Dear Franklin Community,

This email is to update you on the changes decided by the Federal Council and announced Wednesday, April 13, 2021. Universities may return to the classroom, but classrooms may only be used at 1/3 capacity during the regular semester. For Franklin, this generally means that 10 students plus the professor, all masked and socially distanced, may meet in the classroom. We will try to give all students the opportunity to meet in the classroom when possible in the last two weeks. Students, please look for an email or Moodle message from your professors with specific indications for your individual classes.  

As part of our effort to keep the community safe and in tandem with returning to the classroom, we remind you to participate daily in the u-Smell-it initiative. You will see friendly reminders posted around campus and on social media. Your participation helps keep the whole community safe.

There is more good news about restrictions easing beginning Monday, April 19:

  • Restaurants and bars will reopen outside seating areas (terraces) with a maximum of 4 people per table: masks may only be removed during actual consumption of food and drink.
  • Gyms are opening! Information on the TAC opening will be communicated via the Franklin app next week.

However, Swiss COVID numbers remain high and the following restrictions remain in place:

  • Indoor, private gatherings are limited to 10 people.
  • Outdoor, private events are limited to 15 people.
  • Sports involving physical contact are not permitted indoors. Contact sports are only permitted outdoors if masks are worn.
  • Masks are still required in all public indoor spaces and on public transportation—so please continue to wear your masks.

Finally, the federal authorities have confirmed that exams may take place in the classroom as planned. Students, this means that final exams will take place in person unless you have already arranged with your professor to take the exam remotely. If you have questions or concerns about a particular exam, please contact your professor directly.