COVID-19 instructions

Covid-19: instructions at the Estonian University of Life Sciences

Information updated on 24.11.2020

 

By the order of the Rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, the following requirements have been established in the university buildings for the protection of the health of the university membership as of 24 November 2020:

  1. Employees and students are obliged to wear a mask in university buildings (except for the restrictions set by the Government of the Republic). Students are responsible for the presence of the mask. The employee is provided with a mask by the direct manager.
  2. Work and training must be organized in such a way as to ensure a distance of at least 2 m between persons and a maximum occupancy of 50% of the space / auditorium.
  3. The order shall enter into force upon notification and shall be valid until the amendments to the orders and decisions of the Government of the Republic.

The organization is based on § 16 (3) of the statutes of the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

 

General instructions

In order to prevent infection, the instructions of the Health Board must be followed.

  • If you feel ill, definitely stay home and contact your family doctor.
  • Disinfect and wash your hands every chance you have. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Dispose of your used mask only in the marked bins.
  • Keep your distance.
  • We recommend you all to download the mobile application HOIA. This can help you to quickly find out if you’ve been in contct with someone with SARS-CoV-2, making it possible for you to take the necessary steps to protect your own and others’ health. You can download it from hoia.me

For the student

  • If you feel ill, definitely stay home and contact your family doctor. Also inform your teachers and ask how you can make up for being away or how it would be possible to participate in classes from home or online. If you have no symptoms or if you’re in quarantine with mild symptoms, you are not exempt from participating in studies. Teachers have the right to ask students with symptoms to leave the classroom.
  • Disinfect and wash your hands every chance you have. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. In a classroom, also disinfect surfaces you’ve touched before leaving. The university will provide disinfectants for open public spaces and classrooms.
  • Wearing a mask in university buildings is mandatory to protect yourself, other students and the teacher. NB! Dispose of your used mask only in the marked bins. If possible, wear a reusable mask.
  • Avoid gatherings in university buildings and the dormitory and to do your group work with classmates, opt for using video conference tools instead of meeting face to face.
  • Prepare for unexpected changes in your timetable and be patient. The university is constantly monitoring the situation and will adapt accordingly.
  • Life at the university is definitely exciting and there are lots of fun events coming up, but we’d still ask you to avoid large meetings, gatherings or parties.
  • Immediately inform the university (the study advisor of your institute) if you yourself get infected with SARS-CoV-2 or if you’ve been in contact with someone infected  and need to self-isolate. Then the university can immediately take action to re-organise studies. If you live in the dormitory, also inform the dormitory staff.
  • Don’t be surprised: you’ll be asked to register yourself at the beginning of every lecture, seminar or lab. This is all necessary so we can find out who was where at a given time if necessary.
  • We recommend you all to download the mobile application HOIA. This can help you to quickly find out if you’ve been in contct with someone with SARS-CoV-2, making it possible for you to take the necessary steps to protect your own and others’ health. You can download it from hoia.me
  • EMÜ advises you all do avoid any travel if possible in the near future. To plan your absolutely necessary personal trips or going to study abroad, follow guidelines provided by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (https://vm.ee/en/coronavirus-2019-ncov ). Travelling for personal reasons and restrictions that may apply to you because of travelling will not free you from studies.
  • If you’re in a risk group (https://www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-risk-group) , talk to your study advisor and head of your programme to figure out how you can still participate in studies.

 

Teaching and restrictions

There are currently no restrictions on teaching at the university, and the lecturer follows the best teaching method in his or her opinion. However, online learning can take occur more often than before.