The number of Corona cases in Thuringia remains high. Although many patients experience mild courses, the situation in the clinics is currently tense again as a result of the shortage of staff. Due to the high infection figures, Thuringia is using a transitional rule and is thus maintaining some protective measures until 2 April. For universities, most infection protection measures have been lifted.
Infection protection measures
As of 20 March 2022, there are no longer any access restrictions for universities and the obligation to track contacts no longer applies. Lecturers and students can thus once again enter the University’s buildings and the THULB without 3-G proof and without registering via QRoniton.
An exception applies to exams: For a transitional period until 31 March 2022, participants in an examination conducted face-to-face are still obliged to present a negative rapid test that is as recent as possible (not older than 24 hours) at the request of the lecturer or the guard service.
A hygiene concept remains obligatory for universities according to §21 of the "Thuringian Ordinance on the Regulation of Measures under Infection Protection Law for the Containment of the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2" (Thüringer Verordnung zur Regelung infektionsschutzrechtlicher Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung des Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2). The recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) must be adhered to in the hygiene concept.
The RKI (Status 17.3.2022) continues to recommend compliance with the so-called AHA+A+L rules (distance, hygiene, everyday mask, Corona-Warn-App, ventilation). A minimum distance of 1.5 m from other persons should therefore continue to be maintained on the university's premises and in its buildings outside of teaching events, where this is possible and reasonable. In cases where the minimum distance cannot be maintained, and at all times in public areas within university buildings and in the ThULB facilities, qualified mouth-nose protection (surgical/FFP2 mask) must be worn. We recommend that you wear FFP-2 masks due to the higher level of self-protection.
Pay attention to hygiene (e.g., cough and sneeze etiquette) and use the federal government's Corona-Warn-App. If this is used by everyone, it is a very effective tool for breaking chains of infection at an early stage. In rooms without mechanical ventilation, regular manual ventilation remains mandatory.
The RKI continues to recommend reducing contacts and staying at home for five to seven days if symptoms of an acute respiratory infection occur.
In the meantime, the test centre in the foyer of the Ernst Abbe Campus is available to all students of the university for self-tests. Decisions on keeping the centre open will be made on a monthly basis.
The infection protection plan is currently being adapted. Stage 1 applies.
Teaching in the summer semester
The summer semester will take place in attendance as planned. We are looking forward to meeting you again on campus and in the city.
Courses can be held face-to-face without distancing, while retaining the masking requirement. With the exception of the Faculty of Medicine, there are no longer any mandatory upper limits for participants.
Digital teaching and examination formats are only retained where teaching or examinations with digital support represent the didactically more sensible format.
Pandemic-related compensatory measures
The pandemic-related compensatory measures (Corona Rahmensatzung / German only) decided by the executive board will initially continue to apply until September 2022.
Thank you for your support and stay healthy!
Prof. Dr Walter Rosenthal
President of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Prof. Kim Siebenhüner
Vice-President for Learning and Teaching of Friedrich Schiller University Jena