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Coronavirus

Tomas Bata University in Zlín is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 disease. TBU regularly discusses the current situation with relevant authorities and follows the recommendations.

Answers to questions which are logically of great importance to you and which trouble you the most in the present exceptional circumstances can be found at page FAQ Regarding the Extraordinary Situation.

For TBU Employees

If you underwent a test in a facility of a health service provider during the last 7 days, please send the confirmation of your negative test result to the coordinator at the relevant component part.

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Extraordinary Measures

In compliance with the Resolution No. 393 on the Adoption of Extraordinary Measure in Connection with the SARS CoV-2 Epidemic and its Appendices No. 1 and No. 2 – Adoption of Extraordinary Measure – issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic on 19 April 2021, a ban has been imposed on physical presence of students in classes and examinations – where the number of persons present at the examination at the same time and in the same exam room is higher than 10 – during studies at Tomas Bata University in Zlín, and on physical presence of attendees in Lifelong Learning courses, and that with effect from 00:00 on 26 April 2021; the ban does not apply to:

  • final students attending clinical and practical classes and final students participating in practical training,
  • students of all years attending clinical and practical classes and students of all years participating in practical training in degree programmes in general medicine, stomatology, pharmacy and healthcare, and students participating in pedagogical practical teaching and training in nursery, primary and secondary schools or in school facilities providing institutional or protective education,
  • students attending individual tutorials or counselling services (one student and one academic/other person only).

Physical presence of persons not specified in the preceding Paragraph in TBU premises is allowed only upon fulfilment of the following conditions:

  • The person is free of acute health problems indicating a viral infectious disease (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste and sense of smell, etc.) and in the event that he/she has undergone a test for COVID-19, the test has proved negative.
  • The person wears respiratory protective equipment (covering nose and mouth), namely a medical face mask, a respirator, or similar protective equipment (without an exhalation valve).
  • The person wears respiratory protective equipment (covering nose and mouth), namely a respirator or similar protective equipment (without an exhalation valve) complying minimally with all technical conditions and requirements (for the product), including the filtration efficiency of at least 95 % in accordance with the relevant standards (e.g. FFP2/KN 95) complying minimally with all technical conditions and requirements (for the product) of the Czech Technical Standard EN 14683+AC, which prevent the transmission of droplets in the following cases:
    • Individual tutorials and work activities, when the persons keep a distance of less than 2 metres between each other,
    • Employees in charge of dispensing of meals in the HRR
  • In exceptional cases (in healthcare degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities), when it is necessary that the students see the mouth of the teacher during classes, the teacher is allowed to use a protective shield as respiratory protective equipment, and that provided that the teacher keeps a distance of at least 2 metres from the students,
  • At the entrance to a TBU building, the person sanitizes his/her hands.
  • The person is not in quarantine at the given time.

Moreover, TBU employees, TBU external employees and TBU students are obliged to meet other requirements set for their physical presence at TBU, as described below.

All classes shall be, except for the classes specified in Paragraph 2, held in the form of distance learning – online classes using Microsoft Teams, in compliance with Rector’s Decree No. RR/26/2020.

It is recommended to hold meetings of TBU employees and sessions of self-governing bodies of TBU online using Microsoft Teams.

Antigen Testing of TBU Employees and TBU External Employees

The physical presence of TBU employees and external employees at the workplace is only allowed if the employee underwent an RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 or a POC test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen or a screening test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen on prescribed dates and TBU premises during the last 7 days, unless stated otherwise in Paragraph 2 and Paragraph 3, and the result of such a test was negative.

The provision mentioned above shall not apply to a TBU employee who:

  • has already had the COVID-19 disease which has been confirmed by a laboratory and his/her isolation period has expired in accordance with the extraordinary measure issued by the Ministry of Health and currently in force, shows no symptoms of COVID-19, and no more than 90 days have passed since the first positive RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus or since the POC test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen, or
  • has received a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic on the vaccination against COVID-19, and no less than 14 days have elapsed since the second dose of vaccine was administered in the case of a two-dose regimen according to the Summary of Medicinal Product Characteristics (hereinafter referred to as “SPC”), or no less than 14 days have elapsed since the first dose of vaccine was administered in the case of a single-dose regimen according to the SPC, and the vaccinated person shows no symptoms of COVID-19,

and evidences this fact by submitting a relevant certificate (confirmation issued by a provider of medical services, Public Health Authority, certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, etc.). The confirmation shall be submitted by email to personalni@utb.cz;

  • enters the TBU premises only for the purpose of collecting their takeaway orders or collecting/returning books from/to the TBU Library.

TBU employee who has undergone testing held outside the TBU premises in accordance with Paragraph 1 is required to deliver the confirmation of the negative test result to the employee in charge of keeping the required records at the relevant component part, see the contacts above.

