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FAQs about the coronavirus

The current situation at the University
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The University of Jena is now in on-site operation under Covid-19 conditions. When working on-site, you need to comply with the hygiene rules of the University (Hygiene framework [pdf 602KB] [pdf, 374 kb] de). 

The winter semester 2020/21 will begin on 1 October 2020 and will last until 31 March 2021, with the lecture period beginning on 2 November and ending on 12 February. The semester will have as many face-to-face components as possible and will be delivered as digitally as necessary.

Please also visit our information page about the current semester​ and our blog for the newest developments.

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1. Where can I find information on the current coronavirus situation in Jena? Show content

In case of questions regarding the current situation in Jena, the number of cases, general rulings, as well as advisory and information services provided by the City of Jena, please visit

For up-to-date information on the situation at the University, please see this overview of FAQs and visit our blog.

2. What do I have to consider if I return to Jena from a risk area? Show content

If you return to Jena from a risk area, you are obliged to immediately report to the Public Health Department by phone at +49 3641 49 2222 or online at In addition, you must immediately self-isolate. If you show symptoms of illness, you must call the hotline +49 3641 49 3333 in addition to calling your general practitioner or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung). The designation of risk areas can be found at:

Travellers from areas within Germany who report infection numbers of more than 50 do not need to be tested and are not required to undergo isolation.

3. There is a suspected case of COVID-19 in my working or study environment. What should I do? Show content

Protect yourself and others by acting reasonably and adhere to the hygiene rules currently in force. Limit direct contact with other people as far as possible.

The occurrence of cold symptoms follows seasonal patterns and, in most cases, is not due to an infection with the coronavirus.Wait and see whether the suspected infection is confirmed by laboratory findings. If this is the case, the Public Health Department in charge will take care of tracing the contact person(s).

4. I feel unwell and have symptoms of a cold. What should I do? Show content

If you have symptoms like fever, cough, headaches, sore throat, or limb pain, please call your general practitioner or the emergency service for patients with statutory health insurance at 116 117. They will discuss the further course of action with you and will let you know if testing for COVID-19 is indicated.

If you need to take sick leave, notify your superior as usual.

5. I have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do? Show content

If you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and experience symptoms like

  • increased body temperature (> 37.5°C),
  • difficulty breathing (shortness of breath, painful respiration)
  • coughing,
  • impaired sense of smell or taste,
  • diarrhoea,
  • sore throat, headache and limb pain,

contact your general practitioner and, additionally, turn to the Public Health Department in charge.The Public Health Department will inform you about the further course of action.

If your health deteriorates rapidly, call EMS and inform them about your contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you do not show any symptoms, you must still inform the Public Health Department. Self-isolate at home until the Public Health Department informs you about the further course of action.

6. What should I do if a person in my household is in home quarantine but no test results are available? Show content

If you do not show any symptoms, you can continue working on the premises of the University unless ordered otherwise by the Public Health Department.

Please ensure strict compliance with the actions mentioned under no. 7. Keep the number of contacts to a minimum and try to keep face-to-face meetings under 15 minutes.

7. How can I contribute to preventing the spread of coronavirus infections in my working environment? Show content

Comply with the hygiene rules currently in force.

Take the following simple actions: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering.


  • enclosed spaces with insufficient ventilation
  • gatherings of people
  • conversations with others without keeping distance
8. Where can I find further information on the coronavirus? Show content
9. Which rules apply to on-site events? Show content

The following rules apply to on-site events:  

Room occupancy is based on the specifications of Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management on the possible occupancy density under pandemic conditions (application for rooms via

The lecturers or organizers of the event are to inform the participants in advance about the applicable distance and hygiene rules [pdf, 374 kb] de and ensure that they are observed.

Participants are to declare in writing that they are free of corona symptoms and risk contacts and that they will adhere to the distance and hygiene rules.

Attendance lists with contact details de are to be kept to facilitate contact tracing in case of an infection. At the end of the event, the lists are to be given to Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management for safekeeping.

The offering of drinks and open meals in the form of buffets or similar is prohibited.

10. Do I have to wear a face mask at the University? Show content

All University members and guests are obliged to wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose inside the buildings and on the premises of Friedrich Schiller University

  • when the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained;
  • irrespective of the distance, in all areas generally accessible within University buildings (such as corridors, washrooms, entrances and exits, tea kitchens and social rooms, shared printers, and open access areas / bookshelves in the ThULB; it also applies on the way to or when leaving seats in lecture halls, seminar rooms and PC pools).

Exceptions: After taking a seat in the ThULB, in PC pools, lecture halls, seminar rooms and during exams, as well as generally at the workplace, face masks may be taken off provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained and that the University’s Hygiene and Infection Prevention Plan [PDF 374KB] [pdf, 374 kb] de is applied.

11. Which canteens and cafeterias are open? Show content

The Mensa Ernst-Abbe-Platz is open for students and university members Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 19:30. From 7 November 2020, it is also open on Saturday from 11:00 to 14:00. In addition to on-site services, the canteen continues to offer takeaway meals.

The cafeteria in the ThULB is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 15:00 and on Saturday from 11:00 to 15:00.

The cafeteria in the University Main Building is open from 9:00 to 14:00 and offers breakfast and two warm meals for lunch, at least one of which is vegetarian. During the opening hours, a standard selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks and cakes is available.

University members can also use the cafeteria Campus EAH (House 5, next to the library), which is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 14:00. The Mensa Carl-Zeiss-Promenade (EAH) is open from 8:00 until 14:00.

The Mensa Philosophenweg is open from 11:00 to 14:00.

The Cafeteria Carl-Zeiss-Straße is open from 9:00 to 15:00.

Only cashless payments by thoska are accepted.

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