Update: 2020-10-29

Dear LundaEkonomer,

We are once again in an unclear situation regarding the development of COVID-19. With the new guidelines and recommendations, the local government in Skåne is asking each and every one of us to take responsibility. The new restrictions are:

  • Everyone should avoid indoor environments where there is a risk of crowding, such as stores and shopping centres. Only visit establishments such as grocery stores and pharmacies when necessary. Avoid environments where many people gather at once. Consider other options for exercise so as to avoid crowding in venues such as sporting facilities, gyms or swimming baths.
  • Everyone should avoid socialising with people other than those they live with or see on a weekly basis. Avoid organising or participating in parties or other private events. Socialising with people other than those you live with or see regularly increases the risk of spreading infections.
  • Everyone should avoid using public transport in all its forms. Travel deemed unavoidable, such as to work, school or healthcare appointments are always permissible. Help reduce crowding on public transports so that those who need to travel or lack any other alternatives can travel safely. Maintain distance, be considerate, and let others exit the vehicle before you enter.
  • Everyone over the age of 15 are advised not to participate in any form of sporting events. Exceptions are only made for professional athletes and students at upper-secondary schools with a sports profile. Everyone, regardless of their age, are advised not to organise or participate in sporting competitions or tournaments where many people gather and travel is required. Exceptions are made for professional athletes.
  • All businesses should take action to minimise the number of visitors at any one time, adjust their opening hours and offer digital alternatives. Help reduce crowding. Avoid organising activities that cause many people to gather in one place. The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s provisions and general recommendations apply to restaurants, bars, etc. The venue should be equipped with markings to indicate distances and be refurnished to help reduce crowding.
  • Employers should facilitate personnel working from home and encourage them to do so whenever possible. Business trips, conferences and other physical meetings should be avoided. Facilitate the personnel’s ability to work from home. Avoid physical meetings where many people gather at once

(The restrictions are taken from https://www.skane.se/siteassets/halsa_vard/covid-19/engelska-fortydligande-ang-skarpta-allmanna-rad-i-skane-27-oktober—17-nov.pdf. You can find the Swedish version here: https://www.skane.se/organisation-politik/Nyheter/Halsa-och-vard/2020/skarpta-rad-for-att-bromsa-smittspridningen-i-skane/)

As an organization with over 3000 members, it is a given that we need to take our responsibility in this situation and give the local government a chance to deal with the serious situation we see here in Skåne.

We are adapting our operations during these three coming weeks. We hope that by adjusting our operations we can limit the spread of the disease and resume our operations when the restrictions are lifted.

 

During the coming three weeks we have decided to:

  • Postpone or cancel all physical events, or move them to digital solutions.
  • Highly encourage all meetings to be held digitally.

It is important to note that these restrictions are not planned to last for a longer period of time. With these new guidelines, we want to take our responsibility to make sure that the situation remains under control. We strongly believe that these actions will mean that the situation will improve and that we can open up more of our operations after these three weeks.

During the autumn we have already adjusted our operations and taken great caution. This situation is tough but it is a worst-case scenario that we in the Board have planned for. Because of this, we don’t see this affecting our operations in the long run granted that the restrictions are lifted. We are closely monitoring the situation in Skåne and the rest of Sweden to see when it is reasonable to lift our restrictions.

During this time it is important to take care of yourself and each other, please remember that there are many different supportive functions in Lund. Studenhälsan is a great resource if you need someone to talk to, more information can be found here:

Student Health Centre

We urge you to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about our decision at president@lundaekonomerna.se
If you have any concerns or questions about your education please contact us at v.president@lundaekonomerna.se

We hope you have a great weekend and stay safe!

Best wishes,
The Board of LundaEkonomerna

 

Update: 2020-09-02

On the 11th of June, the vice-chancellor of Lund University decided that from the 15th of June and onwards physical education could once more be held at the university. In line with this decision LundaEkonomerna has decided to once more open up our operations. Our physical operations will at all times follow the guidelines and recommendations from the public health authority (Folkhälsomyndigheten). All physical events have to be approved by the board of LundaEkonomerna.

