Coronavirus: IMI Update

12 March 2020

An update on the current situation at IMI International Management Institute...

Over the last few weeks, the number of confirmed new coronavirus Covid-19 cases has been increasing in Switzerland and Europe. The Federal Government has categorised the situation in Switzerland as ‘special’ and has taken measures to prevent the further spread of the virus. There have been 4 deaths recorded in Switzerland, 3 of which are patients over 70 years of age, with pre-existing health conditions. It is clear that this virus is more dangerous for elderly persons as well as individuals with underlying health issues.

Following the spread of the Covid-19 virus worldwide, we would like to inform you about the current situation at IMI International Management Institute, which as at now, has no recorded cases of the virus and continues to operate as normal. Management and staff at IMI Switzerland are taking the necessary provisions to be able to react effectively, should the situation affect us directly. IMI Switzerland is monitoring the situation continuously and is assessing the situation based on information provided by the federal and cantonal authorities responsible.
IMI Switzerland endeavors, wherever possible, to ensure that teaching on campus and internships externally can be carried out under normal conditions.

Internships

At the moment, Internship placements continue as normal for those who have already started an internship, although there may be some terminations due to decreased business levels for all hospitality and tourism companies worldwide. We will support students on a case-by-case basis should this happen.
Whilst on internship, students are encouraged to adhere to all standard hygiene practices and to follow employer instructions at all times, as well as check their IMI emails regularly, for updates and instructions from IMI Switzerland.

It is a reality that the number of internship placements available to students in the coming months, both in Switzerland and Internationally, will be drastically reduced due to the economic impact of Covid-19. Therefore, in many cases, there is the option and recommendation for students to postpone their internship and opt to continue their studies directly in May 2020 (for the students who started in November 2019) or in August 2020 (for the students who started in February 2020).

Should any students have any queries about their status, please contact the Internships Office on careers@imi-luzern.com for guidance.

Follow recommendations issued by the authorities / check e-mails

Based on the current situation, we advise students and staff to follow the recommendations circulated by IMI Switzerland and by the local authorities: Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Canton of Luzern Health Authorities.

Please note that instructions may change at short notice, so IMI Switzerland continues to keep students updated on developments and therefore it is imperative that students on campus or on internship check their IMI email address several times a day. This is to protect yourself and others should urgent action need to be taken. As per the current status, classes continue to run as normal, however, any internal or external events have been minimized or cancelled according to the instructions of the cantonal authorities. Once again, students should check their IMI email regularly for updates.

Hygiene and conduct rules

As a reminder, standard hygiene practices continue to apply and in the case of queries, students should contact Reception for advice and guidance:

- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 30 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer regularly
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue or in the crook of your arm
- Dispose of used tissues appropriately
- Maintain your distance and avoid crowded places
- Avoid shaking hands
- If you have fever, cough or general flu symptoms, do not go to class – stay in your room and contact Reception for advice
- Any appointments to see a doctor should be made through the Reception

For further questions please contact us on info@imi-luzern.com

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