AUK Responds to COVID-19

AUK Responds to COVID-19

In coordination with local authorities, AUK is closely monitoring the developments related to the Coronavirus outbreak.  The University will continue to monitor the situation and provide information as it becomes available. 

Our top priority is to keep our campus community safe and informed of the necessary precautions at this time. Below is some information addressing the frequently asked questions:

The Council of Ministers announced a public holiday until March 26th. Unless otherwise mandated, staff and faculty will report back to work on March 29th, 2020. Spring Classes will commence on April 5th for students.  An adjusted university calendar will be provided accordingly. 

The following additional precautionary measures have been taken:
 
  1. All university sponsored events and trips for this semester are either postponed or cancelled.
     
  2. The University has activated an optional eLearning Platform which will be rolled out on Sunday, March 15th for the purpose of providing students with a venue to review course material that was covered in your classes prior the start of the break, as well as an opportunity to interact with faculty. No instruction or assessment will take place on this platform.
     
  3. All assessments and assignments including exams that are due during the University closure will be rescheduled within a reasonable timeframe once the closure is lifted without penalty to the students.
     
  4. AUK’s emergency response team is continuously working to ensure campus safety as well as a smooth business continuity plan. Please make sure to frequently check your email and the University’s social media accounts for updates.
     

  1. Following the decision of the Kuwait Ministry of Health, all expatriate staff, faculty and students who have arrived back from any country abroad on February 27th and thereafter are to be tested for COVID 19 as per the attached circular.
     
  2. All Kuwaiti staff, faculty, and students who have arrived back from any country abroad on February 27th and thereafter are to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the relevant authorities.
     
  3. Kuwait has suspended all incoming and outgoing commercial flights from Friday March 13th until further notice. Inbound trips will be limited to Kuwaiti citizens and their first-degree relatives.
     
Please make sure you check the latest travel advisory information at Kuwait Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization, and the Kuwait Directorate of Civil Aviation.

Please note that all are advised to abide by the above ministerial mandates under the Penalty of Law.

Released on 19th June, 2020

The Council of Ministers of the State of Kuwait has announced the progression to a partial curfew effective Sunday, June 21, 2020.  Curfew hours are set from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. The period of the partial curfew has not been specified as it remains ongoing based on the country’s overall health status.

Please note that the following areas, are no longer under full lockdown effective Sunday, June 21, 2020:
Khaitan, Hawally, Maidan Hawally.

The following areas remain under full lockdown:
Farwaniyah, Jleeb Shyoukh, and Mahboula. 

The Council of Ministers has also mandated safety measures that are to be followed when out in public.  These measures include:
Wearing masks and gloves
Sanitizing hands 
Maintaining social distancing

In case you need to go out during curfew hours, you are required to obtain a pass from the following websites:

Co-op appointment system for grocery shopping (only during curfew hours):
http://www.moci.shop

Obtaining a permit to commute for emergency purposes (only during curfew hours):
https://curfew.paci.gov.kw/request/create

For full details regarding Council of Ministers decisions and regulations, please refer to the government advisory which is placed below.

Please note that ALL are advised to abide by the above ministerial mandate under the Penalty of Law.

 



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Released on 29th May, 2020

The Council of Ministers of the State of Kuwait has announced the progression to a partial curfew effective Sunday, May 31, 2020. Curfew hours are set from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am. The period of the partial curfew has not been specified as it remains ongoing based on the country’s overall health status.

Please note that the following areas, however, remain under full lockdown:
Farwaniyah, Khaitan, Hawally, Maidan Hawally, Jleeb Shyoukh, and Mahboula. 

