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For the sake of our well-being and the well-being of others, we expect an understanding attitude and responsible behaviour from all members and guests of TalTech. We have listed recommendations and advice for dealing with various situations. We update the information on an ongoing basis.

Information has been updated on 30.11.2020.

General Instructions

In order to prevent infection, the instructions issued by the Health Board must be followed.

Obligation to wear a mask or to cover one’s nose and mouth in public indoor spaces. Public indoor spaces, in the context of the university, are those spaces that are free for use by all entrants, incl. persons not affiliated with the university, e.g. lobby, corridors, etc.  Essentially every room that is not an office, laboratory, meeting room or auditorium.

Lecturers have the right to demand mask-wearing in auditoriums and to disallow entry into the auditorium in the absence of a mask. Colleagues and partners who enter the different rooms of the university also need to be ready to wear a mask if other people in the room believe it's important.

  • Wash your hands often. Use warm water and soap for washing hands; in public places, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • If you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a single-use tissue. Throw the used tissue into the bin immediately after, then clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (the inside of your elbow), but do not use your bare hand.
  • Avoid contact with people who have symptoms of illness.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you are ill, stay at home, even if the symptoms are rather mild.
  • If you have any symptoms, you should suspect the coronavirus and call your family doctor.

TalTech provides hand sanitisers for general use in public places.

The university ensures that public areas are cleaned on a daily basis.

Instructions on how to act in the event different COVID19 risk levels

As of 16.11.2020, we are on the yellow level.

GREEN LEVEL:  
In Tallinn or in any other area, where studies take place, the coronavirus infection rate in the last 14 days is lower than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. 
There are no infected persons among the members of the university or the contacts of the infected person can be identified and monitored.
Members of the university can be required to self-isolate.

YELLOW LEVEL  
An emergency has been declared by an order of the Government of the Republic to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In Tallinn or in any other area, where studies take place, the coronavirus infection rate in the last 14 days is 50-100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. 
There are many infected persons among the members of the university or among guests who have visited the university premises or have had contacts with other members of the university; most of the close contacts of the infected persons can be identified but there is a possibility that not all of them can be identified.  

RED LEVEL  
An emergency situation has been declared by an order of the Government of the Republic to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In Tallinn or in any other area, where studies take place, the coronavirus infection rate in the last 14 days is 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There are many infected persons among the members of the university and their close contacts cannot be identified.

See the full text of the instructions on how to act in the event of different risk levels. The criterias of the risk levels are helpful in planning activities, the decision on the risk level is made taking into account the actual situation of the university. Detailed instructions for the faculties and units are to be appointed by the head of each unit.

COVID employees
COVID19 info for employees
COVID students
COVID19 info for students

*Face-to-face learning takes place in classrooms
**Hybrid learning takes place in classrooms and online
***Distance learning takes place online

Organisation of work and studies

Conducting studies in case of a yellow scenario

Starting from 16.11.2020 the latest, only a maximum of 50% of auditoriums can be occupied. According to this requirement, all lecturers have been asked to find either bigger classrooms for their students in order to satisfy the 50% requirement, or to find additional rooms for the option of online classes, so that the students on campus could participate in the lectures. All the changes in the rooms and also the additional room numbers will be present in the timetables.

In order to protect the health of students and lecturers we recommend to wear masks on campus. Please stay at home when you have any symptoms.

Travelling and business trips

TalTech recommends that you avoid any travel in the near future, if possible. When planning unavoidable personal or business trips or trips in relation to your studies, follow the recommendations given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign citizens without symptoms of illness who come to Estonia to study or work can get tested for the coronavirus at Tallinn Airport and the Port of Tallinn to shorten their mandatory self-isolation and return to work. Testing for the virus at the border and retesting seven days later to shorten the period of self-isolation is primarily intended to speed up the return to work, but students can also get tested at the border, although receiving a negative test result the first time does not immediately grant the right to return to your educational institution. 

