The spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Germany is also causing uncertainty among Leipzig University’s staff. Here we provide information about the most important current issues concerning the virus and its impact on University operations. Members of the crisis management team set up under the University’s pandemic plan are liaising on a daily basis.

Important: New Rules Under Emergency Coronavirus Legislation in Saxony

New emergency coronavirus legislation entered into force in Saxony on 22 November 2021. As a result, Leipzig University’s crisis management team has adopted new regulations affecting University operations. These will be valid for as long as Saxony’s current emergency coronavirus legislation applies, so until 12 December 2021.

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Current Information for Staff

At the moment, new rules are constantly coming into force and older information is no longer valid. Below you will find the latest information divided by topic as well as all detailed news since we began providing coronavirus updates for staff.
Translations last updated: 16 November 2021

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not available in English.

FAQs for Staff

To make your daily work a little easier, we have compiled answers to frequently asked questions about enforcing Leipzig University’s hygiene concept.

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Business Trips in Germany and Abroad

In order to minimise the risk of new waves of infection, the University still needs to observe precautionary measures when carrying out business trips. Business trips should still be reduced to the absolute minimum. It should be checked before each business trip whether it might be possible to replace the corresponding meeting or activity with a virtual alternative.

The decision on whether a business trip is necessary, and responsibility for ordering or approving business trips, lie with the Deans or the heads of the respective institutions. Due to the increase in the number of business trips, this has also applied again to international business trips since 1 July 2021. Furthermore, the Dean or head of the institution may only order or approve business trips subject to the following regulations:

1. Business trips within Germany

Essential business trips within Germany are permissible. Unless the participants are fully protected against infection, it is recommended that they perform a self-test or take a rapid test at a testing centre within 24 hours prior to travel and before returning to work. 

2. International business trips

Whether a business trip abroad can be ordered/approved depends largely on the classification of the destination region/country. The Robert Koch Institute regularly updates its list of country designations (learn more).

2.1 Possibility to order/approve business trips

(a) Not a risk area
Business trips abroad to destinations which are neither high-risk areas nor areas of variants of concern are allowed. Unless the participants are fully protected against infection, it is recommended that they perform a self-test or take a rapid test at a testing centre within 24 hours prior to travel and before returning to work. Re-entry to Germany requires proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from coronavirus or a valid negative test result.  

(b) High-risk areas and areas of variants of concern
Business trips abroad to destinations which are high-risk areas and/or areas of variants of concern are still not allowed.

2.2 Changes to RKI designation as a high-risk area or area of variants of concern

If a region/country is declared a high-risk area and/or an area of variants of concern, the business trip will not be permitted. The Rector may approve the business trip in justified exceptional cases.

The person planning the business trip is responsible for monitoring any changes in status. This will not be pointed out separately.

If a business trip is not undertaken due to a change in status, then cancellation costs and/or costs for services that could not be cancelled are reimbursable under the with the Saxon Travel Expenses Act (SächsRKG). The costs must be borne by the respective institution. If a business trip is undertaken and the region/country is declared a high-risk area and/or area of variants of concern during the business trip, the applicable quarantine rules must be complied with and the employee must inform their superior and the Department of Human Resources immediately. Unavoidable quarantine costs abroad are reimbursable under the Saxon Travel Expenses Act and must be borne by the respective institution.

2.4 Consequences of non-compliance

If a business trip abroad is carried out without observing the information under 2.1 to 2.2 or without the employee having been instructed to conduct the trip, the business trip will be deemed not to have been ordered or to have been carried out in deviation from the order. In this case, the employer reserves the right to take disciplinary action.  

This information is only available in German.

Occupational health

Normal work routines have changed, many of us are working from home, many are worried about their own health and that of their relatives, and there are new challenges in digital teaching or administration...If you would like to talk about your worries, needs and possible solutions in this difficult time, you are welcome to get in touch with our health administration expert Dr Sabine Korek. Please contact her by email or telephone to make an appointment.

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Psychiatric outpatient clinic at the University Hospital

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Risk in Cases of Disability

Does anyone with a disability belong to a risk group?
The Robert Koch Institute has precisely defined which persons belong to the risk groups. Not everyone with a disability automatically belongs to the risk group, but many do. It is always necessary to consider what to do in each individual case, based primarily on medical advice and a doctor’s certificate. It is therefore advisable to consult your doctor or specialist.

What should I do if I belong to a risk group and have a disability?
Whoever belongs to a risk group should seek a personal discussion with their superior in order to find a solution together (individual office or re-assignment to a new role). It is advisable to involve the University’s Disability Officers in such cases.

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