Archive of crisis unit announcements

Archive of crisis unit announcements

 

October 13, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit would like to share the following updates about the coronavirus situation in Stuttgart. These announcements do not require changes to any of our campus rules; all previously announced rules are still valid.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has increased very rapidly over the last few days in Germany. In particular, Stuttgart's 7-day-incidence value of infections per 100,000 inhabitants reached 70.0 on Monday, October 12, which is significantly above the emergency threshold value of 50.

Thus, the city of Stuttgart announced several measures to slow down the spread of the virus:

  1. The city ordered that gatherings are allowed only with up to 10 participants in private and up to 25 participants in public or rented rooms. The general decree was published on Monday and will apply starting on Wednesday, October 14. In addition, increased controls will be used to combat illegal parties.
  2. Furthermore, everyone must now wear an everyday mask within the Stuttgart city center. In particular, it is required to wear a mask in the entire area of the so-called "City-Ring", which is the area surrounded by the following streets and depicted in this online map:
    ArnulfKlettPlatz (with ArnulfKlettPassage), Friedrichstraße, TheodorHeussStraße, Rotebühlplatz (including City Plaza and Rotebühlpassage), Paulinenstraße, RupertMayerPlatz, Vorplatz der Kirche St. Maria, Feinstraße, Österreichischer Platz, Hauptstätter Straße, Charlottenplatz (including CharlottenPassage), KonradAdenauerStraße, GebhardMüllerPlatz, andSchillerstraße.
  3. The sale and consumption of alcohol have been restricted. The locations where alcohol may no longer be consumed after 11 p.m. include the area of the “City-Ring” and several other places specified in the press announcement of the City of Stuttgart. Starting at 9 p.m., adjacent stores are no longer allowed to sell alcoholic beverages – with the exception of licensed restaurants. These restrictions on the consumption and sale of alcohol will apply for two weeks. A curfew for restaurants and bars is currently not planned.
  4. Spectators are temporarily not allowed at soccer/football matches. At other sports or cultural events, up to 500 spectators are permitted; they must wear a mask at all times.
  5. The Mayor of Stuttgart will contact the most important service providers in the city at the beginning of the week to create or expand options for working from home.
  6. As the operator of the schools, the city of Stuttgart also wants to ensure more distance between passengers on buses and trains.

This new situation in the city of Stuttgart currently has no effects on campus activities. All of our present Coronavirus regulations remain in effect. As before, work that can be done from home should be done from home with agreement of your supervisor.

Additionally, the recent ban on accommodation for travelers from risk areas within Germany applies only to tourists; business trips are not affected. Employees who need to take a business trip during this time should contact their supervisor to obtain a brief written confirmation from the institute about the reason for the business trip. This document can then be shown if questions arise during the trip.

Because the crisis unit is very concerned about the situation here in Stuttgart, we urgently remind you to:

  • Keep 1.5 meters distance to all people outside your household.
  • Wear a mask in common areas.
  • Wash your hands properly.
  • Respect the maximum number of occupants for each room.
  • Hold meetings online whenever possible.

The crisis unit will continue carefully observing the developments; if needed, we will take action promptly to protect the health of all employees on campus.

Many thanks for your attention.

 

September 15, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit held our twenty-second meeting on Monday, September 14, to discuss the COVID-19 situation. Please note the following important announcements.

There have been no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus.

Because the situation here in Stuttgart is quite stable, we did not enact any new rules for our campus.

However, we would like to remind you to follow the rules that we have previously announced and that are listed on our website. Honoring these rules will help protect the health and wellness of all our employees. The crisis unit particularly wanted to remind you of the following key rules:

1. Only healthy individuals may come on campus. Individuals with any symptoms similar to coronavirus (even mild symptoms, see below for the full list) or contact with a possible coronavirus case must stay home and inform their supervisor and their institute's contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS).

According to the RKI, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, high temperature or fever, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, runny nose or sneezing, sore throat, headache, limb pain, and a general feeling of weakness.

2. Please wear an everyday mask whenever you are in communal areas on campus such as the lobbies, hallways, chill-out areas, cafeteria waiting line, and bathrooms. Keep a mask ready at all times and wear it when appropriate.

3. Stay at least 1.5 meters away from everyone who is not in your household. This rule applies at all times and in all locations on campus. Additionally, follow the maximum occupancy rules for tables in the cafeteria (maximum 1 person at small tables, maximum 2 people from different households at large tables), as well as the maximum occupancy rules for offices (one person per office is preferred, maximum 1 person for offices less than 11 square meters, maximum 2 people for offices larger than 11 square meters).

4. To minimize interpersonal contact and reduce waiting time, please consider going to lunch earlier or later than usual. The cafeteria serves cold sandwiches and other take-away items from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Hot food is served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The main line that forms is for hot food; individuals who want to buy sandwiches and other cold food are allowed to use the exit stairway to bypass the hot food waiting line as long as they wear a mask, stay 1.5 meters away from others, and never exceed the maximum of 6 customers in the main area of the cafeteria.

5. Frequently wash your hands using the methods recommended by the health authorities, which includes rubbing with soap for 20 to 30 seconds. You should especially make sure to wash your hands after entering our buildings from outside, after touching your face, after blowing your nose, before eating or going to the cafeteria, after eating or leaving the cafeteria, and when leaving a bathroom.

We will continue monitoring the local situation and will adapt our campus rules accordingly when there is a significant increase or decrease in the prevalence of COVID-19 in our region.

The Stuttgart MPI crisis unit thanks you for your attention to these important announcements.

 

August 16, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met on Wednesday, August 12, to discuss new coronavirus rules that Germany recently enacted. Please note the following important announcements.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) continues monitoring the worldwide pandemic and is actively maintaining a list of international risk areas that currently present an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2; see the bottom of the page for an archived PDF in English. This risk area list presently consists of more than 150 regions including India, Iran, Turkey, the USA, Luxembourg, Antwerp, mainland Spain, and the Spanish Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and others, but not including the Canary Islands).

As previously announced, you should carefully check this list of risk areas when choosing a travel destination and when returning from any trip. We advise all employees to avoid risk areas if possible.

Starting August 8, every person who enters Germany from an RKI-designated risk area must be tested for the novel coronavirus. This mandatory testing rule applies to people of all nationalities, to people of all ages including children and small children, and to all forms of travel, including residents returning from vacation and people starting new jobs at our institute.