If the result of a screening test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen carried out at a TBU constituent part in compliance with Article 1 is positive, the TBU employee is obliged to follow the extraordinary measure issued by the Ministry of Health and currently in force, regulating the obligations of employees regarding the testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen carried out by a non-professional using a test provided by the employer.

TBU Students

The personal presence of a TBU student at an individual consultation, when taking an examination, or in classes in accordance with Article 2 Paragraph 2 of this Decree is, from 26 April 2021 onwards, only allowed if the student shows no symptoms of the COVID-19 disease and he/she underwent a preventive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 or a preventive test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen during the last 7 days, and the result of such a test was negative. The above-mentioned fact shall be evidenced by the TBU student, and that by submitting a certificate issued by the relevant provider of medical services or an internal certificate issued by TBU and evidencing that the given person underwent a test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen. The certificate shall be presented at the reception upon entry to the relevant TBU building. The Testing Methodology Applicable to TBU Students forms Appendix No. 2 to this Decree. This obligation does not apply to a student who:

  • has already had the COVID-19 disease which has been confirmed by a laboratory, and his/her isolation period has expired in accordance with the extraordinary measure issued by the Ministry of Health and currently in force, shows no symptoms of COVID-19, and no more than 90 days have passed since the first positive RT-PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus or since the POC test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen, or
  • has received a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic on the vaccination against COVID-19, and no less than 14 days have elapsed since the second dose of vaccine was administered in the case of a two-dose regimen according to the Summary of Medicinal Product Characteristics (hereinafter referred to as “SPC”), or no less than 14 days have elapsed since the first dose of vaccine was administered in the case of a single-dose regimen according to the SPC, and the vaccinated person shows no symptoms of the COVID-19 disease,

and evidences this fact by submitting to TBU, i.e. to the relevant Student Affairs Office of the relevant component part, a certificate (confirmation issued by a provider of medical services, Public Health Authority, certificate issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, etc.),

  • enters the TBU premises only for the purpose of collecting/returning books from/to the TBU Library.

A TBU student who develops acute health problems indicating a viral infectious disease, is obliged to contact his/her general practitioner, consult his/her health condition with the GP and follow his/her recommendation. If a student has been quarantined, he/she is obliged to report this fact to the Student Affairs Office of the relevant Faculty, whose staff shall inform the contact person at the given TBU component part. The contact person shall report this information to the Head of TBU Crisis Management Team, Vice-Rector for Internal and External Relations (prorektor-vztahy@utb.cz), without delay.

A TBU student who provides evidence (in the form of a medical certificate issued by a physician) of the fact that he/she falls into a vulnerable group or that he/she has been quarantined or put into isolation will be allowed not to attend classes scheduled to be attended in person.

A TBU student who falls within the category of persons specified in the two preceding paragraphs will be provided with study-related materials and other forms of support upon request in order to ensure a smooth process of studies, including, for example, on-line tutorials, on-line streaming of lectures or practical classes, recorded lectures, alternative dates for laboratory practical classes, etc., according to options and requirements of the given course unit.

TBU Employees and TBU External Employees

The obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment does not apply to the period during which work is performed at the workplace or the period during which a similar type of activity is performed, when this activity is performed at one place without the presence of another person.

A TBU employee or a TBU external employee who performs his/her work at the workplace at TBU is obliged to repeatedly undergo antigen testing in accordance with the Extraordinary Measure No. 249 adopted by the Government of the Czech Republic on 5 March 2021.

A TBU employee or a TBU external employee who develops acute health problems indicating a viral infectious disease, is obliged to contact his/her general practitioner, consult his/her health condition with the GP, follow the recommendation thereof and inform his/her superior.

If a TBU employee or a TBU external employee has been quarantined, he/she is obliged to report this fact to his/her superior, who shall inform the contact person at the given TBU component part. The contact person shall report this information to the Head of TBU Crisis Management Team, Vice-Rector for Internal and External Relations (prorektor-vztahy@utb.cz), without delay.

Persons aged 60 and over as well as persons suffering from chronic illnesses or an immune deficiency (confirmed by a medical certificate issued by a physician) may ask their superior (Rector/Bursar/Dean/Director/Head of the relevant component part) for an adjustment of work in order to minimize the risk of transmission of the disease.

In compliance with this Rector’s Decree, TBU Rector announces, at the same time, special arrangements to be followed in TBU constituent parts (hereinafter referred to “special arrangements”) in order to ensure the operation at TBU. Those TBU employees who perform a type of work whose nature enables working from home – provided that the operating conditions at TBU enable it as well – may perform their work from home, the so-called home office, and that upon fulfilling the requirements specified in the Rector’s Directive “Rules Governing the Working from Home Policy (the so-called home office) at Tomas Bata University in Zlín”.


