Mendel University in Brno strives to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. In response to the ongoing dissemination of COVID-19 from 3rd March 2020, MENDELU banned all forms of contact teaching and events at the university campus. The aim is to reduce the number of situations that require people to gather in large groups and minimize time spent in close proximity. In accordance with the Ministry of Health's ban on students' personal presence at the university, this situation is valid until further notice. Measures have been taken to prevent the introduction and spread of coronavirus.
The status is valid until further notice.

12. 3. 2020 at 2 pm there has been officially announced state of emergency by the government of the Czech Republic - it contains restrictions of public life and travelling.

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

General Instructions

Referring to the recommendation of the Ministry od Foreign Affairs, we recommend returning of all foreign students to their homeland, you will be able to complete the semester by distance

Please note that foreign students who do not have a temporary stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days will not be allowed to enter the Czech Republic after midnight on 13th to 14th March, based on a government resolution. We therefore ask that you inform the students in question as soon as possible and recommend them to return immediately.

Mendel University in Brno strives to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. In response to the ongoing dissemination of COVID-19 from 3 March 2020, MENDELU banned all forms of contact teaching and events at the university campus. The aim is to reduce the number of situations that require people to gather in large groups and minimize time spent in close proximity. In accordance with the Ministry of Health's ban on students' personal presence at the university, this situation is valid until further notice.

Newly, the regulation also applies to PhD students. The student canteen, library, study rooms and computer rooms are also closed.

12. 3. 2020 at 2 pm there has been officially announced state of emergency by the government of the Czech Republic- it contains restrictions of public life and travelling.

Let me point out some new and important information for you (please check the current infos regularly, the situation is changing from hour to hour) :

  • there will be e-learning for next at least one month
  • if you decide to leave to your home country we have full understanding for your decision and we will support you, please be so kind and inform your home university and also our coordinator petra.urubek@mendelu.cz
  • you will be allowed to finish your studies via distance learning from your home country
  • you are allowed to stay in the Czech republic, you need to obey all the oficial regulations
    Thank you for understanding, we believe that you will decide what is best for you. Keep us informed if you decide for leaving.

Incoming students

Foreign students at MENDELU

  • Students who stayed in the Czech Republic: Students will continue in the distance form of study, including possible distance completion of the course.
  • Students who have returned to their country: Students who will not be able to return to MENDELU to complete courses will be allowed to complete the courses and complete their studies by distance. MENDELU handles the necessary documents and sends them to the students by e-mail.

Outgoing students

MENDELU students abroad:

  • Students returning to the Czech Republic: If they are unable to complete their studies at a partner university, they will be able to enroll in the course, complete the part of the lessons already completed and complete the courses at MENDELU.
  • Students who have stayed abroad: Students who have to drop out of study at a foreign university will try to negotiate with the partner school the distance completion of the semester. The solution depends on a foreign university. If students are unable to complete their studies abroad, they will be able to enroll additionally, complete the already completed part of their studies and complete the courses at MENDELU.

The Czech government has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus epidemic

A special regime will be introduced on the country’s borders with Austria and German from midnight on Friday. Under those restrictions people will only be able to enter or leave Czech territory via 11 border crossings.

Foreigners from high-risk countries will be banned from entering the country and Czech nationals will be prohibited from travelling to high-risk destinations.

Foreigners will not be able to enter the Czech Republic from Germany and Austria.

The interior ministry will stop issuing all visas until further notice. Czechs abroad will be able to return to the Czech Republic. Those in high-risk countries will be automatically quarantined.

International Education Programmes and Emergency Measures Concerning Coronavirus

The Czech government has today declared a state of emergency in response to the current coronavirus situation. New emergency measures will be enforced from 14:00 on March 12, 2020 onwards.