An individual entering Germany has three options for this mandatory first test:

  • Taking an RKI-recognized molecular biological (PCR) test shortly before beginning your return journey and presenting your negative test result at the airport or other entry point. The negative test result must be less than 48 hours old at the time of presentation to be considered valid. PCR tests from all EU countries and about 100 other countries are currently recognized by the RKI (see bottom of the page for an archived PDF in English).
  • Submitting to a free PCR test at their point of entry; in Baden-Württemberg the test is presently available at Stuttgart airport, Karlsruhe airport, Friedrichshafen airport, the main Stuttgart train station, and on the A5 at the motorway service station in Neuenburg-Ost. It is also available at Frankfurt airport and other major airports across Germany. Please note that the waiting time may sometimes be several hours.
  • Obtaining a free PCR test at a corona testing center, a specialist practice, or their family doctor’s practice within 72 hours of returning. For example, the off-campus practice of our company doctor, Dr. Zehender, offers this test in Büsnau.

Importantly, all travelers entering Germany from a risk region are required to remain in quarantine until a negative test result is obtained. Individuals who are found to deliberately or negligently disobey these regulations can be punished by a fine of up to 25,000 EUR.

Furthermore, each individual must also register with the local authorities upon their entry from a risk region. In the Stuttgart region, please write to sicherheit@stuttgart.de stating the risk region you came from, the date and time of your return to Germany, what means of transport (plane, train, car, etc.) you used, your name, your nationality, and your address in the Stuttgart region. If you already have a negative test result, please also include it in the message.

Because the PCR test cannot detect very recent exposures to SARS-CoV-2, and because it sometimes gives false negative results, the health authorities also strongly encourage everyone to undergo a second PCR test four to five days after entering Germany from a risk region. This test is also free and can be obtained at all the same locations as the first mandatory test.

Protecting the health of our employees is of the utmost importance to the campus crisis unit. We want our campus to be even safer than public buildings in Stuttgart. Thus, we decided to require individuals coming from a risk region to undergo a second PCR test four to five days after entry to Germany. The person is allowed to enter our institute buildings only if this test is also negative.

In other words, any individual who wants to enter Heisenbergstr. 1, Heisenbergstr. 3, the S Building, or the Precision Lab must wait four to five days after entry from a risk region, take a second free PCR test, and get a negative result. They are expected to work from home or take vacation days during the waiting period. Individuals who have returned from a risk region and do not take a second test after arrival must wait fourteen days before entering our buildings on campus.

The crisis unit recognizes that this requirement for a second negative test incurs additional burden on our employees who must enter Germany from a risk region. However, we are confident that the benefits of reducing the chances of COVID-19 transmission within our campus community outweigh the drawbacks.

For clarity, individuals are not required to quarantine during the time they are waiting to take and pass the second test. The crisis unit recommends that they avoid contact with others to limit possible virus transmission, but they are allowed to ride public transportation (with a mask), go shopping (with a mask), and do all other activities except enter our campus research buildings.

Importantly, the crisis unit decided to allow people to stay in the guest house after only one negative test result. We anticipate that only a small number of new employees will be coming to our campus from risk regions in the coming months, and we explicitly want them to be able to stay in the guest house at the start of their time in Germany. They are subject to the same requirement of taking and passing a second PCR test before entering our main buildings. Until they get the second negative result, they should avoid close contact with their neighbors and refrain from going into shared areas of the guest house if not necessary.

One other useful point to know is that individuals entering Germany from all other regions (aside from risk areas) are also eligible to receive a free PCR test within 72 hours of entry. These tests can be obtained at the same locations listed above; you should bring proof of your stay outside Germany, such as flight tickets or a hotel invoice. Quarantine is not generally required before undergoing this voluntary test or waiting for its results, but individuals who were possibly exposed and/or who are experiencing symptoms similar to those of COVID-19 should self-isolate and contact a doctor or the health authorities.

Questions and concerns can be addressed to your institute's contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS). You can also contact any member of the crisis unit at any time.

The registration form for campus visitors and our coronavirus website are constantly updated to reflect changes. We will continue monitoring the local situation and will adapt our campus rules accordingly as changes occur. In the meantime, we kindly remind you to follow all of the hygiene and social distancing rules that are recommended by the health authorities and listed on our website.

The Stuttgart MPI crisis unit thanks you for your attention to these important announcements.

 

July 28, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again yesterday to discuss the COVID-19 situation. Please note the following important announcements.

We are modifying our social distancing rules to be more flexible in exceptional cases: members of the same household are now allowed to come closer together than the 1.5-meter distance that was previously required.

However, people from different households must continue to practice social distancing by staying at least 1.5 meters away from each other at all times – without exception – and ensuring the area they are in is well ventilated. We kindly ask you to stick to this rule as a sign of respect to others.

We also kindly remind you to please wear an everyday mask when you leave your office and go to communal areas such as the hallways, chill-out areas, the cafeteria waiting line, or the bathrooms. We have recently seen this rule being broken more often and hence urge everyone to remember to keep a mask ready at all times and wear it when appropriate.

The summer holiday season is about to begin, so we posted more prominently on the starting page of our website which countries the Robert Koch Institute considers risk areas. The countries listed here (in German, see bottom of page for archived PDF in English) are designated as currently presenting an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. Please carefully check the list when choosing a travel destination. We advise all employees to avoid risk areas if possible.

Should you choose a risk area as your holiday destination, or if you are obliged to travel to such a country due to personal reasons, you are doing so at your own risk. It is your personal responsibility to contact the local authorities for further guidance on whether you will need to self-quarantine or present a recent Corona test when you return.

Also speak to your supervisor about how to proceed, including when it is safe to come back on campus. Be aware that a location you visit may be named a risk area while you are there or after you return, so please check the list every time you enter Germany and periodically for two weeks after you return.

We would also like to remind you of the occupancy office rules: currently, a maximum of two people from different households are allowed to work together in one office, and only if it is larger than 11 square meters. We encourage officemates not to sit face-to-face. The one-person-per-office-rule remains in place for offices smaller than 11 square meters. In shared offices, stay at least 1.5 meters away from each other at all times if you are not members of the same household and ensure the room is well ventilated.

We also kindly remind you to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, cough or sneeze properly, stay home when you are ill, and apply all of the other hygiene rules that are recommended by the health authorities and listed here.

We will continue monitoring the local situation and will adapt our campus rules accordingly when there is a significant increase or decrease in the prevalence of COVID-19 in our region.

The Stuttgart MPI crisis unit thanks you for your attention to these important announcements.

 

July 2, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again yesterday to discuss the COVID-19 situation. Please note the following important announcements.

