Information about SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

This page provides details about the handling of the coronavirus situation at VSHN. The COVID Interest Group is accountable to manage the rules and to decide about exceptions where needed and possible. Ask in #covid-ig if you’ve any questions after reading this page.

According to the latest Federal Council decision, as of June 26, 2021, we’re no longer required to work from a home office nor are we required to have a repetitive testing concept. We still recommend working remotely.

Rules in the Office

Follow the general behavior recommendations, see hygiene recommendations of the FOPH.

VSHN specific rules
  • Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons.

    • You aren’t required to wear a mask in the office.

    • It’s recommended to wear a mask if you can’t keep the minimum distance.

  • Whenever possible, carry out joint screen work online.

  • Strictly follow the maximum occupancy of the rooms indicated on the door.

  • Air out the rooms every hour, windows can also be left open during the day.

  • Disinfect table surfaces before leaving your place.

  • Please use the hygiene station when entering to the office.

In the common and coffee room
  • Places are closed and chairs are removed.

    • Two per table, sitting diagonally shifted to keep the minimum distance.

    • Plan your break in shifts or find other locations if a room is full.

  • During the stay one window must be kept open.

  • Disinfect table surfaces before leaving your place and air out the room.

Private gatherings

If you meet outside of working hours and outside of VSHN offices (for example lunch on the roof terrace), this is private time and VSHN doesn’t give any rules for this, the general behavior recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) apply.

Getting vaccinated

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) recommends that you get vaccinated. Whether you get vaccinated is your own free decision. VSHN doesn’t check this and there are no restrictions for non-vaccinated VSHNeers at VSHN.

If a VSHNeer wants to be vaccinated, vaccination appointments are considered working time according to existing regulations on doctor visits.

Reporting possible infection

Please stay at home and contact People Ops immediately if you have been in the office for the last 7 days and have symptoms, had close contact with a person tested positive or tested positive.

Meetings and Workshops

We currently don’t offer in-person meetings or workshops for customers. We don’t want employees to feel that they have to come to the office or even go to the office of a customer.

You’re free to do in-person meetings though, it’s your own personal decision.

VSHN stands fully behind this decision, because we believe that the health of our employees and helping to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic is more important than the benefits of in-person meetings compared to a video meeting. If VSHNeers have trouble explaining this to a customer, the VSHN management will be happy to help clarify the situation.

This policy is tracked and reviewed as VIP-152, Based on sources: BAG press statement 23.06.2021, Coronavirus: Massnahmen und Verordnungen