Starting Monday, 17 January 2022, according to extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic of 5 January 2022 and its amendment of 14 January 2022 (in Czech), Palacký University is obliged to test all its employees twice a week via a rapid antigen test designed for self-testing ("self-test"). Employees employed for the main employment relationship, contracted employees (DPP/DPČ), interns, trainees or volunteers working on the UP premises, and persons who are members of UP bodies, must be tested. Details of exemptions from testing, dates and locations of testing and information on the procedure in case of positivity can be found on www.upol.cz/en/covid-19/testing-of-employees.
In conjunction with the persisting presence of Covid-19, in the following text we summarise the currently valid measures which apply to the regime at Palacký University, including
additional recommendations and decrees of UP Rector Martin Procházka, emphasised below.
We will update the wording of these measures and recommendations on an ongoing basis as the situation develops.
In conjunction with the emergency measure of Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic of 27 October 2021 (in Czech) and its amendment of 10 November 2021 (in Czech), from Monday 15 November until further notice, movement and stay without respiratory protective equipment will be prohibited for all persons in the internal areas of the university buildings, in the internal areas of the catering establishments, when attending congresses, educational events and examinations conducted in person. The respiratory protective device used must be a respirator or similar device (always without an exhalation valve), meeting at least all technical conditions and requirements (for the product) including a filtration efficiency of at least 94 % according to the relevant standards (e.g. FFP2, CN 95).
Respiratory protection can be removed when for example:
- students attend educational activities whose character does not allow for respiratory protection (i.e. physical education, singing, playing wind instruments);
- educational and academic workers attend educational activities whose character does not allow for respiratory protection (i.e. physical education, singing, playing wind instruments), if said workers keep at least 1.5 metres’ distance from others;
- students are seated at desks or otherwise seated during lessons; and if no more than 50 students are present at the same time;
however in order to eliminate the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus at UP, the UP rector advises students to use the defined respiratory protection during educational activities (unless the given specifics of the subject do not allow for it);
- educational and academic workers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 for at least 14 days are at lessons;
(Clarification: This requirement has been established for a group of people, not upon employers. Only a public official can monitor compliance with this order.)
however in order to eliminate the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus at UP, the UP rector advises teachers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 for at least 14 days to consider the use of the defined respiratory protection during educational activities and maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres away from students;
- students and examiners are at exams, if all persons maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from each other;
however in order to eliminate the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus at UP, the UP rector strongly advises students and teachers to use the defined respiratory protection during educational activities even during exams, tests, and colloquia;
- students are staying in their dormitory rooms (i.e. outside of shared spaces);
- persons are involved in performing (e.g. theatrical, dance, or musical performances), persons are lecturing, or when persons are taking place in the creation and production of audiovisual works or programmes;
however in order to eliminate the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus at UP, the UP rector advises lecturers, if they are UP employees, to use the defined respiratory protection during lectures;
- persons are performing in radio, television, or other programmes;
- customers at dining services premises are consuming food and drink, with the condition that the customer is seated at a table;
- persons outside dining services are consuming food and drink, and only for the time when it is absolutely necessary;
- persons are posing for photographic portraits, and only for the time when it is absolutely necessary.
Group academic ceremonies, cultural and sporting events, educational events, and in-person exams (i.e. educational activities which do not fall under the state Universities Code)
At group academic ceremonies, cultural, social, and sporting events, educational events and exams (hereinafter, all will be referred to as “event”), it is mandatory to carry out the following:
- if the event takes place in the interior spaces of the university, persons attending are required to use respiratory protection devices;
- if at any time there are more than twenty persons taking part in the event, it is necessary to fully satisfy the following conditions according to the emergency measure of Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic dated 29 December 2021 (in Czech): i.e. it is necessary to check that those taking part are virus-free, with the exception of children under the age of 12, which means laboratory proof of having undergone Covid-19 within 180 days of the event, or proof of having been vaccinated against Covid-19, with the final dose of the vaccine having been given more than 14 days before the event. The use of a PCR test to prove one is virus-free is possible only for those younger than 18 years of age, those who have been vaccinated but have not yet fully completed their vaccination regime, and persons who have counterindications to being vaccinated. Under this measure, the validity of a PCR test remains at 72 hours maximum. A maximum of 1,000 people can participate in mass events of this type at the same time.
The above measures however do not apply to lessons taught at universities, according to Law No. 111/1998, Czech Law Coll., the Universities Statute. When taking part in lessons, according to the Universities Statute, one does not have to prove one is virus-free (applies to both full-time and part-time forms of study), with the exception in the situation listed below when arriving from abroad.
NB: Students are however required to provide proof of being virus-free at dormitories, by providing a recognised certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, or a laboratory test proving that they have undergone the illness, or a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours-old, or a negative antigen test no more than 24 hours-old. Students are required to present such proof upon registration at the dormitory; if giving test results, then every 7 days afterwards.
NB: Students who are carrying out work, doing their teaching requirements, or practical preparations at workplaces of legal or physical persons, fall under the regulations of their employers at that workplace, including for example students of the UP Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry when carrying out said work or internships at University Hospital Olomouc.
The UP Rector advises that teachers instruct students of the importance of being virus-free before the start of teaching activities and exams.
Accommodation at dormitories
As of Monday, 22 November, self-administered antigen tests for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 will no longer be accepted as proof of being virus-free, due to the measures put into force on 18 November (in Czech) by the Czech Ministry of Health.
Persons who wish to reside at university dormitories must provide a certificate of completion of vaccination or proof of having had the Covid-19 virus or a negative RT-PCR test no older than 72 hours, or a negative antigen test carried out by a healthcare professional no older than 24 hours. It remains unchanged that such proof must be furnished weekly.