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Information on the coronavirus for staff and guests

At Helmholtz Institute Jena, GSI and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the health of all employees and guests is very important. For this reason we have compiled on this page current recommendations as well as resolutions of the management for employees and guests with the aim of protecting the health.

Please also mind the information pages of the city of Jena, as well as of GSI and the University.

Status: 23 June 2022, 10:00 a.m.
(Added far-reaching relaxation of regulations.)

Current regulations of the University and the city of Jena

  • Classroom teaching at the University of Jena has resumed in the spring semester.
  • As per the federal Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations, returnees from designated risk areas, high incidence areas, or areas of variants of concern are required to register digitally, and observe a quarantine period of up to 14 days.
  • Public ordinance mandates wearing qualified face masks while using public transport facilities.
  • Rapid testing centers in the city of Jena are listed here. From February 2022, people with positive PCR tests are requested to contact the city’s public health department via their webform.

Current regulations at Helmholtz Institute Jena

  • Employees are no longer required to wear qualified mouth and nose covers (medical or FFP2 masks) on the institute’s premises.
  • Masks and self-test kits can be collected from the institute’s secretary. Please notify the secretary well in advance if you require larger quantities, as only a limited number of masks and tests are available.
  • Should you feel unwell or exhibit cold symptoms, please stay at home and inform the head of your group and the institute’s secretary.
  • If you are affected by mandatory self isolation or quarantine, please also let them know.

General recommendations and measures

Protective measures
  • Where appropriate, we kindly ask you to use the instruments proposed by GSI, such as home office and tele-conferences, in accordance with your line managers.
  • We kindly ask you to make use of the usual preventive measures to minimize potential disease transmission, e.g. coughing in your elbow.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Please refrain from politely “shaking hands” when greeting and saying goodbye.
  • Please raise awareness of employees of external companies at the institute.
Precautionary measures
  • Special risk groups: According to the latest findings, people with previous illnesses (e.g. lung diseases such as asthma, COPD …) or a weakened immune system belong to the group of individuals who are at risk of a more severe course of the viral disease. If you assume that this applies to you, please contact our company medical service to find out about suitable protective measures to prevent infection.
  • In case of symptoms of illness: Those who are sick should get well and not work. If you have a fever and/or clear signs of respiratory disease, do not drag yourself to work, do not put unnecessary strain on your fellow human beings. If the symptoms of the illness are milder, in consultation with your line manager, work from your home office rather than risking to infect your colleagues. Contact a doctor (first, by phone!) – outside office hours this can also be done via the emergency medical service: Phone 116 117.
    If you fall ill – at work, at home or on the road – with typical symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have come from an affected region in the last two weeks or have had contact with people infected with coronavirus, please inform your line manager and the human ressources department directly via the usual channels, for example by email to Krankmeldung@gsi.de.
  • All line managers are requested to make sure that sick employees stay at home and get well. However, the assessment of whether a person is suspected of having a COVID-19 infection is the sole responsibility of the treating physicians or the public health department!

Contact persons

Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the institute’s secretary.

Further links

The Federal Ministry of Health regularly publishes information about the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2):
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus.html (German only)

Important details and advice concerning Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) may be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute:

Information on the designation of international risk areas:

Information provided by the Foreign & European Policy for the preparation of business trips:

Thuringia lists a brief overview of the regulations enacted on the state level here:
https://www.tmasgff.de/covid-19/aktuelle-massnahmen (German only)

The health office of the city of Jena monitors the local situation closely: