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Hygiene Concept of the University of Koblenz-Landau

Last modified on: January 27, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict working and studying at the University of Koblenz-Landau. In order to keep the risk of infection as low as possible for all employees and students of our university, the university has developed a hygiene concept. Here you will find a summary of the main contents and regulations of the concept and answers to the most frequently asked questions.

1 General information on the hygiene concept

 

The hygiene concept serves to protect the health of all employees and students of the university. You can view the current version of the concept here (German only).

The concept lays down rules and measures for behaviour on campus and in university buildings and includes a warning and action plan. This will allow a flexible response to the pandemic and will help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The hygiene concept is based on the 11th Coronavirus Control Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (11th CoBeLVO) of 11.09.2020

The rules of the hygiene concept apply to all:

• Members of the University
• Persons working on behalf of the university
• People who are visiting the university

Yes, while within the university you must adhere to the hygiene concept.

In the event of violations, members of the university and external representatives can make use of their domestic rights and expel you from the buildings and campus or deny you access.

The hygiene concept is based on the 11th Coronavirus Control Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (11th CoBeLVO) of 11.09.2020 Since the pandemic is very dynamic, it is always possible that stricter regulations will be issued at individual locations of the University of Koblenz-Landau.

If the currently valid version of the CoBeLVO or other regulations requires a higher level of protection than that provided for in the university's hygiene concept, the rules of these regulations must be applied.

Therefore, please inform yourself regularly about the regulations in your region.

 

2 Conduct on campus and in university buildings

 

The public is generally not allowed to enter all areas and buildings of the university during the pandemic situation.

Exceptions: Campus and buildings may only be entered if there is a specific reason (e.g. confirmed events or appointments). After the end of the appointment, the university must be exited again via the direct route.

University employees may enter the campus and buildings as usual in the course of their work.

There is a general ban on admission to all areas of the university if you:

  • have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 
  • have a different infection and marked symptoms such as cough, sore throat or high temperature
  • are in quarantine ordered by the authorities or a doctor
  • are in self-isolation following entry from high-risk areas

 

Hygiene measures

Always observe the standards of everyday hygiene. Hygiene tips are available on the website of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA, German only) and in the OpenOlat module on everyday hygiene (German only).

  • Always maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m.
  • Keep a speaking distance of 3 m during a conversation/meeting.
  • Observe the instructions on signs and notices.
  • Actively avoid crowding in public areas.
  • If you share work equipment, disinfect it regularly with a suitable disinfectant that is also effective against viruses.

 

Mask requirement

Yes, at the University of Koblenz-Landau it is compulsory to wear a mouth-nose cover (MNC):

  • within premises open to the public 
  • for all research and teaching activities
  • if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained

If you are at your workstation or at a permanently assigned seat, you do not have to wear a mask.

At the Koblenz campus, the mask obligation additionally applies to the open areas and the parking lots of the university campus.

Important: In the warning level RED the mask obligation also applies at fixed places and on the open areas at all campuses,

In the university area, wearing a community mask (non-medical mask, e.g. made of fabric) is sufficient.

Exceptions:

In the buildings of the university's library a medical mask or a mask with the standards KN95/N95 or FFP2 is mandatory.

Yes, exceptions to the general mask requirement apply to:

  • Persons who cannot reasonably be expected to wear a mouth-nose cover for health reasons (a medical certificate is required)
  • Children up to the age of six years 
  • University employees are exempted from the obligation to wear masks if they have taken other suitable protective measures or if they have no contact with persons from outside their place of work.

 

Rooms and events

 Regular ventilation serves to prevent infection.

  • In closed rooms where there is no ventilation system, 'burst' ventilation must be provided at least every 60 minutes for up to ten minutes.
  • Tips on correct ventilation (German only) can be obtained from the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). You can stay in the room while it is being ventilated.
  • In rooms with a ventilation system there is no need to open windows.

Important: Only use air recirculation units (such as air conditioners or fans) when you are alone in the room and ensure additional air exchange from outside.

Maximum group sizes and distances for the persons present are specified for various types of attendance events:

 

Occasion/Area  Example Max. number of people
Events in public 
areas
Excursions 10
Events in small groups, for which increased aerosol
emissions must be anticipated
Wind orchestra, choirs, 
sports events
10
Events in small groups
without increased aerosol emissions
 Lectures, practicals, 
committee meetings
30

 

Please note:

  • Event rooms must be large enough to comply with the minimum distances.
  • If possible, all persons present should be allocated fixed seats.
  • For teaching events, 10 m2 per teacher and at least 4 m2 per participant should be calculated.
  • If no fixed places can be allocated, it must be determined how many people can be admitted per 5 m2 of usable space.