In light of this decision and under the advisement of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Czech National Agency for International Education (DZS) implements the following measures:

  • All new international mobilities financed by programmes administered by DZS will be put on hold. This concerns all types of mobilities, e.g. for pupils, students, academic and non-academic staff as well as other professionals working in the education field.
  • We highly recommend that all participants of international mobilities who are currently abroad suspend their stay and return to the Czech Republic. This concerns all types of mobilities, e.g. for pupils, students, academic and non-academic staff as well as other professionals working in the education field.
  • Foreign students who are currently staying in the Czech Republic are advised to contact the sending institution or embassy.

 

INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES

General Instructions

Please limit personal meetings, arrange as many issues as possible online.
Be sure to follow general rules against the spread of coronavirus.
Employees have free access to the campus keeping set rules.
It is possible to use home office (academics and technical-economic staff in certain cases).
It is necessary to ensure the operation of workplaces.
If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor.

Foreign business trips
All foreign business trips are banned. Foreign visitors are not allowed. We strongly recommend not to travel, even not in private. Employees who have been anywhere abroad must respect the 14-day quarantine (home office).

Referring to the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we ask all the MENDELU employees who are on foreign business trip in risk areas to return to the Czech Republic as soon as possible. We recommend returning in case of any business trip abroad (https://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=22239194&doctype=ART).

Due to the recent decision of the Government of the Czech Republic to close all sports and relaxation facilities, MULTISPORT company decided to suspend the use of all MultiSport cards with effect from 6 am on 13th March 2020. They will reactivate your cards once the situation calms down, and the ban is lifted. Cost of your card will be adjusted accordingly (i.e. the deduction from your next wage will be appropriatelly reduced). No action from your side is needed.

Coronavirus disease – legal relations

Coronavirus-related measures also have an employment dimension. Therefore, the HRM offers you the opportunity to consult your questions about obstacles at work, home office, quarantine period, taking holiday, etc.

Primarily, it is essential that employees become familiar with the current guidelines and recommendations of the Ministry of Health and public health authorities.

With regard to Section 102 (1) and Section 106 (4) of the Labor Code, the employee should inform the employer that he has returned from the area affected by coronavirus. With regard to the obligation to prevent risks from the point of view of occupational health and safety, the employer is entitled to call the employee to undergo an examination with the provider of occupational health services or the medical practitioner, in particular if it is justified by the work performed or the employer suspects that the employee is incapable of performing the work. In this case, an extra occupational medical examination by the occupational medical service provider may be considered, in accordance with Section 12 of Decree No. 79/2013 Coll., On occupational medical services and certain types of assessment care.

Employees currently have the following options:

1) The employer may agree with the employee to work temporarily outside the employer's workplace (from another location - for example, from home). As this is an agreement, the other party to the employment relationship is not obliged to accept the change of the place of work (home office).

2) The employer would make the appropriate shift in the shift schedule and inform the employee in good time, at least 14 calendar days in advance, unless otherwise agreed with the employee.

3) The employer may agree with the employee on taking leave (days off, holiday).

4) Since 11 March 2020, a new preventive measure of the Ministry of Health has been in force - a ban on teaching at primary, secondary, tertiary professional schools and universities. Employees - parents of children under 10 years of age can use the nursing care for their child due to a ban on teaching. In this case, the certificate is issued to the parents by the school, not by the doctor. But parents do not have to confirm to school. The school can send a completed form electronically, which will serve as an excuse for work to the parents. To pay the benefit, the employee - parent prints the form, completes all necessary data, signs and hands it over to the employer.

If none of the above-mentioned instruments are used in a particular case, then it is possible for the employer to comply with the employee's request for leave without pay compensation.

The employee is in a mandated quarantine in the Czech Republic

The authority for protection of public health decides on the quarantine order, its duration and termination and in this sense it is obliged to inform the employer upon its request that the employee has been quarantined.

If the employee is ordered to quarantine, this is an obstacle to work on the part of the employee in which he or she is entitled to wage or salary compensation in the same way as if he is temporarily unable to work (Sections 191 and 192 of the Labor Code). The employee is also obliged to inform the employer of this obstacle at work and its expected duration without undue delay and to prove the obstacle at work (see § 206 par. 1 and 2 of the Labor Code).

