​Corona — General Advice and Information

Latest update: 17 June 2020

On this page, please find general information on protective measures at Goethe University and links to further information on corona prevention and health

Hygiene to prevent virus spread

To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the instructions of the Robert Koch Institute to prevent infection must be observed: 

  • Hand hygiene (wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds), 
  • Maintain distance (at least 2 metres),  
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette (cough and sneeze into crook of arm). 

You can find the 10 most important hygiene tips from the Federal Centre for Health Education here. Further instruction on hygiene and occupational safety can be found here (German).


The ban on gatherings (German) must also be observed outside of university buildings. It is only permitted to be in public places alone, with family members who live in the same household, or with one other person who does not live in the same household. When encountering others, 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.

Buildings: work safely on site

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).


The canteens are closed. Beginning on 14 April, the café “Sturm & Dran“ again offers snacks in its to-go area Mondays through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. The opening hours may be adjusted according to demand and can be viewed on the website www.cafe-sturm-und-drang.de

University Sports

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.

University of the Third Age (U3L)

The university of the third age (U3L) is taking place digitally beginning 20 April. You access the digital courses through the U3L website (German). Please also note the U3L information letter from 15th April (German).

You can also get further information per email at: u3l@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Hotline State of Hessen

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.