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Latest Coronavirus Updates

Lancaster University Leipzig’s main priority is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community. Therefore, we have adopted detailed safety protocols and measures based on the guidance of relevant German authorities, which we update and adapt accordingly. We started delivering the academic year 2020/2021 on-campus. In the end of October 2020, we needed to switch to an alternative delivery format (online delivery). 

This Fall semester, for the academic year 2021/2022, we welcomed our students on the brand new campus in the heart of Leipzig. We also introduced hybrid teaching of the programmes that allowed students to either join on-campus, or digitally. Hybrid teaching has been now extended to the January semester 2022.

 

  • 8th November 2021:

The Saxony state government has responded to the rising number of new Covid-19 infections by reviewing its Covid-19 Ordinance. The new regulations became effective today.

 

With regard to campus life there are no major changes:

  • The obligation to wear a face mask on campus, social distancing, the current hygiene rules and guidelines on proper ventilation of confined spaces remain in place.
  • Those who are neither vaccinated or recovered are obliged to present a daily Covid-19 antigen test each time they come to campus (Test needs to be administered by a medical professional at a pharmacy or test centers, charges apply.)

Changes affecting off-campus life:

  • In Saxony the 2G rule (fully vaccinated or recovered) is now mandatory for indoor dining, indoor events and parties, the interior of clubs, bars and discos and all major events. A daily test will no longer be sufficient.
  • On public transport (local and long distance) FFP2 face masks have now become mandatory. Textile masks and surgery masks (the light blue ones) will no longer be accepted.

An English-language FAQ on Covid-19 mitigation and the latest local figures can be found on the city government’s website.

  • 30th July 2021:

New regulations regarding Covid-19 testing for re-entry into Germany will become effective this coming Sunday, 1st August. Please find detailed info here:

https://www.thelocal.de/20210730/germany-to-require-covid-tests-for-all-unvaccinated-travellers-arriving-by-plane-car-or-train/

  • 19th July 2021:

In Saxony, the number of new Covid infections remains below the national average. The state
government has reacted with an amendment of its current Covid ordinance. The obligation to
wear a face mask in shops and supermarkets is dropped if rates are below a critical threshold. It is
no longer necessary to book an appointment in advance for getting vaccinated at Leipzig’s central
vaccination centre. Large-scale events with up to 25,000 participants can now take place.

Relaxation of the requirement to wear a face mask in shops and retail businesses
The obligation to wear a mask when shopping is suspended if the weekly rate of new infections per
100,000 residents is below 10. (It has been below 5 in Leipzig for the past week.) The new regulation
will take effect on Friday 16 July.
Wearing a face masks remains mandatory
- at hairdressers and barber shops
- in hospitals, GP offices and clinics
- on trains, trams and buses
Appointments no longer needed at Leipzig’s central vaccination centre
The requirement to arrange an appointment in advance at Leipzig’s vaccination centre will be
dropped from Wednesday 14 July. All residents who wish to get vaccinated can now do so at short
notice.
If you’d like to receive the vaccine and need additional info regarding directions, opening hours, on
the medical consultation conducted at the vaccination centre and which documents to bring, please
contact Christian at christian.schult@lancasterleipzig.de
Large-scale events with up to 25,000 spectators permitted
The state government has also amended provisions for large-scale events and football matches. Up
to 25,000 spectators are now permitted if the weekly rate of new infections is below 35. Spectators
need to be fully recovered or vaccinated or present a negative antigen test done on the same day.
Should the rate of new infections exceed 50, a maximum number of 5,000 spectators are permitted
at large-scale events or football matches. If the rate of new infections is below 10 - as is currently the
case across Saxony - the mask requirement is waived at large-scale events with up to 5,000
spectators.

  • 30th June 2021:

Relaxation of the requirement to wear a face mask in outdoor environments
Residents are no longer required to wear a face mask in outdoor environments if the seven-day rate
of new infections is below 10. Leipzig has been below this critical threshold for the past 19 days
today.
Up until now a mask had to be worn outdoors if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters could not be
maintained. Wearing a face masks remains mandatory
- in shops and stores

- at hairdressers and barber shops
- in hospitals, GP offices and clinics
- on trains, trams and buses
Contact restrictions lifted
The new ordinance does no longer include contact restrictions for cities and districts with a stable 7-
day rate below 10.
Clubs and events
Large-scale events such as concerts are now permitted if the organizers’ Covid safe plans have been
approved by the local health authorities. An obligation to get tested before attending will remain in
place for events with more than 1,000 participants.
Indoor clubs, discos and concert venues are permitted to reopen if the seven-day rate is below 10.
Guests are required to provide a negative test, there is no obligation to wear a face mask inside the
venue.
For events with fewer than 1,000 participants those who are fully vaccinated and/or have recovered
from Covid-19 do not need a negative test.

