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FAQs about the coronavirus

The current situation at the University
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On this page you will find general information about the corona situation at the University of Jena as well as answers to frequently asked questions that are of general interest. You can access the FAQ pages for individual target groups via the navigation in the header and at the bottom of this page.

Corona Update 13.09.2021

The opening steps of the state of Thuringia, valid as of 2 June, can be downloaded here (German only).

Since 24 August 2021, there is a new ordinance (German only) of the State of Thuringia (Revised version of the Thuringian SARS-CoV-2 Ordinance on Infection Protection Measures).

From 21 June 2021, Level 1 of the infection prevention plan (standard operations with preventive infection protection) will once again apply. Regulations of the federal government, the state and the city of Jena that go beyond the measures of stage 1 of the infection protection concept remain unaffected by this.

According to Article 22 of the new ordinance from August 24, only people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 or have been tested are permitted to attend face-to-face courses, examinations, aptitude test procedures, selection procedures and admission examinations. In German this is referred to as the “3-G Principle”, for “geimpft/genesen/getestet” (vaccinated/recovered/tested).
The security service that already operates at the University of Jena will carry out random 3-G checks to verify the vaccinated/tested/recovered status of people on campus.

In the winter semester, the general 1.5-metre social distancing rule is no longer a requirement for face-to-face teaching. Wherever possible, this minimum distance must nevertheless be observed. Medical or FFP2/KN95-/N95-/KF94-/KF95 masks must still be worn in all university buildings if the distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. Contact tracking with QRoniton will also continue. You must also continue to comply with the university’s infection prevention plan (German only).

The rapid test centre in the campus foyer will remain closed for the time being. Should the demand increase again, rapid tests will also be offered on campus again. More information on testing options, see question 10 in the first block: "Questions about Corona infections".

For those who want to get vaccinated before the start of the semester, vaccination appointments are available at short notice, for example, on the Thuringian Vaccination
Portal (Impfportal Thüringen) (German only) or at general practitioners. In addition, there are numerous vaccination campaigns specifically for students. You can find information about these on here.

Current information and currently applicable regulations for the upcoming winter semester 21/22 can be found here [pdf, 443 kb] de in the University President's circular to students dated 09 September. 

You can find more regularly updated information on the university blog.

Are your questions still not answered? Then write to: presse@uni-jena.de.

FAQs about Corona infections

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 https://gesundheit.jena.de/en/coronavirus.

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

For those returning from a high risk area or a virus variant area abroad there is an obligation to register. Before arriving in Germany, travellers must register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry proof of registration with them on entry.

Those entering or returning from abroad who are not vaccinated and have stayed abroad within the last ten days prior to entry must carry proof ofa negative Covid-19 test result.

The following rules apply for those entering or returning from a high risk area :

  • for vaccinated persons: travellers must carry proof of their online registration
  • for those who are not vaccinated: travellers must carry proof of their online registration and of a negative Covid-19 test result. Travellers are also obliged to enter a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry. After five days of quarantine at the earliest, travellers can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. 

The following rules apply for those entering or returning from virus variant area:

  • for vaccinated persons: travellers must carry proof of their online registration and of a negative Covid-19 test result. Travellers are also obliged to enter a fourteen-day quarantine immediately after entry. (Exception: vaccine protects against predominant virus variant).
  • for those who are not vaccinated: travellers must carry proof of their online registration and of a negative Covid-19 test result. Travellers are also obliged to enter a fourteen-day quarantine immediately after entry.

Please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute or the Federal Foreign Office and the city of Jena for up-to-date information on further regulations and exceptions.

It is not possible to shorten the quarantine period when entering the country from a virus variant area

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: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html (German).

3. What should I do if I had contact with a person who has been tested positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2? Show content

If you have had contact with a person who has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, please quarantine yourself at home until you have received an official decision from the public health department. Please note: Quarantine is also obligatory if you learn of the contact through the person infected with SARS-CoV-2.

In order to protect the members and relatives of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena as best as possible from the health risks of a Covid-19 infection, it is necessary to identify persons who have tested positive and to interrupt chains of infection. The university supports the work of the health authorities with organisational measures. These include rapid contact person tracing (e.g. through QRoniton), open communication and constant exchange with the health authorities.

4. What should I do if a person in my household has been quarantined but there is still no test result? Show content

Family members or persons living in the household are not automatically quarantined. Please try to limit contact with these people or to separate from them. As far as no symptoms are present and no measures have been ordered by the public health department, the activity at the University of Jena can be continued.

Please follow these rules at all times: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask), use the coronavirus warning App and ensure sufficient ventilation of rooms.

Please also check if you could be a close contact person to the person living in the household.Persons who have had contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus (case) up to 2 days before the first symptoms of the positive case or, in the case of asymptomatic positive cases, up to 2 days before the smear test, count as close contacts.

What form of contact does this count?
At least one of the following situations must be present:

  1. Close contact (less than 1.5m, near field) for longer than 10 minutes without adequate protection*.
  2. Conversation between contact person and case(face-to-face contact, regardless of duration) without adequate protection* or direct contact (with respiratory secretion)
  3. Simultaneous stay in the same room with probably high concentration of infectious aerosols regardless of distance for more than 10 minutes even with adequate protection*.

*adequate protection = case and contact person wear continuously and correctly a surgical mask or FFP2 mask.

You can find further information about it here: https://gesundheit.jena.de/en/coronavirus 

5. What do I have to do if the Corona Warning App reports a risk contact? Show content

The "Increased risk" alert in the Corona Warning App only informs the user that there is an increased risk of infection due to the proximity and duration of a contact with a person who has reported a positive test result via the App, and recommends that the user contact their physician, the medical on-call service 116 117 or the health authority by telephone. The decision on a sick leave or the order of a home isolation (quarantine) is made by the treating physician or the responsible public health department based on their own assessment.

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

Comply with the hygiene rules [pdf, 2 mb] de (German only) currently in force which are part of the University's infection prevention concept.

Take the following simple actions: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask), use the coronavirus warning App and ensure sufficient ventilation of rooms.

Avoid:

  • enclosed spaces with insufficient ventilation
  • gatherings of people
  • conversations with others without keeping distance

Wherever possible and appropriate, activities should be carried out in the home office with the approval of the employee's superiors.

7. Where can I find further information on the coronavirus? Show content
8. How can I help? Show content

The Corona pandemic has led to such an overload of work in some areas, especially in the social sector, that volunteers are needed. If you would like to volunteer, you can find opportunities worthy of support here (this list will be updated continuously).

1.) You can also register as a volunteer with the Corona Engagement Finder, so that institutions seeking help can become aware of you, or you can search there yourself for institutions that have registered a need: https://www.buergerstiftung-jena.de/corona-engagementfinder.html 

Enquiries to:
Heidi Scheller, Head of Volunteer Agency
Telephone: 03641 6392923
E-mail: scheller@buergerstiftung-jena.de 

2.) Medical students or people with previous medical training who would like to get involved can contact Karsten Krohn at the University Hospital Jena Krohn@med.uni-jena.de. He coordinates the assignments of these volunteers with medical training.

Important for student volunteers: In principle, they can take leave from their studies as a "pandemic-related special reason". All you need to do is submit a written agreement (contract, etc.) to the Student Service Centre.

9. The Corona pandemic is stressing me psychologically. Where can I find help? Show content

The current situation is not easy for anyone right now. Worries about health, financial difficulties or loneliness due to fewer social and physical contacts can be very stressful. The pastoral care of the Faculty of Theology therefore offers help and counselling. You can reach them Mo-Fr 4 to 6 p.m. under telephone +49 3641 942666 and furthermore via the contact form de or an email to: seelsorge@uni-jena.de. You will receive feedback and a personal contact in a timely manner.

Further information on help and advice can be found on the blog of the University of Jena.

Additional support and counselling services outside the university are listed here.

10. Where can I get tested for Covid-19 in Jena? Show content

The city of Jena publishes all testing opportunities in Jena on its website. Current information and the opening hours of the rapid test centres are also listed there. Central test points in the city centre are located in the Neue Mitte and the Goethe-Galerie, among other places.

The rapid tests are not suitable for visitors to senior citizens' facilities, symptomatic persons (contact your family doctor!), companies or facilities with their own testing regime. Also a free test to end a quarantine cannot be carried out in the rapid test centre. Only the health department team can declare a quarantine terminated.

11. How can I obtain an vaccination appointment? Show content

To obtain a vaccination appointment in Thuringia, you currently have two options.

Vaccination in a vaccination center:

Online booking at: www.impfen-thueringen.de
Telephone booking: 03643 - 49 50 49 0 (Mon, Tue, Thu 8 am - 5 pm, Wed, Fri 8 am - 12 pm)

Vaccination in a general practitioner's office

Appointments are made directly through the practices.

Book a vaccination appointment via online portal

Since mid-July, doctors and vaccination centres in Thuringia can report leftover vaccine on the new internet portal www.impfrettung.de (German only). Those willing to be vaccinated can register there and book a vaccination appointment on the same day.

Further information on the topic of vaccination for students can be found here.

FAQs about university operations

1. Which rules apply to on-site events? Show content

According to Article 22 of the new ordinance from August 24, only people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 or have been tested are permitted to attend face-to-face courses, examinations, aptitude test procedures, selection procedures and admission examinations. In German this is referred to as the “3-G Principle”, for “geimpft/genesen/getestet” (vaccinated/recovered/tested).

The security service that already operates at the University of Jena will carry out random 3-G checks to verify the vaccinated/tested/recovered status of people on campus. In practical courses and seminars with manageable numbers of around 20 students, lecturers are free to carry out 3-G checks themselves. If you do not have documentation to prove your status, you will not be permitted to attend the course or seminar. To take part in a study or field trip, you must provide the leader of the trip with proof of vaccination/test/recovery in advance.
Tests can be taken at rapid test centres. The city of Jena publishes all testing opportunities in Jena on its website. The costs of rapid tests for students who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons are covered by the public sector.

In the winter semester, the general 1.5-metre social distancing rule is no longer a requirement for face-to-face teaching. Wherever possible, this minimum distance must nevertheless be observed.

Medical or FFP2/KN95-/N95-/KF94-/KF95 masks must still be worn in all university buildings if the distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained. In contrast, you no longer have to wear a mask while using Wi-Fi workstations at the University or in individual workspaces in the University Library (ThULB) – as long you maintain the minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people. During teaching attended by students in person (e.g. language teaching), teaching staff are not obliged to wear a mask if they maintain a distance of 3 metres.

Contact tracing with QRoniton will continue. Participants of on-site events are obliged to register via the digital contact person registration QRoniton using the QR code of the specific room at the beginning of the event. For external attendance events, attendance lists with contact data are maintained in order to facilitate contact tracing in case of an infection. By registering via QR code or at external events, participants declare in writing that they are free of corona symptoms and risk contacts and that they will adhere to the rules of distance and hygiene.

You must also continue to comply with the university’s infection prevention plan (German only).

Switch to more on-site teaching

The lifting of the social distancing rule enables us to offer more face-to-face teaching in the 2021/2022 winter semester than previously planned. However, there will be a maximum number of 125 participants. There will need to be a new room allocation process in order to make the necessary rooms ready. This means that it will only be possible to draw up a timetable for the winter semester based on reliable days and times from 25 September 2021. Because room allocation can only be completed on 15 October 2021 and has to be carried out in the Friedolin live system, no reliable information on rooms is possible before 16 October 2021.

There will continue to be online and hybrid courses, if these complement or enrich the teaching, or if the number of participants exceeds 125.

Manual ventilation is mandatory in rooms without mechanical ventilation. As a basic rule for office rooms: ventilate hourly over the entire window area for 3 minutes (in winter) or 10 minutes (in summer); meeting and seminar rooms, as well as lecture halls without mechanical ventilation should be ventilated every 20 minutes. In addition, ventilation should be provided for 15 minutes after each course (but at least every 90 minutes).

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

2. Which rules apply to working on-site? Show content

Working from home, which reduces physical contact in workplaces, remains an effective measure to prevent infection. Therefore, staff should continue to work from home where feasible until further notice. They must continue to perform their duties as defined under the terms of their employment contract without restriction, and they must make sure that they can be reached when working from home.

Tasks that cannot be performed from home or can only be performed to a limited extent are to be carried out at the workplace in compliance with hygiene regulations.

In any case, compliance with the protective measures according to the university’s infection prevention plan [pdf, 2 mb] de (German only) continues to be important, despite current low incidence levels and the fact that a person may already have been vaccinated. Please remain vigilant, so that the successes achieved can be maintained over the long term.

The University offers two rapid tests per week to all employees who do not or cannot work permanently from home  despite the regulations in force. Employees who work regularly from home and only occasionally on site can also test themselves or be tested as part of their attendance. For these or additional tests, we encourage you to visit rapid test centres, where you can be tested again in a more professional manner. The city of Jena publishes all testing opportunities in Jena on its website

3. Do I have to wear a face-covering at the university? Show content

All University members and guests are obliged to wear a suitable mouth and nose covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) inside the buildings and on the premises of Friedrich Schiller University:

  • A suitable nose and mouth covering (surgical mask, FFP2 mask) must be worn until further notice whenever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people cannot be maintained. The previous 10-square-metre rule thus no longer applies. People must continue to wear a nose and mouth covering in all public areas inside university properties.
  • in laboratories, FFP2 masks are mandatory if the distance is less than 2 m; 
  • also in lecture halls, seminar rooms.

The University will also be making surgical masks available for collection by its employees and students who need to attend on-site teaching. These masks will be distributed from Tuesday, 6 April, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the dining hall Philosophenweg the Studierendenwerk (Philosophenweg 20). Students must show their Thoska card. The distribution will continue on a daily basis (on working days) as long as there are enough masks.

4. Which rules apply in university buildings and in outdoor areas? Show content

Most important regulations for university buildings and areas: 

  • A suitable nose and mouth covering (surgical mask, FFP2 mask) must be worn until further notice whenever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people cannot be maintained. The previous 10-square-metre rule thus no longer applies. People must continue to wear a nose and mouth covering in all public areas inside university properties.
  • Persons who use university facilities must register via the digital contact person registration QRoniton using the QR code of the respective room;
  • Persons in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the corona virus, who comes from a corona risk area abroad or who shows COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter the university;
  • When working on-site, you need to comply with the hygiene rules [pdf, 2 mb] de (German only) of the University which are part of the University's infection prevention concept. 
5. Where will still be restrictions? Show content

At present it is known that there will be restricitons in the following university facilities:

6. Are the ThULB and its sub-libraries open? Show content

The ThULB is open under infection protection measures. Study Spaces can be reserved and used again. Carrels (individual workrooms) can be booked here again from 12 July 2021, initially only for the whole day or as weekly and monthly carrels.
Special reading rooms can only be used on request.

Access to the partial library locations is adapted to official regulations and reduced with regard to the total permissible number of visitors and the number of workstations that can be used.

A suitable mouth and nose covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) must be worn for the entire duration of the stay and the designated hygiene and infection protection rules must be observed. Only during silent individual work at the booked workplace can this be waived. All forms of group work are not permitted. Training courses and introductions to library use in presence form take place on a limited basis in compliance with the AHAL rules.

Opening hours of the libraries for book lending in the branch libraries: 

Branch Library Humanities, Branch Library Law, Economics and Social sciences:
Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Branch Library Natural Sciences:
Mon – Fri: 9 a.m.– 8 p.m.

Branch Library Chemistry + Physics:
Tue + Thu: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Branch Library Medicine (all sites):
Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Herbarium Haussknecht:
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tue, Thu: noon – 4 p.m.

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7. Which canteens and cafeterias are open? Show content

The dining hall at Ernst-Abbe-Platz is temporarily closed for technical reasons. The dining hall Philosophenweg will be open instead. 

The dining halls and cafeterias listed below are open for staff and students. They will offer an in-house supply and an take away sale. Only cashless payment with the thoska is possible. At the entrance, registration takes place via QR code for contact tracking. Face-coverings are compulsory except for meal taking, attention must be paid to the safety distance.

Dining hall Philosophenweg:
Monday - Friday: daily from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dining hall Carl-Zeiss-Promenade:
Monday - Friday: daily from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cafeteria Uni-Hauptgebäude:
Monday - Friday: daily from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cafeteria Zur Rosen:
Monday - Friday: daily from 11:00 a.m. - 10 p.m.

However, changes may occur at short notice, so please check the Studierendenwerk website for more information.

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