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General Information on the Coronavirus

A message from the Rector

Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch addresses the impact of the coronavirus on the University of Bonn in a message to all University members. Recorded on March 17, 2020 by


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General information on the coronavirus

Contact ban
The state government has issued a far-reaching contact ban for North Rhine-Westphalia. Meetings and gatherings of more than two persons in public are prohibited. Excluded are families and people living together. The use of local public transport remains permitted.?In public, keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people and reduce contact to a minimum.
How do you recognize an infection?
Like other respiratory pathogens, infection with the novel coronavirus can lead to symptoms such as coughing, rhinitis, sore throat and fever. Some patients also suffer from diarrhea. In some patients, the virus can take a more severe course, leading to respiratory problems and pneumonia. Deaths have so far occurred mainly in elderly patients and/or persons who suffered from underlying chronic diseases.?
How can we protect ourselves?
To prevent infection in particular, the standard hygiene measures are recommended:
  • More frequent hand washing: thoroughly with soap and water for about 30 seconds.
  • Cough hygiene: Cough only in the crook of your arm.
  • Keep a distance of about 1.5 to 2 meters from the sick person.
  • Reduce contact with other people to a minimum.
What can I do if I suffer from symptoms of illness?
1) Persons who have had personal contact (regardless of travel) with a person in whom the novel coronavirus has been detected in the laboratory should contact the public health authority immediately, regardless of symptoms.?
2) Persons who have been abroad should - regardless of symptoms - avoid unnecessary contact and stay at home for 14 days. If acute symptoms occur, they should seek medical advice by telephone and refer to the trip.
If you travel to Bonn
According to the Corona entry regulation of NRW, persons who have been abroad for more than 72 hours and then enter Germany must go directly to their home or other accommodation and not leave it for 14 days. They must report to the health office of their district or city.?Employees can make use of home office regulations (see below).

University operations

The current situation makes it necessary to minimize personal contacts. Many of the University's employees are now working in "home office". They remain available by telephone and e-mail.?
NEW: Obligation to wear masks in certain areas
As of 27 April 2020, North Rhine-Westphalia and other federal states have introduced the obligation to wear a mask when using public transport or visiting businesses. In other areas of life, too, mouth-and-nose masks can help to prevent infections, especially in situations where a minimum distance of 1.5 to 2 metres between people cannot always be kept safely and continuously. The University management therefore calls upon all members of the University to obtain mouth-nose covers for personal use.?
University administration?
We ask to refrain from visiting units of the University administration, as it has largely been converted to home office structures. Employees remain available - usually from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - under the known contact information by telephone and e-mail. If possible, documents should not be sent to the University administration by mail, but by e-mail. Originals can be submitted later, if necassary.
This applies in particular to personnel requests from the University branches, which should be sent as a scan to the respective functional mailbox with the written approval of the budget managers. Details can be found in Circular 21/2020.
Facilities closed
All University premises will be closed to the public until further notice. Employees will continue to have access. In special cases (e.g. examinations) individual arrangements can be made (contact: Department 4.1).
Bonn University and State Library (ULB) and the decentralized libraries are closed. Literature of the ULB can be further obtained via the search portal bonnus. A large part of the holdings is available online as full text. The loan period for borrowed media is automatically extended until further notice. A scan service for urgently needed literature has been established.
University sports, the University museums and the Botanical gardens remain closed until further notice.
University gastronomy
The University gastronomy of the Studierendenwerk Bonn has been discontinued. Only the "venusberg bistro" at the University Hospital Bonn (for UKB staff and students of the University of Bonn with ID) remains open and serves a reduced to-go offer.
No public events
Until further notice, all public events in North Rhine-Westphalia are cancelled.

Further information

Hotline of the city of Bonn
The public health department of the city of Bonn has established a hotline for the corona virus. It can be reached Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling +49 (0) 228-775351 and +49 (0)228-775352.
Important links

State authorities


Specialist institutions?

University institutions
Circulars of the University of Bonn (only accessible within the university)

Status: April 28, 2020


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