COVID measures at IMS

COVID measures at IMS

Stage II. (yellow) of the IMS Semaphore is currently in effect!

For more information about the IMS semaphore, see here.

(updated 17. 9. 2020)


This page will tell you all about the current measures introduced at IMS following the decrees of Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, and the applicable measures of the Ministry of Health. To make it easier for you, you should primarily follow our Institute rules which are in accordance with faculty and university rules.

NEWS

17. 9. 2020 -  Rules for entering Czech territory

Please be aware that if the entering person was in the last 14 days longer than 12 hours in the red zone country, he/she is:

  • obliged to contact a regional hygiene station according to a place of stay after the entry, to undergo a PCR test in the Czech territory and to submit the test result to the regional hygiene station within 72 hours from the entry
  • otherwise, a necessary quarantine measure shall be ordered.

Until the PCR test result is submitted (or the second PCR test result in case of employees and students) or for the duration of the necessary quarantine measure, there is a free movement ban** on the Czech territory + there is an obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment.

**A free movement ban in the Czech territory means limitation of movement with the exception of journeys absolutely essential for obtaining basic needs, for ensuring child care, for ensuring animal care, for using necessary financial and postal services, refuelling, journeys to medical facilities and social services facilities, journeys for the purpose of handling of urgent official matters, journeys back to place of residence, funerals, for a period of time until the PCR test result is submitted to a regional hygiene station according to place of stay or for the duration of the necessary quarantine measure or for the duration of 14 days from the entry to the Czech territory.

More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Interior.


14.9.2020 - a new telephone contact has been launched today, which you can contact for health-related problems and questions about COVID-19: +420 773 740 250. This number is operated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


9.9.2020 - Stage II. (yellow) of the IMS Semaphore applies from today.


8.9.2020a new email study.ims@fsv.cuni.cz has been set up to which students can send questions about COVID measures introduced on IMS. At the same time, we ask you to report to this email if you yourself have been infected, quarantined, or have come into contact with a person tested positive for COVID-19. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

 

Epidemiological manual

Steps when infected, quarantined, having signs of infectious disease:

A COVID Emergency Staff team has been set up at IMS, responsible for all measures related to the COVID-19 epidemic. These measures are based on the three-tiered IMS Semaphore and will be updated daily on this website.

The IMS emergency staff is responsible for all measures related to the COVID-19 epidemic. At the same time, the emergency staff acts as the main contact point to which students and staff can be directed on matters related to the epidemic.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both students and staff can contact us via the common phone number: +420 773 740 250.

Students will only contact (and receive information from) the emergency staff via an official "fsv" email address. At the same time, when they contact emergency staff, they include their phone number in the email. All information thus provided is considered highly sensitive and protected.

When to contact the Emergency staff?

  • Disease: in the event of a positive test on COVID-19, a student, employee, or freelancer, in addition to the standard procedure given by sanitary measures, will promptly inform the relevant emergency staff contact and fully assist in tracing his/her at-risk contacts on IMS.
  • Quarantine: in the event of quarantine, the student, employee, or freelancer promptly informs the relevant contact at emergency headquarters.
  • Risk contact: a student, employee, or freelancer promptly informs the relevant emergency staff contact and has a COVID test performed in case of so-called risk contact. The following situations are considered as such:
    • a positively tested person in the common household
    • direct physical contact with a COVID positive person (e.g. a handshake)
    • contact within 2 meters for more than 15 minutes with a COVID positive person
  • Respiratory disease: in case of having signs of an infectious disease especially with respiratory symptoms (shortness of breath/feeling of difficulty breathing, fever, dry cough) the student, staff, or freelancer contacts their general practitioner while immediately informing the relevant emergency staff contact. It is strongly recommended that a person with infectious respiratory symptoms should avoid presence in the classroom or workplace!

