Questions/answers about face masks and the assembly ban

The injunction of facemasks/visors and the stricter assembly ban has, of course, raised many questions. Below are answers to the most common ones.

Q&A about face masks

Who is covered by having to wear a face mask/visor at DTU?
In which situations does the requirement for a face mask/visor apply at DTU?
Should you wear a face mask/visor when sitting down on common areas?
Does the requirement for partial use of a face mask/visor also apply to outdoor areas?
Can you get free face masks since it is now a requirement?
What is meant by 'public access area'?
Is it possible to lock buildings to get around the requirement for a face mask?
What are the consequence if you do not wear a face mask or visor?

 

 

Q&A about social and professional events

What should be cancelled and for how long?
Does this mean that continuing education courses in the evening must be cancelled?
Can you not be together socially on campus after teaching/work?
Can debate events be arranged?
When the assembly ban has been lowered to 10 people, can a maximum of 10 people be assembled in the common areas?
How many can you gather with socially outside DTU?

 

 

Q&A about face masks

Who is covered by having to wear a face mask/visor at DTU?

Everyone who stays at DTU is subject to the stricter restrictions. Everyone at DTU must wear a face mask/visor when moving around indoors on areas with public access.

In which situations does the requirement for a face mask/visor apply at DTU?

The face mask/visor requirement applies when moving indoors. I.e. all common areas, hallways, canteens, kitchenettes, toilets, etc.

The requirement for a face mask/visor does not apply in connection with teaching activities in classrooms, workshops and laboratories, etc. In those teaching situations where the general recommendation of a distance of one meter can not be complied with - e.g. laboratory work, however, the requirement for a face mask/visor applies as before. In addition, instructors who teach more than two teams during a day must wear a face mask or visor in the teaching situation.

The requirement for a face mask/visor does not apply when sitting down in offices, meeting rooms, in reading rooms, eating in the canteen or doing group work in a group room or similar setting. Masks/visors must be worn, however, when going to and from your place in the reading room, canteen, etc.

The requirement to keep a meter distance to others applies in all situations - even if you are wearing a face mask/visor.

Should you wear a face mask/visor when sitting down on common areas?

Basically yes.

The requirement applies when the students, employees or others staying at DTU are in common areas, also when sitting down on benches or sofas in the common areas.

In cases where the location allows plenty of space to keep a safe distance, local management may arrange marked face mask-free zones where you can sit down - e.g. an arrangement of sofas/tables in common areas. This corresponds to a part of the common area being defined as a study group room for professional activities. It is assumed that the area is primarily used for professional purposes.

Does the requirement for partial use of a face mask/visor also apply to outdoor areas?

No.

Can you get free face masks since it is now a requirement?

DTU recommends that you bring a mouthpiece yourself, as you cannot expect them to be available in all situations.

However, local management has been asked to ensure that face masks are available for employees during the working day.

Financially disadvantaged citizens can contact the municipality to receive free face masks. Depending on the individual's financial circumstances, one may be covered. This offer is specifically targeted at students.

What is meant by 'public access area'?

If one is sure that only certain people have access to the common areas of the building, then it can be considered enclosed - and not a public area. But if others, e.g. employees, students, consultants, craftsmen or partners, gain access to all or parts of the building, it should be considered an area with public access. If in doubt, DTU recommends that you use a face mask.

Is it possible to lock buildings to get around the requirement for a face mask?

No. DTU is fully reopened, and the guiding principle for the entire DTU is to live fully and completely up to the authorities' guidelines. This can not be deviated from by taking special measures to avoid being covered by the guidelines.

What are the consequence if you do not wear a face mask or visor?

Persons who do not wear a face mask or visor may be expelled from the institution. However, some persons are exempt from the requirement for a bandage. The requirement for a face mask/visor thus does not apply to persons with reduced level of consciousness, physical or mental impairments or anything else that makes them unable to wear a face mask/visor.

Q&A about social and professional events

What should be cancelled and for how long?

Events that primarily have a social purpose are cancelled. The recommendation has been valid for DTU since September 18 and has now been extended to January 2 2021. In addition, events with accommodation, such as study trips, are cancelled. Exceptionally, events with primarily professional purpose and accommodation can take place if it takes place in a framework familiar to the organizers and if the organizers can ensure that the event meets the health authorities' recommendations.

Professional events must be held during the day.

Does this mean that continuing education courses in the evening must be cancelled?

Continuing and further education activities at DTU may still be held in the evening. Ordinary teaching in ordinary educations can also take place in the evening.

Can you not be together socially on campus after teaching/work?

The recommendation applies to actual social events. You are welcome to use the common areas on campus, e.g. to sit and talk together - of course with compliance with distance requirements and the use of face masks.

Can debate events be arranged?

You are welcome to arrange debate events, as it is a professional event. It is recommended that professional events be held during the day.

When the assembly ban has been lowered to 10 people, can a maximum of 10 people be assembled in the common areas?

DTU is exempt from the assembly ban in general. The exception applies to activities related to DTU's core tasks. Ordinary socializing at DTU is part of our core task- and is thus also exempt from the assembly ban.

How many can you gather with socially outside DTU?

With the new restrictions that apply from October 26 to November 22, 2020, it is recommended:

- that a maximum of 10 people gather in private homes

- that you have a maximum of social contact with ten different people (apart from household/study/work/leisure activity).