Expiry of the Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance

Due to the steady decrease in infection rates and a milder course of infection overall, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has chosen not to prolong the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance which expired on 25 May 2022. Consequently, all rules and provisions mandated by the ordinance are no longer in effect.

Nonetheless, protection against infection remains an important aspect of our workplace interactions at the University of Münster. To prevent infection and minimise the risk of contracting Covid-19, the University management recommends continued compliance with all hygiene guidelines and infection protection rules. At the very least, medical face masks should be worn in all WWU buildings, courses and examinations as this has proven to be an especially effective method of preventing infection.

We have also seen that the spread of infection can be most effectively curbed by early detection. We all can reduce our chances of (repeated) infection by simply getting tested on a regular basis. To this end, the federal government continues to provide free resident tests. You can find a list of all coronavirus testing centres in Münster at https://www.muenster.de/corona_testungen.html

If you happen to come in close contact with an infected person at the workplace, we recommend taking a coronavirus rapid test every day for the next five days. In such cases, the University management will see to it that you receive the necessary coronavirus rapid tests through the Occupational Health and Environment Protection Office (StabAU).