To support more employees coming back to campus, we decided to change the office-occupancy rules as follows:

  • From now on, two people are allowed to work together in an office if it is larger than 11 square meters. The one-person-per-office-rule remains in place for offices smaller than 11 square meters.
  • In shared offices, stay at least 1.5 meters away from each other at all times – without exception – and ensure the room is well ventilated.
  • It is not mandatory to wear an everyday mask when working at your desk.
  • Please wear an everyday mask when you leave your office and go to communal areas such as the hallways, chill-out areas, the cafeteria waiting line, or the bathrooms.
  • We encourage officemates not to sit face-to-face. In cases where this seating arrangement cannot be avoided, it may be possible for a plastic screen to be installed. Please consult your institute’s safety officer (Michael Wied for MPI-FKF and Jörg Eisfeld for MPI-IS) to inquire about this option.
  • Please consult your supervisor and/or your institute’s safety officer if you are asked to share an office and have any serious reasons for not doing so at this time.

Although we decided to relax the rules given the low number of new cases in our region, the crisis unit encourages everyone to continue following the one-person-per-office rule when possible, even in offices that are larger than 11 square meters. Always be on the safe side to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission between our employees.

As with offices larger than 11 square meters, people working in laboratories must also stay at least 1.5 meters away from each other and wear an everyday mask at all times. Please consult your institute’s safety officer (Michael Wied for MPI-FKF and Jörg Eisfeld for MPI-IS) if you would like to determine whether and how people can safely work together at a distance closer than 1.5 meters in a laboratory.

We also kindly remind you to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, cough or sneeze properly, stay home when you are ill, and apply all of the other hygiene rules that are recommended by the health authorities and listed here on the website.

We will continue monitoring the local situation and will adapt our campus rules accordingly when there is a significant increase or decrease in the prevalence of COVID-19 in our region.

The Stuttgart MPI crisis unit thanks you for your attention to these important announcements.

 

June 23, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again on June 18 to discuss the COVID-19 situation. Please note the following important announcements:

  1. We are glad to see that campus activities have been increasing gradually but steadily, with a maximum of about 50% of our staff on campus at any time. As posted here, all main campus services are operational again, including the Cafeteria, Central Mechanical Workshop, Chemical Synthesis Service, Electronics Workshop, Fine Mechanical Workshop, Glass Workshop, Library, Low Temperature Service, Medical Service, Robotics CSF, and Supply Store.
     
  2. We ask employees to balance working from home with working on campus. Working from home is still encouraged for employees who need to care for children, people with health risk factors, and those whose work can be conducted efficiently at home. Otherwise, you are asked to carefully increase your daily activity on campus in consultation with your supervisor. On campus, we ask you to follow all of the applicable regulations listed in previous announcements, including the previously announced rules for office and lab occupancy.
     
  3. We decided to modify the rules for the cafeteria to increase its efficiency and capacity while keeping contact between employees to a minimum.
    • Two separate waiting lines will be formed: one for the vegetarian meal, and the second for the non-vegetarian meal. You may cautiously pass individuals waiting on the stairs when needed.
    • The large round wooden tables inside the cafeteria can now accommodate two people.
    • The large stone tables outside the cafeteria can also now accommodate two people.
    • People who are not in the same household must maintain an inter-personal distance of 1.5 meters even when sitting together at a large table.
    • Only one person is allowed at all other smaller tables inside and outside. All other rules remain unchanged, including wearing an everyday mask when not eating.
    • gourmet compagnie has set up a donation box in the form of a piggy bank by the cafeteria cash register. Most of the employees in our cafeteria are receiving only 60% of their normal salary due to the reduced working hours from the pandemic. If you would like to thank the cafeteria employees for their service, please consider giving a small donation, such as 5 to 10% of your meal price. Participation is voluntary,and any collected funds will go directly to the employees.
       
  4. Effective immediately, meetings of larger groups may take place if the following rules are observed:
    • First, the event organizers need to collect the following information: title and short description of the proposed event; name and contact data of the main organizer; date, duration, and location for the event; expected numbers of internal and external participants; an initial hygiene concept (plan for how to minimize the chances of virus transmission during the event); and a statement consenting to record the event attendance as specified below.
    • As soon as it has been collected, MPI-FKF and VAD employees should send this information to Michael Eppard (), and MPI-IS and IMW employees should send it to Barbara Kettemann (). You can write in either English or German. Mr. Eppard and Ms. Kettemann will help the event organizer determine whether their plans need any modifications to comply with the coronavirus regulations of Baden-Württemberg.
    • During the meeting, the main organizer must write down a list of all attendees along with the actual date, starting time, ending time, and location of the meeting. The organizer should keep this list on file for four weeks and then destroy it. It will be needed for infection tracing only if any of the attendees is later found to have coronavirus.
    • Everyday masks must be worn when entering the room and finding your seat.
    • Each meeting participant must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters to all other participants at all times.
    • As an example, we estimate that up to about 50 people could meet in 2D5 by leaving empty seats between people in the same row and leaving every second row of seats free.
    • If available, windows should be opened to ventilate the room during and after the meeting.
    • If desired, you are allowed to take off your everyday mask during the meeting.
    • When leaving the meeting, you must again wear an everyday mask.
       
  5. Individuals needing a quiet place to work on campus may want to consider the 14 work tables in our library. They are located along the windows on the lower level. Please follow the library’s coronavirus rules, which include wearing an everyday mask.
     
  6. Germany’s official Corona-Warn-App was recently released. Available for free via the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, the Corona-Warn-App helps trace infection chains of SARS-CoV-2 (which can cause COVID-19) in Germany. The app is based on technologies with a decentralized approach and notifies users if they have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2. Transparency is key to both protect the app's end-users and to encourage adoption. Use of this app is recommended by the crisis unit but is completely voluntary. See the app’s website to learn more: 
    https://www.coronawarn.app/en
     
  7. The Robert Koch Institute is again naming risk regions for the novel coronavirus. Their  online list of risk regions (in German, see bottom of page for archived PDF in English) is updated frequently and should be consulted by anyone considering travel or welcoming new employees. Individuals entering Germany from a risk region must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Our campus visitor questionnaire has been updated to reflect this change, with the risk regions shown on the second page. Individuals arriving from abroad are not allowed to conduct any part of their 14-day quarantine in the campus guest house, as the guest house is part of our campus.
     
  8. The Max Planck Society currently requires individuals who want to take a business trip outside of Germany to ask the central MPG crisis unit for COVID-19-related travel recommendations in advance of the trip. The traveler (or his or her delegate) is responsible for requesting this advice by emailing . Responses usually come within one business day, and the advice received should be shared with the travel approver, if there is one. Business trips within Germany currently do not require special measures beyond the standard travel authorization form.

The Stuttgart MPI crisis unit thanks you for your attention to these important announcements.

 

May 15, 2020

Dear all,

Starting on Monday, May 18, our campus cafeteria will open at 10:00 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m. It will close at 3:00 p.m., as usual. These new opening hours apply until further notice.

Due to low current demand, there will be no hot breakfast. Instead, they will serve cold sandwiches.

