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Beginning Monday, MU will be on red alert

University buildings will be closed. They will be accessible only to ensure classes are taught and for students in fields of study allowed by the government.

In light of the current epidemiological situation and the government’s declaring a red state of alert in the South Moravia Region, the MU Crisis Board has decided to move to the red phase of the university traffic-light system as of 12 October.

This means that as of Monday university buildings will be closed to the public, students, and most employees. Buildings will only be accessible to heads of economic units, essential facility and laboratory management staff, IT administrators, and for people who must have access to buildings to ensure remote classes are held or for in-person seminars that have been approved by the government. Students enrolled in clinical and practical courses in general medicine, dentistry, pharmacy studies, and other medical study programmes are also permitted to enter buildings as per current governmental regulations.

All other courses will be held remotely. The Office for Studies of the Office of the Rector has created guidelines for teaching in the autumn semester that respect the governmental regulations currently in force.

The red alert level also means that libraries will be closed. University libraries, however, can be accessed for lending and returning books, but not for studying.

Indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, gyms, computer labs, and study rooms will be closed on Monday until further notice.

Restrictions may also be put on dormitory and canteens. Decisions about dormitories and canteens will be made by the head of Accommodation and Catering Services in consultation with the MU Crisis Board. Up-to-date information about these services can be found here.

Facemasks must be worn in all MU buildings. In some facilities, protective gloves are a necessity as well.

MU’s red light also means restrictions on laboratories and business trips. General recommendations for how to proceed now that MU is at the highest state of alert can be found on the updated MU traffic-light system page, which is based on the guidelines for implementing anti-epidemic measures at MU. Each of MU’s parts may implement these recommendations through binding decisions or regulations.