Wear a medical face mask – act and behave responsibly, protect yourself and others
Living in pandemic times, we have come to terms with the threat the coronavirus poses to our daily life. However, we must neither neglect nor ignore this threat, particularly as the risk of infection continues to be high. Consequently, it is of utmost importance that we continue to wear medical face masks at TU Darmstadt.
Regulations on wearing masks indoors have changed
TU Darmstadt has adjusted its regulations for employees and staff on wearing masks at their workplaces. The University emphasises personal responsibilities of teams at work: Employees and staff may take off their masks at their respective permanent workplace should more than one person occupy office rooms, laboratories or shop floors at a time. However, this requires that all persons concerned are in agreement and that the required minimum distance of 1.5 metres (4-5 steps) and good ventilation of the room can be ensured.
Good ventilation is ensured if:
- At least one wing of a window can be opened completely. Tilting the window or opening the louvres is sufficient only if the room is equipped with several windows or openings;
- - Fresh air can be supplied through a door leading outside (test halls, shop floors);
- Technical ventilation is provided.
This new option assumes that the respective employees and staff are in agreement regarding the relaxation of the mask-wearing rule. It also assumes that they have agreed on limiting conditions regarding ventilation and the duration of joint occupancy of a room.
Alterations to Coronavirus legislation
Recently, the Federal Government of Germany adopted amendments to the IfSG (Infektionsschutzgesetz – German infection control act). The State of Hesse has amended its CoSchuV (Coronavirus-Schutzverordnung – Coronavirus Protection Ordinance) accordingly. This results in several changes as to how to deal with the pandemic at TU Darmstadt. The and are in effect since Saturday, 02 April 2022. resulting rules and regulations are listed in the synoptic table below
There is still a considerable risk of corona infection. The area-wide mask requirement is a suitable means of reducing this risk. As from 02 April 2022, masks must still be worn at all times when using any traffic areas (such as corridors, staircases etc.) of TU Darmstadt, at your workplaces and during courses and other events. The following exceptions are available:
- Students are permitted to take off their masks during written exams when seated. However, we strongly recommend that they voluntarily continue wearing their masks throughout the written exam.
- Employees and staff are still permitted to take off their masks at their workplace, provided that they are alone (one person only) in the office.
In addition, the 3G rules no longer apply at TU Darmstadt in most cases. However, they still apply to any indoor events of the University Sports Centre (USZ). Furthermore, it is no longer required to draw up additional hygiene concepts for events.
The have also been modified in accordance with current legislation. This new version applies with immediate effect. TU Darmstadt continues to provide opportunities for working mobile from home in close coordination with the respective superiors. instructions and guidelines for employees and staff
In general, the following applies: The pandemic has not yet passed! The numbers of infection continue to be very high. Please make sure to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres (4-5 steps), observe the general hygiene rules and ventilate rooms regularly.
TU Darmstadt will update its Hygiene and infection control concept and the Instructions and guidelines regularly. This will provide a good basis for the summer semester offering “More ‘normality’ – working on site and mobile from home.”