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Covid-19 Update EHL Campus Passugg

You will find here the latest information and security measures of the EHL Campus Passugg regarding the Covid-19 situation.

Measures of the EHL Group

During the temporary closure of the campuses, the EHL actively prepared the reopening of the campus in Passugg with a security team. Our number one priority is and remains the safety of our students, lecturers and staff. EHL strictly adheres to all recommendations of the government and health authorities and additional special measures have been implemented to maintain and protect the health and well-being of the entire EHL community.

 

Hygiene measures on the EHL Campus Passugg

The following measures are implemented at EHL SSTH in Passugg to protect students, lecturers, staff and guests on campus:

  • Access to the campus is restricted to students, lecturers and staff in order to ensure adequate hygiene and distance. There are restrictions for external visitors. A security check is carried out at the entrance.
  • A health check is required daily at the entrance for all people entering the campus. EHL SSTH is supported by the Samaritan Association.
  • Students and staff returning from weekends off campus re-enter the tracking list at reception each week.
  • On the entire campus area (School Hotel, Bachelor Village and Fontana) the mask obligation applies. Also outside the buildings, if the safety distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. Make sure that you wear your mask correctly, it must cover your nose and mouth.
  • An intensive cleaning plan is being implemented on the entire campus including the residential units. Handrails, door handles, restroom facilities, surfaces etc. are cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • The identification and separation of infected persons are strictly regulated.
  • The internal Covid-19 concept and the EHL SSTH quarantine plan were validated and approved by the cantonal health authority.
  • Throughout the campus, markings, signage and posters indicate the rules of hygiene and distance.
  • Room plans and rules of conduct have been established for the use of classrooms, meeting rooms and other enclosed spaces.
  • In the restaurants, seating, distance markings and staggered meal times ensure the appropriate distance.
  • In "The Market" outlet the tables are reserved and seated only per class. In all outlets, contact lists are used to record all the people who sit and eat together at the table.
  • In the public areas, near classrooms, meeting rooms and offices, stations with hand disinfectant and cleaning materials are in place for discretionary use.
  • Wherever possible, the physical exchange of cash is avoided.
  • Plexiglass protective barriers can be found at the reception desk, at the cash desks, in the restauarants and, for employees at risk, in some offices.
  • Doors remain open if possible to reduce contact with door handles.
  • At the food and beverage distribution points, hand disinfection is mandatory upon entry.
  • New IT solutions facilitate the implementation of distance learning and virtual events.

Guidelines for reopening the EHL Campus Passugg

EHL SSTH abides by all recommendations of the local health authorities and has introduced a number of additional special measures to protect the EHL SSTH community. Every effort will be made to ensure a smooth opening of the EHL Campus Passugg.

The number of persons who are allowed to stay at the EHL Campus Passugg is limited. This supports the distance and hygiene rules. The EHL SSTH security team monitors compliance with the regulations.

Students from abroad have the opportunity to arrive at the Passugg Campus from 27 July 2020.

For students who, according to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), come to Switzerland from countries and areas with an increased risk of infection, EHL SSTH provides quarantine accommodation for 10 days in the Fontana House in Passugg. Arrival must be announced in advance to the Passugg Front Office: info@ssth.ch

The school is obliged to notify the cantonal authorities of all arrivals from risk countries.

Students, lecturers and staff must confirm before entering the EHL Campus Passugg that they have neither been in risk countries nor show symptoms indicating Covid-19 disease. Anyone who has been on holiday in a risk country must confirm in writing that the 10-day quarantine period prior to admission to the school in Switzerland has been observed.

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Suppliers may only use the entrance to the production kitchen of the Schulhotel Passugg (supplier entrance).

Employees of suppliers must use the hand disinfectant provided and wear a mask.

All delivered goods will be reloaded into our own containers and stored professionally.

It is only possible to visit the EHL Campus Passugg on invitation by students, lecturers or staff. The visit is limited to a maximum of 4 persons. Exceptions can be requested via info@ssth.ch.

Registration obligation
All guests must fill out the visitor form at the reception in the main building to ensure traceability.

Accompaniment
Visitors are accompanied by their hosts (students, lecturers, staff) throughout their stay.

Only a limited number of parking spaces are available on the EHL SSTH premises. Visitors will be allocated a parking space after they have reported to the reception desk.

The restaurants on the campus are reserved for catering for students, lecturers and staff.

