On this page, please find general information on protective measures at Goethe University and links to further information on corona prevention and health
Due the changed pandemic situation, the city of Frankfurt decreed through a change on 27 October 2020 to the general ruling that a mandate to wear a mouth-and-nose covering also extends to public spaces outside of buildings beginning immediately. This also applies to the open spaces on Goethe University's Westend Campus. Here, too, the wearing of a mouth-and-nose covering is now mandatory for all persons on the premises.
In accordance with the updated Coronavirus Regulation of the State of Hessen which goes into effect on 1 December 2020, a mouth-and-nose covering must between worn in traffic areas, event rooms, meeting rooms and examination rooms at Goethe University.
According to the state regulation, the obligation to wear mouth-and-nose protection in work areas exists until “fixed seating has been taken." Below please find a practical guideline for implementing the mouth-and-nose covering requirement in various work areas:
Libraries and warehouses:
If a minimum distance of 1.5 metres is strictly observed, there is no requirement to wear a mouth-and nose covering
Even if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres is strictly observed a requirement to wear a mouth-and-nose covering exists
Laboratories and workshops:
Further information (PDF) (German).
To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the instructions of the Robert Koch Institute to prevent infection must be observed:
The ban on gatherings (German) must also be observed outside of university buildings. In public areas, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres is to be maintained. Public activities that are conducive to endangering this distancing rule, such as celebrations, grilling or picnics, are prohibited on Goethe University campuses, regardless of the number of people involved.
If distance and hygiene rules are not followed, the respective representatives for domiciliary rights in terms of the house rules (§3; 3) (German) are authorized to issue a ban on further access to the campus.
University buildings at the Westend, Bockenheim, Riedberg and Ginnheim locations are still closed to the public, but they may be used by university members under strict observance of the RKI standards. This applies to all buildings in which work is carried out that is indispensable for the organisation of teaching, research and administration. These buildings may be entered using card key locks or staffed main entrances. Access is regulated individually at each location (e.g., through existing closures, lists with the porters).
In-person events in university buildings are carried out according to distance and hygiene concepts that are also to be observed outside of the event rooms. If distance and hygiene regulations are not followed, the respective representatives for domiciliary rights in terms of the house rules (§ 3, 3) (German) are authorized to issue a ban on further access to the campus.
All canteens will close beginning on 16 December 2020 and are expected to remain closed until 15 January 2021. The Studentenwerk Frankfurt will go on Christmas break starting on 23 December 2020.
The café “Sturm & Drang”, operated by CampuService on the Westend Campus, will be closed from 19 December 2020 through 10 January 2021.
Several university sport activities are meanwhile taking place again on site at the Ginnheim sport campus. In particular, team and contact sports with up to 10 people are again possible. The swimming pool has also been reopened. The Zentrum für Hochschulsport (ZfH) (Centre for University Sports) also continues to offer online sports classes. Information can be found here: https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/51726752/Sportangebot, German.
In accordance with the updated Coronavirus Regulation of the State of Hessen from 11 Januar 2021 for reducing the currently high number of coronavirus infections, no additional events may be permitted in addition to the in-person events and courses which have already been approved. Those teacing courses are requested to check already approved courses regarding their necessity of being held in-person and, if possible, to continue them exclusively in digital form. Scientific meetings and conferences may also currently only be conducted in digital form since these could contribute to an increase in the number of contacts and thus also to an increase in infections due to the likely interest both domestically and abroad and the travel this would entail.
Only practical events such as laboratory activities, internships, practical and artistic sections, one-day excursions, practical sports exercises and events comparable in a narrower sense are exempt from this regulation. This also applies in particular to written examinations and examinations, which may continue to take place in person. Information on these can be found under the following links: examinations | teaching (in German).
Pocket transmitters /headsets can no longer be loaned for use during the pandemic. It is not possible to disinfect the microphones. At this time, only handheld microphones may be used. If you are planning a purchase from your own funds, you must first contact HRZ Medientechnik, as the transmitters have to be compatible with the infrastructure in the room: email@example.com
The university of the third age (U3L) offers a digital vent programme for the Winter 2020/21 Semester beginning 2 November 2020. An overview of events and information on participation will be available beginning 2 September on the U3L website (German). Please also note the U3L information letter (German) regarding current availability of the business office. Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
The State of Hessen has set up a hotline for citizens' questions regarding coronavirus, Tel.: 0800/555-4666, Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 20:00.