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Published: 2021-09-16

Many university COVID measures disappear from October

NEWS Umeå University will be removing most of its COVID measures from 30 September. The underlying reason is that the Swedish Government has decided to lift most national restrictions.

Text: Anna Lawrence

From 30 September, written hall examinations can be scheduled as normal. Events and meetings with physical attendance can also be carried out and you will be able to use university premises to study again. Staff members can also gradually return to their workplaces. Teaching with physical attendance will also be possible, however this change was announced already in August. The university’s decision to revise its measures are based on the Swedish Government announcing that a majority of the remaining COVID restrictions in Sweden will be removed on 29 September.

“Finally! The University Management and I have been looking forward to the day when we can open up campus for students and staff alike. And here we are. The key to continuing this gradual return to campus, which is drawing very close, is still to keep getting vaccinated and to maintain distance. So, take the opportunity to get vaccinated at the drop-in centre in Universum,” says Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University.

Even if the ambition is to offer more education on-site and hall examinations is a possibility for more educations again, some educations may still need to carry out parts of their teaching online. Hence, please be aware that everything will probably not go back to normal straight away, but we are slowly getting there. Your department will inform you on the specifics of how your teaching will take place.

Keep distance and get tested

To be able to return to campus-based activities safely, the university’s recommendation is that reasonable distance must be maintained in all situations where this is possible. Umeå University’s guideline is to leave every other chair empty. What distance is reasonable and possible varies depending on the situation. The need to continue to keep distance to others is based on everyone still not being vaccinated.

It is still important that everyone, regardless of vaccination, continues to stay at home and get tested in the event of symptoms arising.

November and onwards

The revised decision applies to the period 30 September until 1 November. A decision for the next period will be announced in October.

Questions and comments

If you have questions or comments about the university’s information or handling of COVID-19, please contact the Crisis Management Team on corona@umu.se.