If at least seven days after the first test, a second test is taken, and its result is also negative, it is considered equal to a 14-day self-isolation.

There may be different regulations for citizens of different states. See more: vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers 

If a person violates the rules of self-isolation or quarantine, the state has the right to punish the person with a penalty payment or the revocation of a foreigner’s residence permit.

Instructions in case of illness or suspicion of illness

If you have any symptoms, stay at home and contact your family physician immediately.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 test, the member of the staff who tested positive must immediately inform their immediate supervisor. The university, in cooperation with the Health Board, identifies the next steps for preventing the risk of infection and impede the spread of the virus.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 test, the student who tested positive must immediately inform the head of the dean’s office or study centre of their department. The university, in cooperation with the Health Board, identifies the next steps for preventing the risk of infection and impede the spread of the virus.

Contacts for students:
School of Engineering aime.piht@taltech.ee 
School of Science kertu.kosk@taltech.ee 
School of Business and Governance iris.laak@taltech.ee 
School of Information Technologies margus.kruus@taltech.ee 
Estonian Maritime Academy heili.kangust@taltech.ee

Sports Hall Visitors

All Sports Hall visitors must declare their arrival, either by validating with a card at the gate or at the administrator's desk. You must provide your contact information to the sports club so that we can contact you.

It is also strongly recommended to disinfect your hands when entering the Sports Hall.

If the situation in Estonia or Tallinn gets worse due to the spread of COVID-19, you must be prepared that when entering the Sports Hall your body temperature to be taken and you that it will be mandatory to disinfect your hands.

If possible, use your training equipment in table tennis and badminton. If you use Sports Club equipment, clean the equipment after each use. Also, in the gym or group training hall, after using the training equipment, it must be cleaned for the next client. The Sports Club cleans the surfaces and equipment daily.

If you are ill or someone in your training group has an illness, you must immediately notify the Sports Club rait.kabin@taltech.ee.

Instructions for dormitory residents in case of illness or suspicion of illness

If a student who resides in the Student Campus receives a positive test result, the student must inform both the head of the dean’s office or study centre and the representative of the Student Campus and stay in their room. The university, in cooperation with the Health Board, identifies the next steps for preventing the risk of infection and impede the spread of the virus.

Residents living in the same flat as the infected person must immediately self-isolate.

If necessary, some of the buildings in the Student Campus will be closed and cooperation with the Health Board and the Police and Border Guard Board will be established.

Employees who have been in close or direct contact with the infected person are required to remain at home in self-isolation for 14 days.

Preparations are made for disinfecting the premises and for establishing quarantine if required.

Mobile application HOIA

We recommend that everyone download the HOIA application on their mobile phone. It allows you to quickly find out about possible close contact with a COVID-19 infected person, allowing you to take steps to protect your own health and the health of others.

The application is downloaded at hoia.me

Contacts for specific questions and problems

Student

If you have any problems or questions concerning the virus, contact the Student Counselling Office at studenthelp@taltech.ee; in matters concerning your studies, please contact the lecturer of the subject.

Employee

If you have any problems or questions concerning the virus, contact the Human Resources Office at liina.vossotskaja@taltech.ee; in matters concerning the organisation of work, please contact your immediate supervisor.

Member of cultural collectives helen.tamm@taltech.ee

Sports Hall visitor – rait.kabin@taltech.ee  

FAQ

Studies take place as scheduled in a manner chosen by the lecturer, either by way of face-to-face learning-, hybrid learning or distance learning. Face-to-face learning takes place in classrooms. Hybrid learning takes place in classrooms and online. Distance learning takes place online. Please see instructions on how to act in the event different covid19 risk levels.

Please see your lesson plan in the study information system. When logging in to the study information system, please make sure that your contact details are correct, as the university may need to quickly contact you regarding the spread of COVID-19.

The university cooperates closely with the Health Board and informs its students and faculty members if it is necessary to introduce stricter health safety measures than usual. If the situation changes, we will inform students about it on our website and via e-mail.

The recommendations of the Health Board must be followed.

