Further extension and tightening of the lockdown

(according to email from the Managing Director from January 20, 2021)

Dear all,

Due to the continuously high infection rates and concerns about more contagious variants of the coronavirus, the federal and state governments decided yesterday to extend and tighten the lockdown. Work at the MPS will also be adapted to the new situation. Therefore, please note the following points:

  • Self-made masks made of fabric (so-called community masks) as well as scarves or shawls to cover the mouth and nose are no longer permitted at MPS. Instead, please wear a surgical mask or FFP2 mask as soon as you are outside your office or workplace. If you need to perform tasks that don’t allow you to maintain the minimum distance of 2 meters from other people, please be sure to use FFP2 masks. Both types of masks will be provided to you at the reception desk. (Please also refer to the attached information from our company physician (unfortunately available in German only). He recommends wearing FFP2 masks and explains how they can be used multiple times).
  • All guests entering the Institute must wear an FFP2 mask. Please inform your guests of this regulation before they arrive at MPS. If guests do not have their own FFP2 masks, MPS will provide such masks at the reception desk.
  • Further, all employees are encouraged to work from home in coordination with their supervisors and to the extent possible. All supervisors have been asked by the crisis team to allow home office as much as possible and to reconsider how to further reduce the number of people present in their area of responsibility. For example, it should also be possible to perform urgently needed work on site at the Institute for only a few hours a day and to work in the home office for the rest of the day. If these considerations result in changes for you, your supervisor will inform you.
  • Once again, we urge you to scrupulously adhere to all existing rules of social distancing and hygiene at the Institute. Supervisors are asked to ensure compliance with the rules in their areas of responsibility.

If you have any suggestions, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the crisis team at corona-info@mps.mpg.de or speak directly to a member of the crisis team.

Best wishes,
Laurent Gizon

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