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Information and measures regarding the COVID-19 situation

General information given by LMU

LMU Munich provides latest information and lists current measures in relation to the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2). Please inform yourself regularly. Last update: 20.07.2020, 3pm

Access to LMU buildings

For library use and examinations, some LMU buildings will be gradually reopened from July 8, 2020. All other matters are primarily handled electronically or by telephone. In individual cases, individual access to the building will be possible by appointment. In special cases, exceptions will be made, e.g. for areas with tasks in human and veterinary patient care and research.

Employees who return from certain foreign countries must place themselves in domestic quarantine for 14 days after entering Bavaria. They are obliged to inform the responsible district administrative authority. Further information as well as the classification of countries can be found in the „Einreisequarantäneverordnung“ and the “Verordnung zur Änderung der Einreisequarantäneverordnung.”

Information for members of the Gene Center according to the rules of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

Excerpt from the rules:

Staying in a faculty building is only permitted if the person feels completely healthy and, to the best of their knowledge and belief, has had no direct contact with a person infected with the corona virus in the last 14 days.

Social distance requirement:

  • A minimum distance between two persons of 1.5 m must be observed. This distance requirement applies at all times and in all situations.
  • A respectful cooperation is expected, which aims at the health and well-being of all. Basically, it is to be ensured that one moves prudently and defensively in the building. Unnecessary walks or stays in the corridor, staircase or other areas of the building as well as group formation should be avoided.
  • Lifts should not be used if possible. If the use of an elevator is unavoidable, it should only be used by one person if possible. Activities such as barbecues or community sports on the faculty grounds are prohibited.

Wearing of mouth-nose protection:

A mouth and nose protector must be worn in corridors, in generally accessible areas (including toilets), and in all situations where, due to the spatial conditions, it cannot be guaranteed that the minimum distance can be maintained.

Hygiene measures:

Everyone is encouraged to help reduce the risk of infection by washing their hands regularly, especially immediately upon arrival in the building, and by adhering to the cough and sneeze label (only in the crook of their arm). In addition, the general hygiene regulations, such as those published by the Robert Koch Institute, apply.

Laboratory and workshop operation:

In accordance with § 18 sentence 2 of the Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance laboratories and work rooms can be made accessible under strict hygiene and safety conditions for the maintenance of research operations as well as for the performance of final theses and laboratory internships. Otherwise, the following provisions apply in addition to the currently valid general laboratory regulations:

  • In principle, necessary work in the laboratory is to be reduced to what is necessary.
  • Laboratory work must be approved by the head of the chair/work group.
  • A maximum occupancy of the laboratory, of the workshop is to be determined and marked; the basis for calculation is that at a distance of 1.5 m at least 4 sqm of space per person must be available. For all activities in the laboratory or workshop, compliance with the distance regulation (at least 1.5 m) is mandatory.
  • Evaluations and analyses are carried out in the home office as far as possible.

If necessary, the laboratory managers shall establish safety rules that go beyond the extent described and shall inform all laboratory users before starting work.

Service operation:

  • Wherever possible, work should be performed in the home office. Only in the event of compelling reasons can this be deviated from. Among other things, compelling reasons are present if the work in the home office cannot be performed or can only be performed to a very limited extent.
  • Office space should normally only be used by one person. In the event of mandatory additional occupancy (but not more than 3 persons), the room must be sufficiently large (1.5 m distance).
  • Working meetings between two persons for official matters, care tasks, etc. are possible without the approval of a superior, unless it is not possible to carry out these meetings in a reasonable way via video services, applying the strictest standards. They should, however, be kept to a minimum in terms of time and can only be held in sufficiently large rooms in strict compliance with hygiene guidelines. If a minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be reliably maintained, a mouth and nose protector must be worn.
  • Any meetings with 3 or more people should always be conducted via video services. This does not apply to meetings that cannot be held via video services or cannot be held in a meaningful way.

Reporting (updated on 16.04.20, 15:00):

We are obliged by the ministry of the state of Bavaria to report once a week (Fridays before 9 am) about any of the following two cases. PLEASE report any mentioned case to the person that you would usually send your sick note and directly to bergelt@genzentrum.lmu.de.

Possible cases:

  1. Employees which have been positively tested for COVID-19
  2. Employees in quarantine (commanded by the public health department)