Full title: The academic year will begin on September 13 in line with the prevention measures against Covid-19 approved by the Spanish Ministries of Health and Universities
The following text is a translation of an extract from the "Communiqué of 7 September regarding the prevention measures against Covid-19 approved by the Spanish Ministries of Health and Universities". For comprehensive information on the relevant legal framework and background to this text, please consult the full Communiqué (in Spanish).
Capacity increases compared to last year due to the reduction of the safety distance to 1.2 metres
The Andalusian universities have requested the Spanish Government to authorise as much face-to-face teaching as possible for this academic year
The 2021-22 academic year will begin on 13 September, following the protection measures currently in force. These guidelines have modified the safety distance to 1.2 metres, which increases the capacity of lecture rooms by more than 50% (i.e., the measure that allows the highest attendance will be applied: a 50% capacity or a 1.2 metre distance). This could lead, in some faculties/schools and teaching groups, to almost total face-to-face attendance.
Consequently, at this time, the contingency plans approved by the different faculties/schools, which specify the measures applicable in each of them according to their particular conditions, are extended, while respecting what is indicated in the previous paragraph.
In addition, the Andalusian universities have requested the Government to authorise greater flexibility in the security measures to allow for the highest possible attendance in the classrooms this year, given the percentage of vaccinated people in the university community compared to July. Should this happen, contingency plans would be modified immediately.