Sandwiches: starting at 10:00 a.m.
Hot Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In addition, the canteen will be closed on Friday, May 22, and Friday, June 12. We expect few employees on campus on those dates due to the adjacent public holidays.

These changes will help the canteen operate in a more economical way. Thank you for continuing to support their business on our campus.

 

May 7, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again yesterday to discuss the COVID-19 situation.

We are delighted to announce that our campus cafeteria will reopen on Monday, May 11. It is great news that the canteen operator, Gourmet Compagnie, accepted our invitation to start preparing and serving food again. The reopening of the cafeteria should make it more convenient for our employees to work on campus.

The canteen will operate in a new pandemic mode that has been designed to protect the health of our employees and the cafeteria staff. This plan for safe operation was formulated by Jörg Eisfeld (safety officer for MPI-IS), Michael Wied (safety officer for MPI-FKF), and Dr. Bernd Zehender (our campus doctor) and is based on current guidelines for infection protection.

The crisis unit decided to enact the following rules for the canteen until further notice:

      1. Only individuals with a "Max-Planck-Institute Stuttgart" identification card are allowed to eat in the canteen. External visitors without a campus ID card may not enter the canteen area.
      2. The canteen will be open for both breakfast and lunch. The same rules apply to both meals.
      3. You must wash your hands using the methods recommended by the health authorities before going to the canteen. The left sidebar on the starting page provides handouts on proper hand-washing techniques, and signs are posted in all bathrooms on campus.
      4. You must wear simple mouth and nose protection (an everyday mask) in order to enter the canteen. If you forget your reusable mask, you can get a disposable mask at the H1 and H3 reception desks. Canteen employees will also wear everyday masks.
      5. You must stay at least 2 meters away from other people at all locations in and around the canteen. Maintain this distance no matter what you are doing – even when you are washing your hands or waiting in a line.
      6. Check the balance on your card before you enter the canteen, and add money to ensure you have sufficient funds when you get to the cashier.
      7. Access to and from the canteen will be organized with a one-way flow of people. You can enter the cafeteria only by the stairs located across from the supply store. The floor will be marked to show you the direction to move and the inter-person distance to keep. You can exit the canteen only via the exit staircase that is intertwined with the entrance staircase, or via the terrace to the outdoor area.
      8. A maximum of six customers may be in the canteen’s sales area simultaneously. Up to one person may be on the entrance stairway, up to four people at the food counters and in the main part of the room, and no more than one person paying at the cashier. This limit will be posted on signs, and a staff member will monitor this area from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help everyone follow this rule.
      9. Clear plastic panels are being installed to better separate customers from staff working behind the food counters and at the cash register. You may approach a cafeteria worker at a distance less than 2 meters only when a clear plastic panel is present between you.
      10. The canteen will prepare and hopes to sell about 100 hot lunches per day. They will offer one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian lunch option, as well as one portioned breakfast in the morning. Cold beverages and other packaged items may be taken as usual, and coffee should also be available for purchase at the cashier.
      11. The silverware will be prepackaged in a bundle with a napkin. Food will be served on standard plates and trays, and we have requested the option for disposable packaging for people who want to eat alone in their office with the door closed.
      12. Pay for your purchases with the money loaded on your ID card. To minimize contact with staff, you cannot pay with cash.
      13. Only one person may sit at each table, regardless of its size and regardless of whether it is indoors or outdoors. To maintain the required distance between people, the canteen chairs will be placed at appropriate locations and must not be moved to other tables. Note that even members of the same household must sit at separate tables in the canteen.
      14. Obviously, you may remove your everyday mask while eating and drinking. Please put it back on as soon as you are done with your meal.
      15. You are responsible for returning your dishes in the usual way. Employees who eat on the terrace are allowed to come back into the canteen to return their dishes, providing they wear a mask and stay at least 2 meters away from others.
      16. You should wash your hands properly soon after leaving the canteen area.
      17. The handrails of the cafeteria staircases will be disinfected regularly by the cleaning staff. The tables inside the canteen will be cleaned once per day.

We are pleased to make the operation of the canteen possible again with these extensive health protection measures. By eating your lunch in the canteen when you are on campus, all employees can contribute to ensuring that the canteen can operate economically even in this new pandemic mode.

The campus crisis unit thanks Jörg Eisfeld, Michael Wied, and Bernd Zehender for formulating this safety plan. We are also grateful to everyone who is working hard to implement these procedures so that our canteen can reopen on Monday!

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

 

April 30, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again today to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Please note the following important announcements:

(i)   The Baden-Württemberg government recently announced a new mask requirement. Everyone is now required to wear simple mouth and nose protection (known as an "everyday mask") when shopping and when on public transportation. You may wear a purchased mask (such as the reusable masks we distributed), a hand-made mask, or any type of fabric over your nose and mouth. You should also stay at least 2 meters away from all people outside your household in these situations.

(ii)   The health of all of our employees continues to be the top priority in all of the crisis unit's considerations. We share the Max Planck Society’s objective not to risk a renewed lockdown due to exponentially increasing infection rates. Thus, we are exercising great caution as we plan how to gradually increase research activities on campus during the month of May.

(iii)   We ask all employees to continue working from home whenever possible. Only operationally necessary activities should take place on campus, e. g., conducting an experiment that cannot be postponed. Given our knowledge of the number of people entering our buildings and the number of devices connecting to our wireless network each day, we expect there should be less than 30% of our total staff on campus at all points in time.

(iv)   As always, individuals with contact to a possible coronavirus case or symptoms similar to coronavirus must stay home and inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person. Only healthy individuals without likely exposure may come on campus.

(v)   If and when you come onto campus, we remind you to:

    • Stay at least two meters away from all other people at all times.
    • Wear a simple face mask in all parts of campus where you might meet others. (See the left sidebar on the starting page of our Corona website for new mask videos.)
    • Wash your hands frequently, using proper techniques.
    • Follow our campus rules for office and lab occupancy (detailed below).

    (vi)   Only one person may be in a typical office at any time. Coordinate with your officemates and supervisor to plan who will use which office at what time.

    (vii)   Offices that are larger than 30 square meters may accommodate two people simultaneously only if the two people can stay at least two meters away from each other at all times. In this case, both individuals should wear an everyday mask, and a window should be opened to provide ventilation. Measure your office and/or confirm its size with your manager or safety officer before occupying it simultaneously with another person.

    (viii)   We recognize that two (or more) people may need to work simultaneously in one laboratory for safety and/or operational reasons. As with large offices, individuals must stay at least two meters away from each other and wear an everyday mask at all times. Please consult your institute’s safety officer (Michael Wied for MPI-FKF and Jörg Eisfeld for MPI-IS) if you would like to determine whether and how more than one person can work together closely but safely in any laboratory, as our laboratories vary greatly.

