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Staff and COVID-19

Staff and COVID-19 - Available at University of Iceland

The assembly ban in response to COVID-19 has a wide-ranging impact on workplaces like the University of Iceland. Employees are to work on site as usual unless their supervisor has decided otherwise. Staff with underlying health conditions are encouraged to contact their supervisor to explore the best and safest option to work on site or at home. 

Everyone, students, teachers and other staff members, must use protective masks in university buildings 

Those experiencing flu like symptoms must remain at home and under no circumstances attend University. Employees are encouraged to have meetings online.

The University of Iceland Emergency Response Board meets regularly to plan contingency measures in response to the COVID-19 epidemic and sends announcements to students and concerning measures when necessary. Below are answers to the questions that may arise among University staff. Do you have more questions? Please contact us via the webchat in the lower right hand corner of this page or send an email to neydarstjorn@hi.is.

General information




Work arrangements & exercise


Restrictions on gatherings and separation of groups

  • Teaching and learning is permitted in all University buildings, on condition that students and staff can maintain a distance of 2 metres.
  • The number of students and staff members in a single classroom or study room must not exceed 50. The number of people in canteens must not exceed 20 and in other spaces the maximum is 10 persons.
  • Staff are permitted to move between groups whereas students are not.
  • Where it is not possible to maintain a distance of 2 metres, facemasks must be worn.
  • The number of people permitted in common spaces, such as entrances, toilets and corridors, may exceed 50 on the condition that people wear facemasks.
  • Practical teaching and clinical training, where it is not possible to maintain a distance, is permitted on the condition that students and teaching staff wear facemasks and take steps to prevent infection.
  • Common surfaces in University classrooms will be disinfected between classes.
  • ​​​All shared equipment




Field trips and travel




PhD students and postdoctoral researchers

Further information

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