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Coronavirus - Covid-19: safety measures

In order to limit the Coronavirus outbreak, the University of Tours will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16, 2020, in accordance with the decisions taken by the government. For regular updates, please check this page, your emails and the University’s social networks.

Update: March 23rd, 2020

Please click here for the latest updates:
Measures for incoming students: click here
Measures for international PhD students and researchers: click here

Update: March 16, 2020

The Prefecture has issued a press release concerning residence permits. Some documents will be extended for 3 months. 
Click here to download the official press release and consult the list of documents. 

Update: March 15, 2020 at 4pm

We have entered stage 3 of the pandemic: we must respect the rules of individual behavior as well as collective measures.

Measures for students:

From Monday, March 16th, the University of Tours will not be accessible to students anymore, regardless of their status. Students in healthcare (after PACES) will be called to contribute to the sanitary response. The University Health Services (SSU) are maintaining their mission and are at your service.
Please consult your emails every day! You will be informed of the dispositions taken by the pedagogical teams and of the evolution of the situation at the University. Following the decree of March 14th, these measures will last at least until March, 29th.

Measures for staff:

From Monday, March 16th, we will activate the activity continuity plan. This means that only necessary staff will be called to work. All other colleagues will be invited to stay at home, and work from home if possible. We will inform you of the flexible dispositions that will be put in place, together with the directors of faculties and laboratories, as well as heads of administration and services. We will only maintain meetings that are necessary to crisis management, and they will take place through video or audio-conference, as much as possible. Let us all keep being available and organize ourselves as best as possible within our own perimeters to ensure our public service missions. We will inform you of the evolution of the situation by email.

Update March 13th, 7pm

The University will be closed to students from Monday, March 16th. 
The University will stay open for staff members, including libraries and research labs. 
A pedagogical continuity plan must be put in place. Teachers and professors will be invited to propose e-learning solutions. We will provide more information in the beginning of next week.
Staff members can work in their offices, which will stay open. All staff will have to go to their work place, except in these situations:
- Necessity to keep children at home
- Fragile health

If you are in one of these situations, please notify your head of department or director of faculty to put in place other solutions, such as teleworking.

Please find below information given by the Head of Office of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

1/ Closing teaching activities and remote pedagogical continuity 
To guarantee pedagogical continuity, educational institutions shall make sure that e-learning teaching modules are put in place to allow users to follow courses online. National tools also exist (FUN MOOC, « universités numériques thématiques » etc.).
All these tools constitute a pedagogical continuity tool box, that have been made available by the “pedagogical continuity” taskforce of the Ministry. You may contact them here: 

2/ Maintaining other activities
In full conformity of general instructions on gatherings, other administrative activities and research laboratories are maintained, in particular to allow pedagogical continuity and maintain research activity. Staff must prefer teleworking if possible, in accordance with service necessities; otherwise, they shall come to work in full conformity of sanitary measures.

3/ University residences & boarding schools
Boarding schools and university residences will ask students to return to their parental home, but will stay open for students who will not be able to do so - including international students.

4/ Competitive examination
The Ministry shall examine the conditions under which post-“prepa” examination could take place, as well as national classing examinations (ECN) and PACES, ensuring that the material conditions of the examinations are organized in such a way as to ensure the safety and health of the candidates.
Recruitment examination in the public service and more particularly in national education are maintained at this stage. The organizing authorities shall take the necessary measures to ensure that health instructions are rigorously respected. Written examinations must respect a minimum space of one meter between the candidates.

The services of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation are doing everything possible to support you in the best conditions in the face of this exceptional situation.


Update: March 9th, 2020

Since March 2nd, 2020, France has reached Level 2 of the Coronavirus outbreak. The situation is constantly evolving. Until now, no case has been identified at the University of Tours. The University of Tours encourages all staff, students and visiting colleagues to follow these safety measures, which we will update regularly. In order to limit the virus outbreak, all staff and students must follow the safety measures provided by the Health Ministry.

Health recommendations

Wash your hands regularly
Cough and sneeze in your elbow
Use disposable tissues
Do not shake hands or kiss on the cheek
Call the Emergency medical assistance service (15) if you have symptoms
Stay at home if you are sick
Do not wear a mask if you are not sick
If you have an immune deficiency or a chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular disease, please seek the advice of your doctor to know if you can continue your current activities.

Travel recommendations

Staff should travel outside the EU only if strictly necessary. Students’ mobility is suspended until further notice.
Following the government’s recommendations from March 1st, 2020, please make sure to respect these measures:
Staff and students coming from foreign countries where the virus circulates (except the region of Hubei) can come back to the university.
Staff and students coming from foreign countries where the virus circulates (except the region of Hubei) must slow down their social life and practice self-monitoring (check your temperature twice a day).

Recommendations regarding "clusters"

A cluster is an area where the virus is actively circulating. There are specific recommendations for these areas.
If you have recently been to one of these areas and do not present any symptom, you may come back to the university.

List of clusters (this list is in constant evolution):
Département de l'Oise (60) : Creil, Nogent-Sur-Oise, Montataire, Crépy-en-Valois, Vaumoise, Lagny le Sec, Lamorlaye
Département de Haute-Savoie (74) : La Balme De Sillingy
Département du Morbihan (56) : Auray, Carnac, Crac'h, Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, Brec'h
Département du Haut-Rhin (68) : Mulhouse
Département du Val d'Oise (95) : Méry-sur-Oise (from March 6th)
Département de Corse du sud (2A) : Ajaccio (from March 8th)
If you are currently in a « cluster » area, please check the measures with the « agence régionale de santé locale » (regional agency for local health).

Recommendations regarding student & staff mobility

All outgoing mobilities from France to Europe or outside Europe have been suspended until further notice, except for students who have already arrived in another country: they may stay in the country and follow national measures.
We want to emphasize that this action is a precaution taken to provide peace of mind to students and families.

Please do not hesitate to contact the International Relations Office if you have any question about:
• Our incoming exchange students: Frédéric SOREAU - +33 2 47 36 67 17
• Our outgoing Erasmus students (Europe): Roselia NIAMBI / Claire DURAND - +33 2 47 36 67 28
• Our outgoing mobility students (outside Europe): Benjamin DEPAUW - +33 2 47 36 67 42

Recommendations in case of symptoms

If you present signs of respiratory infection (cough, respiratory difficulties) within 14 days after returning from a cluster area, or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case:
Contact the Emergency medical assistance service (15) and tell them about your symptoms and recent stay in a « cluster » area.
Do not go to your doctor or emergency room, to avoid any potential contamination.

More information

Contacts within the university: (medical assistance for staff) (medical assistance for students)
Please consult the Coronavirus Information from the government website if needed: