Information regarding the corona virus (COVID-19)

With effect from June 3, 2022 the Hygiene Concept of the University of Tübingen under Pandemic Conditions (last update: May 3, 2022, PDF) is suspended until further notice.

Recommendation of the State of Baden-Württemberg

The recommendation from the Baden-Württemberg CoronaVO (Section 2) applies for the university immediately:

  • Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters to others
  • Ensure sufficient hygiene
  • Wear a medical face mask or FFP2 or similar in publicly-accessible enclosed spaces
  • Ventilate enclosed spaces regularly in accordance with the recommendations of the Technical Rule “Lüftung ASR 3.6” from the Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) – further information on ventilation of rooms

The following continue to apply

Individual responsibility for infection prevention

The expiry of the SARS-CoV-2-Arbeitsschutzverordnung (Corona-ArbSchV) means that the legal foundations and provisions of the Federal Government and Federal State concerning protective measures against SARS-CoV-2 infection are reduced further. As it has to date, the university will continue to rely – increasingly so – on the individual responsibility of its members, associates and guests.

Maximum capacities of rooms

The university’s central administration and its facilities management have checked course rooms with regard to their suitable occupation level and set a maximum capacity. Binding details can all be found on the “Belegung Lehrräume” website (Intranet). The occupation level of rooms is not governed by the labeling of seats. When allocating the room, the maximum capacity must be considered with regard to the expected number of participants. Use of the CO2 traffic lights is still recommended. Information about CO2 traffic lights

Ventilation of rooms

The following recommendations apply with regard to regular sufficient ventilation of spaces:

  • Air individual offices with windows fully open (“Stoßlüften”) for three to ten minutes, where possible with heating turned off for this period, at least every 60 minutes
  • Air shared-use rooms with windows fully open at least every 20 minutes or ensure a constant flow of air with a fully-open door/window on opposite sides (where possible with heating turned off for this period).
    Duration of airing:
    o in summer: up to ten minutes (allowing for outdoor temperature)
    o in spring/autumn: five minutes
    o in winter: three minutes

It is recommended that the ventilation intervals are monitored either simply by the person in charge or in consultation with the other occupants of the room, e.g. using the timer function on smartphones. Where available, CO2 traffic lights can still be requested. Aside from this, ideally and where possible (if the temperature allows it) there should be constant airing with open door/window on opposite sides. Where there are room ventilation systems with an adequate supply of fresh air, additional ventilation via the windows is not necessary.

  • In buildings and rooms with air conditioning, the building management controls the room ventilation system, ensuring a maximum supply of fresh air here.
  • Use of independent air-conditioning units in work spaces that are used by multiple people conflicts with the above ventilation recommendations. Ventilation has priority over air-conditioning. Air-conditioning should be switched off here.
  • If several people are present in a room, fans interfere with the safety provided by the recommended minimum distances. Use of fans should be avoided if more than one person is present.
  • Corona-related ventilation has priority with regard to the minimum temperatures set down for work spaces.

People with increased risk of severe Covid-19 incl. pregnant women

It may be necessary for additional protective measures to be introduced and implemented for individuals who are defined by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and DEGAM, the German College of General Practitioners and Family as a group at risk of severe illness. Likewise, for pregnant women additional protective measures are recommended by the maternity protection committee at the Federal Office of Family Affairs and Civil Society Functions (BAFzA) and the occupational health and safety authorities of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, and these have to be implemented at the University of Tübingen. Members of vulnerable groups including pregnant women are therefore requested where necessary to speak to their teachers (in the case of students) or supervisors (in the case of staff). This can enable a joint solution that meets the need for protection of the person concerned as well as the demands of face-to-face teaching and working procedures. In addition, the university medical service also provides advice and support in this matter (Tel.: +49 (0)7071 29 87092). The university medical service can on request provide anyone it advises – while observing medical confidentiality – with a certificate on its risk assessment and its occupational medical recommendations.

Further information for pregnant women

Specific protective measures specified for pregnant women that are recommended by the Fachgruppe Mutterschutz panels of regional councils in Baden-Württemberg must always be implemented at the university. The necessary protective measures cannot be dropped at present. This applies regardless of vaccination status, as it cannot currently be assumed that there is a totally reliable protection against an unjustifiable risk.

Pregnant women may only be employed in jobs that do not require contact with others (no increased or fluctuating contact) and in compliance with minimum distances. To ensure increased protection, a minimum distance of 3 m to all other staff / individuals applies for all pregnant women, in order to avoid an unjustifiable risk. Pregnant students may only attend face-to-face courses if minimum distances are maintained. Pregnant students should also be offered the opportunity to enter the room first and to be the first or last person to leave.

Pregnant women are not permitted to undertake jobs for which they have to wear PPE if this would be a burden on them. In the opinion of the Fachgruppe Mutterschutz panels of regional councils in Baden-Württemberg, tight-fitting face masks (medical face masks and FFP2) are only suitable for pregnant women to a limited extent because of the breathing resistance, therefore they should only be worn for a very limited time (max. 30 minutes/day in total). As a result, pregnant women cannot be employed in work spaces/at workstations where minimum distances cannot reliably be maintained.

Tests and masks

Regardless of any risk assessment under occupational health and safety legislation, the tests and medical face masks (DIN EN 14683) in stock at the university may as available and needed still be obtained and voluntarily used by staff for infection prevention during the Covid-19 pandemic; this currently also applies to FFP2 masks until June 30, 2022. In addition, the University continues to provide two Coronavirus self-tests per week to its employees.

Requests can be made using the Artikelbedarfsanforderung form from the Purchasing department, SG 4. Costs will be covered from central funding.

Bürgertests (citizens’ tests)

Staff and students may continue to be tested free of charge at the rapid test centers in the City of Tübingen or at the Morgenstelle Mensa testing center near the university until the end of June. The testing center at Clubhaus (Wilhelmstraße) has already closed due to construction work. On June 30, 2022, state funding for the so-called citizen tests will expire.

Research into coronavirus at the University of Tübingen

The University of Tübingen has several projects researching Coronavirus 2019-nCOV (SARS-CoV-2) and the infective disease COVID that it gives rise to.