Information regarding Coronavirus alarm level

Circular to all employees and students

Dear colleagues,
Dear students,

The number of intensive care patients in Baden-Württemberg hospitals continues to rise. On Tuesday of this week, more than 350 people with Covid-19 were being treated in intensive care units across the state, around 100 more than a week ago. We must therefore be prepared for the state government to announce the “alarm” level in the next few days.

Against this background, I would like to point out once again that the various stages of the general Coronavirus directive do not currently have any impact on our classes. For Baden-Württemberg's universities, the requirements of the Coronavirus directive on study operations apply, and thus the hygiene and safety measures with which you are familiar also continue to apply. There are currently no indications that the state government intends to make any changes to this legal framework.

This means that the current “3G rule” – vaccinated, recovered, or presenting a negative Coronavirus test – continues to apply to participation in classes even at the alarm level; a negative antigen test is sufficient for non-immunized persons. In this context, I would like to emphasize that random checks on students in class must be non-discriminatory. Above all, this means that the selection of the persons to be checked is purely random, and ideally should take place prior to entering the classroom.

3G also applies when members of the university use our libraries, student study areas, or when they visit the university museum for studies or on business. In all these cases, users must prove that they have been vaccinated, have recovered, or have recently tested negative for Covid-19. A negative antigen test will be sufficient here where a test is required. As before, persons who only want to collect or return media borrowed from the libraries do not have to present proof of testing. External guests who wish to use the libraries and the university archives must present a negative PCR test, as was the case at the warning level. For public entry to the university museum, “2G” applies, which means that only vaccinated and recovered external guests may visit the museum.

In view of the sharp rise in the number of infections, the President’s Office decided this week to extend the 3G rule to all consultations in the context of study operations. I therefore ask all students to make use of online or telephone consultation services wherever possible. Should in-person counseling be essential, the respective students must be vaccinated, recovered, or present proof that they have recently tested negative for Covid-19, prior to the counseling session; a negative antigen test is sufficient. Please also note that the city of Tübingen plans to expand its free Covid rapid testing service once more when the alarm level is reached. The German government has also announced that free testing will be offered again soon. The University will of course accept test certificates from these testing programs. Details at: https://www.tuebingen.de/corona

For university sports, the 2G rule applies indoors at the alarm level; this means that only vaccinated and recovered persons may participate in indoor sports activities. For outdoor sports programs, individuals who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered must present a negative PCR test. For regular courses within the scope of sports studies, on the other hand, the same requirements as in all other courses will continue to apply.

If you are planning an event such as a meeting, congress, celebration, or cultural event, the alert level is that only immunized individuals may attend (2G).

Current developments in the pandemic are of grave concern to many people. Even with a high vaccination rate, the Coronavirus remains a dangerous pathogen. I therefore ask all members of the university to do their part to curb any further spread of infection. Please do not take any avoidable risks, either in private or on campus.

Working with the Baden-Württemberg state government, we have created the conditions in recent months to ensure that in-person, on-campus research and teaching at the University of Tübingen can continue even if the situation worsens. Strict adherence to infection-prevention rules in both private and professional settings will make a significant contribution to this right now – and in the coming months.

My best wishes to you all – stay healthy!

Professor Dr. Bernd Engler