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The University and COVID-19

The University of Gothenburg is working to slow the spread of COVID-19. The University is following the updates and recommendations from Swedish authorities. Updated 13 January 2022.

Measures due to new rules and recommendations

The Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have decided on new rules and recommendations to limit the spread of covid-19, which applies from 8 and 23 December. On 11 January 2022, the government also announced new measures for the higher education institutions.

The Vice-chancellor has decided that the following will apply from 12 January:

  • Teaching can take place on site if risk reduction measures are taken. Larger lectures that are not conducted digitally can be given on several occasions. Distance education can be used as a tool to decrease the amount of people on campus, if the quality of education can be maintained, but should not be considered a full-time measure. Where possible and appropriate, the person in charge of education can offer hybrid teaching to make it easier for students with symptoms.
  • Examinations and compulsory elements can be carried out on site if risk reduction measures are taken. They can, if possible and appropriate, be carried out on several occasions as a measure to reduce the number of people. The institutions are encouraged to, where possible and appropriate, add extra slots for re-examination. In the examinations halls, special risk-reducing measures must be taken. Students must keep their distance in the examinations halls, and on their way in and out.
  • Dissertations can take place on site with appropriate risk reduction measures.
  • The temporary work from home continues. Everyone who can should work from home as long as the government's assignment to authorities regarding temporary working from home, remains. The relevant manager decides on the basis of the organisation’s needs and conditions who should be at the workplace. 
  • Larger staff gatherings, meetings and similar should be digital and not on site.
  • Public gatherings and events shall only be held as long as infection control measures can be taken in accordance with the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s general advice and recommendations and with the restrictions on numbers specified by the Health Agency.

Sweden and the pandemic

The Swedish Government and Swedish authorities are following the spread of infection very carefully and are working hard to keep Sweden and its residents safe. Examples of measures taken include restriction of large gatherings, travel and recommendations regarding social distance. For current restrictions see for information from Swedish authorities:

The total number of individuals who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in Sweden is being tracked at the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s website, which is updated daily. 

There is an entry ban in effect for travels to Sweden, keep up to date on how this affects you on these pages: