Coronavirus: Protective Measures Update

August 21, 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. Scholarships for 2021 have been suspended.

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 31 December 2020.

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 14 days after arriving in Germany. This period will be shortened where such individuals can present to the Institute two negative tests – namely, a first test, which must in any event be administered upon arrival from a risk-region, as well as a second negative test that should take place at least 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. The prohibition of entry will be lifted once the individual is free of symptoms and can produce a negative Corona test result.

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

Although in an extremely limited fashion, the Institute has as of 1 July again begun to host academic events. Internal and external events may take place, either in-person, or as hybrid events (connecting participants to attend an event via video conference). External guests may participate in these events on invitation and subsequent to registration. All events will be subject to specific hygiene rules and conditions.

Until further notice, scholarship grants are suspended for 2021, and scholarship applications cannot be submitted.

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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