Information on coronavirus

New information on the coronavirus is updated to this blog post.

New update 30.6.  From the beginning of August, KY’s premises will be at normal use and events can be organised in line with the regulations given by the Finnish Government. Other information is also updated to meet the new regulations given by the Finnish Government. (See the full list of updates at the bottom of the page).

 

Note: If you have symptoms of any infectious disease, you are advised to stay home. If you have questions regarding coronavirus, a nationwide telephone helpline provides general information on the coronavirus: 0295 535 535 (Call 112 only in case of emergency).

 

At the start of this year, cases of pneumonia have been diagnosed around the world, and a novel coronavirus (covid-19) has been identified as the cause. KY takes this situation very seriously, and has started to prepare for possible consequences of the coronavirus to this community. New information about the coronavirus that may affect KY and its members will be updated to this page. KY will offer more information as soon as we have something to share.

 

Recent updates:

 

  • From the beginning of August public events with more than 500 people may be held in indoor and outdoor premises, if the circumstances develop favorably regarding Covid-19.
  • KY will reopen its premises for normal use from 1.8.2020 onward and events and meetings can be held  in line with the regulations given by the Finnish Government. At the end of July, small gatherings and meetings are allowed at KY’s premises.
  • Even though the restrictions are being lifted little by little, we encourage all of our members to be careful, remember social distancing and put extra effort on hygiene when holding meetings at KY’s premises. All the associations  are responsible for ensuring safety and  good hygiene in their meetings, and cleaning afterwards.
  • Therefore, all events for the rest of the year will be rated based on which kind of actions they are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The ratings will be on a scale from one to five. See the full instructions from here.
  • During the fall semester, KY will put extra emphasis on cleaning and hygiene at KY premises. 
  • The policies may be revised if the pandemic situation or official recommendations by the authorities change.

Read more carefully about KY’s guidelines regarding  events, premises and other activities at Aalto and AYY below.



Current restrictions given by the Finnish Government

Public events with more than 500 persons are prohibited until 31 July. For outdoor events where there are several sections or demarcated areas intended for audiences, it will be possible to hold events with a total audience of more than 500 persons as of 1 July.

Public meetings and public events with a maximum of 50 persons may be held in indoor and outdoor premises. 

Public meetings and public events with more than 50 and a maximum of 500 persons in indoor and enclosed outdoor spaces may be organised with special arrangements.

From the beginning of August public events with more than 500 people may be held in indoor and outdoor premises, if the circumstances develop favourable regarding Covid-19. Nevertheless, special attention must be given to  safety and hygiene.

 

KY Events and Premises

KY follows the guidelines given by the Finnish Government and restrictions concerning KY’s events will be dismantled step by step accordingly.

From the beginning of August, KY will reopen its premises for normal use and events and meetings can be held  in line with the regulations given by the Finnish Government. During the fall semester, KY will also put extra emphasis on cleaning and hygiene.

Even though the restrictions are being lifted little by little, we encourage all of our members to be careful, remember social distancing and put extra effort on hygiene when holding meetings or events at KY’s premises.

The policies may be revised if the pandemic situation or official recommendations by the authorities change. We will give more information about the situation as soon as we have something to share.

Information on specific events can be found on the events’ Facebook page. Event organisers are encouraged to update their event information according to the situation and can contact Heikki Helaniemi or Nina Pitkänen regarding all questions. Contact information is found below.


Ensuring safety at KY Events and Premises with a new rating system

All the associations  are responsible for ensuring safety and  good hygiene in their meetings, and cleaning afterwards. All events organised by KY and its associations should pay regard to the recommendations given by AYY and the recommended safe distances and hygiene practices specified by THL and OKM.

Therefore, all events for the rest of the year will be rated based on which kind of actions they are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The ratings will be on a scale from one to five. See the full instructions from here.

KY Wappu and Orientation Week

Rescheduling the Wappu celebrations are under discussion with relevant parties and we are actively following the new information given by the Finnish Government regarding Covid-19. We will give more information about the situation as soon as we have something to share.

KY will try its best to organize the Orientation Week normally, like in the previous years. Nevertheless, the situation might change if the state of the pandemic or official recommendations by the authorities change.



Summer time at KY

As usual, KY’s resource calendar is not open during the summer time, and member services are on summer break until 17.8.2020. Hence, KY’s premises or resources cannot be reserved during summer. Nevertheless, meetings and small gatherings can be organised at KY’s premises without the permission of the Executive Director. Most of the KY Office is on vacation during summer time and we will not answer emails as regularly as usual. In case you need service during summer time, you may contact palvelu@ky.fi and we will get back to you. In case of extreme emergency, you may contact Executive Director Nina Pitkänen (nina.pitkanen@ky.fi, +358500430546).

 

Studies at Aalto

Campus is reopening gradually according to safety guidelines. Teaching and studying will continue mainly remotely during the spring and summer. It is possible to use some facilities, such as laboratories and workshops, as well as teaching spaces for limited contact-teaching, if necessary. Arrangements for the use of summer teaching spaces are proceeding. Small exams (under 50 participants) can be arranged in a way that ensures no exam room has more than 20 participants. Large examinations will be held remotely.

Teaching in the autumn will begin according to the planned schedule. Most of the orientation activities will be held online, but some activities can be arranged to take place on campus providing that the safety measures are in place. Teaching will be implemented remotely for the most part. However, teaching may be conducted on campus if the safety measures are observed and if allowed under the status of the pandemic and the national restrictions.

