Coronavirus: Update on preventive measures at the Institute

June 08, 2020

The Institute management has updated its Covid-19 preventive measures: telecommuting (home office) will give way to a limited on-site operation as of 8 June 2020. The library will begin to accept a limited number of new reading room guests as of 1 July 2020.

As of 8 June 2020, telecommuting (home office) will no longer be the norm at the Institute. In the framework of a limited on-site operation, staff members will in a greater capacity be completing work at the Institute. Simultaneously, many research and administrative tasks will continue to be performed in a home office setting. The adopted measures aim to gradually increase the presence of staff members at the Institute. As part of the limited on-site operation, measures protecting against infection will remain in place, thus not yet allowing for a return to normal operation.

The Institute is open only to staff members and authorized guest researchers. The Institute remains closed to visitors.

Limited library access is available for staff members and authorized guest researchers. Reading room guests – as with staff members – are asked to limit their physical presence at the Institute to those activities that can be performed only at the Institute.

As of 1 July 2020, the reading room will again become available to guest researchers – above all Max Planck Scholarship recipients – from EU countries as well as from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The number of assignable reading room spaces is being reduced from 84 to 44 slots. Guest scholars from countries other than those specified above will continue to remain excluded until, provisionally, 30 September 2020. Similarly, the library remains closed to day guests.

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