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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 03.06.2021

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

We will have to maintain the current rules and continue mainly online teaching until the end of the 2021 summer semester (16 July). This means that face-to-face teaching will continue to be kept to a minimum. The only on-site teaching is for courses with practical components, practical sessions in the laboratory and using equipment, practical sports exercises and medically indicated supervision, as well as excursions and field trips where necessary. All these activities must be in compliance with the  university's infection prevention concept [pdf, 3 mb] de (in German only). The relaxations published by the state of Thuringia on 2 June 2021 now allow events again. The University of Jena has decided to hold only extra-curricular events in presence.

The wide-ranging openings at the current incidence of under 35 allows the following activities to take place again at the University of Jena:

- Events may be held again - out of the regular lecture schedule - in compliance with the  university's infection prevention concept [pdf, 3 mb] de (in German only).
- Testing and contact tracing is no longer required for the Unishop.
- Choir rehearsals are again permitted indoors.
- Unisport can be held outdoors as well as indoors again.
- The Botanical Garden, the Phyletic Museum and the university exhibitions are open again.

The specifically applicable rules on compulsory testing and contact tracing can be found in the opening steps of the state of Thuringia (German only) and on the website of the city of Jena and can also be obtained directly from the responsible persons.

For information on the distribution of masks, please see question 3 in the “FAQs about university operations”.

Currently stage 2 of the infection protection concept applies: restricted (on-site) operation with increased infection protection.

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 corona risk 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 have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days prior to entry are also obliged to enter a fourteen-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. Please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute for up-to-date information on further regulations and exceptions.

For those entering or returning from a high incidence area or by air (regardless of the area or country), there is an obligation to present a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery to the carrier before departure. Especially in case of entry from a virus-variant area, a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery is not sufficient; in this case, a negative test result is also obligatory before departure.

In each case, the proof of testing must relate to a test carried out no more than 48 hours (in the case of antigen tests) or 72 hours (PCR) previously. For the calculation of these periods, the time of entry is decisive. In the case of virus variant areas, the period is reduced to 24 hours for antigen tests. 

It is not possible to shorten the quarantine period when entering the country from a virus variant area. When entering from a high-incidence area, a medical certificate can be obtained or a test carried out on the 5th day of quarantine at the earliest. Please inform about further regulations and exceptions at the Robert-Koch-Institut or at the city of Jena

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 https://gesundheit.jena.de/webform/corona2. 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: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html.

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, 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 mouth-nose-covering 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, 6 mb] de currently in force.

Take the following simple actions: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering, 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 University set up a rapid test centre in the Campus Foyer, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3. Anyone interested can have a rapid antigen test carried out there free of charge. The test centre is open on the following days and times:

Campus-Foyer:
Mon - Fri: 8 - 10 a.m.

Registration in advance will shorten the waiting time for everyone. Registrations for the test can be made online at www.schnelltest-jena.de/fsu. The registrant will then receive a reply email with a QR code, which he or she should please show at the test center. The test result will then be sent by e-mail. Following a positive rapid test, a PCR test is offered on site at the test center.

The city of Jena publishes all other testing opportunities in Jena on its website. Current information and the opening hours of the rapid test centres are also listed there.

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.

Vaccination by the occupational health service (initially only for employees of the core university).

Appointments can be made via the online portal: https://impfen-covid.uni-jena.de/impfterminvergabe 
For the moment, only a limited amount of vaccine is available.

FAQs about university operations

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

We will have to maintain the current rules and continue mainly online teaching until the end of the 2021 summer semester (16 July). This means that face-to-face teaching will continue to be kept to a minimum. The only on-site teaching is for courses with practical components, practical sessions in the laboratory and using equipment, practical sports exercises and medically indicated supervision, as well as excursions and field trips where necessary. All these activities must be in compliance with the  university's infection prevention concept [pdf, 3 mb] de (in German only). The relaxations published by the state of Thuringia on 2 June 2021 now allow events again. The University of Jena has decided to hold only extra-curricular events in presence.

Students who take part in such on-site events are entitled to one rapid test per week. Further tests can be taken at the universitys rapid test centre in the campus foyer. Registrations for the tests in the campus foyer can be made online at www.schnelltest-jena.de/fsu. Further possibilities for rapid tests are listed in question #10 in the first section. 

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 raumverwaltung@uni-jena.de).

The lecturers or organizers of the event are to inform the participants in advance about the applicable distance and hygiene rules [pdf, 6 mb] de and ensure that they are observed.

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.

Everyone must wear a facemask covering the nose and mouth when moving around inside university buildings and also when seated during lectures, seminars, etc., and at computer workstations. During teaching attended by students in person (e.g. language teaching), teaching staff are not obliged to wear a facemask if they maintain a distance of 3 m.

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

Employees are to accept the home office offer of their superiors, as long as there are no conflicting reasons on their part. Conflicting reasons can be, for example, spatial confinement, disturbances by third parties or insufficient technical equipment. Superiors are already called upon to offer and enable their employees to work from home wherever possible. Further information on working from home at the university can be found here: https://www.uni-jena.de/dez5_homeoffice de.

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 the rapid test centre in the Campus foyer, where you can be tested again in a more professional manner. Registrations for the test can be made online at www.schnelltest-jena.de/fsu. Further test options are listed in question #10 in the first section.

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:

  • 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).
  • when the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained;
  • also in lecture halls, seminar rooms, PC pools and during examinations
  • people who are closer than the minimum distance of 1.5 m and/or if the minimum area of 10 m2 per person is not available; (in laboratories, FFP2 masks are mandatory if the distance is less than 2 m).

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: 

- Wearing a suitable face covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) is mandatory at the University, also outdoors if the distance of 1.5 m to others is less than 1.5 m;
- In public, there are no more limited contacts for outdoors, indoors contact with members of one's own household and further ten persons is permitted;
- 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;
- It is not permitted to consume alcoholic beverages on the university ground as well as inside the university buildings. This also applies to the Ernst-Abbe-Platz campus;
- When working on-site, you need to comply with the hygiene rules of the University (Hygiene framework [pdf 602KB] [pdf, 6 mb] de). 

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 branch libraries will be open to a limited extent for circulation and the collection of stacks as well as interlibrary loan orders. Study Spaces can be reserved and used again since 17 May 2021. Carrels are not open for use. Special reading rooms can only be used on request.

A 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.

Opening hours of the libraries for book lending in the branch libraries from Monday 08 March 2021

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

Branch Library Natural Sciences, Branch Library Medicine (all sites):
Mon – Fri: noon – 6 p.m.

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

Learn more

7. Which canteens and cafeterias are open? Show content

The dining hall at Ernst-Abbe-Platz is temporarily closed for technical reasons. From 6 April, the dining hall Philosophenweg will be open instead. 

The dining halls Philosophenweg and Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 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.

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

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