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Coronavirus/covid-19 – information regarding staff/PhD doctoral students

Lund University is following the responsible authorities' decisions, general advice and recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

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This information is last updated 2021-12-03


New infection control measures for public gatherings as of 1 December

It is not possible for Lund University to apply the government’s proposal for vaccination certificates at indoor public gatherings with more than 100 participants. Other infection control measures will be taken instead. 

The Swedish government has decided on new infection control measures as of 1 December. The measures concern, among other things, regulations about how indoor public gatherings and events with more than 100 participants can be conducted with or without vaccination certificates.

What is categorised as a public gathering?

A public gathering is a gathering “organised for the public or to which the public has access or that, taking into account the terms for admission, should be regarded as equivalent to such a gathering”.

Public gatherings may include concerts, public lectures and other public events to which the public are invited, such as science lunches, conferences that are open to the public etc.

Infection control measures are to be taken regardless of the number of participants.

Approved measures to counteract the spread of infection and to avoid overload in healthcare services – Public Health Agency.

What is not categorised as a public gathering?

Below are some examples of events that are not categorised as public gatherings:

  • Teaching and lectures for the University’s students and employees
  • Examinations and degree ceremonies
  • Christmas parties and Lucia celebrations for the University’s students and employees
  • Public defences of doctoral theses
  • Meetings and gatherings involving the University’s students and employees

Public gatherings and public events without vaccination certificates

Usage of vaccination certificates is not allowed at Lund University.

Indoor public gatherings and public events with more than 100 participants that do not use vaccination certificates need to take more infection control measures.

These include following the basic infection control measures, such as informing visitors about how to avoid the spread of infection and providing the possibility of hand washing.

  • Participants are to have specified seats
  • Individual groups are to consist of no more than 8 people
  • Individual groups are to maintain social distancing of at least 1 metre from each other

They are also covered by the general guidelines to avoid crowding. These include spreading participants’ arrival time, having specific entrances and exits, marking distances and have other alternatives to physical queues.

Approved measures to counteract the spread of infection and to avoid overload in healthcare services – Public Health Agency.

Infection control measures for trade fairs, museums and art galleries

There are also new regulations regarding infection control measures for trade fairs, museums and art galleries, but these do not include vaccination certificates. The Public Health Agency has decided on rules and general guidelines as support in this regard. These rules cover, among other things, the avoidance of crowding, offering hand sanitiser and carrying out a risk analysis.

  • Participants are to have specified seats
  • Individual groups are to consist of no more than 8 people
  • Individual groups are to maintain social distancing of at least 1 metre from each other

Rules and general guidelines on specific restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 — Public Health Agency (in Swedish).


Stay at home and take a test if you have symptoms

As of the 22 November the Public Health Agency recommends everyone with symptoms to stay home and get tested for covid-19, even if you are vaccinated.


We are back on campus as of 1 November

As of 1 November, the University returns to being an organisation without limitations imposed by Covid-19 restrictions. This applies in accordance with the vice-chancellor’s decision on 17 June 2021 and means that, as a starting point, activities are to be conducted on campus. Regarding education for which special reasons apply, the return may be completed by 16 January 2022 at the latest.

Covid-19 is still classed as a generally and socially hazardous disease according to the Communicable Diseases Act. As an employer and education provider, the University needs to address this. This means that we are to continue to avoid crowding and stay at home if we have symptoms.

The government’s plan for the removal of restrictions is currently at stage 4. When the government decides to move to stage 5, the remaining restrictions will be lifted.


Decision on travel and visits

In cases where UD (Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs) advises against personal travel, this advice is also to be observed for business trips abroad as far as this is deemed possible.

New recommendations for those entering Sweden from outside the Nordic countries

Before you book a business trip, you are to ensure that the trip can be made safely, taking into account any restrictions and the infection situation in the country to which you plan to travel.

Keep updated about the current recommendations of the Public Health Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning entry to Sweden.

Tests and sample collections prior to business trips

When an employee has been given approval for a business trip to a country  where a travel certificate confirming a completed PCR and/or antigen test for Covid-19 is required for entry, the employer is to cover any costs for  testing/obtaining the travel certificate. Any costs for sample collections are to be allocated to the local cost centre.


Vaccination against Covid-19

Free vaccination against Covid-19 for everybody over 16 years

Everybody over 16 years, can make an appointment at Region Skåne to be vaccinated against covid-19. Vaccination is free of charge; you personally choose whether you want to be vaccinated or not. Everyone will get an opportunity to be vaccinated. If you have received the first dose in another country, you are able to make an appointment for the second dose in Sweden.

You are entitled to get vaccinated during paid working hours

The University has decided that all staff members at Lund University who choose to get vaccinated against Covid-19 are entitled to do so during paid working hours. However, staff members are primarily to try to arrange vaccination appointments outside working hours. It is the health region Skåne that is responsible for vaccination. You do not have to pay for vaccination against COVID-19.

You need to continue to take care even once you are vaccinated

There may be a certain risk of getting ill, despite being vaccinated, and thereby of infecting others although you may not develop any symptoms yourself. The basic advice therefore continues to apply even to those of you who are vaccinated:

  • Stay at home even if you only feel slightly ill and take a covid-19-test
  • Avoid crowding
  • Wash your hands often

Read more about recommendations-to-reduce-the-spread on the Public Health Agency website


Lund University’s decisions and actions

For Lund University's overall decisions and ongoing actions regarding the corona virus, please see lunduniversity.lu.se/corona

University-wide decisions regarding the coronavirus/covid-19


Tools for working online 

The University offers different solutions for digital meetings. Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Office 365-suite is mainly recommended. Zoom, which is also used within the University, is primarily intended for teaching.


Contact

If you have questions about the corona crisis, you as an employee should first and foremost contact your line manager.

You can also send questions to: corona [at] lu [dot] se

Foreign language coronavirus information hot-line

There is a foreign language coronavirus information hot-line: +46 8 12368000, where your can get information in several languages for example on how to get tested.

Information for managers

Faculty-specific coronavirus information

News and information

Sweden's news in English

To find accurate and reliable Swedish news in English, you can for example listen to Radio Sweden or read articles published by the online newspaper The Local.

If you need to talk

Are you feeling anxious, stressed or alone? The Student Chaplaincy in Lund also offers counselling for staff, regardless of whether you are religious or not. 

Visit the Student Chaplaincy's website and find more contact details (in Swedish)

International Citizen Hub Lund

International Citizen Hub Lund provide helpful information to international citizens and their families

Visit the International Citizen Hub Lund's website