Information for Employees
Pursuant to the Decision of the Rector No. 9/2020 people with symptoms of infectious viral infections (shortness of breath, fever, dry cough, sudden loss of taste and smell) are prohibited from entering MU buildings. MU staff must immediately report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are required to go into quarantine.
As of 2 September, the operation of the university follows a university traffic-light system. Please find more details at the websites of MU faculties.
The autumn semester has started on 5 October 2020 and end 17 January 2021 (see the approved 2020/21 academic year schedule).
Face masks are compulsory in all MU buildings and during in-person classes.
Teaching follows the updated guideline no. 2/2020 (English version will follow soon).
Consultations and other communication with colleagues and students will be carried out at the maximum use by remote communication tools (telephone, e-mail, teleconferencing through MS Teams, etc.).
It is recommended to make maximum use of electronic tools available at it.muni.cz. Further recommendations and instructions for teachers can be found at is.muni.cz/do/mu/samostudium. Various electronic databases are accessible from it.muni.cz/en/closed-libraries-wont-stop-you.
Academic ceremonies currently do not take place at MU.
Canteens are closed to the public. The operation of canteens is regulated by the director of MU Accommodation and Catering Services (SKM MU) and the MU Crisis Staff based on the current epidemic situation.
It is compulsory to wear facemasks in canteens and seating arrangements in are adjusted so that social distancing can be ensured. Please find more details here: https://www.skm.muni.cz/menza?en.
The MU Crisis Staff recommends agreeing a home office with all employees, except for the necessary presence of employees at the workplace (including presence for the purpose of using technology for distance learning, etc.).
Entering the Czech Republic
Foreigners from EU countries:
- As of 15 June, there are updated rules for entering the Czech Republic. The Czech government has divided European countries into three categories based on the risk of infection. Foreigners from countries shown in green on the map may enter the Czech Republic without producing a negative test for COVID-19 or undergoing compulsory quarantine; foreigners from countries shown in orange or red must provide evidence of a negative test for coronavirus.
- The Ministry of Health evaluates the data once a week and updates the classification of countries based on the development of the epidemiological situation in each country. Please check this information regularly.
- For details on entering the country, see the website of the Ministry of the Interior.
Foreigners from non-EU countries:
- Foreigners from “green non-EU countries” can enter the Czech Republic without a negative test for COVID-19 or mandatory quarantine. Foreigners from these countries may enter the Czech Republic without any restrictions. Current information can be found here.
See also information for incoming staff (autumn 2020).
For details on the issuing of visas and residence permits, please see the information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Travelling outside the Czech Republic
Employees are prohibited from taking domestic or international business trips.
Czech Law allows for all MU collective bodies to operate remotely. If it is not necessary to have a face-to-face meeting, the MU Crisis Staff recommends using electronic tools to hold meetings. These tools must enable secret and public voting.
The coronavirus epidemic affects not only the physical but also the mental health of humans. If you need the help of a psychologist in the current crisis, you can use the online consultation offer.
Employees of Masaryk University can also make use of psychological counselling. At this moment, you can contact the psychologists Lubomir Smekal and Ludmila Piňosová (via e-mails firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) or you can contact anyone from the team of the Department of Psychology and Psychosomatics of the Faculty of Medicine of MU. They are ready to consult via email or Skype.
You can also read this recommendation for the public written by Miroslav Světlák, Head of the Department of Psychology and Psychosomatics (Masaryk University) and or special website of the Department of Psychology of FSS MU.
Further detailed information and measures are also issued by individual faculties of Masaryk University, the Centre for International Cooperation and the Teiresias Centre:
If you experience symptoms of emerging respiratory disease (fever above 38°C, cough, breathing problems), stay at home, limit contact with others, contact a doctor via phone or email or other established helplines and follow their instructions. If you do not have a doctor in the Czech Republic, do see the list of English-speaking doctors in Brno here.
- +420 724 810 106, +420 725 191 367 or +420 725 191 370: nonstop helpline of the National Institute of Public Health
- 112: medical and rescue service (as well as fire and police service)
- +420 777 44 86 86: Centre for International Cooperation, Masaryk University
If you have trouble that operators of Czech helplines do not speak English, please contact the helpline of Centre of International Cooperation at Masaryk University.
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Restrictions will begin to be eased on Thursday 3 December, shops, restaurants and services will reopen
As of Thursday 3 December, Czech Republic will move from fourth level to the third level of the governmental anti-epidemic system PES and restrictions will begin to be eased in the Czech Republic as epidemic slows down. Read below what will change as of Thursday.
Final-year students allowed back to laboratory classes from Wednesday
From 25 November laboratory courses will be permitted for a maximum of 20 people. Each faculty will decide which in-person classes will reopen.
From 23 November, restrictions will begin to be eased in Czech Republic
Following the new PES system presented by the Czech Government, the Czech Republic will move from the highest (five) level to the fourth level, which means that some restrictions will be eased. Now people will be allowed to meet in groups of six people (before the limit was two). The curfew currently in effect from 9:00 p.m. will now be in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., shops may stay open until 11:00 p.m., and elementary school students will gradually be returning to the classroom. If the number of new infections continues to decrease, the Czech Republic will soon move to the third level, which will entail further easing of restrictions.
Government has introduced new PES evaluation system that sets rules for relaxing or tightening anti-pandemic measures
The Ministry of Health will map the current epidemiological situation using the PES (DOG) anti-epidemic system risk score. The Czech regions will be assigned to five levels, on which the respective anti-epidemic measures will depend. The new evaluation system offers better legibility and predictability of epidemiological developments.