Coronavirus: Current information

Current ordinances of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of North-Rhine Westfalia:


Current regulations at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences



Recommendations on the basis of the Coronavirus Prevention Ordinance

With the new Infection Prevention Act, only so-called basic protection applies nationwide, although the state parliaments were able to decide on further specifications.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the current Coronavirus Prevention Ordinance prescribes the mask obligation or the 3G regulation only in narrowly defined areas (e.g. for medical or nursing facilities and public transport). The previously existing general regulations no longer apply.

On this basis, the university recommends that students continue to comply with the regulations set out there on their own responsibility, especially with regard to wearing a mask. The Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia has also issued a corresponding recommendation: "Even though a general obligation to wear a mask is not provided for in the Federal Infection Protection Act, the state and the higher education institutions recommend that students, lecturers and university employees wear a mask covering their mouth and nose while indoors at the higher education institutions".


Recommendations on the basis of the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance

Central aspects of the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance are:

  1. You are still obligated to isolate immediately after a positive test (PCR or rapid test).
  2. After doing a PCR test (due to symptoms or a positive rapid test), you must isolate until the test results are available.
  3. If you live in the same household as someone who has tested positive, you must quarantine as soon as you become aware of their positive test result. However, the following categories of persons are excluded from this quarantine requirement:
    • Fully vaccinated individuals
    • Freshly vaccinated individuals who have recently had their second dose
    • Freshly recovered individuals
    • Vaccinated and recovered individuals
  4. Regardless of exemptions, however, all persons who have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 are strongly advised to avoid close contact with others, monitor their current condition (body temperature, symptoms), and wear a medical or FFP2 mask when close contact is unavoidable for 14 days. If you are exempted from quarantine, but develop symptoms of a SARS-CoV-2 infection, you must immediately begin isolating and organise a test (at least a rapid test).
  5. In addition, if you test positive, you must immediately notify every person with whom you have had close contact in the period from two days before the test and until you received the test results. According to recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (in German), “close contact” refers to encounters between two people without masks for longer than 10 minutes and at distances less than 1.5 m, or when a poorly ventilated or non-ventilated room is shared with anyone for an extended period of time. (). You are also strongly advised to report a positive test result via the Corona-Warn-App.
  6. If you have been notified by someone who has tested positive, but do not live in the same household, you are recommended to avoid close contact with others, especially indoors and in larger groups, for 10 days after exposure, regardless of whether an official quarantine order applies. Where possible, you should work from home and, if close contact with others is unavoidable, strictly observe general hygiene and infection prevention measures to reduce the risk of transmission. The exemptions under no. 3 above apply here as well. However, the same caveat as earlier also applies: regardless of exemption, you are still strongly advised to avoid contact with others, monitor your current condition (body temperature, symptoms), and wear a medical or FFP2 mask when close contact with others is unavoidable for 14 days after exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

Affected persons are asked to send their official quarantine order, if any, to


Recommendations from the Occupational Safety team of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Occupational Safety recommends you wear a medical-grade mask in all buildings and enclosed spaces on campus. FFP2 masks are strongly recommended, as proper use largely protects the wearer from airborne infection.

Occupational Safety still recommends regular testing so that chains of infection can be identified early and interrupted by isolating at home. Generally, you should only come to campus if you are feeling healthy.

Finally, Occupational Safety recommends that you continue taking the following steps so that you and others on campus remain safe and healthy:

  • Social distancing
  • Good hygiene practices
  • Wear a mask (recommended: at least a medical-grade mask, but ideally a FFP2 mask)
  • Regularly ventilate rooms with outside air
  • Use the Corona-Warn-App to help identify, trace and interrupt possible chains of infection

Rhine-Waal University's rules of conduct

  • Don‘t enter the campus having symptoms of a cold or being feverish!
  • Maintain sufficient distance to other people (at least 1,5 m)!
  • If it is not possible to keep distance, wear at least a medical face mask!
  • Before entering campus‘ buildings, wash or disinfect your hands!
  • For coughing or sneezing use a tissue or the crook of your arm!
  • Smaller rooms may only be entered by one person at a time!
  • Elevators may only be used by one person at a time!


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