All relevant information regarding measures and requirements in order to control of the novel coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) from the Bavarian State Government can be found here.
In general, a prudent and level-headed behavior is important in the current situation.
Therefore, please inform yourself regularly about the current status on the websites of the Robert Koch-Institute, the Bavarian State Ministry of Health, the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety as well as the Federal Foreign Office.
If a corona infection is suspected, all university members are requested to contact a physician or the on-call service of „Kassenärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst“ (116 117) immediately by telephone, and discuss on how to proceed further. The same applies if you have or have had contact with a person infected with the corona virus.
Access to LMU buildings
LMU buildings are closed until March 7, 2021. For events that are still possible and permitted, such as written and oral in-person examinations or practical laboratory courses, the buildings will be opened selectively in consultation with the building administration. In addition, employees may enter the buildings individually with transponders (e.g., for access to laboratories for research purposes and for exemptions to the December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021 discontinuation of official duty period). The procedure for requesting a locking authorization can be found for employees in the service portal. Locking authorizations issued during the spring 2020 building closure will continue to function. In addition, further exemptions apply in special cases, e.g. for areas with tasks in human and veterinary patient care and research.
Persons are not allowed to enter the university if they
1. have knowingly had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient (cat. I contact) within the last 14 days, unless otherwise directed by the public health department
2. show symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 disease, such as respiratory symptoms of any severity, unspecific general symptoms, and olfactory or gustatory disturbances;
3. are obliged to be placed in domestic quarantine for 10 days in accordance with the currently valid entry quarantine regulation (EQV).
Exempt from case no. 2 are those individuals who have a medical certificate in German or English confirming that there is no evidence of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and who present this certificate to the university. The medical certificate must be based on a molecular biological test (PCR) for the presence of an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which was carried out in a member state of the European Union or in another state that the RKI has included in a list of states with a sufficient quality standard for this purpose. The test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to submission to the university. Please note that a so-called antibody test or a rapid test (antigen test) is not sufficient.
For case no. 3, the quarantine may end prematurely, however at the earliest following the fifth day after entry, if the person concerned has a negative test result and presents it immediately to the competent district administrative authority upon request. The test may not have been carried out in the five days after entry into Germany.
Persons who are in quarantine ordered by the public health department can only return to work after the quarantine has been lifted by the public health department. They do not need a supplemental corona test for the LMU after the quarantine is lifted.
It is strongly recommended to follow the usual hygienic measures which also protect against an influenza infection:
- Refrain from shaking hands.
- Maintain a good hand hygiene, and wash your hands with sufficient soap and water.
- Observe the coughing/sneezing etiquette (arm bend instead of the hand).
- Use tissues only once, and dispose of them safely.
- Keep a distance of 1 to 2 meters from other persons, and in particular, avoid close contact with persons who have a respiratory infection.
Further information on the usual hygienic measures can be found here.
Measures to reduce contact
Supervisors shall take all appropriate technical and organizational measures to reduce operationally necessary interpersonal contact. The simultaneous use of rooms by several persons shall be reduced to the minimum necessary for operation.
In the case of office work or comparable activities (i.e., activities that can be performed from home using information technology), supervisors must offer employees the opportunity to perform these activities in home office until March 15, 2021, if there are no compelling operational reasons to the contrary. High requirements must be placed on the existence of compelling operational reasons, which must be documented in the event of rejection (for further information, see "General information for employees", "Flexible work arrangements").
Operation-related meetings of several people are to be reduced to the minimum necessary for the operation and, if possible, replaced by the use of information technology.
If the simultaneous use of rooms by several persons is necessary, the minimum area for each person in the room shall not be less than 10 m2 , insofar as the activities to be performed permit this.
If the activities to be performed do not permit this, the employer shall ensure the equivalent protection of the employees by other suitable protective measures, in particular by ventilation measures and suitable separations between the persons present. If this is not possible, supervisors shall ensure that medical face masks or FFP2 masks are kept available and actually worn.
In areas with more than ten employees, employees shall be divided into work groups that are as small as possible. Contacts between the individual work groups in the course of operations as well as changes to this division are to be reduced to the minimum necessary for the operation. Time-shifted work shall be made possible insofar as operational conditions permit.
Face masks - Mask-wearing compulsory at LMU
It is compulsory to wear a medical face mask (surgical mask) or FFP2 mask at LMU, not only when entering and leaving any lecture halls and conference rooms but also in all areas of LMU buildings where people meet or come into contact with others. This applies in particular to corridors, stairways, elevators and bathrooms.
At the same time, masks are obligatory at face-to-face classes - also for lecturers - even at one’s desk. Excluded from this are examinations.
At the workplace the obligation to wear masks applies only if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be reliably maintained.
If a meeting room is occupied by more than one person per 10 m², a medical face mask (surgical mask) must also be worn at the site.
When dealing openly with hazardous, bio- and radioactive materials, masks must not be worn. However, respiratory protection must still be used for special activities requiring respiratory protection.
FFP2 masks without an exhalation valve may be worn for a maximum of 75 min at a time (up to 110 min for light, predominantly sedentary work). Thereafter, a break of 30 min is to be provided for each time the mask is worn.
Employees who have to wear an FFP2 mask for longer than 75 or 110 min per working day during the Corona pandemic due to their work must be offered an occupational medical check-up by their supervisors at the occupational medical service (Betriebsärztlicher Dienst).
The occupational medical check-up includes a medical consultation in conjunction with a medical history. If the occupational medical service (Betriebsärztlicher Dienst) considers an additional physical and/or clinical examination to be necessary, it offers this to the employees; they can agree to the examination.
„Rahmenhygienekonzept Universitäten“ („Mandatory Guidelines for Infection Control“) at LMU
The university executive board has decided to apply the mandatory guidelines for infection control ("Rahmenhygienekonzept Universitäten" of 05.11.2020- available in German only) at LMU, which have been agreed upon between the Association of Bavarian Universities („Universität Bayern e.V.“), the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, and the Bavarian State Ministry of Health. At the same time, the application of the guidelines of the Universität Bayern e.V. for the implementation of the Bavarian Infection Prevention Measures Ordinance at Bavarian universities of 17.09.2020 cease to apply. Rahmenhygienekonzept applies to all teaching, research and administrative operations and in all LMU buildings.
In addition to the "Rahmenhygienekonzept Universitäten", the LMU has issued "Regulations on Ventilation for Infection Protection during the Corona Pandemic". They include the ventilation concept required in section 2.c) of the Rahmenhygienekonzept. The university executive board reserves the right to further specify the regulations made.
In accordance with § 21 of the Tenth Bavarian Ordinance on Infection Control, no more face-to-face events may be held at universities after December 1, 2020 (initially until March 7, 2021). The only exceptions to this rule are practical and artistic training sections and events requiring special laboratory or work rooms at universities.
The "Mandatory Guidelines for Infection Control" of 05.11.2020, agreed upon between the Association of Bavarian Universities, the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, and the Bavarian State Ministry of Health remains in force with the exception of No. 3 para. 1, according to which attendance events with up to 200 participants were still permitted.