Information on Coronavirus COVID-19

Current Information on Coronavirus COVID-19

Last update on 25.03.2020, 11:00

Information for State Personnel

Following various decisions by the Federal Council and the government of Fribourg (Conseil d'Etat), the Conseil d'Etat issued guidelines on 17 March 2020 on exemptions from the personnel regulations in the event of a coronavirus pandemic. On 23 March 2020, the Conseil d'Etat also adopted a supplement to the guidelines of 17 March 2020, which deals in particular with the consideration of hours during the coronavirus period.

Guidelines: French | German


Last update on 20.03.2020, 08:00

Pandemic: SNSF provides flexible solutions for researchers

As the Covid-19 pandemic makes it more difficult to do research, the SNSF is supporting scientists in every way it can. For example, it has moved the submission deadline for project funding proposals to 8 April 2020.

Further information and ongoing updates are posted on the portal for researchers.


Last update on 17.03.2020, 17:00

Information for State Personnel

Following the decisions of the Federal Council on 16 March 2020 and the government of Fribourg (Conseil d'Etat) on 17 March 2020, the Conseil d'Etat has issued guidelines on exemptions from the personnel regulations in the event of the coronavirus pandemic.

Guidelines: FrenchGerman


Last update on 16.03.2020, 15:00

Telework is compulsory, access to the University premises prohibited

The University of Fribourg is introducing telework for all employees of the University. Access to the university buildings is prohibited. The following exceptions are reserved:

  1. specifically designated persons with a view to ensuring the absolutely necessary activities, in accordance with a pandemic or continuity plan submitted to the Administrative Directorate.
  2. those units which consider the presence of staff to be necessary for an activity they consider essential, but for which no pandemic or continuity plan has yet been drawn up. In such cases, should be contacted to draw up such a plan and obtain permission to enter the university buildings.
  3. In addition, the following exceptions are granted:
    • the presence of lecturers for the purpose of recordings in connection with e-learning in the rooms provided for this purpose;
    • persons who, for compelling reasons, need access to their offices for a short period of time (in particular to obtain the materials necessary for teaching or teleworking). Prior registration via is mandatory.

Guidelines of the Rectorate on prevention in relation to COVID-19


Last update on 13.03.2020, 16:00

Classroom teaching suspended as of Monday, 16 March

In view of current developments in connection with the coronavirus COVID-19, the authorities today decided on far-reaching measures. In particular, from Monday, 16 March 2020 and until the end of April, there will no longer be any attendance events in the area of university teaching.


Last update on 10.03.2020, 11:00

Amendment of 10 March 2020. Point F: Quarantine regulations and particularly affected areas.


Last update on 09.03.2020, 18:00

In connection with COVID-19, the Rectorate has issued guidelines on lectures, special offers (e.g. libraries), opening of counters, holding of internal university meetings and other events (especially conferences and meetings).


Last update on 06.03.2020, 18:00

The government of Fribourg (Conseil d'Etat) has presented a guideline on the criteria applicable to the organisers of events in the canton of Fribourg. In parallel, the canton has taken further measures to align its strategy with that of the Confederation.

Guidelines concerning events in the canton of Fribourg: French | German



Last update on 04.03.2020, 16:00

After careful analysis of the overall situation, the Rectorate has decided to continue offering the lectures without restriction until further notice. With regard to the organization of the administrative services of the University, the government of Fribourg (Conseil d’Etat) adopted measures to protect the health of staff on 3 March 2020, which the Rectorate specified on 4 March 2020 by means of an e-mail sent to employees and managers. However, no special measures regarding the organization are necessary at this time. Nonetheless, it would ask everyone to observe the recommendations and hygiene instructions of the Federal Office of Public Health, which are also prominently displayed throughout the campus. 

The Rectorate will reassess the situation daily and immediately inform of any new measures that are decided upon. If you have any questions or uncertainties, you can contact the Cantonal permanent hotline (026 306 39 30) or the university via



Last update on 03.03.2020, 17:00

Covid-19: the cantonal government takes measures to protect its personnel

At its meeting on 3 March 2020, the government of Fribourg (Conseil d’Etat) adopted a series of measures to ensure the best possible protection of the health of its staff in the context of the coronavirus 19 epidemic. These decisions complement the Federal Council's measures for the entire population.

The Rectorate is about to discuss the implementation of these measures at the university and will provide information in this regard.

Press release: French | German



Last update on 02.03.2020, 16:30

Communication of the Directorate for Health and Social Affairs (DSAS/GSD) to the members of the university community: Coronavirus, information from the Canton of Fribourg

In the canton of Fribourg, one person tested positive for the coronavirus Covid-19. It is a 30-year-old man from the Gruyère district. The Cantonal Medical Office (SMC/KAA) is closely monitoring the development of the situation and is in close contact with the federal health authorities. This first case does not require any additional measures.

Due to the new situation, the services of the hotline have been extended for the entire population of Fribourg, who have questions in the field of health regarding the coronavirus: 026 306 39 30 (24/24)

Schools, crèches, homes, institutions...

Currently, the canton has not taken any specific measures for schools, crèches, homes or other institutions. The most important measures are those that are also recommended for seasonal influenza. It is also recommended to remind people of the hygiene measures in the various institutions.

Isolation of persons returning from a trip to an affected area is not envisaged.

However, the situation is changing rapidly and the various partners will be informed should the measures change.


Last update on 27.02.2020 12:00

The Rectorate of the University of Fribourg and the local authorities are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (Covid-19). They are in close contact with the responsible health services.

The University follows the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). You can find more detailed information on this topic on the office’s website. According to the FOPH, universities do not have to implement any special measures at this time.

Given the situation, the University has decided to provide information on ongoing developments related to the coronavirus. If necessary, it will pass on any information from the competent authorities concerning tertiary educational institutions.