Corona regulations at GSI and FAIR

Status of 17 October 2022


Keep your distance: Make arrangements by email or telephone if possible. If possible, use telephone conferences for exchanges in the group. Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people and refrain from touching them, e.g. greeting them by shaking their hands.

Hygiene:Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (at least 20 seconds). Washing hands is sufficient to interrupt the transmission path. The use of hand disinfectant is only advisable if you do not have the opportunity to wash your hands.

Everyday mask: Always wear a mouth-nose covering in public spaces where space is tight and a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others cannot be safely maintained, and where specified. When doing so, also observe the applicable regulations in each case.

Use the app: Also, use the Corona warning app. The app notifies you if you have had encounters with people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus and recommends important behavioural guidelines. Please inform the Task Force Health (see contact persons) if the red status "increased risk" is displayed.

Ventilate:Regular ventilation is good for hygiene and promotes air quality. This reduces the number of droplets that may be present in the air. You should ventilate for a few minutes at regular intervals. For offices, we recommend shock ventilation by opening all windows for 5 minutes at least once an hour. For meeting rooms, shock ventilation by opening all windows for 5 minutes should take place every 20 minutes if possible.


General information about the Corona Warning App

The Corona warning app helps to determine whether you have come into contact with an infected person and whether this could result in a risk of infection. The app is an offer of the Federal Government. Downloading and using the app is completely voluntary. You may install the app on your official smartphone.

You can find all important information about the app on the RKI website. In particular, you will find recommendations on how to deal with the different risk assessments.

Furthermore, you can also use the app as a contact diary, contact tracking for events and as a digital vaccination certificate.

Please inform the Task Force Health (see contact persons)if the red status "increased risk" is displayed.

Information on data protection

The Corona warning app is permissible under data protection law. It is true that in the course of the first use, the app asks whether the location transmission of the end device should be switched on. This setting is technically necessary so that the app can record contacts (so-called "contact recording function"). According to the app's privacy policy, however, no location data is collected and stored.

If you have any questions about the Corona Warning App, please contact the Data Protection Department at datenschutz(at)

Status of 17 October 2022


Inside GSI and FAIR buildings, mouth-nose coverings must now only be worn if a distance of 1.5m cannot be maintained for more than one minute or is difficult to maintain.

Masks are still compulsory:

  •     when queuing (e.g. serving food in the canteen)
  •     at goods distribution points (e.g. main warehouse)
  •     in areas with public traffic (e.g. UHD, WEO, guest office)
  •     in the rooms of the company doctor and company nurse
  •     in the gate
  •     in lifts
  •     at designated events
  •     and in other designated areas.

Close cooperation or working together in confined spaces also requires the wearing of an FFP2 mask without an exhalation valve.

Disposable medical mouth-nose protection and FFP2 masks without exhalation valves are available at the main warehouse.

Masks with exhalation valves are not permitted.

This regulation also applies to persons outside the company. The respective inviting or supervising person of the external persons is responsible for instructing them accordingly.

Not wearing masks

There are employees who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. We would like to ask these employees to present a valid medical certificate to their line-managers.


Status of 17 October 2022


Workplace Directive (ASR) A1.2

According to the workplace directive , regardless of the Corona situation, the first employee requires a floor space of at least 8 m2. Additional employees require at least an additional 6m2. The rules of the ASR still apply with regard to movement and circulation areas and widths.

GSI internal regulations for Covid-19

Offices which have a size of more than 14m² and less than 20m2 may only be occupied by 2 person.

Offices which have a size of more than 20m2 and less than 30m2 may be occupied by a maximum of 3 persons.

Offices larger than 30m2 may be occupied by a maximum of 4 persons.

Other office sizes and laboratories are evaluated on request by the TFH (see contact persons).

Risk assessment

Due to the Corona pandemic, line-managers are obliged to complete the risk assessment. This risk assessment remains with the line-manager.

Status of 17 October 2022


Face-to-face meetings may only be held if this is indispensable for operational reasons. Your newly set maximum numbers of participants apply.

You can find the maximum number of persons per meeting room here.

Individual events (e.g. colloquium) may be held with a higher number and with a mask in place.


Status of 17 October 2022


Employers are no longer obliged to offer home office.
The line managers continue to regulate the presence of employees in their organisational units. It is recommended for the line managers to approve up to 3 days of home office per week.


When entering Germany, a distinction is made between virus variant, high incidence and risk areas. Depending on the status of the country/region you are entering from, different entry conditions apply.

These are shown on the RKI website.

On the page of the Federal Foreign Office you will find the latest information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine requirements in Germany.

Status of 17 Oktober 2022


Only necessary business trips should be conducted.

When travelling by car, we recommend that each person in the car takes a self-test before starting the journey and that all persons in the car, except the driver, wear a mask.

For business trips by other means of transport, the regulations of the respective means of transport apply.

Information regarding the serving of meals and the use of the canteen dining room can be found here.

Please note that masks are also required in the canteen and dining hall.