Metropolia's guidelines concerning coronavirus

Read about the impact of coronavirus on Metropolia's operations.

We will update this page with information on the impact of the corona epidemic on Metropolia's operations. More detailed instructions and guidelines for Metropolia's students and staff can be found on the Oma intranet's Corona info.

Page updated 5.7.2021.

We actively follow the authorities' instructions regarding the coronavirus and, if necessary, change our operations accordingly. Contact info for authorities.

Operation at the campuses

Metropolia has four campuses in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa.

The Myllypuro campus is open from 1 July to 31 July from 8 am to 4 pm. Other campuses will be closed in July. From the beginning of August (August 1), all campuses will return to normal opening hours from 7.30 am to 9 pm.

Operations on campuses in accordance with the following security arrangements:

  • You may not come to any of the campuses if you have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection. This applies to all students, staff and visitors. The coronavirus causes a respiratory tract infection whose symptoms include coughing, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, diarrhoea and head ache.
  • If you have symptoms, you should consider getting tested for coronavirus. We also recommend that you use the Omaolo symptom check-up to assess your need of treatment or services. If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus, check your symptoms in Omaolo or by phoning your home municipality's coronavirus information number. 
  • If you become ill during the day at a campus, you must leave immediately or move into a separate space. Contact lobby services to show you a suitable space.
  • We require everyone to use masks on campuses.
  • Everyone must take care of proper hand hygiene and cover their nose and mouth with their bent elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands whenever you come indoors and before you start eating. If you cannot wash your hands, use a hand disinfectant. This has been purchased for all campuses, but we also recommend that you carry your own bottle with you. Check the Finnish Institute of Health and welfare instructions
  • Avoiding close contacts on campuses.
  • Persons belonging to risk groups get more information by consulting Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare site Serious COVID-19 risk groups.
  • We highly recommend to download the Koronavilkku app. Read more about the Koronavilkku app.

As a rule, no international guests or, for example, a teacher delegation are received for the time being. Large public and invitational events on campuses have been postponed to take place once the epidemic situation allows.

Corona vaccinations at Myllypuro Campus

Metropolia opens a coronation vaccination point for the City of Helsinki on the first floor of Building D on the Myllypuro campus. Vaccinations are starting on the 1st February 2021.

Those coming for vaccination with appointment pass through the entrance of the D-building. Other guests use the entrances of the buildings C and A during the vaccinations. In the first floor, the passage from the C-building to the D-building is closed. 

Read more about vaccinations on Helsinki City webpages.

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To a customer

Metropolia´s customer services operate in accordance with security arrangements. 

The use of face masks is strongly recommended for also visitors and customers (including services, campus restaurants, libraries and sports facilities) who use Metropolia's public spaces.

Professional Development Studies, Continuing Higher Education and open UAS courses will be converted into online implementations where possible. 

To a student

Teaching

At the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022, Metropolia will move to the so-called hybrid model, if the covid19 situation in the Helsinki metropolitan area allows it. The hybrid model combines on-campus teaching and distance learning. You can get more detailed information from your degree program.

Campuses always follow the current covid19 guidelines, which are currently:

  • visit the campuses only when healthy
  • use face mask
  • respect safety distances
  • wash hands
  • use hand sanitizers

You can only come to campus healthy. In case of even the slightest symptoms suggestive of corona virus, you should not visit the campuses. If you receive a notification through the Koronavilkku app, please follow the instructions from the health authorities received via the app.

If you receive a positive corona test result, please contact the Head of Degree Programme  immediately. With the help of these medical reports, we are able to react quickly and prevent the spread of the corona. The information is confidential; Metropolia does not publicly report the illness of any individual.

You can get instructions from the health authorities on what to do if you have a positive corona test result or are among those who may be exposed. Health authorities investigate the infection chains and liaise with the necessary persons to trace those that have been exposed, depending on the case. Important information for tracing exposed people is: whether you have been at work or studying during the period of infection, when, for how long and with whom.

Persons belonging to risk groups should avoid close contacts, and therefore contact teaching is not recommended for them. Check on Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare site Serious COVID-19 risk groups.

Further information for students in OMA intranet.

International student and internship exchanges in the academic year 2020-21

Both incoming and outgoing exchange students can contact the international coordinators on all mobility issues. 

At present, as a rule, only long mobility periods of at least one semester are possible in Metropolia. The aim is that from the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022, shorter mobilities can also be opened with consideration and taking into account the various restrictions imposed by the authorities.

International mobility periods will be carried out if the destination, travel restrictions in both countries and the corona situation allow it. The instructions for incoming students pay special attention to informing about the instructions and rules of both Metropolia and the authorities in order to ensure a smooth and safe start of studies at the beginning of the autumn semester.

Metropolia follows the recommendations of the authorities regarding travel. The situation is monitored, and both exchange students and partner universities are informed about the development of the situation.

Please see the contact information of International Relations

To a staff member

Metropolia will move to a campus-focused hybrid operating model from the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022, if the covid19 situation in the Helsinki metropolitan area allows it. Metropolia still offers its employees the opportunity to work flexibly, more detailed instructions can be found on the Oma intranet.

Campuses always follow the current covid19 guidelines, which are currently:

  • visit the campuses only when healthy
  • respect safety distances
  • use a face mask or visor
  • wash hands
  • use hand sanitizers

You can only come to campus healthy.  In case of even the slightest symptoms suggestive of corona virus, you should not visit the campuses.  If you receive a notification through the Koronavilkku app, please follow the instructions from the health authorities received via the app.

If you receive a positive corona test result, please contact your supervisor immediately. With the help of these medical reports, we are able to react quickly and prevent the spread of the corona. The information is confidential; Metropolia does not publicly report the illness of any individual.

You can get instructions from the health authorities on what to do if you have a positive corona test result or are among those who may be exposed. Health authorities investigate the infection chains and liaise with the necessary persons to trace those that have been exposed, depending on the case. Important information for tracing exposed people is: whether you have been at work or studying during the period of infection, when, for how long and with whom.

Staff is advised to avoid travel abroad during their free time. During self-quarantine (14 days from arrival in the home country), a continuous remote work period is recommended without coming to Metropolia campuses. 

The staff members are informed about the instructions and policies in more detail, primarily on the Oma-intranet's Corona info.

Contact info for authorities

Regarding possible corona exposures related to Metropolia, the contacts for authorities are on weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm

  • emergency e-mail korona.paivystys [at] metropolia.fi

  • emergency tel.  +358 50 573 1345

For Metropolia's students' or staff member's potential coronavirus infections, we act and communicate in accordance with the authorities' case-by-case guidelines.

If you are a student or a member of staff, you will find information in Oma intranet's Corona info.