Mobility Periods and Business Travels

TBU students are permitted to participate in mobility periods abroad only on condition that the outgoing TBU students comply with all measures currently in force which have been imposed by the competent public sector administration authorities in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Arrivals of new long-term international students (degree study) to TBU are permitted on condition that the incoming students comply with all measures currently in force which have been imposed by the competent public sector administration authorities in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Arrivals of new short-term international students for the purpose of participating in a traineeship at TBU within exchange programmes are allowed, if granted exemption by the Rector of TBU.

Business trips have been suspended, and they may only be permitted in exceptional cases by the relevant employee authorized to act in employment affairs (Rector/Bursar/Dean/Director of the relevant component part).

The arrival of international guests is allowed for strategic and project purposes, if granted exemption by the Rector of TBU.

Visits of third parties to TBU premises will be carried out only in necessary cases and under the conditions of meeting the conditions specified in Article 2, Paragraph 3 and appropriately in Article 5, Paragraphs 1 and 2. The scope and manner of control of this provision shall be determined by the Rector/Bursar/Dean/Director of the relevant component part.

List of countries according to the infection risk (external link – Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic)

List of countries according to the level of risk Updated 5 May 2021

Rules for entry and return to the Czechia for Foreigners

Rules for entry and return to the Czechia for Citizens of Czechia

Halls of Residence and Refectory

Entry to TBU catering facilities is allowed only for the purpose of collecting the packed meals.

TBU students who have another place of residence in the territory of the Czech Republic are obliged to leave TBU Halls of Residence or the MSI Accommodation Facility. This obligation does not apply to TBU students:

  • who are at the same time employed at TBU
  • who participate–on a voluntary basis–in tracing of contact persons of those who have a positive COVID-19 test result within the activities carried out by the Regional Public Health Authority in Zlín,
  • who participate in the fight against COVID-19 in healthcare facilities in the territory of the Zlín Region on a voluntary basis and present written documents certifying this fact and issued by the relevant healthcare facility,
  • who are currently quarantined or who present documents certifying that they share living area with a person who has a positive COVID-19 test result or who has been quarantined,
  • who are able to participate in the educational process in accordance with Article 2 Paragraph 2 of the Rector’s Decree No. RR/11/2021.

A TBU student/employee accommodated in the Halls of Residence of TBU in Zlín or in the MSI Accommodation Facility is obliged to undergo a test for the presence of COVID-19 in accordance with Appendix No.2, and that on the first day of his/her arrival in the accommodation facility, if he/she is present there before participating in educational activities at TBU, or to submit a relevant certificate specified in Article 7 Paragraph 1 of this Decree. If the person has a positive COVID-19 test result, he/she is obliged to inform the Halls of Residence and Refectory in Zlín about this fact – Head of Accommodation Services (tel.: 576 036 118, 602 777 275, email: koleje-u7@utb.cz) and the accommodation officer in U12 (tel.: 576 038 002, 602 777 273, email: koleje-u12@utb.cz). For detailed information please see the Card of Instructions to Be Followed When Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms and Organization of Catering Services in Isolation in Building U3 – https://kmz.utb.cz/en/documents/.

A student who is planning to use accommodation in the Halls of Residence of TBU in Zlín or the MSI Accommodation Facility is obliged to register for and undergo test for the presence of COVID-19 in accordance with the Appendix No. 2 during the given testing hours and at the given testing site or submit a relevant certificate specified in Article 7 Paragraph 1 of this Decree.

Employees of TBU are recommended to order a delivery of packed meals according to the instructions given by the Director of the Halls of Residence and Refectory (https://kmz.utb.cz/aktuality-akce/objednavkovy-system/).

Library

TBU Library is open solely to individual users loaning and returning study-related documents. Individual users may send their requirements by means of email address knihovna@utb.cz. When returning books, it is advisable to preferably use the self-service book return machine situated on the ground floor of the U13 building. Updated information regarding particular services provided by the Library is available at knihovna.utb.cz/en/ .

The services provided by TBU University Press are available only via online orders. Updated information regarding the services provided by TBU University Press is available at nakladatelstvi.utb.cz.

University of the Third Age (U3A)

Rector of TBU cancels all courses held within the U3A and scheduled to be attended in person.

Events Organized by TBU

TBU Rector cancels all events planned to be held and organized by TBU in interior areas (e.g. conferences, cultural, sporting, popular science and educational, social events, etc.).

Important Documents

General Recommendations


The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has issued the following basic guidelines, which are almost identical with those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are obviously sick.
  • Use a disinfectant if you come into contact with people who suffer from acute respiratory infections.
  • Avoid crowded areas.
  • Individuals suffering from respiratory illnesses should observe the rules of respiratory hygiene – i.e. when coughing and sneezing, properly use (ideally single-purpose) tissues, when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth with your arm or with your sleeve, not just with your hand (the droplet infection may spread to another person).
  • Health professionals should protect themselves particularly well as they come into contact with patients most frequently.

What you should know about coronavirus? (english subtitles included)

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