Coronavirus: Current measures for students, teachers and staff

Foto © Johannes Zinner

Foto © Johannes Zinner  1

The Austrian government announced today that measures to combat the corona crisis will be extended until April 13, 2020.
You can find risk / restricted areas in Austria and other important information and statistics 
here 2.
You can find important information from the data protection authority 
here 3.
A collection of all information and links can be found 
here 4
(Update: 20.03.2020)

Rules of conduct on campus

All persons who continue to work on the campus or a Vetmeduni Vienna facility to ensure basic operations are encouraged to avoid personal contact or gathering in larger groups of people. This applies, for example, to walks across the campus, stays in the dog zone or in common rooms.

Group appointments on campus or in university facilities

Until further notice, all appointments that do not relate to the basic operation and consist of more than five participants are to be omitted. For smaller groups, the minimum distance of two meters must be observed.
(Update: 16.03.2020, 11:00)

Cafeteria closed; Mensa Café closes tomorrow, March 17th, 2020

Due to the federal government's package of measures, the canteen will be closed from March 16, 2020 to April 13, 2020.

The Mensa Café will remain open until 3:00 p.m. today, March 16, 2020. As of tomorrow, March 17th, 2020, the café will also be closed.

Please take care of your own meals and bring enough food with you.
(Update: 16.03.2020, 11:00)

Service point of the finance department - limited opening hours

Due to the occasion, the service point of the finance department will be open from Monday, March 16th, 2020 at the following times:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Please only visit the service point in urgent cases (e.g. changing money).
(Update: 16.03.2020, 11:00)

Basic operation and mobility restrictions

(see news 15.3.2020) 5

Please do not come to your workplace from tomorrow until further notice!

EXCEPTION: Ensuring basic operations

The Federal Government has just communicated restrictions on mobility for public spaces and has asked all people to only leave the houses from now on only for urgently needed errands.

Therefore, please do not come to the campus or the branch offices of Vetmeduni Vienna until tomorrow (Monday March 16, 2020) and until further notice.

This does not apply to employees who serve to maintain the system-critical infrastructure.

The system-critical operation of Vetmeduni Vienna includes:

• Restricted animal hospital operation

• Supply of animal testing facilities

• Maintaining basic operations at Vetmeduni Vienna or in the branch offices (rectorate, building and technology, public relations and communication, finance and accounting, e-learning and new media, human resources department, central IT service, security service, porter service as well as Wolf Science Center and VetFarm)

• as well as through the necessary on-site tasks identified in your area as a manager

Employees of Vetmeduni Vienna who have been identified and named by their managers for the maintenance of system-critical operations at Vetmeduni Vienna are exempt from the exit restriction and can travel to and from the university for the performance of their official duties.

You will be instructed by your supervisor by e-mail including a signature so that you can show proof of your system-critical function even on your arrival and departure in the event of any checks by the executive!

All employees who have been in Austria's designated quarantine areas since February 28, 2020 must go to home quarantine!
(Update: 15.03.2020)

Travel warnings

On the basis of the travel warnings issued by the Foreign Ministry 6, please refrain with immediate effect and until further notice from all business trips and trips abroad in connection with exemptions (congresses, conferences, etc.) and limit travel activities within Austria to the bare essentials.
(Update: 13.3.2020, 12:00) 

Restricted operation of the animal hospital

The operation of the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vetmeduni Vienna) will be restricted from Friday, 13 March 2020, 12:00 noon, until Monday, 13 April 2020. All information can be found here 7.
(Update: 12.03.2020, 12:40) 

Changes in teaching activities

Until further notice, attendance courses in all degree programmes (including in-depth modules) will be suspended 
(Update: 12.03.2020, 11:20) 

Information for international guests

Dear international guests at Vetmeduni Vienna, please check the latest news regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and the current situation in Austria before starting your journey. 

For further information visit the website of Austria's Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs 6.
(Update: 11.03.2020, 15:15) 

Closure of the side entrances

The side entrances on the campus of Vetmeduni Vienna (turnstile Donaufelderstraße and Satzingerweg) will be closed from Thursday, 12.03.2020 until further notice. Access is only possible via the main entrance at Josef-Baumann-Gasse / Veterinärplatz 1.
(Update: 11.3.2020, 8:30) 

Changes in teaching activities; closure of the library reading rooms

As of today, 11.03.2020, the teaching at Vetmeduni Vienna will be switched to online teaching for lectures, seminars and conversatories in large groups. In addition, the large reading rooms of the library are closed as of today, 11.3.2020. 
From Monday, 16.03.2020, attendance lectures in all courses of study will be suspended until further notice. Further information on this will be provided to those affected.
(Update: 10.03.2020, 16:00)

Conversion of the study programme to "online teaching"

On the basis of the package of measures of the Federal Government, Vetmeduni Vienna will suspend attendance courses in all studies from Monday, 16.03.2020 until further notice and, if possible, will switch to online teaching. The students and teachers concerned will be informed about this by e-mail on an ongoing basis. This measure serves exclusively to reduce the risk of infection by reducing the number of contacts.

Events on campus or in university facilities

Until further notice, all scientific and non-scientific events with more than 100 participants must be cancelled. Events with fewer participants in Vetmeduni Vienna facilities must be subjected to a risk assessment by the organizer.

Returnees from risk areas

Persons returning from risk areas (according to the list of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 6) are requested to voluntarily reduce their social contacts considerably during the first 14 days after returning from these areas and not to participate in courses and other university events. 

Further information

Please observe the instructions of the authorities regarding hygiene and disinfection. You will find this and all further information on the following pages:

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research 8


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