Important Information on Corona and impacts of Corona on teaching (as of 05.05.2020)
Cases of infection with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) have been confirmed in all federal states of Germany, including Lower Saxony, here inter alia in Celle district. In order to protect yourself and others, the following information and instructions must be observed:
1. Teaching in times of Corona:
FIT starts Online Teaching
- For the time being, NO PRESENCE EVENTS such as lectures or seminars will take place ON THE PREMISES OF FIT. Instead, the courses will be held DIGITALLY. Online Teaching via MS Teams begins these days.
- @ ALL
Lectures will be held through online/digital tools and channels.
Modules, lectures and seminars will be held through a programme called MS Teams. MS Teams is part of your Office 365. Your lecturer already contacted you these days to invite you to the diverse study groups and to give you further information and instructions how to use the programme.
- @ ITDG 1 and ITMGC 1
... will start their Module 20/18, "Preparation of a BA thesis", next week, beginning on April 20 (you will receive a specific mail with further information).
- @ ITDG 2 and 3 and ITMGC 2 and 3
... your modules will start with a "test phase" of 7-10 day, starting on April 20, in which the online tools and teams will be constituted and tested, in order to guarantee that each and every student has access to it. In case you have technical problems, we will eagerly work to sort these out and resolve them. Regular online presence will be expected for time slots to be communicated as of April 27. Study material will be put online and will be accessible via designated channels on your MS Team platform.
- @ ALL
Please, check FIT Homepage for further information on a daily basis. All current information is provided in English (https://www.fh-hermannsburg-eng.landeskirche-hannovers.de/) as well as in German (https://www.fh-hermannsburg.de/).
2. Important rules for contact reduction:
- Everyone is urged by German law to reduce contacts with other people outside the members of their own household to an absolutely necessary minimum.
- In public, a minimum distance of 1.5 m must be maintained wherever possible.
- Staying in the public space is only permitted alone, with another person not living in the household or in the company of members of the own household.
Follow the instructions of the local authorities.
3. Important Hygiene instructions to be followed:
Protection against the corona virus follows general recommendations on influenza and other respiratory diseases. It is important to
- Follow rules with regard to coughing and sneezing:
When coughing and sneezing, keep your distance
and turn away; hold the crook of your arm in front
of your mouth and nose or use a handkerchief that
you should dispose immediately (respiratory
- Practice a good hand hygiene:
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (min. 20 seconds) and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Refrain from shaking hands, huggings and close body contact.
- Keep a distance to sick people (about 1,5 to 2 meters)
For detailed hygiene instructions (in English) from Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) and other institutions, please check the links in the Infobox on the right.
4. Masks compulsory in shops and public transport:
According to the regulation of the state of Lower Saxony in the version valid from 27 April 2020, the following applies:
It is compulsory to cover nose and mouth with an ordinary (non-medical) mask when using public transport (bus, train, taxi). It is also compulsory to cover nose and mouth when in shops. Violation of this obligation is an administrative offence and may result in a fine. The same applies in almost all federal states in Gerany.
Rector Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Richebächer presented the students currently on campus with appropriate mouth-nose-masks sewn by Prof. Dr. Drea Fröchtling. Many thanks to Prof. Fröchtling for this great support!
5. Information on the current situation from Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) and Federal Ministry of Health:
Please keep yourself informed about the ongoing development.
The RKI and the Federal Ministry of Health inform daily about the current situation and issue recommendations how to act and how to control the further spread of the virus on the following homepages:
6. Special information for students who are currently staying abroad or are planning a trip abroad (as of 05.05.2020):
(a) General information on travel within Germany and abroad:
The Federal Foreign Office has issued a worldwide travel warning. It is recommended that travellers obtain information on the current situation, possible entry restrictions and travel restrictions from the embassy or consulate of their destination country before starting their journey. The Federal Government also warns against unnecessary tourist travel abroad - and also within Germany.
In view of the current situation, it is advisable to generally avoid trips that are not necessary.
(b) Entries from abroad:
(1) The Federal Government has ordered travel restrictions and temporary checks at the German borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark and for passengers arriving by air from Italy and Spain. The regulations on travel restrictions and border controls will initially apply until 15.05.2020.
- There are no entry restrictions for German citizens.