    (ix)   The German Federal Foreign Office extended its worldwide travel warning through June 15, 2020. Thus, international business trips remain impossible at this time. Business trips within Germany should also be avoided whenever possible.

    The Stuttgart MPI crisis unit thanks you for your attention to these important announcements.

     

    April 16, 2020

    Dear colleagues,

    The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again today to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Please note the following important announcements:

    (a)    The current regulations on our campus will continue until at least Sunday, May 3. These regulations include:

      • Working from home whenever possible.
      • Urgent recommendation to wear a simple face mask (so-called "everyday mask") any time you might encounter a person outside your household.
      • Staying at least 2 meters away from all people not in your household, even when wearing masks.
      • Having no more than one person in an office at a time.
      • Avoiding in-person meetings: hold meetings by video conferencing or telephone whenever possible.
      • Frequently washing your hands following the methods recommended by the health authorities.

      (b)   Although we expect our operations to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic well beyond the next two weeks, we believe it is time to start thinking about how to gradually increase our campus activities after May 3. Each department, group, facility, and team should discuss safe strategies for increasing their activity level, focusing first on their most urgent and important on-campus activities. Note that we must not increase social interactions suddenly after May 3; all plans should respect the 2-meter rule and the 1-person-per-office rule.

      (c)   The RKI stopped identifying international risk regions on April 10. Instead, anyone entering Germany from any other country is now subject to a 14-day quarantine after entry. Similarly, you should be aware that the Federal Foreign Office of Germany (Auswärtiges Amt, AA) has issued a worldwide travel warning against non-necessary travel outside of Germany. The crisis unit expects all employees and guests on campus to follow these rules. Business trips abroad are still currently not permitted.

      (d)   We are aware of no new confirmed COVID-19 cases on our campus. As always, individuals with contact to a possible coronavirus case or symptoms similar to coronavirus must stay home and inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person. Only healthy individuals without likely exposure may come on campus.

      (e)   To facilitate containment of any future cases, we ask you to keep a record of all people with whom you directly interact each day. We follow the RKI's definitions and ask you to separately track both Category I contacts (high risk of infection, defined as persons with whom you had more than 15 total minutes of face-to-face contact counted over several days) and Category II contacts (lower risk of infection, defined as persons who were in the same room as you, regardless of the duration). Your institute’s contact person will ask you to share your dated list of professional contacts only if you fall ill with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

      (f)   We ask authorized external visitors with business on campus (e. g., construction contractors) to wear their own simple face masks on campus. Visitors who do not have a mask may obtain a disposable mask from the staff at our Heisenbergstr. 1 and Heisenbergstr. 3 entrances. We have also placed hand sanitizer at these locations for your convenience, but we remind you that hand sanitizer does not replace proper hand washing.

      The Stuttgart MPI crisis unit thanks you for your attention to these important announcements.

       

      April 6, 2020

      Dear colleagues,

      The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again today about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We would like to share the following important points with you:

      1.   We encourage all employees to wear simple mouth and nose protection on campus to limit the spread of the virus. This policy aligns with current recommendations by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI, only in German) and the city of Stuttgart (only in German).

        • Both reusable fabric masks and disposable masks are acceptable.
        • You might be able to buy such masks in a local store or online, but an easy way to get one is to make it yourself. You can find a variety of instructions online.
        • We have ordered such masks for our campus; we will tell you as soon as they are available.
        • We encourage you to wear a simple mask any time you might encounter another person on campus, including in the hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, and shared laboratories.
        • We also encourage you to wear a simple mask at all points on your journey to and from campus when you might encounter another person.
        • You do not need to wear a mask when working in an office alone with the door closed or when riding in your personal car.
        • For clarity, wearing simple mouth and nose protection is not currently required, but it is strongly recommended by the crisis unit and may become required in the future.

        2.   Wearing such a mask does not completely protect you from being exposed or exposing others. Thus, it is essential that you continue following all other regulations on campus, including:

          • Staying at least 2 meters away from all people not in your household at all times.
          • Not having people from different households together in an office simultaneously at any time.
          • Frequently washing your hands with the techniques recommended by the health authorities.
          • Staying home and informing your supervisor and your institute’s contact person ( for MPI-FKF or for MPI-IS) if you experience any symptoms similar to corona virus.
          • Staying home and informing your supervisor and your institute’s contact person if you have had contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19.

          3.   The RKI recently updated the list of corona virus risk regions (only in German). Here is the current list, with the newest entries highlighted in bold:

            • Austria: entire country
            • Egypt: entire country
            • France: entire country
            • Iran: entire country
            • Italy: entire country
            • South Korea: Daegue, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
            • Spain: entire country
            • Switzerland: entire country
            • Netherlands: entire country
            • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: entire country
            • United States: entire country

            We would like to remind you that individuals returning from any RKI-defined risk region must work from home for 14 days from the time of their return, coming onto campus only after that time has passed.

            The Stuttgart campus crisis unit thanks you for your attention to these important measures.

             

            March 31, 2020

            The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again today about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We would like to share the following important points with you.

              • There have been no new confirmed cases on our campus. Our total number of confirmed cases thus remains at two.
              • Our employees continue to work mainly from home, with only a small number of employees coming onto campus for essential tasks. People over 59 years old or who have relevant pre-existing health conditions are especially urged to work from home. We expect we will continue in this same mode at least through Monday, April 13, and probably through Sunday, April 19. Talk to your supervisor for guidance on what to work on from home.
              • Today the Max Planck Society released new social distancing rules for people who come on campus. In addition to requiring you to stay at least two meters away from all other people at all times, they specified that no more than one person should occupy an office at a time. Please follow these rules precisely.
              • If you do need to come to the institute, we recommend the use of private transportation, such as a car or bicycle. If you must use public transportation, avoid peak travel times and crowded cars, always staying at least two meters away from others. Wash your hands as soon as you reach your destination.
              • President Stratmann recently decided that no foreign business trips may take place in April 2020. Furthermore, business trips within Germany should be avoided if at all possible and can be approved only for well-justified reasons.

              We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your patience, support, and encouragement during this difficult time. Your cooperation has enabled us to continue most of our scientific, technical and administrative activities despite the substantial constraints our world is facing. Keep up the good work!