External guests can be catered for in the restaurants with prior reservation. All security measures apply. Reservations via: info@ssth.ch

Smoking is only permitted in the designated areas. The walking routes and guidelines in these areas must be observed.

Hygiene and conduct rules on campus

The following rules apply to all persons staying on the EHL SSTH Campus. Failure to follow the instructions can be sanctioned with a warning.

Everyone is required to follow the general recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in order to protect themselves and others:
  • to keep a safe distance
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • refrain from shaking hands
  • Coughing and sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm
  • Stay at home when symptoms occur
  • Call before visiting the doctor or the emergency room.
  • Wear a mask if it is not possible to maintain the distance.
  • The possibility of home office for employees must be clarified with the supervisor.

Wearing masks in public rooms, kitchens, service areas and in the classrooms is obligatory.

During this time, the face mask is considered an integral part of the EHL SSTH dress code and is discreet in colour and design.

A package of disposable masks will be given to all students upon arrival on the EHL SSTH campus. Additional masks can be purchased at the reception desk.

Guests on the EHL SSTH Campus receive a free mask at reception. Mask dispensers are available for lecturers and staff in the staff room and offices.

Paper masks are intended for one-time use and can be worn for one day. Please find here instructions on how to wear the mask correctly.

Reusable masks must be washed every day for 8 minutes at at least 60° and/or ironed with a steam iron.

In the service and kitchen areas, employees and students use only disposable masks!

In the public areas of the EHL Campus Passugg, near classrooms, common rooms and offices, stations with hand disinfectant and self-service material are available for the disinfection and cleaning of equipment, small objects and work surfaces.

In case of symptoms and/or corresponding coronacheck results you must stay at home or go into quarantine.

An infection with the corona virus can show the following symptoms:

  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat/throat inflammation
  • Breathing difficulties
  • fever or fever-like symptoms
  • Muscle aches
  •  Sudden loss of sense of smell and taste


Rather seldom do these signs appear:

  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Common cold


The symptoms of the disease can vary in severity and can be very mild.

Should one or more of these symptoms occur, the affected person must follow the following procedure:

  1. Immediate self-isolation (quarantine/stay at home)
  2. Contact a doctor and/or the school information service: +41 81 255 11 11
  3. Inform superiors (employees) or Student Services (students)

On the campus in Passugg a health check is carried out in cooperation with the Samaritan Association. This is to prevent anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 from entering the school hotel.

In case of symptoms and/or failed health check results, you have to go home again or try to find a quarantine possibility with EHL SSTH.

The following check points are performed during the health check:

  • Fever check
  • Questioning according to symptoms
  • Written confirmation of quarantine compliance and freedom from symptoms
  • Information on hygiene measures at EHL SSTH


The inspection is carried out by the EHL SSTH security team.

Students who live on campus and are unable to travel home can obtain information about existing quarantine facilities through Student Services. Student Services facilitates students who are in quarantine and ensures that regular follow-up checks are carried out.


Contacts

For students
Student Service: +41 81 255 11 04

Swiss health authorities
Swisscare: +41 44 655 12 59 (for students insured through Swisscare)
Public: +41 58 463 00 00 (8:00 - 18:00)
Passengers: +41 58 464 44 88 (08:00 - 18:00)

Emergencies: 144

On the EHL SSTH campus, markings for distances and walking directions are clearly marked. The prescribed distances must be observed by everyone.

The SwissCovid APP for Smartphones (iOS/Android) helps to break through chains of infection. The use of the app is voluntary and free of charge. The more users use the app, the more effectively it helps to contain the corona virus. It is recommended to install this app on mobile phones.

To reduce the risk of infection by touching surfaces that are used by many people, it is recommended that the following guidelines be followed:

  • Use a "clean key", a practical tool to avoid touching door handles, elevator buttons or other surfaces with bare hands.
  • The open door policy will be implemented during regular office hours wherever possible so that the door handle does not need to be used.
  • The lift may be used by a maximum of one person. Use the stairs in the house.
  • If you touch handrails or other surfaces, wash and disinfect your hands afterwards.

To limit the risk of infection through contact with infected surfaces, the frequency of cleaning and disinfection on the EHL Campus Passugg has been increased and stations with disinfectants are available.