The Council of Ministers has also mandated safety measures that are to be followed when out in public.  These measures include:
Wearing masks and gloves
Sanitizing hands 
Maintaining social distancing

The plan of gradual restoration of normality (PDF) - Council of Ministers

To facilitate access to food supplies and basic necessities during the lockdown period, the government has activated the following services:

Co-op appointment system for grocery shopping (individuals can have 1 appointment per week): you can book your appointment through the following link:
http://www.moci.shop

Obtaining a permit to commute for emergency purposes:
https://curfew.paci.gov.kw/request/create

For full details regarding the full curfew regulations, please refer to the below government advisory

Please note that ALL are advised to abide by the above ministerial mandate under the Penalty of Law.

 


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Released on 9th May, 2020

The Council of Ministers of the State of Kuwait has announced a full curfew effective 4pm Sunday, May 10, 2020 until May 30, 2020.  The purpose of the curfew is to curb the spread of Covid-19 and ensure the safety and security of all.

During the full curfew period, outdoor exercise (without using any means of transportation) will still be allowed daily between 4:30pm-6:30pm within your residential areas provided that health precautions are observed through social distancing and wearing gloves and masks.

To facilitate access to food supplies and basic necessities during the lockdown period, the government has activated the following services:

Co-op appointment system for grocery shopping (individuals can have 1 appointment per week): you can book your appointment through the following link:
http://www.moci.shop

Obtaining a permit to commute for emergency purposes:
https://curfew.paci.gov.kw/request/create

For full details regarding the full curfew regulations, please refer to the below government advisory

Please note that ALL are advised to abide by the above ministerial mandate under the Penalty of Law.

 


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Released on 22nd March, 2020

Please note the latest decisions and regulations imposed by the Council of Ministers as of today, 22nd of March 2020.

The Council of Ministers of the State of Kuwait imposed a partial curfew effective tomorrow Sunday, March 22, 2020 until further notice. The curfew will be in effect ‪from 5:00 pm to 4:00 am.‬ The purpose of the curfew is to ensure the safety and security of all, and prevent the unnecessary gatherings and contact between people that will substantially contribute to the spreading of Covid-19.
 
Furthermore, the Council of Ministers extended the “Official Holiday” to ‪April 9, 2020‬.

If you need to urgently go out during curfew hours, you have to complete the following form and submit it to the Ministry of Interior.
https://curfew.paci.gov.kw/request/create

 


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Released on 15th March, 2020

Please take note of the Government decision on closures of public spaces as issued on March 14, 2020, which are as follows:
 
  1. Closing of commercial complexes, shopping centers (mall) and public markets, except for food and supply outlets.
  2. Closing of all children’s entertainment centers.
  3. Closing of all male and female salons.
  4. Only 5 customers are allowed to queue inside a restaurant or a coffee-shop at any one point in time. In case you stand in a queue, keep a distance of at least 1 meter between each person.
 
Released on 11th March, 2020
 

In times of crisis, it is very important to avoid spreading rumors and seek information through credible sources and official accounts of local authorities. The following sources provide frequent updates on the developing situation:
 
Source Twitter Instagram
World Health Organization (WHO) @who @who
Kuwait Ministry of Health @kuwait_moh @kuwait_moh
Kuwait Center for Government Communication (CGC) @cgckuwait @cgckuwait
Kuwait Council of Ministers @kuwaiticm @kuwaiticm
Kuwait Ministry of Education @moekuwait @moekwt
Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs @mofakuwait @mofakuwait
Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) @kuna_ar @kuna_photo
 
Kuwait Ministry of Health
Coronavirus Queries and Emergencies Hotlines
24970967
96049698
99048619

For information on products and services available for ordering online, please refer to:
Project/Lifestyle’s Ultimate Quarantine Guide

The following advice published by the World Health Organization (WHO) can help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
 
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand sanitizers or soap and water. 
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue—throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider or call the Ministry of Health emergency numbers (in the above section).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  
  • Avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.
  • Avoid the consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.
The University maintains rigorous health and safety preparedness protocols and is closely following updates and instructions from local health authorities.

Other AUK-related concerns can be addressed by the relevant University units. The best way to communicate is via email.