  • 10th June 2021

The 7-day rate of new infections has fallen below the threshold of 35 for 14 consecutive days,allowing the city of Leipzig to ease testing obligations starting from today, Wednesday 9 June. A negative Covid test done on the same day will no longer be required in the following area

All retail businesses
Barber and hairdressers
Indoor dining
Museums, exhibition halls and cultural venues
Sports
Outdoor swimming pools
Zoos, botanical gardens and amusement parks
All venues continue to be obliged to ensure contact tracing. The city of Leipzig’s health department
asks all residents to keep following social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

The Saxony state government has announced further relaxations as part of its new Covid-19 ordinance which will take effect Monday 14 June. This applies above all to contact restrictions and
New: If the 7-day rate is below 35 for five consecutive days…
   Obligation for contact tracing lifted for outdoor dining
   Festivities and celebrations in public places can take place
   Clubs are permitted to reopen (negative test done on the same day and contact tracing
required)
New: If the 7-day rate is below 50 for five consecutive days…
   Large scale events with more than 1,000 visitors permitted (negative test done on the same day and contact tracing required)
   Indoor and outdoor pools, spas reopen (negative test done on the same day and contact
tracing required)
New: If the 7-day rate is below 100 for five consecutive days…
   Hotels and guesthouses permitted to open (negative test done on the same day and contact
tracing required)
   Advance booking no longer required for museum visits

   Sports events with spectators permitted (negative test done on the same day and contact
tracing required)
The following will remain unchanged after 14 June:

Wearing of face masks where required (on public transport, in confined spaces)
Contact restrictions (Children under 14 as well as those who have recovered or are fully vaccinated
are not counted, value must remain below threshold for five consecutive days)
  7-day rate below 35: Gatherings of up to 50 people permitted indoors and outdoors (at
home, in an outdoor public setting, in separated areas of restaurants)
  7-day rate below 50: Gatherings of up to ten people from various households permitted
indoors and outdoors
  7-day rate below 100: Gatherings of up to five people from two households permitted
indoors, ten people outdoors
To check the latest figures for Leipzig go to the Robert Koch Instituts’s dashboard, click on the map, zoom in and click on Leipzig. Link: http://www.corona.rki.de
English-language Covid-19 info page provided by the city of Leipzig
Link: https://english.leipzig.de/youth-family-and-community/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/

  • 26th April 2021: 
The German parliament has passed a law introducing nationwide measures to mitigate the spread of
the B.1.1.7 virus variant and break the current third wave. It took effect on Saturday 24 April and
replaces prior regulations by the Saxony state government.
  • General principles such as social distancing, reducing social contacts and the obligation to
    wear a face mask in all public spaces remain in place
  • A curfew from 10pm to 5am is introduced for cities or districts in which the 7-day rate
    exceeds 100
  • Contact restrictions reintroduced
    • If the 7-day rate is below 100: Meetings with a maximum of five people from two households (children under the age of 14 are not counted)
    • If the 7-day rate exceeds 100:
      • Permitted: Meetings with a maximum of one other person from another household
        (children under the age of 14 are not counted)
      • Enters into force after the threshold of 100 has been exceeded for three days, from the day after next
      • Expires after rate falls below the threshold of 100 for five consecutive working days; on the day after next
  • New regulation for Covid testing
    • Covid test mandatory:
      • Employees and self-employed with direct customer contact (twice a week, free provision by employers)
      • Employees and self-employed with direct customer contact (twice a week, free provision by employers)
      • Customers and visitors to open facilities and businesses (proof must be presented)
    • Covid tests optional:
      • Once a week: Employees who are not working from home (free provision by employers, provided that tests are available and procurement is reasonable)
      • Private persons – required when shopping or visiting open facilities (see above)
As always, if you have any Covid-related questions or concerns, please contact Christian at
christian.schult@lancasterleipzig.de

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUCEMENT

The federal government has introduced new regulations for incoming travelers arriving in Germany by airplane: It is now mandatory for all Germany-bound passengers to do a Covid test in the departure country. At the time of departure this test must not be older than 48 hours. Airlines are instructed to refuse boarding for those passengers who are unable to present a negative test at the airport. The German border police will check passengers’ negative test results on arrival.

To stay up to date on the Covid situation in Germany over the Easter holidays we recommend DW World where news is available in 30 languages.

I will be available again to provide additional details or answer any Covid-related questions from Tuesday, April 6th. In case of a health emergency over the Easter weekend please contact the Campus Director at +491736720311.

A rapid test centre run by the city of Leipzig is operational at New Town Hall and open to all residents. The centre is open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The testing method is antigene, results are in within 15 mins and certificates are being issued on site. Testing is free of charge - residents only need to present an ID document and proof that they reside in the city of Leipzig. A number of pharmacies and doctors across Leipzig also offer rapid antigene testing – please contact Christian for further info.

As always, if you need any additional info, please contact Christian at christian.schult@lancasterleipzig.de

Emergency Contact Details

Important: Students who feel ill are advised to contact LU Leipzig staff (Campus Director: Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby or any other member of the Professional Services team) so that a medical examination can be arranged (i.e., an appointment with our trusted GP.)

Campus Emergency Contact

Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby, Campus Director

Phone: 0049 173 6720311

Email: info@lancasterleipzig.de

General emergency numbers:

Medical Emergency Number: 112

Medical Hotline (Non-Emergency - Information Only): 116 117

Campus Contact Details

Email: info@lancasterleipzig.de

Phone number (non emergency): 0049 173 6720311 (as campus is closed)

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