In all the cases described above, the student also informs the teachers of the subjects he/she is attending and agrees with them on an individual course study plan for fulfilling his/her learning obligations. The employee or freelancer, in agreement with the IMS Director and Programme Guarantor, will tailor his teaching to the specific circumstances.

The full IMS epidemiology manual can be found here.

IMS Semaphore


The development of the COVID-19 pandemic requires the adoption of protective measures at IMS aimed at protecting the health of staff and students and minimizing the impact of COVID on the running of the institute. For this reason, COVID's Emergency staff has prepared an IMS Semaphore to guide the running of IMS effective September 9, 2020. The implementation of individual stages will be based on daily monitoring of the situation and general regulations given by the government of the Czech Republic and CSS Praha.

The IMS Semaphore is divided into three stages, responding to the spread rate of COVID-19 in Prague. Relevant teaching, administrative operation, and sanitation scenarios are defined within each stage. The emergency staff will modify the individual measures as the situation develops.

Complete information about each level can be found here.

Stage II. (yellow) of the IMS Semaphore is currently in effect!

  • Teaching is done in a hybrid way.
  • State Final Exams are conducted by default under stricter hygiene conditions.
  • The maximum number of students in the classroom is strictly dependent on compliance with the two-meter distance rule and will be set for each classroom.
  • Obligation to maintain a two-meter distance in common areas, including classrooms.
  • Wearing masks in all IMS and FSV common areas.
  • Public events organised by IMS (debates, conferences) are significantly reduced or cancelled.
  • Students (excluding PhD students) do not have access to Pekařská 10. Additional safety measures in Pekařská 10 are specified in special guidelines.
  • Recommendations to hold consultations online.
  • THP workers have an alternating mode.
  • Foreign private and business trips are governed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs rules, before returning to the workplace the employee must prove the negative test (not related to green countries at MFA traffic lights).

Decrees of director of IMS

INFORMATION OF THE STATE MANAGEMENT ABOUT COVID-19

Rules for entering the Czech territory

Please be aware that if the entering person was in the last 14 days longer than 12 hours in the red zone country, he/she is:

  • obliged to contact a regional hygiene station according to a place of stay after the entry, to undergo a PCR test in the Czech territory and to submit the test result to the regional hygiene station within 72 hours from the entry
  • otherwise, a necessary quarantine measure shall be ordered.

Until the PCR test result is submitted (or the second PCR test result in case of employees and students) or for the duration of the necessary quarantine measure, there is a free movement ban** on the Czech territory + there is an obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment.

**A free movement ban in the Czech territory means limitation of movement with the exception of journeys absolutely essential for obtaining basic needs, for ensuring child care, for ensuring animal care, for using necessary financial and postal services, refuelling, journeys to medical facilities and social services facilities, journeys for the purpose of handling of urgent official matters, journeys back to place of residence, funerals, for a period of time until the PCR test result is submitted to a regional hygiene station according to place of stay or for the duration of the necessary quarantine measure or for the duration of 14 days from the entry to the Czech territory.

More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Interior.


Emergency measures

(effective from September 10, 2020, until further notice) in effect throughout the Czech Republic – wearing respiratory protective equipment:

  • inside any building outside the residence or place of accommodation (such as a hotel room),
  • in common areas inside schools and school facilities,
  • in public transportation (public transportation, intercity buses, and trains, taxis);
  • at inside mass events at any number of participants.

The full text of the emergency measure can be found here.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs points out that when travelling abroad, one must be informed in advance of the country’s entry conditions, restrictions, and preventive measures of visiting countries. Conditions for entry to individual countries are updated continuously on the website of the relevant representative offices of the Czech Republic, an overview of which can be found here.


For up-to-date information on the epidemiological situation and government measures, visit the Ministry of Health's website.

For up-to-date information on the epidemiological situation abroad and on the conditions of entry abroad, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.


FSV UK released 14.9. 2020 summary measures in force on faculty grounds. These rules are fully in line with IMS rules, which are the primary source of information and guidance for IMS staff and students.

FAQ

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