When possible meetups and meetings should be hosted digitally. If meetings or other social gatherings can not be hosted digitally the Public Health Authorities (Folkhälsomyndigheten) recommendations should always be followed.

No physical gatherings are allowed to be open for more than 50 people. This included all events hosted by LundaEkonomerna and the unions operations overall.

Social distancing should always be maintained and the people hosting physical events are responsible for booking a venue that can fit all participants and account for social distancing for said participants.

If the organizers or any attendees have any symptoms, even mild once, they are not allowed to participate in the event and should stay home.

The organizers are responsible for making sure that proper hygiene can be maintained through offering hand sanitizer. The organizers are responsible for making sure that this is always available to all participants.

If a participant is not following the guidelines set up by the organizers or showing symptoms of COVID-19  they can be asked to leave the event.

 

Update: 2020-06-08

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 8th of June

 

Update: 2020-06-01

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 1st of June

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Update: 2020-05-25

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 25th of May.

 

Update: 2020-05-18

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 18th of May.

 

Update: 2020-05-11

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 11th of May.

 

Update: 2020-05-4

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 5th of May.

 

Update: 2020-04-27

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 27th of April.

The weekly updates will from now on only be posted here in the news section on the website. However, any bigger changes and/or updates regarding our organization will be reached to you through more of our communication channels. Including Facebook and newsletter.

 

Update: 2020-04-20

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 20th of April.

 

Update: 2020-04-14

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Tuesday the 14th of April.

 

Update: 2020-03-30

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 30th of March.

 

Update: 2020-03-23

The Board of LundaEkonomerna has decided to extend the decision to perform all operations via digital solutions with one week. Meaning the decision is valid two weeks from Monday the 23rd of March.

 

Officiall Statement from LundaEkonomerna with new decision (2020-03-17)

As you most certainly are aware of, the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is escalating. The Swedish government with its various authorities are implementing preventive measures that have affected us all.

 

Today it was announced that LUSEM in accordance with the recommendations given by the government will change all teaching and examination to online solutions, thus moving all educational activities to digital platforms for the entirety of the Spring semester 2020. Along with this, the government also requested that all students continue their studies to the greatest extent possible within their home. LundaEkonomerna will be briefed with any changes within LUSEM and changes to course plans will always have to be approved by us, as the student representatives of all students at LUSEM.

 

The Board of LundaEkonomerna is of course saddened by this situation caused by COVID-19, and is trying to make the best decision possible with the information available. The situation is changing on a daily basis and is therefore impossible to predict. However, on the basis of LUSEM’s decision and in accordance with recommendations given by the government, LundaEkonomerna will perform all our operations via digital solutions and activities that don’t have this possibility will be canceled or postponed. This decision will be valid for two weeks starting wednesday 18th of March and will then be revised weekly by The Board, and might be subject to change. This entails that all events and activities scheduled in this time period during the coming two weeks, that can’t be moved to a digital platform, will unfortunately be canceled. 

 

This way we make sure to follow all recommendations given by authorities regarding students, which is of uttermost importance since students are the main reason why the student union exists. 

 

Regarding all the students at LUSEM’s education we must refer you to contacting LUSEM. However, we are in constant contact with the school and updated with the current situation and decisions. More information can be found on their webpage*.

 

Lastly, we urge you to follow the recommendations given by the Swedish government and authorities. At the moment (17th of March) it’s requested that students study from their home. Make sure to stay updated regarding the situation and receive official information at the website for crisis information administered by the government**, as well as the website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden***

 

*https://lusem.lu.se/news/information-regarding-travel-examination-and-teaching-in-relation-to-the-continued-spread-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19

**https://www.krisinformation.se/en

***https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/