CERN's COVID-19 Scale and measures

Level 4 -  "Red" 

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Mandatory COVID-19 e-learning for access to site

Please note that in Level 4 – Red you are expected to have followed the e-learning module on CERN’s COVID-19 measures, which can be found here.
Please note that your access to the site will be blocked  if you have not already followed the e-learning. 

Access for Members of the Personnel (MP) and Honorary Members (same for levels 4, 3)

Members of personnel and honorary members wishing to access the site may only do so for professional reasons, and in consultation with their supervisors, as specific measures apply (e.g. space occupancy rules)

Access for Retirees (same for levels 4, 3)

Retirees can access on-site facilities, such as bank safe deposit boxes, the CHIS office or the pension fund, in the framework of the corresponding procedures, and only if strictly necessary. Retirees can also come on-site for pre-booked COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Access for relatives (same for levels 4, 3)

Not authorised, with the exception of pre-booked COVID-19 vaccinations and deposit and pick up at Jardin des Particules.

Access for Club members (same for levels 4, 3)

Not authorised.

Access for professional visitors (same for levels 4, 3)

Professional visits are authorised. 

Access for contractors (same for levels 4, 3)

Access authorised as agreed with CERN technical contact. For more information, see COVID Instructions for contractors.


Teleworking

Principle: Those whose activity can be carried out remotely shall telework.

Notwithstanding the above:
- MPEs, MPAts and PJAS whose activities cannot be carried out remotely or whose presence on site is deemed necessary by the supervisor shall work on-site as agreed with their supervisor.

- The same applies to Users and other MPAs under the authority of their experiment spokespersons or technical home institutes and subject to agreement by their home institutes.

All MPs, including Users, who can telework, may work on-site one day per week in consultation with supervisors. The modalities of on-site work shall however be discussed with the supervisor to take account of work organisation constraints and office occupancy rules, in particular.

Teleworking: from where
Telework can be undertaken outside the local area, in accordance with Operational Circular 7.

Please consult the HR COVID-19 Absence management table for additional information regarding work organisation.


General

Duty Travel (same for levels 4, 3)

Travel on behalf of CERN (including travel to perform professional activities at other institutions, as well as travel for participation in training courses) is only permitted if it is deemed essential for strategic or operational reasons by the Department Heads or the experiments’ Spokespersons concerned

Badge reading (same for levels 4, 3)

Mandatory (entrance)

Proximeter (same for levels 4, 3)

Mandatory wearing.

Isolation and quarantine (same for all levels)

Built from WHO recommendations and measures in the Host States.

Access for MPEs or MPAs who have vulnerabilities to COVID-19 (same for levels 4, 3, 2)

No access restrictions. Specific protection plans must be defined, when individuals self-declare (a) vulnerability(ies) with respect to COVID-19. CERN may request a medical certificate attesting of the status of person with vulnerabilities.

Note: the vulnerability criteria in use by the Organization are according to the Swiss ordinance.

Access for MPAs other than MPAts who have vulnerabilities to COVID-19 (same for levels 4, 3, 2)

1. MPAs not in the category of MPAt and presenting vulnerabilities to COVID-19 or living under the same roof as a person presenting vulnerabilities should obtain the necessary instructions regarding their organisation of work or absence from their home institute. 
2. CERN informs the home institutes of the list of vulnerabilities in effect in the Organization.
3. The home institute informs CERN of the MPA's vulnerable person status and of its decision whether or not the person works on site.  
4. If the MPA must come to work on site then the competent CERN representative develops a protection plan with and for the MP.  This concept is verified by the HSE Unit.   
5. If the MPA refuses to come to work on site despite the protective measures in place, the home institute will decide the consequences for the person. 

Note: the vulnerability criteria in use by the Organization are according to the Swiss ordinance.


Wearing masks

Indoors (same for levels 4, 3)

Mandatory to wear surgical type 1 masks, provided by CERN.

Outdoors (same for levels 4, 3)

Mandatory if 1.5m distance cannot be ensured. Masks should be surgical type 1, provided by CERN.

In a shared vehicle (same for levels 4, 3)

Mandatory to wear surgical type 1 masks, provided by CERN.


Hygiene measures

Gel (dispenser) (same for levels 4, 3)

Available at anyone’s disposal (building entrances / all floors / catering points).

Gel bottles for individual use  (same for levels 4, 3)

Available at anyone’s disposal (CERN stores).

Shared Equipment  (tools, printer, water dispenser, keyboard, keys …) (same for levels 4, 3)

Contact areas must be cleaned by each user before and after use.


Space occupancy

Office sharing (same for levels 4, 3)

Office sharing shall be avoided where possible. Where office sharing cannot be avoided the relevant provisions of the COVID-19 related instructions on office workplaces apply (EDMS 2398834).

Physical meetings / gatherings / events / conferences

As far as possible, all physical, in-person meetings should be avoided. Only business meetings are permitted. Other meetings are not permitted unless they are deemed to be of strategic importance and have the Department Head’s / Experiment spokesperson's approval. Under level 4 - Red, the number of participants is limited to 15 in any case. 

Distance of 1.5m - Indoors  (same for levels 4, 3)

Keep 1.5m distance when indoors.

Distance of 1.5m - Outdoors (same for levels 4, 3)

Keep 1.5m distance when outdoors.

Restaurants indoors - seating places (same for levels 4, 3)

Seating places are limited and indicated with labels.

Restaurants outdoors - seating places (same for levels 4, 3)

Seating places are limited and indicated with labels.

Nb of persons indoors (same for levels 4, 3)

See 'physical meetings' above.

Nb of persons outdoors (same for levels 4, 3)

Allowed only for professional reasons (up to 15 under level 4 - Red) according to the mandatory cantonal directive if existing. The outdoor area of the restaurant is an exception, if a dedicated protection plan exists for the terrace of restaurant with dedicated protection plan.

Car / vehicle (same for levels 4, 3)

Sharing should be avoided. Where vehicles must be shared, all occupants must wear a mask and open the window opposite each occupant for optimal air renewal.

Lift (same for levels 4, 3)

1 person/m2 (EDMS 2374417).


HSE COVID services

Screening testing (same for levels 4,3)

Regular RT-PCR pooling testing campaigns are carried out and available upon enrolment via PLAMED.

COVID helpline

Maintained (at maximum capacity due to a higher risk of close contacts).

Contact tracing (same for levels 4, 3)

Maintained.

COVID updates (same for levels 4, 3)

Weekly.


CERN clubs

Outside CERN (all levels)

Host States regulation apply.

At CERN, outdoors (same for levels 4, 3)

No activities are allowed, for coherence with professional access only.

At CERN, indoors (same for levels 4, 3)

No activities are allowed, for coherence with professional access only.


General public

Group guided tours,  On Site events (same for levels 4, 3)

Please refer to this page for full details. 

Permanent exhibitions (same for levels 4, 3)

Open with measures respecting measures similar to ones valid in Geneva museums and following a dedicated protocol checked by HSE.

CERN shop (same for levels 4, 3)

Open with measures respecting measures similar to ones valid in Geneva non-essential shops and following a dedicated protocol checked by HSE.

Globe events (same for levels 4, 3)

Open with measures respecting measures similar to ones valid in Geneva theatres and following a dedicated protocol checked by HSE.

Off site events (local area, abroad)

Measures compatible with local regulations and a protocol to be validated by HSE.

Site Services

Catering

CERN's restaurants are open.

Capacity will be adapted to the number of people on site.

Opening of new distribution points and extension of the opening hours.

All COVID measures are maintained.