Coronavirus: Protective Measures Update

December 14, 2020

Staff members and guests of the Institute are continuing to work within the limited on-site operation framework. There continues to be limited access to the Institute.

Note: New or amended information appears in italics.

The Institute building is open for staff members, authorised guest researchers, and to a limited degree for visitors attending events. The library is open to staff members and currently authorised guest researchers, but will remain closed to day guests. Since 1 July 2020, reading room access is again being granted in particular to Max Planck Scholarship recipients from EU countries and also from Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The number of reading room spaces remains highly limited (currently 44 spaces). Guest researchers from countries other than those listed above unfortunately remain excluded from the Institute. The corresponding regulation, which was initially to be applicable until 31 August 2020, has been extended to 28 February 2021.

Since 1 December 2020, the Institute is following the stricter mask requirement that has been adopted for the city of Hamburg. In accord with Section 10a (2) of the latest ordinance, the wearing of a mask is now required at the Institute, with the stipulation that an individual may remove his or her mask for prolonged periods of sitting or standing if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people is adhered to. The same rule applies when visiting Café Max and other common rooms.

Staff members, authorised guest scholars and visitors who are travelling from a risk-region as designated by the Robert Koch Institute are permitted to enter the Institute only 10 days after arriving in Germany. This period will be shortened where such individuals can present to the Institute a negative test that should take place earliest 5 days after arrival in Germany.

Please note: Individuals returning from risk-regions as well as guests who travel from risk-regions are now legally required to take a Covid-19 test and to go into self-isolation until the results have been provided.

Anyone who has been in close contact with a person found to be infected with the coronavirus may not enter the Institute during the two week-period following the last contact with the infected person. The prohibition of entry will be lifted once the individual is free of symptoms and can produce a negative Corona test result that has been conducted no earlier than five days after the last contact with an infected person.

Entry is not permitted for individuals with cold or flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, breathing problems).

The Institute management has discretion to adopt further limits on entrance.

At present no in-person events are being held at the Institute. Where possible, events are being conducted online.

The Institute accepts new scholarships applications. Due to the corona pandemic, the number of scholarships that can be awarded for 2021 is strongly limited. Please find further information here.

Alongside the currently limited on-site operation framework, additional infection prevention measures apply which prevent normal operation at the present time.

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