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Information on the coronavirus for GSI/FAIR staff and guests

At FAIR and GSI the health of all employees and external persons is very important. For this reason we have compiled current recommendations as well as resolutions of the management with the aim of protecting the health on this page.

Contact persons

Your contact persons for further inquiries:

If you have any medical questions, you can also contact our company doctor Ms. A. Schumacher.


Do you have any questions about the corona virus? Are you looking for information on current developments, may not be able to correctly assess disease signs, worry about relatives, or perhaps you belong to a risk group?
That is why medical airport service, our company medical service, has set up a telephone hotline that you as GSI and FAIR employees can use. This hotline is available every day from 8:00 to 12:00 for your questions and advice.

Telephone number: 06151 7805478


State of 26 May 2020

Distance and hygiene are the most important prerequisites for containing the coronavirus.

If possible, make arrangements by e-mail or telephone. If possible, use telephone conferences for group discussions. Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres to other people and avoid touching them, e.g. by shaking hands.

Regular air ventilation is good for hygiene and promotes air quality. This reduces the number of pathogen-containing droplets that may be present in the room air.

Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (at least 20 seconds). Washing your hands is sufficient to interrupt the transmission path. The use of hand disinfectant only makes sense if you have no opportunity to wash your hands

Top Ten tips for hygiene

State of 26 May 2020

For activities where the protective distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained, mouth-nose covers should be worn.

For one-time activities, the SiSt department provides disposable mouth-nose protection. For regular or frequently occurring activities without a protective distance, textile masks are also available.

Disinfection of surfaces can be useful in individual cases for surfaces that are touched by different people at a short distance, e.g. counters, shared tools or door handles in areas with high public traffic.

Appropriate disinfectant is available from the SiSt department.

However, routine surface disinfection, even of the frequent contact surfaces, is not recommended in the current COVID pandemic according to the Robert Koch Institute. Here, appropriate cleaning is the procedure of choice.

The SiSt department also has hand disinfectants.

All personal protective materials described are only issued if necessary by the activity to be carried out. As a rule, organisational measures (distance, hygiene measures) are sufficient to prevent infection.

State of 26 May 2020

Office work should continue to be carried out in the home office whenever possible.

Otherwise, office occupancy must be planned in such a way that the distance (at least 1.5m) is maintained.

For work where the distance cannot be maintained, alternative protective measures must be taken, e.g. the wearing of mouth-and-nose protection or separation by Plexiglas. See also "personal protective measures".

State of 26 May 2020

We currently recommend holding meetings as video conferences.

Meetings with more than five people are currently not permitted. In view of the required health-related distances recommended by the RKI, please use the appropriate meeting rooms of suitable size that allow the recommended minimum distance between participants.

State of 5 March 2020

We recommend minimizing business trip activities. Therefore, please check whether a business trip is necessary or can be replaced by a web conference or similar.

Postpone meetings to a later time if this triggers business trip activities.

In particular, book flexible rates in the near future in order to be able to react promptly and economically to current reports on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

For questions regarding business trips in general and cancellations in particular, please contact travel(at)

State of 26 May 2020

In accordance with the 1st Corona Regulation of Hessen (quarantine of travel returnees), all persons entering Hessen from a state outside of Germany that is not a member state of the European Union or a Schengen associated state are obliged to go directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation immediately after entry and to stay there permanently for a period of 14 days after entry.

Public events at GSI/FAIR

Update May 5, 2020

The public talk of the lecture series "Wissenschaft für Alle" on May 20, 2020 is cancelled.

Update April 17, 2020

The public talk of the lecture series "Wissenschaft für Alle" on April 22, 2020 is cancelled. Public guided tours on the campus can still not be offered.

Update March 18, 2020

Furthermore, the festive event for GSI's 50th anniversary planned on 30 April 2020 at the Science and Congress Center darmstadtium is cancelled.

Status of March 06, 2020

As a preventive measure regarding the coronavirus, public events at GSI and FAIR are cancelled until further notice.  For this reason, for example, the lectures of the series "Wissenschaft für Alle" are suspended until further notice ,and the Girls'Day on Thursday, 26 March 2020, is cancelled. Public guided tours on the campus are also currently not offered.


