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 have started delivering the academic year 2020/2021 on-campus. In the end of October, we needed to switch to an alternative delivery format (online delivery).
1st April 2021:
SAXONY GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Please find below a summary of new measures announced by the Saxony state government to mitigate the spread of the B.1.1.7 virus virant, becoming effective on Thursday 1st April.
- The 7-day rate of new infections per 100,000 residents is now being complemented by a new parameter: The number of available hospital beds for Covid-19 patients Saxony-wide. The critical threshold is 1,300 (currently at 1,140). Should it be exceeded, previous relaxations will be reversed by the Leipzig city government.
- This means that non-essential shops, museums, galleries and the botanical garden remain open regardless of the 7-day rate but will close if the critical number of available hospital beds is exceeded. A negative Covid rapid test or self-test done on the same day is required.
- Visiting barbers or hair dressers now requires a negative Covid rapid test or self-test done on the same day.
- The obligation to wear a face mask in all public settings as well as current contact restrictions remain in place: One household is allowed to meet with one other household, total number of people: 5 (children under 15 years of age are not counted)
Once again the Saxony state government is urging everyone to reconsider travel plans for the Easter break, to refrain from any non-essential domestic and international travel and to reduce social contacts as much as possible.
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.
24th March 2021:
The Chancellor, Angela Merkel, met with the heads of Germany’s states on Monday to discuss measures to halt the exponential growth in infection figures with the B.1.1.7 Covid virus variant. Here is a summary on how the decisions made will be implemented in Saxony:
- Current regulations remain in place until at least 18 April, including social distancing and wearing a face mask in all public spaces indoors and outdoors where people gather. The fallback option under which shops, museums and galleries close if critical thresholds are exceeded also remains in place. (For details please see my 8 March email).
- A hard lockdown will be in place over the Easter holidays from Thursday 1st April through Monday 5 April. All shops will be closed on Friday 2nd and Monday 5th. On Saturday 3rd April only supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries and service stations will open. Whether or not the latter will also open on Thursday 1st April is yet to be determined by the Saxony state government: We recommend to make grocery shopping for the lockdown period early on and in off-peak hours to avoid the crowds.
- Other than speculated in the media ahead of Monday’s meeting there will be no curfew and the 15 km limit of freedom of movement beyond the boundaries of one’s place of residence has not been reintroduced.
- The federal and state governments urge everyone to reconsider their Easter travel plans to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible. (There are no explicit travel bans.)
- Private gatherings are permitted for members of one’s own household and with another household but limited to a total number of five people. (Children up to 14 years are not counted.)
- Gatherings of groups exceeding the above number in public are not permitted.
- Hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and bars remain closed nationwide (including outdoor dining).
- All travelers returning/arriving in Germany will be required to do a Covid test before their departure for Germany – no distinction will be made between Covid risk areas and areas not designated as such. A date on which this new provision enters into force is yet to be determined. If you are currently abroad or plan to travel internationally, please consult local government websites and make sure you gather info on pre-departure testing in your destination area early on.
It is the Saxony governments declared policy objective to allow more sectors of the economy to reopen during the month of April once self-tests become widely available and rapid testing capacities have been expanded.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
General emergency numbers:
Medical Emergency Number: 112
Medical Hotline (Non-Emergency - Information Only): 116 117
Campus Contact Details
Phone number (non emergency): 0049 173 6720311 (as campus is closed)
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- Federal Ministry of Health
- City of Leipzig: latest updates (number of COVID-19 cases, safety measures etc)