The following rules apply to smaller, closed rooms such as meeting rooms and offices:

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory if other people are present and the prescribed distance cannot be maintained.
  • Avoid using meeting rooms and attempt to meet with Microsoft teams.
  • Avoid face-to-face meetings of more than 30 minutes.
  • Respect the maximum room capacity indicated at the entrance door.
  • Maintain the seating arrangement and do not add more chairs or tables.
  • Do not change the default seating arrangement.
  • Leave doors open if possible.
    Open windows frequently to ventilate the room.
  • Before leaving the room, clean the surfaces and equipment used (remote control, keyboard, table tops, chairs, etc.) with the disinfectant provided in the room.
The following rules of conduct, which apply to classrooms and group rooms, are attached to every classroom door:

  • The obligation to wear masks applies to lecturers and students.
  • Respect the given seating arrangement
  • Use only your personal equipment
  • Respect the maximum capacity that has been set for this room.
  • Do not bring extra chairs or tables into the classroom.
  • Doors and windows should remain open if possible.
  • When leaving the room, make sure that you take all personal belongings with you.
  • Dispose of your waste.
  • Disinfection material for cleaning the surfaces (tables, chairs, equipment) is available in every classroom. Students and lecturers are requested to clean the surfaces of tables and chairs and open the windows when leaving the room.

The general rules of conduct apply in the public areas. Moving furniture and adding chairs in the public areas is not permitted. Anyone using communal furniture (lobby, tables, chairs, piano, PC rooms, photocopiers, etc.) is obliged to clean the areas and equipment used with the disinfectant material provided before leaving.

The capacity for events and functions on the EHL Campus Passugg is limited. It is important to coordinate events using the EHL SSTH event calendar.

All persons involved in the organisation of events must ensure that hygiene and distance regulations are observed.

For events with up to 10 people, external guests must register on the visit form.

Events with 10 to 300 persons must be approved by the EHL SSTH security team. For groups, the relevant contact information of the external guests must be available so that traceability is ensured in the event of a transfer.

Whenever possible, events should be promoted and carried out virtually.

Contact for events and functions:
info@ssth.ch

All toilets and washing areas are cleaned regularly by the EHL SSTH cleaning team. It is important that everyone adheres to the following rules:

  • Use your elbow, a disposable towel or a "clean key" to open the door.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use only open or foot-operated waste bins.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), unnecessary international travel for personal and professional reasons should be avoided. If you have to travel internationally, it is essential that you inform yourself in advance about local rules and regulations.

International travel by EHL SSTH employees must be approved by their respective superiors.

The classrooms are designed for all learners (HoKo) and students (PIF, HF, Bachelor) for face-to-face and distance learning (livestreaming). The personnel capacity of the individual classrooms requires a corresponding timetable, which is communicated in good time. Due to safety regulations, a "hybrid" form of teaching is necessary. This means that the learning content is taught in a mixture of face-to-face, distance and online lessons.

Services and Support

The fitness room is limited to the simultaneous use of maximum 4 persons.

The sports facility Obere Au is open and available to students.

Wash your hands thoroughly after outdoor activities when you return to the EHL Campus Passugg.

The student kitchens in the TOP (Bachelor Village) and in the basement of the school hotel are approved for a limited number of persons. Cooking in the rooms is prohibited.

The Stübli remains closed until further notice.

EHL has set up a solidarity fund of CHF 1 million to ensure that gifted students whose financial resources have been directly affected by the Covid 19 crisis can continue their studies at EHL. The financial support is provided in the form of interest-free loans which must be repaid after completion of the studies.

The loans are available to cover all or part of the cost of the training. The amounts and duration of the loan are flexible according to the situation. These loans can be applied for in addition to any scholarships.

You can find out about the detailed application procedure from Student Services: studentservices@ssth.ch

The EHL SSTH safety concept for student accommodation has been approved by the cantonal health authorities. The applicable rules are posted in the respective accommodation units.

In the restaurants the mask obligation applies to all. During the meal at the table, one may take off the mask.

Specific instructions are posted in each F&B outlet and must be followed along with the instructions of the restaurant managers.

The menus can be accessed via a QR code.

The new seating arrangements take into account the required distance and the maximum number of people per table. No additional chairs or tables may be added without the consent of the Restaurant Managers.

Contact lists are available at the tables in order to record the contact data of all persons during meals, so that possible chains of infection can be traced.

The waiting areas in front of the dining room and the employment areas in "The Market" and in "The Market - Le Jardin" are marked.

Dining times are divided into several shifts to avoid a crowd of people. The allocated meal times must be respected.

It is recommended that all students, lecturers and staff members make cashless payments.