Information on coronavirus

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

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).

 

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 on 15.4. at the latest.

 

KY Events

All KY’s events are cancelled 16.3-31.5.2020 and KY’s associations are advised to cancel their events as well. For KY’s part this means for example Hukkaputki and unfortunately also KY-Wappu. However, we will try to reschedule the dates if possible. Especially, the possibility of rescheduling the wappu celebrations will still be discussed.

The Finnish Government has announced that public gatherings with more than 10 people have to be cancelled until 13.5.2020. Additionally, large scale events with more than 500 people have been requested to be cancelled by the government until 31.5.2020. Nevertheless, we would like to emphasize that restrictions concerning KY’s events will be removed earlier if possible. 

We will give more information about the situation by 15.4.2020 the latest.

Information on specific events can be found on the event’s 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.  

 

KY Premises

All KY’s premises (Saha, KY Building and Espilä) are closed 16.3.-31.5.2020. Please note that this is also the case in terms of internal meetings or internal events in KY’s premises – they should not be arranged 16.3.-31.5.2020. Also, none of KY’s resources can be reserved during the aforementioned time period (e.g. KY van). Service hours are cancelled, both in Espilä and KY Building.

Nevertheless, also restrictions concerning KY’s premises and internal meetings will be removed earlier if possible.

If you have any need for service, the service phone is in use normally, at +358 (0) 40 353 8283 Mon-Thurs 13-17, and Fridays 15-17. If you have any questions, please contact us through the service phone. In less urgent instances, you can also contact us via email, palvelu@ky.fi.

 

Face-to-face meetings prohibited at KY Premises

All meetings and social gatherings, whether formal or informal, are prohibited at KY’s premises. This rule applies to both KY association, as well as all of our associations. All meetings should be held remotely and we urge every member of KY to be mindful also when considering social gatherings outside of KY’s premises. 

While many of us may belong to the low-risk group regarding the coronavirus, we need to keep in mind the people whose health may be at risk if infected. This is why social distancing is more important than ever in quelling the spread of the virus and in ensuring the healthcare system does not become overwhelmed.  

 

Studies at Aalto

Aalto University has announced that all contact teaching is paused until 13.5.2020. Also, University’s facilities will be closed until 13.5.2020.  Note that most campus restaurants may be closed. Teaching is provided remotely during the state of emergency. The course arrangements will be announced on the MyCourses and Into sites. Aalto will inform students about the exam arrangements as soon as possible. 

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.

 

Give open feedback on studies

How have you found your courses/studies under the break in contact teaching at the School of Business? Tell us your thoughts, and we promise to take your feedback to the School of Business.

We at KY value our studies, and want to ensure that our studies remain of the same high quality as before, despite the exceptional circumstances. Due to this unseen situation, we feel it is important to give our students a possibility to be heard. 

This contact form is completely anonymous, and the answers will only be used to communicate improvements to the school.

Link to the feedback form: https://forms.gle/zZZwS9hLeSKc7uJk9 

 

AYY

AYY’s Services Office will be closed until 1.5.2020. You can only go to AYY’s office to pick up the keys to apartments or rental facilities, or to pick up association mail, if you have personally contacted us in advance. You can ask about membership or rental facilities with this form or by calling 050 520 9400 (Mon-Fri 12:00–16:00). If you have any questions about housing, you can contact us with this form or call 050 520 9410 on weekdays at (Mon-Fri 12:00–16:00). 

Saunas and club rooms on AYY’s property will be closed on 17.3.2020 until further notice and the already made reservations will be cancelled. Laundry rooms remain in the use of residents and their cleaning is intensified. Please remember to wash your hands before and after using the laundry room.

See more info on AYY’s website.

 

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, to avoid a bottleneck in the health care. If your symptoms are mild, THL advises to stay home and rest. If your symptoms are severe, call the health centre or the information number mentioned in your travel insurance. You can find the link to the full instructions given by THL below.

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. 

 

Do not travel and avoid public meetings

Finnish Government has announced that people living in Finland should not travel abroad. If you are already abroad, you should return to Finland as soon as possible. Also, travelling within Finland should be avoided. Ministry for Foreign Affairs monitors coronavirus situation and offers advice for travellers: https://um.fi/etusivu

Also, Finnish Government has announced that public meetings with more than ten people are not allowed. Postpone any meetings requiring travelling or arrange them to be online instead. Working remotely is recommended. KY recommends all of its associations to hold meetings remotely.

 

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

 

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.

 

Information about the situation

 

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/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates 

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

 

Other useful instructions on how to deal with the situation

Instructions for the home care of coronavirus (in Finnish):

https://thl.fi/fi/web/infektiotaudit-ja-rokotukset/taudit-ja-torjunta/taudit-ja-taudinaiheuttajat-a-o/koronavirus-covid-19/ohjeet-koronavirustaudin-covid-19-kotihoitoon

Useful links and information for people in quarantines (in Finnish):

https://www.karanteenissa.fi/

 

Updates

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.