Coronavirus regulations on the Stuttgart Max Planck campus

Coronavirus regulations on the Stuttgart Max Planck campus


last update: September 24, 2021

From September 10 onward, a new federal ordinance on work safety related to the Corona virus is in place. In addition, as from September 16 onward, new Corona regulations from the state of Baden-Württemberg are in place. Based on these two regulations we have updated our campus rules for Stuttgart:


  • All people who come on campus must always stay at least 1.5 meters away from all other people and should wash their hands frequently using proper techniques.


  • The office occupancy rules are relaxed. As long as you keep a distance of 1.5 m to the next person, you are allowed to share an office – independent of the size of the office. If possible, please make sure the room is well ventilated.


  • Wearing masks:
    As of now, there is one simple principle for the whole campus: As long as you can keep a distance of 1.5 m to the next person, you do not have to wear a mask.

    There are however locations where wearing a mask is still mandatory:
       * in all corridors,
       * in restrooms,
       * in the cafeteria (while not seated),
       *in the elevators.

    Wherever the distance of 1.5 m can be maintained reliably, there is no need to wear a mask:
       * in offices,
       * in laboratories,
       * in seminar rooms and in lecture halls,
       * in workshops,
       * outside area.


  • 3G status:
    For all campus employees, the campus rules related to business activities are independent of whether employees have been vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19, or have been tested.

    For all external guests, the 3G-rule applies on campus (“Geimpft, Genesen, Getestet”). All external guests must have a host, who ensures that they register at the entrance. In the questionnaire they will be asked if they are vaccinated, recovered or if they can prove a negative test.


  • Meetings and events:
    Regular business-related meetings taking place on campus do no longer require a hygienic plan (for external guests participating at business meetings the 3G rule above applies.)

    Events with more than five external participants as well as all meetings and events with an informal or private character (e.g. Ph.D. defense, barbecues, group outings) do still require a hygiene concept which has to be sent in advance to Michael Eppard ( for FKF employees, or to Barbara Kettemann ( for MPI-IS, VAD and IMW employees.


  • Self tests:
    We are still providing two self-tests per week for all staff members who do not work from home exclusively. Note that there is no obligation to do a self-test. Your group’s or department’s person responsible will make sure all employees have enough tests.


  • Working from home:
    While working from home in agreement with your supervisor continues to be an important measure to avoid personal contacts, we are convinced that with the above measures in addition to our previous vaccination campaign for all employees, our campus remains to be a safe place!


  • When traveling to and from campus, we further encourage all people to minimize their interactions with other people by avoiding rush-hour travel on public transportation; please consider coming to work earlier or later than usual, with approval from the supervisor, or using private transportation means such as a car or bicycle. On campus, we ask you to follow all of the regulations listed below and on other pages of this website.


  • Anyone who has had contact with a possible coronavirus case must stay at home for 14 days from the contact and inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person (Michael Eppard for MPI-FKF or Linda Behringer for MPI-IS).


  • Anyone with symptoms similar to those of coronavirus must stay home, inform their supervisor and their institute’s contact person (Michael Eppard for MPI-FKF or Linda Behringer for MPI-IS), and call their doctor or an emergency room. Only healthy individuals may come on campus at this time.


  • 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, diarrhea and odour/taste disorders.


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