The course arrangements will be announced on the MyCourses and Into sites. More information about the effects of coronavirus can be found on Aalto University’s website.  Information especially concerning students, studies, exams and financial aid is available here. If you do not find answers to your questions in material published on this webpage, you can email us at corona.information@aalto.fi.

 

AYY

AYY follows the instructions of the Government in a state of emergency. Gatherings and events with more than 500 persons are not organised until 31 July 2020. As of 1 Aug 2020, public events can be organised considering the safety of attendees by following the guidelines from THL and OKM (Ministry of Education and Culture) concerning safe distances and hygiene practices. 

AYY’s Services Office will be closed until 14 Aug 2020. If necessary, a weekly on-call service will be arranged at the office to guarantee necessary services regarding keys and association mail, for example. Decisions on special arrangements in the summer and opening hours after 14 Aug 2020 will be made under the guidance of the service manager. The opening hours will be added to the contact page of the services office. You can ask about membership or rental facilities with this form. If you have questions about housing, you can contact us with this form.

See more info on AYY’s website.

 

 

Contact information

Please follow KY’s official channels to stay up to date about coronavirus.

 

KY’s official channels are:

 

Website: www.ky.fi

Facebook groups: KY Today & KY Events

Instagram: ky_1911

Email: MondayMail (contact elina.anttalainen@ky.fi if you want to subscribe)

 

If you have any questions regarding the current situation please contact:

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nina Pitkänen

nina.pitkanen@ky.fi

0500 430 546

 

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Heikki Helaniemi

heikki.helaniemi@ky.fi

050 517 7525

 

Information about the situation and other useful links


If you suspect that you have contracted the coronavirus

If you have symptoms of any infectious disease, you are advised to stay home. If you suspect that you have contracted the coronavirus and are experiencing symptoms (according to THL, the most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath), please stay at home and follow the common instructions given by THL.

If you have questions regarding coronavirus, a nationwide telephone helpline provides general information on the coronavirus: 0295 535 535 (Call 112 only in a case of an emergency). This telephone counseling does not provide health counseling or counseling for acute symptoms on call. Open from 8 am to 9 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays.

The public health care helpline number is: 116 117 (24/7)

 

Take care of good hand hygiene and do not shake hands

Due to the situation, KY encourages its members to stay alert and reminds everyone that taking care of good hand hygiene is really important. Wash your hands frequently and carefully, and do not shake hands. Good hand hygiene is one of the best ways to avoid being infected by and spreading the virus.



KY follows the instructions given by authorities and Aalto University

KY follows the instructions given by Aalto University, Aalto University Student Union (AYY) and the Finnish government. In Finland, the situation is monitored and assessed by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL. The risk assessment of THL is largely based on information and situation assessments from  WHO and ECDC. THL carries out a risk assessment daily, and the up-to-date information can be viewed on their website.

Aalto University’s own guidelines as well as frequently asked questions are compiled on their website. Aalto University updates the information and links to official sources frequently. If you do not find the answers to your questions in the published material, you can email your question to corona.information@aalto.fi. 

AYY follows the instructions of the Finnish Government and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to prevent infections. AYY also follows the information and instructions that The Finnish Student Health Service provides. AYY’s own guidelines are compiled on their website.

 


Authorities

A nationwide telephone helpline on the coronavirus (Call 112 only in a case of an emergency): 0295 535 535

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL:

https://thl.fi/fi/

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

https://um.fi/etusivu

 

Aalto University and AYY

Aalto University:

https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university/information-on-coronavirus

Summary info including students’ services and financial aid is available in Into:

https://into.aalto.fi/display/enopisk/Coronavirus+-+information+for+students 

Aalto University Student Union AYY:

https://www.ayy.fi/en/aalto-university-student-union-preventing-the-spread-of-coronavirus-changes-to-opening-hours-and

 

 

Updates

New update 14.5.  From the beginning of June, KY begins to reopen its premises step by step to KY Office and volunteers. Other information is also updated to meet the new regulations given by the Finnish Government.

New update 31.3. all KY’s events are cancelled and KY’s premises closed 16.3.-31.5.2020. KY’s associations are also advised to cancel their events for the same time period. Nevertheless, we would like to emphasize that restrictions will be removed earlier if possible. Other information is also updated to meet the new regulations given by the Finnish Government. (See the full list of updates at the bottom of the page).

New update 18.3. all KY’s events are cancelled and KY’s premises closed 16.3.-1.5.2020. KY’s associations are also advised to cancel their events for the same time period.  All contact teaching is paused until 13.4.2020. Also, University’s facilities are closed until 13.4.2020. Other information is also updated to meet regulations given by the Finnish Government. (See the full list of updates at the bottom of the page).

New update 17.3. give open feedback on studies. We will take your feedback to the School of Business. Link to the feedback form can be found below.

New update 16.3. all KY’s events are cancelled and KY’s premises closed 16.3.-13.4.2020. Also, KY’s associations should cancel their events for the same time period. Other information is also updated to meet new regulations given by the Finnish Government.

New update 13.3. all KY’s events are cancelled and KY’s premises closed 16.3.-5.4.2020. Also, KY’s associations are recommended to cancel their events during the same time period.

New update 12.3. service hours are cancelled, both in Espilä and KY Building, until further notice.