a high-risk group or are unvaccinated. 

Surgical masks and FFP2 respirators are still available from the entrance lobbies of the university’s main buildings for staff and students. 

Supervisors receive support from the occupational health and safety manager for the situation-specific control of risks of exposures. 

Also read the THL information package on how COVID-19 is transmitted and what protection measures are effective

Use of facilities  

The university’s facilities can be used for events without any COVID restrictions. The organiser of the event is responsible for taking the health safety of the event into consideration. 

The person in charge of making the teaching and meeting arrangements must choose a space that is appropriate for the number of people in attendance, so that whenever possible, people can maintain a distance of over two metres with each other. When people cannot maintain a safe distance of two metres with each other and are in close contact, the duration of this contact must be as short as possible. 

Teaching and studies 

The university returned to contact teaching at the end of February, but we recommend that remote teaching is still utilised when it is pedagogically well-justified and reasonable in terms of the attainment of the intended learning outcomes. Remote teaching will continue to be an important part of the university’s multi-modal teaching strategies and a way to prevent the risk of infections. 
 
The courses already published in the Study Guide are arranged as stated. If changes occur due to new restrictions, students of the specific course in question will be notified separately.   

Use of home test kits in teaching  
 
Read our updated guidelines. 

The voluntary use of home tests is possible in connection with contact teaching that is classified as crucial. Home test kits can be acquired and distributed within the academies and the Open Campus for courses and artistic working groups when it is not possible to maintain safe distances and to wear face masks with consideration to learning goals. 

Other work

The recommendation on remote work was lifted at the end of February, and we have returned to working in accordance with hybrid work practices. 

On-site, hybrid or remote meetings are all possible, and meeting participants can decide their participation method depending on their schedule and location. Teams follow the policies that they established in autumn 2021 in workshops where they learned about the distributed working model. 

We have updated our instructions concerning staff’s absences due to sickness and quarantine situations during COVID.  You can read our updated guidelines in full on Artsi. 

Artistic activities 

No regional restrictions are in place for public events and meetings in the university’s facilities. The general hygiene requirements of the Communicable Diseases Act still apply, which improve the health safety of customer and public premises. Section 58 c of the Communicable Diseases Act defines general hygiene requirements and are valid without separate official decisions throughout Finland in various customer and public premises. 

In accordance with Section 58 c of the Communicable Diseases Act, the following must be ensured in all public and private customer facilities and other premises: 

1.     customers and participants are provided the opportunity to clean their hands; 

2.     customers and participants are given instructions on how to maintain safe distances, clean their hands and prevent the spreading of diseases through various practices; and 

3.     the cleaning measures of the facilities and surfaces are enhanced in addition to what is regulated elsewhere concerning cleaning measures and the activity in question. 

Customers and participants must be provided the chance to maintain a distance to each other in so far as is possible when taking the special nature of the activity into account, and if there is customer seating available, the seats should be placed sufficiently far away from each other. 

Travelling and inviting visitors 

Uniarts Helsinki follows the travel restrictions issued by the Finnish Government. As regards work and study trips abroad, the key is to determine whether the trip is crucial and well-justified in terms of learning objectives. Careful deliberation of the necessity of domestic trips, too, is needed if the trip involves staying in an accommodation or transitioning via a place where the risk of infection can be particularly higher. 

We follow the recommendation issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before travelling abroad for work or studies. When planning the trip, the destination country’s requirements concerning e.g. vaccinations, testing and quarantine must also be taken into account. 

Welcoming foreign visitors is possible in accordance with the Finnish Border Guard’s instructions. Instructions related to the entry into Finland (e.g. testing and quarantine) will be issued to the traveller on a case-by-case basis when they fill in their information on the Finentry website.   

Leisure-time activities

Leisure-time activities by individuals and groups are permitted in the university facilities in accordance with the same safety guidelines that are applied to teaching and other work.