IMPRS & Covid-19

SARS-CoV-2 in Germany - Information

General Information

Here we provide two links concerning the corona pandemic where you could find regularly updated information:

- The Federal Ministry of Health

- The Robert Koch Institut

Germany extends Covid-19 measures lockdown until March 28th, 2021 (update 4th March, 2021):

But there are new Regulations for the lockdown in Baden Wuerttemberg from March 15, 2021:

  • NEW: Schools and daycare centres will be open and restart.
  • NEW: Private meetings with your own household plus another household is permitted. Children up to the age of 14 are not counted as part of this figure.
  • NEW: Shops will start to reopen, depending on the incidence number of their district (Landkreis).
  • NEW: Service businesses (foot care, nail studios, etc.) will reopen.
  • Hairdressers will be able to reopen on March 1, 2021.
  • The hospitality industry may continue to deliver food or sell food to take away and eat at home. Food may not be eaten on the premises. There will be a ban on the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public. Fines will be imposed for contraventions.
  • Church services and religious gatherings in synagogues and mosques are only possible under specific preconditions. The Federal Ministry of the Interior will engage with the religious communities.
  • The federal and state governments urgently appeal to all citizens to avoid all non-essential travel inside and outside Germany between now and March.
  • Sectors of the economy that are particularly hard hit by the restrictions will continue to receive financial support.
  • A medical mask must be worn in public transport, during shopping, in workplaces, at service businesses, in doctor's offices, during religious services.
  • All this information in German can be found in this pdf file, provided by the state of Baden Württemberg.

The "Ordinance of the State Government on Infection Protection Measures against the Spread of the SARS-Cov-2 Virus" in the version from 25 th January, 2021 on in English, provided by the state of Baden Württemberg can be found in this pdf file. The German version from 7th March 2021 can be found here.

Note that some rules were slightly different in different states, in particular concerning the closure of universities. The link explains the new laws in German, but also provides information in foreign languages.

IMPRS related

All institutes  and also IMPRS, have been mostly virtual institute over the last months. This is a preventive measure and will  apply initially for an undefinite period. The IMPRS Office can be reached via email. 

Concerning the lecturing, teaching activities at Heideberg University, we definitely could not return to normal university life at the start of the winter term 2020.

Heidelberg University is now trying to offer as many face-to-face events in small groups – from laboratory courses to colloquia for examination candidates.

Large-scale lecture courses will take place digitally. As far as is technically and organisationally possible, lectures will be available to students as a combination of physical events and digital formats.

Here is a link to the Heidelberg University website on corona virus-related information which will be updated regulary.

On the following website, provided by the Heidelberg University, you can also find information on Regulations for entering and living in Germany. For further information, please contact the International Office of your institute.


Update April 2, 2020:  PhD examina:  two options will be offered, in brief:

1) Remote exam:  with candidate and chair examiner only in the room; other examiners connected via heiCONF; entry to the building controlled

2) As usual:  but in a different, larger room as usual ("GoldBox", INF 226, ground floor). Examiners will be requested to confirm their availability. No audience allowed. Also no other people allowed in the building (no parents, friends, ...)

Please contact the HGSFP well in advance to your exam.


Here you find further Covid related links listed in English:

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