               

              March 31, 2020

              International risk areas (RKI, March 31, 2020)

                • Austria: entire country
                • Egypt: entire country
                • France: entire country
                • Iran: entire country
                • Italy: entire country
                • South Korea: Daegue and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
                • Spain: entire country
                • Switzerland: Cantons of Ticino, Vaud and Geneva
                • United States: States of California, Washington, New York and New Jersey

                Areas particularly affected in Germany ( RKI, March 6, 2020)

                  • Heinsberg district (North Rhine-Westphalia)

                   

                  March 27, 2020

                  International risk areas (RKI, March 27, 2020)

                    • Austria: entire country
                    • Egypt: entire country
                    • France: Île-de-France and Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)
                    • Iran: entire country
                    • Italy: entire country
                    • South Korea: Daegue and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
                    • Spain: Regions of Madrid, Navarre, La Rioja and Paìs Vasco
                    • Switzerland: Cantons of Ticino, Vaud and Geneva
                    • United States: States of California, Washington, New York and New Jersey

                    Areas particularly affected in Germany ( RKI, March 6, 2020)

                      • Heinsberg district (North Rhine-Westphalia)

                       

                      March 25, 2020

                      International risk areas (RKI, March 25, 2020)

                        • Austria: State of Tyrol
                        • Egypt: entire country
                        • France: Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)
                        • Iran: entire country
                        • Italy: entire country
                        • South Korea: Daegue and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
                        • Spain: Regions of Madrid, Navarre, La Rioja and Paìs Vasco
                        • Switzerland: Cantons of Ticino, Vaud and Geneva
                        • United States: States of California, Washington and New York

                        Areas particularly affected in Germany ( RKI, March 6, 2020)

                          • Heinsberg district (North Rhine-Westphalia)

                           

                          March 24, 2020

                          We have two confirmed cases (person A and B) of infection with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19) at FKF. Both individuals belong to the same department.

                            • Person A felt their first symptoms in the evening on Thursday, March 12, and left campus in the morning of Friday, March 13, with symptoms. Person A was tested on March 20, received the positive test result on March 23, and informed their manager immediately.
                            • Person B started having symptoms on Saturday, March 14. They were last on campus on Thursday, March 12. Person B was tested on March 17, received the positive test result on March 23, and informed their manager immediately.
                            • All members of this department began working from home immediately after the positive result was known on March 23.
                            • Person A attended seminars starting at 11 a.m. in room 4D2 on the following three dates: Tuesday, March 10; Wednesday, March 11; Thursday, March 12.  Except for these three seminars, Person A did not have close contact with colleagues outside their department since March 10.
                            • People who attended any of these seminars on March 10, 11, or 12 must self-quarantine for 14 days from the latest contact date and inform their supervisor.
                            • Person B did not have any close contact with colleagues outside their department since Thursday, March 12.
                            • We contacted the local health authority (Gesundheitsamt) this morning. They confirmed that we have implemented proper measures in both cases and that we may keep the campus open.

                            Please stay calm and continue social distancing and hygiene measures.

                             

                            March 23, 2020

                            Many of you are now working from home, have to look after children or relatives at risk, and hardly get to leave your own four walls. Mental health is especially important now. You can access the Employee and Manager Assistance Program, known as EMAP, which was established last year and is available free of charge at any time to support you even in these challenging days. Family members living in your household may also use EMAP.

                            Physical fitness also should not be neglected in the home office. The Preventive Sports Medicine and Sports Cardiology Department of TU Munich has put together ten simple tips on exercise, relaxation and behavior (in German) that can help you to stay fit despite the restrictions of the corona virus.

                             

                            March 21, 2020

                            International risk areas (RKI, March 21, 2020)

                              • in Austria: State of Tyrol
                              • in China: Hubei Province (including Wuhan City)
                              • Egypt: entire country
                              • in France: Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)
                              • Iran: entire country
                              • Italy: entire country
                              • in South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
                              • in Spain: Madrid
                              • in the United States: States of California, Washington and New York

                              Areas particularly affected in Germany ( RKI, March 6, 2020)

                                • Heinsberg district (North Rhine-Westphalia)

                                 

                                March 20, 2020

                                The communication team of the campus crisis unit decided to announce the following points:

                                1.   We still know of no confirmed coronavirus cases on our Stuttgart campus. However, a positive case was recently confirmed in the Tübingen site of MPI-IS. The affected person had not come onto campus at all after being exposed. Thus, the health authorities did not recommend any actions beyond notifying all contacts, which has been done. 

                                2.   We kindly remind you to practice social distancing and that people with symptoms similar to those of coronavirus must stay home, inform their supervisor, and call their doctor or an emergency room. Only healthy individuals may come on campus at this time.

                                3.   The most common symptoms in COVID-19 cases, as stated by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), are fever as the most common, followed by cough, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, head ache, nausea, stuffy nose and diarrhea.

                                 

                                March 18, 2020

                                Dear colleagues,

                                The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again today about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We would like to share the following important points with you:

                                1.   We kindly remind you that people with symptoms similar to those of coronavirus (cough, fever, sore throat, breathing difficulties) must stay home, inform their supervisor, and call their doctor or an emergency room. Only healthy individuals who are not experiencing any coronavirus-like symptoms may come on campus at this time.

                                2.   We encourage everyone to perform your work at home (“home office”) to the greatest extent possible. Each individual situation is different; please consult your supervisor for guidance on how to be productive when working at home.

                                3.   Some projects may not be able to be completed in the planned funding period due to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is slowing down most research progress. The Max Planck Society’s President and Secretary General recently announced that this is to be taken into account through appropriate extension options for doctoral and postdoctoral students. Thus, Ph.D. students and postdocs should not feel contract-based pressure to make research progress at this time.

                                4.   Remember to wash your hands before visiting our on-campus cafeteria, following the hand-washing techniques recommended by the health authorities. While in the cafeteria and everywhere else on campus, stay at least two meters away from all other individuals.

                                5.   Our website also links to many trusted sources of information about this situation (left), which we encourage you to consult.

                                We thank you for your attention and support of these important measures.

                                 

                                March 17, 2020

                                The Robert Koch Institute has today classified the risk to public health as "high". The strategy is to break chains of infection and slow down the spread of the virus. To ensure this delay, the Federal Government and the Länder are taking numerous measures.

                                 

                                March 16, 2020

                                Dear colleagues,

                                The Stuttgart MPI campus crisis unit met again today about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We would like to share the following important points with you.

                                (i)   We are happy to see that many of you are working partially or fully from home. Having fewer people physically on campus greatly reduces the risk that any diseases will be transmitted from person to person. We thank all employees who are supporting this home office effort.

                                (ii)   We are confident that our campus remains a very safe place to work. As we previously announced:

                                  • Anyone who is sick with any illness must stay at home until fully recovered.
                                  • Anyone who has had contact with a possible coronavirus case must stay at home for 14 days from the contact.
                                  • Anyone who has been in a coronavirus risk region (see point vii below for an important update) must stay at home for 14 days from their return.
                                  • We are carefully controlling access to our buildings to keep this healthy and safe environment.