Pursuant to Section 191 of the Labor Code, the employer is obliged to excuse the employee's absence from work during the period of quarantine ordered pursuant to a special legal regulation. This special legal regulation is Act No. 258/2000 Coll., On the protection of public health, as amended. Pursuant to Section 192 of the Labor Code, an employee has the right to wage compensation from the employer for the first 14 calendar days, provided that such compensation is payable on weekdays and on holidays for which the employee is otherwise entitled to wage compensation or is not reduced.

The Employer shall provide the Employer with a “Quarantine Order Notice” issued by the attending medical practitioner or hygienist. At the same time, the employee shall exercise the right to compensation from the employer for the first 14 days of the quarantine period.

The employer cannot order employees to take leave during a period of quarantine.

If an employee has started to take leave before he has been quarantined, the quarantine order does not interrupt the leave (see Section 219 (1) of the Labor Code, where quarantine is not listed among the reasons for which the leave is interrupted).

Any questions related to the above-mentioned issues can be directed to e-mail dotazy.orlz@mendelu.cz or telephone number +420 778 118 187 (head of HRMO Lenka Povolná). Calls can be made on weekdays from 9 AM to 6 PM.

FAQ

APPLICANTS

  • Will the deadlines for entrance exams be postponed?
    For now, the original terms apply. We will discuss the postponement of deadlines on March 16, and we will post any changes thereafter.
  • Can I come to the Study Department?
    All inquiries are handled only by e-mail and telephone, it is not possible to come in person.

STUDENTS

  • Until when will the measure be valid?
    The deadline for measures is not known. We will inform you according to the current situation.
  • Does the deadline for submission of theses (bachelor, diploma, dissertation) change?
    16. 3. 2020: The deadlines for entering the final thesis into the information system and the date of the state final examination have been modified. Details can be found in the university information system. If you have any questions, please contact the faculty study department.
  • The library is closed, what are the possibilities of using the library and resources for writing theses?
    For students of the 3rd and 5th year of study, individual arrangement with the library is possible. In addition, you can use electronic resources.
  • The Regulation mentions that the exemption will „apply to foreigners staying temporarily over 90 days". So, in the case of students, does it also apply to those who have a long-term visa for the purpose of study, or only those who have a long-term stay for the purpose of study?
    Answer of the Ministry of Interior Czech Republic: Temporary stays over 90 days can be considered long-term residence permits and long-stay visas for stays over 90.
  • The regulation declares „a ban on entry for all foreigners coming from risk areas". Will this be considered according to the citizenship/passport, or where a person travels from? For example, a foreign student from a risky country stays visa-free in the Czech Republic, for example, as part of an exchange program, is now abroad in a non-risk country and will fly to Prague after 13. March. Will he/she be allowed back to the Czech Republic?
    Ministry of Interior CR reply: If a foreigner from a risky country is staying in the CR for a longer visa-free stay in the CR, e.g. as part of an exchange program and is currently outside the CR, he/she will not be able to return to the CR. He/she has a residence permit in his/her country, not in the Czech Republic, so he/she will not be able to prove to the authorities at border the legitimacy of his/her stay in the Czech Republic.
  • What should I do if my residence permit terminates during the emergency state?
    Foreigners, who were legally on the territory of the Czech Republic at the moment of the declaration of the state of emergency, may continue to remain in the territory for the duration of the state of emergency without any need to resolve their residency status issues.

  • Can I return to the Czech Republic?
    Yes, the return of Czech citizens to their home country and persons with the appropriate residence permit will be allowed. The Ministry will send special buses abroad to pick up Czech citizens and holders of appropriate residence permit when boarder will be closed. The Embassy or Consulate shall be contacted for return. If you fail, call hotline: +420224182605. https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx

CORONAVIRUS CONTACT LINES

For Employees

Personnel issues

For incoming and outgoing students and foreign emloyees

For students and applicants

If you have any questions, please contact the head of the departments or the study department of your faculty. Study departments handle all inquiries only by e-mail and telephone, it is not possible to come in person.