Yes, in the case of face-to-face events, it must be ensured that the contact details of all participants are available in case the health authorities need to trace contacts. In every case,

  • The managers of the event must ensure that contact details are recorded.
  • The following details must be recorded: First name, surname, address and telephone number.
  • The date and period of attendance must be documented.
  • At the end of the retention period (1 month) the data must be deleted or destroyed.

 

To register participants, you can use the online check-in at the University of Koblenz-Landau:

Information on online check-in for members of the university (German only)

Information on online check-in for guests (German only)

 

Travel 

  • Business trips and excursions to high-risk areas (according to the Robert Koch Institute) are currently not approved in principle. This applies to risk areas at home and risk areas abroad (linked information on risk areas is available in German only). The time of departure is crucial.
  • Business trips to areas not at risk may be approved by the respective superiors on the basis of a risk assessment.
  • Excursions with students are organised and carried out under the excursion leaders' own responsibility, and they are responsible for travel, leisure activities and accommodation.
  • The general infection control measures remain unaffected by these regulations.
  • Entry into the state of Rhineland-Palatinate from a risk area in Germany or abroad is permitted if the entry is for professional reasons or for training or study purposes.

 

3 In case of a Covid-19 infection

 

People who have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are considered to be infected. This status remains until a negative test is obtained or until the responsible health authority lifts the quarantine.

A suspected case is a person who

  • over a prolonged period (more than 15 minutes)
  • has had close contact (less than 1.5 metres)

with an infected case and therefore was probably

  • exposed to a high concentration of infectious aerosol.

If you yourself have been classified as a suspected case or confirmed case of infection, then:

  • always follow the doctor's instructions and the instructions of the health authority.
  • report your infection or suspected infection to the university management team.


Please follow these steps:

 

University staff:

  • Inform your superiors about your infection or suspected infection.
  • Your superiors or yourself must report your status.
  • The report is submitted via the link http://uni-ko-ld.de/corona-reporting.

All further information and instructions can be found on the website there.

 

Students

  • Have you attended a classroom-based event at the University of Koblenz-Landau in the past 14 days? If so, please inform the organiser of the event about your infection or the suspected infection.
  • You yourself (or the event organiser if applicable) must report your status.
  • The report is submitted via the link http://uni-ko-ld.de/corona-reporting.

All further information and instructions can be found on the website there.

If the suspected case has not been confirmed or you are no longer a confirmed case of infection yourself, then:


University staff:

  • Inform your superiors of your current status.
  • Your superiors or yourself must report your current status.
  • The report is submitted via the link http://uni-ko-ld.de/corona-update.

Students:

  • If the notification was previously made via an event organiser, inform the persons concerned of your current status.
  • You yourself (or the event organiser if applicable) must report your current status.
  • The report is submitted via the link http://uni-ko-ld.de/corona-update.

Once a case of infection has been reported, the competent health authorities decide on the steps to be taken. You will only be contacted by the health authorities if there was an actual risk of infection for you.

The university provides information on the general occurrence of infections at the university's locations on its website.

The University of Koblenz-Landau expressly recommends the use of the Federal Government's Corona-Warn-App. However, there is no obligation to use the app.

 

Many more questions and answers about suspected Covid-19 cases and diseases can be found on the website of the Occupational Health and Safety Department (Coronavirus FAQs, German only).


4 The warning and action plan

 

Active Covid-19 infections are recorded at the university sites in Koblenz, Landau and Mainz.

Depending on how many cases of infection are present at a site, different warning levels are triggered for that site.

  • 1 to 4 cases of infection = YELLOW warning level
  • 5 to 14 cases of infection = ORANGE warning level
  • More than 15 cases of infection = RED warning level

Extended hygiene measures are provided for each warning level. A warning level remains active for at least 14 days.

You can find out which warning levels apply at the individual locations online, updated daily:

  • On the website of the University of Koblenz-Landau
  • On the websites of the Koblenz and Landau sites

 

Warning levels

If the YELLOW warning level is triggered, the following measures are taken:

  • Increased attention must be paid to the occurrence of infection and compliance with the hygiene concept.
  • More reference is made to conduct recommendations and to the corona rules.
  • Preparations are being made for the possible entry into the ORANGE level.

If the ORANGE warning level is triggered, the following measures are taken:

  • If there are several people in a room and they do not have fixed seats or workstations, the number of people in the room is limited to one person per 10 m2.
  • Contact sports are prohibited on the university campus.

If the RED warning level is triggered, the following measures are taken:

  • Offices are now only used as individual offices. If there is a regulation in place for the site concerned, mobile working can be used. 
  • If there are several people in a room and they do not have fixed seats or workstations, the number of people in the room is limited to one person per 20 m2.
  • Meetings are now only allowed with a maximum of five people.
  • Masks are now mandatory on all open spaces of the university and at fixed seats and workstations at events.
  • Individual areas of the university will be closed.