Last update: 19 January 2022
In-person courses may only be conducted in compliance with the 3G rule and the protective and hygiene measures. Because the specific protective measures required for each course with practical components sometimes differ and must be agreed upon with the Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection Unit, students will be notified by the teaching staff about the required measures.
The University has already implemented comprehensive hygiene measures. Disinfectant dispensers have been placed in all highly-frequented receptions areas at all University locations. In addition, shared-use rooms, such as toilets, will be cleaned more frequently.
To protect against infection, observe the general coughing and sneezing etiquette and maintain personal hygiene—especially with regard to regular (and correct) handwashing. Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people outside classes and examinations. This also applies to queues and groups of people (e.g., in front of elevators). People with current respiratory infections may not enter University premises.
The relevant hygiene rules are displayed in the entrance areas of all Universität Hamburg buildings.
Wherever possible, avoid physical contact with other employees, students, and patrons. Refrain from standard greetings such as handshaking and hugging. Signs to this effect are displayed throughout the University.
Face masks / respirator masks
In University buildings, you must as a rule wear a surgical mask or a mask with a higher level of protection, in particular FFP2 masks without an exhalation valve. This also applies in workspaces. We strongly recommend an FFP2 mask due to its greater level of protection. The risk assessment may also make wearing an FFP2 mask mandatory. This is currently the case for in-person classes and examinations, in libraries, and for students using workspaces.
We strongly advise wearing masks without a breathing valve, also during lectures and presentations. Where space permits (sufficient distance between people), lecturers and students can remove their mask when giving a lecture or presentation or speaking aloud to the room.
Intentional or negligent violations of this mask requirement constitute an offense pursuant to Hamburg’s ordinance on the containment of SARS-CoV2 (HmbSARS-CoV-2-EindämmungsVO) and may result in a fine.
If you cannot wear a medical mask covering your mouth and nose due to medical reasons, you are exempt from the face mask requirement. So that individual measures can be taken, employees must provide relevant evidence (including the appropriate medical certificates) to the HR department for verification, and students must submit relevant evidence to the respective academic office.
Where a specific risk assessment has determined that face masks, respirator masks, or disposable gloves are required, these will be provided by the place of work.
Protective and hygiene measures must also be strictly observed during required breaks.