 

 

Other sources of information

ABOUT COVID-19

What is Coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This new coronavirus originated in Hubei Province, China and the disease caused by the virus is named COVID-19.

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared
  • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes
  • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other colds and flus and include:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing.

While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying these symptoms my be suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus.

How long does it take for symptoms of the COVID-19 to appear?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days after exposure

Who is most at risk of a serious illness?

Some people who are infected may not get sick at all, some will get mild symptoms from which they will recover easily, and others may become very ill, very quickly. From previous experience with other coronaviruses, the people at most risk of serious infection are:

  • people with compromised immune systems (e.g. cancer
  • elderly people
  • aboriginal and torres strait islander people, as they have higher rates of chronic illness
  • people with chronic medical conditions
  • people in group residential settings
  • people in detention facilities
  • very young children and babies.*

*At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population.

How is the virus treated?

There is no specific treatment for coronaviruses. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care.

 

I might have COVID-19

I think I have COVID-19. What happens now?

Do not visit your doctor, call them. Your doctor will arrange for you to be tested for the infection.

If your symptoms are serious you will remain in hospital isolated from other patients to prevent further spread of the virus.
If your doctor says you are well enough to return home while you are waiting for your test results:

  • remain in your home and do not go outside
  • wash your hands often with soap and water for no less than 20 seconds.
  • cough into your elbow
  • avoid cooking for or any form of contact with others
  • wear a mask (provided by your doctor) if close contact with other people is unavoidable.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your general practitioner or medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.

Someone I live with is getting tested for COVID-19. Should I self-isolate as well?
Yes. Stay at home and don’t meet up with other people for 14 days if you share your home with someone who has symptoms of Coronavirus.

Protective Measures

What does isolate in your home mean?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay at home to prevent it spreading to other people. You might also be asked to stay at home if you may have been exposed to the virus.

Staying at home means you:

  • do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university
  • ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door
  • do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home

You do not need to wear a mask in your home. If you need to go out to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.

You should stay in touch by phone and on-line with your family and friends.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Social distancing includes staying at home when you are unwell, avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible and minimising physical contact such as shaking hands, especially with people at higher risk of developing serious symptoms, such as older people and people with existing health conditions.

Should I wear a face mask?

When you leave your home, you must wear a face mask at all times. A mask is not necessary when you are home unless you are told otherwise by a medical professional.

How can we help prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others when you are sick is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for no less than 20 seconds, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)
  • exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

What is an essential indoor gathering?

An indoor gathering takes place within a single enclosed area (a single room or area).

Essential activities include:

  • healthcare settings
  • pharmacies
  • food shopping

What is social distancing and why is it important?

Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people.

Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared
  • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
  • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

What can I do?

If you are sick, stay away from others – that is the most important thing you can do.

You should also practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water (for no less than 20 seconds), before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).

These simple, common sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others. They will help to slow the spread of disease in the community – and you can use them every day.

 

Up-to-date Information

How can I stay up to date with developments in Brno and the Czech Republic?

The official City of Brno website

www.brno.cz/coronavirus

Corona Help

Is a collection of links to information for foreigners living in Brno, South Moravia and the Czech Republic in general.

www.coronahelp.cz/en

Facebook group ‘Brno news CTV’

By Ceska Televize, Brno news CTV provides news for English-speakers in Brno.

Facebook group; ‘Living in Brno’

This is an English-speaking community for foreigners in Brno. It is constantly up to date with various news and information about Brno.

The Ministry of Health of The Czech Republic

www.koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/

The ministry of Interior of The Czech Republic

The Ministry of Interior is supreme office for the realms of public administration, internal security, border protection and eGovernment in the Czech Republic.

www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/

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