Situation report on march 16th - 22:45
Dear students and colleagues,
The President of the Republic has just announced a tightening of the prevention measures against the Covid-19 virus and declared that France is waging “a medical war”. The situation is serious and we must do everything we can to slow down the spread of the virus in order to protect lives and enable the health system and medical staff to take care of those most in need. With this goal in mind, I wanted to make quick and effective decisions.
The University of Strasbourg will be completely closed to the public from Tuesday 17 March at 12 noon, initially for a period of 15 days. Only the staff needed for the vital services of our institution will be authorised by me to come, and thus to be exempt from the obligation of the population to remain at home. They will be notified personally. The authorisation will be individual and personal, and strictly limited to the aforementioned missions.
Further instructions will be issued tomorrow, Tuesday 17 March, concerning research and teaching activities as well as all the support and assistance services, that will now be carried out by teleworking, as far as they are technically possible, via the use of exclusively digital means.
We are all in this together. The situation is unprecedented and requires from all of us an unfailing sense of responsibility. This is the only way to ensure that “the virus will not get past us”. I therefore urge you to respect the measures announced by the President of the Republic in order to protect the most vulnerable and to enable medical staff to do the impossible in the best conditions. They need us to support them and to respect the instructions. I also hope that in these difficult times we will not forget those who are isolated.
Thank you all for your sense of responsibility.
President of the University of Strasbourg