Last update: 13 July 2021, 7 p.m.
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 currently opened. In addition, employees may enter the buildings individually with transponders (e.g., for access to laboratories for research purposes). 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 (close contact according to RKI) 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 in accordance with the currently valid entry regulation.
According to the RKI, close contact (with increased risk of infection) is given, for example, in the following situations:
- Close contact (<1.5 m, near field) longer than 10 minutes without adequate protection# (adequate protection = case person and contact person wear MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask throughout and correctly).
- Conversation with case person (face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, regardless of duration of conversation) without adequate protection# (adequate protection = case and contact person consistently and correctly wear MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask) or direct contact (with respiratory secretions).
- Simultaneous presence of contact person and case person in the same room with likely high concentration of infectious aerosols regardless of distance for > 10 minutes, even if MNS [oral-nasal protection] or FFP2 mask was worn consistently and correctly.
- Further example constellations can be found on the RKI page.
Only indirect contacts (i.e. contact with a person who has had contact with a returnee from a risk area, etc.) do not constitute "contact" within the meaning of the above requirements. In cases of doubt, please contact the company medical service (Betriebsärtlicher Dienst). Furthermore, in the event of a suspected COVID-19 illness, please contact a physician or the medical on-call service (116 117) immediately by telephone and discuss the further course of action.
Excluded from case no. 1 are fully vaccinated individuals, recovered individuals within the first six months of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, and recovered individuals who have been vaccinated with one dose of vaccine. However, contact with unvaccinated at-risk groups should be avoided for 14 days if possible.
Self-monitoring (body temperature, symptoms) should be performed until day 14 after exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 case. If the contact person develops symptoms despite previous vaccination or recovery, he or she must go into self-isolation and arrange for prompt testing.
If the laboratory-confirmed source case is suspected of being infected with any of the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, except variant B.1.1.7 (British variant), re-quarantine of the fully vaccinated or recovered contact person is always recommended.
Exempt from case no. 2 are those individuals who have a medical certificate in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish or in an electronic document 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 lasts 10 days and 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. Those entering from virus variant areas must quarantine for 14 days with no possibility of shortening.
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.
Entry from risk areas (7-day incidence > 50, max. 200):
The quarantine requirement does not apply to those who have been fully vaccinated (final vaccination at least 14 days prior to entry), those who have recovered (min. 28 days, max. 6 months prior to entry), and those with a negative rapid test (antigen test; max. 48 hrs prior to entry, if entering from a virus variant area max. 24 hrs prior to entry) or PCR test (max. 72 hrs prior to entry).
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.
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.
Face masks - Mask-wearing compulsory at LMU
All students and visitors are required to wear a FFP2 face mask in LMU buildings. This includes but is not limited to any lecture halls, conference rooms, and in all areas of LMU buildings where people meet or come in contact with others. This applies in particular to corridors, stairways, elevators and bathrooms.Employees are required to wear either a FFP2 mask or a medical face mask (surgical mask).
Face masks are also mandatory during in-person classes at any time – even at the desk. This rule also applies to lecturers. Examinations are exempted.
At the workplace the obligation to wear masks applies only if others are present and the minimum social distance of 1,5 meters cannot be maintained.
FFP2 masks are mandatory in libraries for visitors. The Staff is required to wear a FFP2 mask or medical face mask. If there are suitable partitions between visitors and staff, the staff does not need to wear a face mask. If no mask is worn by the staff, special attention must be paid to good ventilation.
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 18.06.2021- 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. 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 of the current Bavarian Ordinance on Infection Control (available in German only), since 7 June 2021, in-person classes and meetings are permitted in compliance with special hygiene measures, the minimum of 1,5 meters social distance and mandatory face mask-wearing. If the seven day incidence exceeds 50 a negative Covid-19 test result is required twice a week.