  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands with warm running water and soap; if necessary, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid contact. Avoid contact with people who are coughing or sneezing. If you stand too close to a person with symptoms, you may become ill yourself.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands, there is a chance that the virus will be transmitted to you.
  • If you have a fever, are coughing and experiencing difficulty breathing, seek help in a timely manner. Monitor your health and stay at home. On weekdays, call your family physician; on weekends between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., call the family physician advisory line at 1220. The doctors of the advisory line can only issue referrals for testing to people with suspected illnesses if they can be identified with Smart-ID or Mobile-ID.
  • If you have mild symptoms of respiratory illness, carefully follow the usual hand hygiene requirements and, if possible, stay at home until you recover.
  • Maintain good respiratory hygiene. When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with a single-use tissue. Throw the used tissue into the bin immediately after, then clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (the inside of your elbow), but do not use your bare hand.
  • Covering the mouth and nose prevents the spread of germs and viruses. If you use your bare hand for covering your mouth and nose when sneezing, you may spread germs and viruses to other people and objects you touch.

There are currently no restrictions for conducting studies at the university and we can start the new academic year as usual. Each lecturer can use the teaching methods of their choice when teaching their class. We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the virus and if the situation worsens, we will take the necessary measures.

Student

If you have any problems or questions concerning the virus, contact the Student Counselling Office at studenthelp@taltech.ee; in matters concerning your studies, please contact your professor.

Employee

If you have any problems or questions concerning the virus, contact the Human Resources Office at liina.vossotskaja@taltech.ee; in matters concerning the organisation of work, please contact your immediate supervisor.

Member of a cultural collective helen.tamm@taltech.ee   

Countries for which no data are available or where the number of new coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants is more than 16 are considered high-risk areas. The list of countries is updated every week and can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Depending on the country from which you arrive in Estonia, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days; when returning from high-risk third countries, two additional coronavirus tests must be performed. The first test must be administered on arrival and the second on the 14th day after the arrival. Coronavirus tests can be done at Synlab . All procedures must comply with the recommendations issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.vm.ee

Foreign citizens without symptoms of illness who come to Estonia to study or work can get tested for the coronavirus at Tallinn Airport and the Port of Tallinn to shorten their mandatory self-isolation and return to work. Testing for the virus at the border and retesting seven days later to shorten the period of self-isolation is primarily intended to speed up the return to work, but students can also get tested at the border, although receiving a negative test result the first time does not immediately grant the right to return to your educational institution. 

If at least seven days after the first test, a second test is taken, and its result is also negative, it is considered equal to a 14-day self-isolation.

There may be different regulations for citizens of different states. See more: vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers 

In accordance with clause 32 (1) 3) of the Academic Policies, the university has the right to exmatriculate students who deliberately violate the rules established by the Health Board and a foreign student will be expelled from the country within 30 days by the Police and Border Guard Board. The prevention and control of communicable diseases is regulated by the Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Act.

If a student has a chronic disease and the student’s doctor considers it necessary for the student to avoid any contact, the family physician can provide the student with a health certificate for granting academic leave for health reasons. If there are no medical indications to avoid participation in studies, but the student is afraid of being infected with the virus during their studies, the student may apply for academic leave for the upcoming semester. Applications for academic leave can be submitted until 7 September.

As of 2.10, masks can be bought on TalTech campus and in buildings:

Cafeterias:

  • Main building restaurant (U01)
  • R-Kiosk (U04)
  • U06a cafeteria
  • ICT cafeteria (Akadeemia tee 15a)
  • Science building cafeteria (Akadeemia tee 15)


Snack machines:

  • ICT, 1st floor lobby
  • SOC, 2nd floor lobby
  • Sports center
  • Main building lobby, 1st floor

At Virumaa College, masks are available at the front desk.

At Tartu College, masks are provided by the head of study.

In Kuressaare, masks can be bought from R-Kiosk located 100 m away from the study building.

At EMERA, masks are sold in the snack machine.