New dates will be announced in time.

State of 26 May 2020

There is still a ban on access by persons outside the company until 14 June 2020. These include children and relatives of GSI/FAIR employees.

External companies who need access to the campus due to necessary activities should contact their respective contact persons as usual.

Guests who are already on the campus are still excluded from this decision.


State of 24. March 2020

The experimental programme will be continued in accordance with the principles for containing the Covid 19 pandemic (see above: Safety Principles during the Covid-19 Pandemic). If for a specific activity safe conditions cannot be met, we will not allow its execution.

Also for the experimental program we have followed the same principles: we have been applying progressively stricter safety measures, and when for some of the experiments safe conditions could not be guaranteed they have been postponed. The experiments which required the presence of external people have been postponed, keeping only those who can be operated relying only on local personnel. Strict measures of distancing for employees working both for the accelerator operation and the experiments are now in place. The ensemble of these measures clearly results in lower overall efficiency, and only a subset of the planned experiments can take place, and will need more time than originally foreseen.

Moreover, always in the spirit of safety first, even this reduced program is constantly being re-evaluated and might be further reduced if appropriate.

Status of April 29, 2020

Student trainees (d, m, f), who should start their traineeship at GSI in May, will receive an email from PER, that due to the situation the traineeship cannot be started at the moment, but can be made up for at a later date after consultation with the department.

Depending on how the situation develops, this will be continued from month to month.

The background to this is that some universities are withdrawing the traineeships anyway, and we can at the same time enter into orderly communication with the supervisors and applicants.

State of 9 April 2020

In order to implement the government's guidelines in everyday work, the managers were asked to especially implement the rules concerning social distancing ( = adherence to the minimum distance of 1.5 m) and, above all, to make generous use of the home office option for their employees. The use of home office is therefore not limited in time until further notice after consultation and agreement with your manager.

State of 9 April 2020

If you cannot be present at your place of work or can only be present to a limited extent due to your care duties, you should apply for a home office, holiday / company leisure time (BF) or - if possible - flexitime in consultation with your manager until another care option is organised. The management board emphasizes once again that line managers are authorized to allow employees to work from their home office, but are at the same time requested to maintain the operational function of the organizational units.

On the basis of the authorisation granted by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, we are extending the possibility of paid leave by up to 20 additional working days (in the case of a 5-day week) in order to ensure the care of children who live in the same household and are under 12 years of age or who - regardless of their age - have a disability and are dependent on assistance. This special possibility of exemption exists in the period from 10.4.2020 to 31.12.2020. This exemption possibility is subject to further conditions, which you can find in the application form.

In addition, there is also the possibility of unpaid leave of absence.


If there are care obligations towards close relatives who belong to a so-called high-risk group (chronically ill persons, persons with a weakened immune system, patients undergoing chemotherapy, etc.), we recommend consulting the attending physicians of the person to be cared for. On the basis of corresponding medical recommendations, the managers, together with the personnel department (responsible personnel officer), examine the possibility of paid leave.

In the event of the closure of a nursing facility due to COVID-19 and a resulting acute nursing situation of a close relative, we are extending - on the basis of the authorization of the Federal Ministry of the Interior - the existing HR measures by the possibility of a paid leave of absence of up to 20 days (for a 5-day week) to ensure the care of the close relative (d,m,w). This special possibility of leave of absence exists in the period from 10.4.2020 to 31.12.2020 and is subject to further conditions, which can be found on the application form.

In addition, there is also the possibility of unpaid leave of absence.

State of 26 May 2020

Without having coronavirus symptoms yourself, tell your manager the following facts:

1) You have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus in the last 14 calendar days.

2) You have had contact with a person suspected of being infected with the coronavirus during the last 14 calendar days

3) You were in a coronavirus risk area (if defined) and/ or abroad.

Note: For the current regulation of case group 3 please refer to the application form Coronavirus - work an planned absence.

If the other personnel measures mentioned above are not possible after thorough examination by the manager, the employee is to be released from work with pay.