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Access to SISSA in Phase 2

08 May 2020

The School is starting again part of its activities and a number of procedures have been put in place to guarantee everybody's safety. They are summarised below through some Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Can I access SISSA?

From 4 May 2020, you can access the School’s premises to carry out the following activities:

  • research activities that require access to on-site research laboratories or facilities;
  • technical and administrative activities that cannot be postponed and need to be carried-out on-site;
  • check-ups with the competent doctor for health surveillance purposes.

In exceptional cases, you can request access for other reasons (e.g. material recovery).
In any case you will be able to access only after authorisation has been granted.

If you are a carrier of multiple diseases susceptible to COVID-19, we invite you to get in touch with your medical doctors (General Practitioner, Specialist) and the Occupational Doctor.


2. What do I have to do to access SISSA? Who authorises me?

Access to the premises can only take place by prior authorisation, in a variety of ways.

For research activities in the laboratories or specific facilities
Each week, the PI in charge of the various laboratories draws up the work plan for the following week. Please contact him/her in good time to be included in the schedule.

For technical/administrative activities that cannot be postponed and need to be carried out on-site
Each week, the Secretary General draws up the plan of activities to carry out on site for the following week. Organise in time your work and the resulting needs together with your supervisor.

For access related to health surveillance activities
You will be contacted directly by the staff in charge.

All other types of access are authorised by the Director. Request access authorisation in good time by writing to It will be assessed along with the scheduling of all other access.

To guarantee safety it is necessary to organise the best use of the spaces and of the facilities of the premises: help us with proper scheduling!

Please also note that in order to access the School you must have filled in the declaration form that you will receive following your access request.

3. How can I get to SISSA?

With your own means of transport or on foot
If you have your own means of transport, you can use it to reach SISSA, preferably alone. If you need to bring someone with you, the passenger must sit on the back seat to the right and a distance of one metre must be kept between the two people. Both must wear a mask or protective device for the nose and mouth. Avoid using air-conditioning and the recirculation function, preferring the natural exchange of air.

With the SISSA shuttle
If you do not have your own means of transport, or you prefer not to use it, you can use the shuttle service that SISSA has set up due to the COVID-19 emergency.

The shuttle departs from the centre and operates from Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays midweek, with the following times and stops:
Way out: 8.00 (Largo Barriera) – 8.05 (Piazza Oberdan) – 8.30 (SISSA)
Way back: 14.00 (SISSA) – 14.20 (Piazza Oberdan) – 14.30 (Largo Barriera)

Way out: 13.00 (Largo Barriera) – 13.05 (Piazza Oberdan) – 13.30 (SISSA)
Way back: 18.00 (SISSA) – 18.20 (Piazza Oberdan) – 18.30 (Largo Barriera)

Please note that booking is compulsory. You can book your seat when you send your access request.
On the shuttle, it is necessary to wear the protection devices for nose and mouth.

At this time, it is not easy to predict the overcrowding of public transport, with the connected risks, and the possible access restrictions in terms of passenger numbers. Therefore in this first phase, it is strongly recommended to prefer arrival by own means, on foot or with the shuttle made available by SISSA.


4. What happens on my arrival at SISSA?

You can access SISSA from Monday to Friday from 8am to 9am and from 1pm to 2pm, Saturday only from 8am to 9am. In general, the activities of the School are possible from Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturday from 8am to 1pm. On your arrival at SISSA a healthcare professional will check your temperature and if it exceeds 37.5 you will be denied access to the building. Safety protocols and standards are implemented to respect your privacy. Once your temperature has been tested, it will be checked that you have filled in the declaration form for entrance to the building and you will be able to access the School.

Be on time: you will not be allowed access outside the scheduled times!

5. Are the catering services in operation?

In this first phase the bar and canteen service is temporarily suspended. You can use the coffee machines on the different floors respecting the interpersonal distance of one metre and avoiding the concentration of people.
We are considering with canteen managers the possibility of activating alternative services (e.g. take away); we will keep you informed!

6. How should I behave inside SISSA?

Masks, distances and hygiene measures
Keep a safe distance of at least one metre. In the corridors, on the stairs, in the bathrooms and in all common areas always wear the surgical mask provided at the entrance or the one in your possession, if considered suitable by the staff at reception. Reduce the movements inside the building to those that are really necessary for your activity.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and with the dedicated detergents placed on each floor of the School.
Specific individual protection devices (FFP2, FFP3) gloves and hair caps must be used only by those who perform specific tasks (reception, front-office, laboratory workers, etc.)

Cleaning workstation
At the start and at the end of your shift, disinfect the workstation with the product for surfaces available on each floor. Be especially careful to clean well the phone, mouse, keyboard and touch-screen devices. The same product can be used on other surfaces, such as the desk and chair.

Ventilation of the premises
A number of operating and maintenance measures for the ventilation systems have been taken in order to minimise the risks of transmitting the infection.

7. What should my health condition be in order to access the School?

In order to access the premises:
• you should have not been subjected to quarantine measures or have not tested positive for COVID-19 or, if you have, you should have carried out two negative diagnostic swabs for SARS-COV-2;
• you should have not had contacts with family members, cohabiting partners or friends who are positive for COVID-19 and you should not enter or remain in the School in the event of contact with people positive to the virus in the 14 days prior to return;

• you have to stay at home and not go to work in case of fever higher than 37.5 ° and/or the presence of flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing) or other symptoms attributable to COVID-19 (loss of smell and taste, diarrhea, diffuse joint and muscle pain or other symptoms). In that case, you have to contact the General Practitioner and / or the other regional health systems. In this sense, you have to be able to declare that you do not have the symptoms listed above;
• you have to know and comply with the rules given on social distancing, hand washing, the correct use of masks, the disinfection of environments;
• you are not allowed to stay at the School and you have to declare it promptly if, even after entry, there are potentially dangerous conditions (fever and / or flu-like symptoms or other symptoms mentioned above); in that case you have to remain at an adequate distance from the people, return home and contact the General Practitioner.


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