They are permitted to enter Germany.
- Travellers without German nationality may only enter Germany
with valid need for travel. Proof of this should be available if possible.
Travellers with no valid need for travel will not be permitted.
- Citizens of EU Member States and countries associated with Schengen and their family members and citizens of the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members are allowed
- to travel through Germany to reach their home country if no other travel connection is possible
- to enter if their home or legal residence is in Germany.
- Third-country nationals with a long‑term right of residence in an EU Member State or the countries mentioned above (residence permit or long‑term visa, e.g. for study or work purposes).
- Third-country nationals with urgent reason for entry (Evidence should be carried). The decision is taken by the official on the spot.
For details and current information please refer to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/kurzmeldungen/EN/2020/03/corona-ein-und-ausreise-en.html
(2) Introducing of border controls:
The temporary border controls successively reintroduced at the borders between Germany and Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy and Spain will be extended until 15 May 2020.
(3) Quarantine obligation for travellers:
All persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany by land, sea or air, from another country - including Germans, EU citizens, citizens of a Schengen-associated state or persons who have been resident in Germany for many years and enter Germany - will be required to pass a two-weeks mandatory quarantine when they return to their residence in Germany after having been abroad for several days.
They are currently required to isolate themselves by domestiv quarantine. They must proceed directly to their own home, or other suitable accommodation, immediately after their arrival and remain there exclusively for a period of 14 days after their entry into the country.They are also required to contact their competent public health office (Gesundheitsamt) without delay and inform the latter of their entry into the country.
(4) So called risk areas:
Since 10.4.2020, the Robert Koch Institute has no longer identified any international risk areas or particularly affected areas in Germany.
COVID-19 is now spread worldwide. In a considerable number of countries there are outbreaks, some with large case numbers; the exact case numbers of other countries are not known. There is therefore a risk of transmission both in Germany and in a vast number of regions worldwide.
c) Travel from Germany to other countries:
The Foreign Office warns against unnecessary tourist travel abroad, as strong and increasing drastic restrictions on international air and travel, worldwide entry restrictions, quarantine measures and restrictions on public life in many countries are to be expected. This will continue to apply until further notice, for the time being - at least until June 14, 2020 inclusive.
Some countries have imposed entry bans or special controls on certain groups of people or flights from certain regions. Changes to the entry and quarantine regulations are sometimes made without prior notice and with immediate effect. Some of these measures also affect travellers from Germany. Travellers should therefore obtain information from the embassy or consulate of the country they are visiting in Germany before starting their journey.
7. What to consider when returning from risk areas
With reference to the general disposition of the administrative district Celle of 11.03.2020, which is binding also for FIT, the management of FIT hereby orders the following:
- For all students arriving in or returning to Germany from abroad, a 14-day domestic quarantine will be ordered at a location off campus. This also applies if no coronary symptoms (cough, rhinitis, neck scratching and fever, possibly diarrhoea) have currently occurred. Contact with other people should be avoided as far as possible.
- If you do not have a suitable place to stay off campus, please contact the Student Secretariat.
- In general: Only if after 14 days no symptoms (cough, cold, neck scratching and fever, possibly diarrhoea) have appeared, you can return to the FIT campus.
- If possible, please contact the Student secretariat or the university management by telephone 1 week before your departure from your current place of residence and especially before you arrive on campus.
- Please consider the following when planning your trip:
A quarantine due to a corona infection or suspected infection on the FIT campus would not only affect you personally, but could possibly spread to the entire university community. Only the responsible actions of each and every one of us can prevent this from happening for the university community.
8. If coronary symptoms occur or there is a suspicion of a corona
If you show typical corona symptoms ((cough, colds, sore/itchy throat, and fever, possibly diarrhoea)) or assume that you have been infected with the virus, please
- DO NOT visit your doctor's surgery,
- but contact your doctor by telephone.
- If he or she is not available, please call the emergency service of the health insurance company at 116 117.
- Stay away from other people and follow the instructions of the doctor or emergency service.
If you are already on campus, also inform the Student Secretariat or the university management by phone or email; they will assist you.
9. Further helpful information can be found on the following internet pages
- WHO - Advice for the public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
- Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung
- Auswärtiges Amt