                                  (iii)   We repeat our request that everyone practice social distancing both here on campus and everywhere else. That means staying at least 2 meters away from every other person who is not in your immediate family. Please be especially considerate of and keep your distance from older adults, who are at increased risk from this disease. Specifically, we ask you to hold meetings by telephone or video conferencing tools whenever possible, even when all parties are present on campus. Wash your hands frequently using the technique recommended by health authorities.

                                  (iv)   The crisis unit confirmed that our campus is continuing to operate. This decision aligns perfectly with the instructions that President Stratmann and Secretary General Willems sent to all MPG Directors last Friday. It also aligns perfectly with Chancellor Merkel’s announcement from today. We plan to consider moving to emergency operations only if and when a coronavirus case is confirmed on our campus (or if the local health department, the government, or the Max Planck Society tell us we must close our campus).

                                  (v)    We still know of no confirmed coronavirus cases on our campus. However, we recognize that we might not have all relevant information. Therefore, we ask that you tell both your supervisor AND your institution's designated contact person from the crisis unit immediately if you know of anyone (including yourself) who is suspected or confirmed of having the novel coronavirus. The designated contacts of the crisis unit are as follows:

                                    All information that you share will be kept confidential by the crisis unit and will help us make good decisions for our campus.

                                    (vi)    Many employees will need to work from home for the next month because Baden-Württemberg closed all schools and daycare centers starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, through at least Sunday, April 19 (correction from previous announcement). It is important to realize that our administration, IT, building services, workshops, and other support services cannot work in normal mode during this school closure time. They will do their best to support the ongoing activities on our campus within the present constraints. Please be patient and adapt your work patterns to find ways to stay productive during this challenging time.

                                    (vii)   The RKI’s recently expanded its list of coronavirus risk areas as follows:

                                      • Italy: entire country
                                      • Iran: entire country
                                      • in China: Hubei Province (including Wuhan City)
                                      • in South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
                                      • in France: Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)
                                      • in Austria: State of Tyrol
                                      • in Spain: Madrid
                                      • in the United States: States of California, Washington and New York
                                      • in Germany: Heinsberg district (North Rhine-Westphalia)

                                      If you have returned from any of these risk areas in the past 14 days, you must work from home for 14 days from the date of your return and inform your supervisor. If you notice coronavirus-like symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, breathing difficulties, etc.) during these 14 days, first call your doctor or an emergency room. The telephone numbers and contact persons valid for our region can be found under "Hotlines” (left).

                                      (viii)   If you have questions or concerns, you can email our entire crisis unit at  .

                                      (ix)   You can also always directly contact individual members of our crisis unit members. Our active members are:

                                        We thank you for your attention and support of these important measures.

                                         

                                        March 15, 2020

                                        International risk areas (RKI, March 13, 2020)

                                          • Italy: entire country
                                          • Iran: entire country
                                          • in China: Hubei Province (including Wuhan City)
                                          • in South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
                                          • in France: Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)
                                          • in Austria: State of Tyrol
                                          • in Spain: Madrid
                                          • in the United States: States of California, Washington and New York

                                          Areas particularly affected in Germany ( RKI, March 13, 2020)

                                            • Heinsberg district (North Rhine-Westphalia)

                                             

                                            March 13, 2020

                                            Dear colleagues,

                                            The crisis unit of the Stuttgart MPI campus met today to discuss and make additional decisions about the ongoing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). The crisis unit decided to inform you about the points and decisions listed below:

                                            (a)   To date, there are still zero confirmed coronavirus cases on our campus.

                                            (b)   However, in our region and beyond, the number of people infected with this coronavirus continues to rise quickly. We are therefore taking action to help break the chains of infection and reduce the risk of uncontrolled contagion for you and your colleagues. This goal requires us to reduce the number of people on our campus as much as possible. Specifically, MPG President Martin Stratmann and MPG Secretary General Rüdiger Willems just sent the following message to all Directors: "Against this background, we call on all Max Planck Institutes to ask their staff to work from home as far possible. The concept of 'home office’ should be interpreted broadly, and, as far as possible, not be linked to the presence of IT equipment."

                                            (c)   Today the government of Baden-Württemberg decided to close all schools and day-care centers starting on Tuesday, March 17. This closure will continue at least through Monday, April 19, which is the last day of the Easter holidays.

                                              • We recognize that some employees will need to stay home to take care of their children during this period.
                                              • We encourage employees affected by this school closure to tell your supervisor and request permission to work at home.
                                              • We encourage all supervisors to approve such working from home if possible.
                                              • On this point, President Stratmann and Secretary General Willems stated that "Employees with children who cannot otherwise ensure their care and who, at the same time, are unable to work from home (e. g. workshop employees, technical assistants, etc.) can be released from work on full pay until further notice after consultation with their superiors."

                                              (d)   As we announced in point 5 of our email yesterday, each Director and Research Group Leader must make his or her own decision whether to allow any or all of his or her team members to work from home, based on the individual employee's situation, the team's composition, the research and projects being pursued, and all other relevant factors. Team members with concerns should talk with their supervisor, members of the crisis unit, or the relevant Work's Council for support.

                                              (e)   Our Max Planck campus remains operational. The crisis unit deliberately decided not to enter into emergency operation at this time. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will react quickly to any changes that occur.

                                              (f)   To minimize the chance for disease transmission, we ask everyone to practice social distancing and good health hygiene whether you are at work or anywhere else. All non-critical in-person seminars, in-person meetings, and visits by guests should be postponed or cancelled. For instance, the crisis unit today decided to cancel our on-campus language classes and sports courses until further notice. As written by President Stratmann and Secretary General Willems, "please keep social contacts to a minimum." Do your best to stay at least two meters away from other people. Wash your hands frequently, following the instructions posted in our bathrooms, and minimize touching your face. Carry tissues, use part of your clothing, or use other parts of your body to avoid touching your fingers to door handles and other surfaces that may be dirty.

                                              (g)   To further reduce the risk, our campus cafeteria will serve portable lunch packages rather than standard plated meals starting on Monday, March 16, until further notice. You will still need to wash your hands before coming to the cafeteria to pick out and pay for your lunch package, but you can easily eat it anywhere. During lunch, as at all other times, we encourage you to keep appropriate distance from other people.

                                              (h)   Because the situation may change rapidly, we ask you to check your email and/or our coronavirus website before coming to campus. All announced regulations, hygiene suggestions, travel restrictions, and the like can be seen here at any time.

                                              We continue monitoring the situation daily and may further extend these regulations in the coming days or weeks. Thank you for helping our campus manage this difficult time together. 

                                               

                                              March 12, 2020

                                              Dear colleagues,

                                              The crisis unit of the Stuttgart MPI campus met today to discuss and make decisions about the ongoing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). We decided to inform you about the points and decisions listed below.

