Coronavirus: Protective Measures Update

August 02, 2021

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. Due to the Corona pandemic and the remaining strong limitation of the number of reading room spaces, no new visiting scholars will be admitted for 2021 until further information.

It is mandatory to wear a medical mask in the public areas of the Institute.

Persons who have spent time in a ‘high risk area’ within the 10 days prior to entering the Federal Republic of Germany are not permitted onto the premises of the Institute for 10 days following their date of entry. This time period can be shortened upon proof of a negative test (PCR or rapid test) result from a test performed no sooner than five days following the day of entry. This does not apply to persons with proof of recovery or vaccination. These persons are permitted onto the premises of the Institute immediately once they have provided the proof. 

Persons who have spent time in an ‘area of variants of concern’ are not permitted onto the premises of the Institute for 14 days following their date of entry.

The following additional rule applies to guest researchers and library users who have entered the Federal Republic of Germany from either a high risk area or an area of variants of concern:

Permission onto the premises of the Institute is granted only upon a negative rapid test result no more than 24 hours old.

The list of countries currently defined as ‘risk areas’ can be found at the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

Persons who were in close contact (as defined under the Robert Koch Institute’s contact tracing guidelines) with a person shown to have been infected with Covid-19 are not permitted onto the premises of the Institute for two weeks following their last contact with the infected person.

This does not apply to those who are completely vaccinated, or who have recovered from Covid-19 and received their first dose of a vaccine.

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

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

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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