The main approach at Umeå University is to avoid visiting our campuses and to maintain distance when people need to meet. In situations where people cannot avoid close contact, students and staff should wear a face mask.
Region Västerbotten has recently issued recommendations for wearing a face mask in situations where people cannot avoid close contact. This includes the university. Each department or office will offer face masks to students and staff in situations such as compulsory course components in education or work tasks where distance cannot be maintained. In other situations, such as visiting the library, it is your responsibility to provide your own face mask.
However, the main approach at Umeå University should still be to avoid visiting our campuses and meeting others. When it is deemed necessary to meet others, it is important to maintain distance. Even if all parties wear a face mask, physical distance must still be maintained to the extent possible.
If you use your own face mask, please make sure it has been approved and has the CE mark. This should be stated on the packaging.
Please remember that a face mask can never replace general guidelines about staying at home if you have symptoms of disease, washing your hands regularly and maintaining distance to other people.
The recommendation to use face masks applies until further notice.
Umeå University follows the recommended distance between students in written hall exams and has heavily limited the number of students in each hall to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Despite this, the Department of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention at Region Västerbotten still recommends that students and staff wear face masks at written hall exams as an extra precaution. Students are offered single use face masks in connection with the exam.
It is important that the face mask is used correctly. Please read and follow the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s information prior to using a face mask:
A face mask must cover both nose and mouth at all times. Make sure the fit is snug against nose, cheeks and chin. Do not touch the face mask during use.
Used face masks are thrown in a waste bin. The bag should be tied closed when the bin is emptied and be managed as regular waste. Face masks are not hazardous waste. Be careful to wash your hands when touching used face masks.
Managers can find out more about how to order face masks in Chefshandboken.
If you have questions regarding the use of a face mask in a particular activity, please ask the organiser, your manager or teacher. If you have general questions regarding the information about face masks or how the university is handling COVID-19, please contact the Crisis Management Team on email@example.com.