RE’20 cares about the safety of its physical participants. Below you find the Covid-19 protection principles. The full Covid-19 safety concept for RE’20 can be downloaded here.

Covid-19 Protection Principles for RE’20

Everybody abides by the recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health about hygiene and personal behavior in the Covid-19 pandemic [1] by strictly adhering to the following eight principles :

Keep your distance. Whenever possible, keep a distance of 1.5 m or more to other people. In meeting rooms, leave a chair free between participants. When you cannot keep distance, and no other protective means are in place, wear a face mask. Protect people at especially high risk [2] around you by keeping your distance.

If you can’t keep your distance, wear a mask. Wearing face masks is mandatory when using public transport (trains, trams, buses, boats, cable ways), in shops and shopping malls, and in all buildings of the University of Zurich. In public places other than the mentioned ones, wearing face masks is strongly recommended in all situations where a distance of 1.5 m between people cannot be kept and no other protective measures such as separation screens are in place.
At the conference, you may take your mask off when seated in a lecture hall, in a seminar room or at a table.

Wash your hands thoroughly. You can protect yourself from infection by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water. Soap renders the virus harmless.

Avoid close-contact greeting rituals. Do not shake hands. Neither hug nor kiss others.

Avoid spreading droplets. Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue/handkerchief or the crook of your arm.

Test. It is vital to identify infection early on. If you feel ill, or are experiencing particular Covid-19 symptoms, stay at your place and do not attend any RE’20 events. Do the coronavirus check. You will receive a recommendation on what to do next and, as appropriate, instructions to have a test. Stay at home/in your hotel until the results of the test are available.
You must inform RE’20 immediately if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been tested positively for Covid-19.

Trace. Use the official Swiss Covid-19 Tracing app if you can. During your stay in Zurich and at the conference, keep a log with whom you were in close contact for more than 15 minutes. In particular, when you go to a restaurant with other conference participants, write down with whom you are going. You may be asked by the restaurant to leave your contact details. Having such contact information is vital to break the infection chain if a person gets infected with Covid-19.

Isolate and quarantine when necessary. If you are tested positively for Covid-19 or have had close contact with an infected person, you must go into isolation or quarantine to prevent the further spread of the virus. The authorities of the Canton of Zurich will contact you and inform you about what to do.

This is why following the social distancing and hygiene rules is so important: If you strictly follow these rules during RE’20, you won’t need to go into quarantine if an unknowingly infected person should also have attended RE’20.

[1] Available here.

[2] People over the age of 65, adults with medical conditions constituting an increased risk, such as, for example, cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, diabetes or obesity, and pregnant women.


Further information and recommendations

Face masks. RE’20 will provide every physical participant with one KN95 face mask per registered day. Further masks will be available for sale. We recommend participants to bring their own masks for the time when not being at the conference.

Hand disinfectant. Stations with hand disinfectant will be available at the entrance and in the coffee break area. For the time when not being at the conference venue, we recommend participants to have a personal flask of disinfectant with them.