Coronavirus update, LAB and LUT staff and students, 13 December 2021

Koronatiedote 13.12.2021

Coronavirus update, LAB and LUT staff and students, 13 December 2021

Start of spring semester 2022

This week is especially critical in terms of the coronavirus epidemic. We are closely following whether the Government decides to apply stricter national restrictions. Our goal is to start spring semester 2022 normally if no restrictions on contact teaching are given.

Our general aim is to increase contact teaching on campus. Each degree programme will decide on its teaching methods and will inform the students of each course of them. The pandemic does not obligate teachers to stream or record their courses. LAB’s faculty directors and LUT's heads of degree programmes will coordinate decision-making on teaching methods in their programmes.

The orientation of new students will take place regularly but will also be streamed and recorded because of possible arrival delays of international students.

Ten-person limit in sports facilities in Lappeenranta

The regional state administrative agency restricts the use of customer facilities in South Karelia. The decision applies to the recreational use of the gym and group fitness centre on the Lappeenranta campus.

As of 14 December, group fitness classes and the gym can accommodate no more than ten people at a time until the end of the year. 

The facilities can still be used for teaching purposes without limitations to the number of participants.

Moveo will provide more information on how the restrictions will be applied. 

Remote work recommended

The Government has recommended remote work in areas that are in the community transmission phase of the pandemic – that is, the most serious phase. However, contact teaching on campuses is considered a low-risk activity. Therefore, if you have planned to hold your classes on campus, you may do so.

Otherwise, please work from home as much as your duties allow. You do not need to ask your supervisor for permission to work on campus. Regardless of the remote work recommendation, you may also work on campus when your duties require (laboratory work, simulations, customer service work on campus). 

Get your vaccinations and boosters

We recommend everyone in our campus community to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Studies show that the vaccinations are effective against the severest form of the coronavirus disease and reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease. High vaccination coverage has helped us to keep our campuses open. In recent weeks, no new exposures on campus have come to our knowledge.

Finland is now starting to give a third dose of the vaccine to people under 60 years of age. We recommend taking a new booster when your hospital district enables it.