                                              1.   The RKI recently expanded its list of coronavirus risk areas (in German, March 11, 2020) to include a region of France. The full list of risk regions is now as follows:

                                                • Italy: entire country
                                                • Iran: entire country
                                                • in China: Hubei Province (includes Wuhan City)
                                                • in South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
                                                • in France: Grand Est Region (includes Alsace, Lorraine, and Champagne-Ardenne)

                                                2.   If you have returned from any of these risk areas in the past 14 days, you must work from home for 14 days from the date of your return and inform your supervisor. If you notice coronavirus-like symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, breathing difficulties, etc.) during these 14 days, first call your doctor or an emergency room. The telephone numbers and contact persons valid for our region can be found under "Hotlines" (on the left).

                                                3.   All individuals who have had contact with any confirmed or suspected coronavirus patient must work from home for 14 days from the time of that contact and inform their supervisor. We follow the RKI’s definition of contact (in German). In short, contact persons include people who have been in the same room with a confirmed case of COVID-19 from two days before the appearance of initial symptoms. Our rules apply to all contact persons, regardless of the category (I, II, or III). As above, call your doctor or an emergency room if you notice coronavirus-like symptoms during these 14 days.

                                                4.   Anyone who has symptoms similar to those of coronavirus (cough, fever, sore throat, breathing difficulties) must stay home, inform their supervisor, and call their doctor or an emergency room.

                                                5.   Directors and research group leaders may decide to encourage, ask, or require their team members to work from home due to coronavirus. Directors and group leaders must make this decision individually, based on their team's composition, research topics, and other relevant factors. Team members with concerns should talk with their supervisor, members of the crisis unit, or the relevant Work's Council for support.

                                                6.   New employees arriving on campus during this time will first be treated as visitors and will need to complete the questionnaire about their health and travels. Hosts should share this form with new employees in advance; you can always download here the current version from .

                                                7.   To date, there have been zero confirmed coronavirus cases on our campus. If and when any case is confirmed, the crisis unit will meet immediately to decide whether our campus will enter into emergency operation. To limit the spread of the virus, access to campus buildings will be extremely limited during emergency operation. External card readers will not function, and only individuals listed on our emergency access lists will be able to enter the buildings, which will be possible only by registering at Heisenbergstrasse 1.

                                                8.   For the common good of our society, we urge everyone to stay calm, observe these restrictions, support one another, and do your part to prepare for what may come. As the New York Times reported Chancellor Merkel saying on March 11,"the most important thing...is to slow down the spread of this coronavirus to win time for people to develop immunity, and to prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed."

                                                We continue monitoring the situation daily and may further extend these regulations in the coming days or weeks.

                                                 

                                                March 11, 2020

                                                International risk areas ( RKI, March 11, 2020)

                                                  • Italy: entire country
                                                  • Iran: entire country
                                                  • in China: Hubei Province (including Wuhan City)
                                                  • in South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
                                                  • in France: Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)

                                                   

                                                  March 10, 2020


                                                  The entire country of Italy and the entire country of Iran have become risk regions, as announced by the Robert Koch Institute this morning. 

                                                  If you have returned from Italy, Iran, or another risk area in the past 14 days, please stay at home for 14 days from the date of your return and inform your supervisor.

                                                   

                                                  March 9, 2020

                                                  Dear colleagues,

                                                  The crisis unit of the Stuttgart MPI campus is meeting on a regular basis to discuss and make decisions about the ongoing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). All regulations announced earlier are still valid.

                                                  In addition, the crisis unit has decided to adopt the new precautionary measures listed below until further notice:

                                                    • Starting at 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 10, our campus will be closed to external people who have no business purpose here. This temporary measure includes all areas including our cafeteria and will last until further notice.
                                                    • Starting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, all visitors who have a business purpose on campus must fill in a questionnaire about their health and travels ( download pdf) before entering our buildings. The questionnaire will be available at both main entrances in both German and English.
                                                    • Starting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, all employees can enter our buildings only through the main Heisenbergstrasse 1 and Heisenbergstrasse 3 entrances or through external doors with an electronic card reader. All other doors will be locked. Please show your Institute badge or a valid ID at the entrance in order to enter.
                                                    • Starting on Tuesday, March 10, the smoking area at the kitchen delivery will be closed. Smoking is instead allowed near the entrance of Heisenbergstrasse 1. Please use the ashtrays that have been installed there.
                                                    • The blocking of external doors (e. g., with wooden wedges) is not allowed and can result in legal consequences for personnel and others. Do not hold any institute doors open.

                                                    We are monitoring the situation daily and may further extend these regulations in the coming days or weeks.

                                                     

                                                    February 28, 2020

                                                    Dear colleagues,

                                                    The institute managements of both Max Planck Institues (MPI for Solid State Research and MPI for Intelligent Systems) take the rapid spread of the coronavirus very seriously and has decided to adjust precautionary measures to continue to protect all employees. We are monitoring the situation daily and reserve the right to extend the regulations below in the coming days or weeks.

                                                    Currently, the provision of prophylactic hand disinfectants in public areas on our campus is not indicated according to the current recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Note that RKI is the German government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine, which is in charge of safeguarding public health in Germany.

                                                    Employees with chronic or serious illnesses or who are pregnant may work from home after consultation with their supervisor.

                                                    The following measures apply to all "risk areas", as defined by the website of the RKI. (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html - in German):

                                                      • With immediate effect, no business trips to risk areas will be approved.
                                                      • If you are currently in a risk area and wish to visit our institute, postpone your trip until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact your host at the institute.
                                                      • We currently do not accept visitors from risk areas in our guest house.
                                                      • If you have returned from a risk area, you should stay at home for 14 days from the date of your return and work from home. If you notice virus-like symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, breathing difficulties, etc.) during these 14 days, first call your doctor or an emergency room. The telephone numbers and contact persons valid for our region can also be found under "Hotlines".  
                                                      • If you have had contact with people who have been in a risk area and suffer from virus symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, breathing difficulties, colds, etc.), first call your doctor or an emergency room. The telephone numbers and contact persons valid for our region can also be found under "Hotlines".

                                                      If you want to organize or hold any event on campus, the following guidelines apply:

                                                        • Consult your supervisor to determine whether this event is really necessary, or if it could be postponed.
                                                        • Until further notice, internal events with only local campus attendees should not involve more than 50 total participants.
                                                        • Until further notice, campus events should involve no more than ten external participants.
                                                        • The responsible director or group leader makes the final decision about whether to hold an event.

                                                        If you develop the symptoms described above during your presence at the institutes and belong to the risk group, go home immediately observing the hygienic measures (see website) and consult your doctor or the offices set up for this purpose (see above). To avoid spreading the virus here on campus, do not visit our company doctor.

                                                        We hope that we can protect our valuable and healthy employees with these measures.

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