Corona regulations at GSI and FAIR

Status of 14 October 2021


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 an everyday mask (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. At GSI and FAIR, it is compulsory to wear a mouth-nose covering without a valve in all buildings.

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.  

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)

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Mouth-to-nose coverings must always be worn inside GSI and FAIR buildings. This does not apply to your own workplace, meeting rooms, the halls on the GSI campus, the multi-storey car park or at the table in the canteen dining room, as long as the distance of 1.5 metres is maintained.

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.


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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

Irrespective of the ASR, non-vaccinated employees still require 10 m2 per person. Regardless of the vaccination status, the distance and ventilation rules always apply (1.5 m distance as a minimum, several times per hour shock ventilation).

Examples of office occupancy:
  • Office size 14 m2 : Two persons are allowed if at least one person is vaccinated or recovered.
  • Office size 20-25 m2: Three persons are allowed if at least one person is vaccinated or recovering.

Questions about other office sizes and constellations can be answered by the Task Force Health (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.

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For face-to-face meetings, there is a set maximum number of unvaccinated participants for each meeting room. Some of these maximum numbers are posted on the outside of the doors. They can also be viewed at  or to be found here.


Additional vaccinated persons may participate in the meetings as long as the distance and hygiene rules are observed. Masks are not compulsory on the course, but they are compulsory for the walk to the course. We would like to act in accordance with the "3G" rules. In practice, this means that non-vaccinated persons should carry out a self-test in advance if they have to attend meetings. It should be noted, however, that the employer is not entitled to demand information from its employees about their vaccination status. However, it is permissible to offer employees the opportunity to voluntarily disclose their vaccination status, including in private if necessary. This voluntary disclosure of vaccination status should be strived for in the respective organisational units and in the inter-unit teams.
Furthermore, tests should be offered to persons who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status. In principle, employees who do not want to be tested can be treated as non-vaccinated persons. For example, in the case of a meeting, as long as there are only a few non-vaccinated staff members or staff members who do not wish to be tested than are allowed in the room, the meeting can take place with everyone present. However, the distance and hygiene rules still apply.
It should be noted that unvaccinated persons mainly endanger themselves and other unvaccinated persons; vaccinated persons are much better protected.


Self-tests are available in sufficient numbers at TFH (see contact persons). These are sufficient for meetings or other gatherings. There is no need to present certified tests for meetings. There is still no control of tests. Again, the aim is to create a basis of trust with common understanding in each organisational unit.
The validity period of tests is limited to a maximum of 36 hours. Thus, no more than a maximum of 3 tests per employee are required per week, as long as there are no infections.

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For meetings that serve non-duty purposes, such as spending breaks together or taking meals together, the same rules apply as for meetings.

However, this does not affect the currently applicable rules on the GSI canteen.

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There is currently no longer an obligation on the part of the employer to offer home office. The line-manager have therefore already had the possibility for some time to request the employees to return to presence work in compliance with the regulations on office occupancy, hygiene rules and workplace guideline A1.2.

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Risk groups are to be given special protection. This was already communicated to the workforce by the management in an info-mail on 24 March 2020: "As far as those of us who belong to risk groups are concerned, the recommendation is to work from home. Accordingly, we ask the heads of all organisational units to give and suggest this option to the affected employees."



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The guest house on the GSI campus is available again for all guests after registration at the Welcome Office. Please refer to the Corona Checklist of the Welcome Office.

The guest house "Steinhaus" is subject to the 2G-regulation, i.e. only persons who have a complete vaccination protection with an EU-approved vaccine or are recovered are allowed to use it. When booking the room, you will be asked to send a photo of the proof (vaccinated or recovered) by e-mail to the guest office.

In both guest houses, the general hygiene rules continue to apply in the common rooms.

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.