How coronavirus affects the University

This article summarises the most important principles and guidelines, and it will be updated on a continuous basis. Updated on 27 September, 2021.

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. 

Important links

Most recents corona related updates as of 1 October:

  • University welcomes the public to its facilities and to the audience in its events in accordance with the normal limits set for the university’s room and audience capacity.
  • 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.   

Updated 27 September, 2021. Below you can find all of our COVID-19 guidelines, which have been updated based on the latest guidelines.

University’s on-call coronavirus coordinator

If you receive a positive test result in a coronavirus test, inform the university’s on-call coronavirus coordinator without delay:

  • call the number 02 9447 4100 (no text-messages)
  • korona@uniarts.fi

Uniarts Helsinki’s coronavirus-related guidelines

The restrictions concern Uniarts Helsinki’s activities in Helsinki as well as in Kuopio and Seinäjoki, but when it comes to customer facilities and public events, the decisions of the Regional State Administrative Agency shall apply.

Use of facilities

The external doors of all the buildings of Uniarts Helsinki are open in accordance with normal opening hours practices. Access does not require a personal access key.

Studies and teaching

It is possible to arrange teaching for a maximum of 50 people on the university premises, provided that face masks are worn at the teaching facilities, and safety distances of at least two metres are ensured. When using the teaching facilities, the allowed amount of people is 50% of the number given in the Peppi facility-specific information.

It is possible to make a separate decision in the academies on large teaching groups, with more than 50 people (e.g. an orchestra or performance production), considering the teaching security arrangements.

The aim is to implement teaching in as small groups as possible. More detailed planning of the implementation, within the aforementioned limitations, will be carried out by academies, under the direction of the vice-deans (academic director on the Open campus). 

Artistic activities and public examinations of doctoral dissertations

The university can welcome the public to its facilities and to the audience in its events in accordance with the normal limits set for the university’s room and audience capacity as of 1 October, 2021.

However, when organising public events, the university will still have to comply with the general hygiene provisions laid out in section 58 c of the Communicable Diseases Act, which improve the health and safety of customer and audience facilities. 

Other work

We recommend the staff to work remotely until further notice. When working on campuses, the university’s security practices concerning face masks, distances, and space restrictions must be followed. If necessary, the security of working conditions can be assessed together with occupational safety and health.

Internal events of up to 50 persons may be organised, provided that face masks are worn in the space, and safety distances of at least two metres are ensured. In the use of meeting rooms, the allowed amount of people is 50% of the number given in the Peppi facility-specific information.

Travel and receiving guests

Work and study trips abroad are possible, but the Ministry for Foreign Affairs recommends special caution to be exercised. 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 journey, the requirements of the destination country, which may be related to e.g. quarantine and COVID-19 testing, must also be considered. 

It is possible to receive foreign visitors in accordance with the Finnish Border Guard’s instructions.  Instructions related to 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. The university requires a voluntary quarantine in accordance with the instructions issued by the authorities.

Recreational activities

Group activities are permitted at the university facilities, provided that face masks are worn, and safety distances of at least two metres are ensured. Individual recreational activities are permitted at the university facilities. 

Preparedness team and coronavirus team

In accordance with its preparedness plan, Uniarts Helsinki has a preparedness team led by Rector Kaarlo Hildén.   

To keep the university updated on matters involving the coronavirus, its members also include Vice Rector Lauri Väkevä, Director of Communications and External Relations Eveliina Olsson, Senior Head of Academic Affairs Sanna Kotajärvi-Söderholm, Senior Facilities Manager Antti Halm, Service and Personnel Manager Mikael Vänttinen and Vice Rector Jaana Erkkilä-Hill.

The secretary of the team is Occupational Health and Safety Manager Jyri Pulkkinen, who can also give further information on how to prepare for the coronavirus outbreak: jyri.pulkkinen@uniarts.fi050-5722058  

By decision of the Rector, Uniarts Helsinki has set up a new coronavirus team tasked with compiling hands-on coronavirus-related instructions that affect the university’s daily operations and artistic activities. The team is also responsible for making decisions on practical arrangements during the coronavirus epidemic. 

The team’s members are Senior Head of Academic Affairs Sanna Kotajärvi-Söderholm, Technical Manager and Vice Occupational Health and Safety Manager Marko Myöhänen, Technical Manager and Occupational Health and Safety Manager Jyri Pulkkinen, Facilities Manager Matti Rautio, Service and Personnel Manager Mikael Vänttinen, and Communications Planner Mirva Niemi. The team’s work is steered by the university’s emergency preparedness team.