Information on Covid-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) and its effects on the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) accepts the responsibility to society at large and takes the unusual risk posed by the current pandemic very seriously. Our overarching goal is to ensure the health and safety of all employees.

Travel or return from abroad

Due to the continuing travel warning travelers abroad should inform themselves about the applicable quarantine regulations in their respective federal state, if necessary by consulting the responsible health authority both before and after their stay abroad. Staff returning from trips to (possibly newly declared) risk areas are not allowed to enter the Institute for 14 days after their return. This also applies if people from the same household (e.g. partners, children, parents, flat mates) have been in a risk area (in the above sense) within the last 14 days.

The current risk areas can be found on the RKI website:

Current travel warnings regarding COVID-19 can be found here:

Further information can be found on the re-open EU page of the European Union.

Regulations (valid until the next announcement by the task force at the beginning of December)

The Corona Task Force met on November 16 and decided that the following measures remain valid. New regulations that have been adopted in addition are marked in italics.

The following was agreed upon:

  1. We would like to continue to contribute to minimizing contacts in order to avoid the risk of infection. In many cases this will mean that you will work from home. However, we have made the experience, and here we want to learn from the situation compared to spring this year, that the intensive home office also has its dangers, e.g. isolation or poor working conditions. Therefore, we would like to ask you to consult with your group leader whether and to what extent home office or working in the institute is reasonable and suitable for your specific work and life situation. This should include, among other things, travel to work, working conditions, but also personal circumstances and general conditions. The group leaders are required to actively approach their group members. If there is a need for support, the department directors are available for help and advice, and the works council also provides support if necessary.
  2. Double occupancy of rooms should be avoided. Please coordinate the occupancy of a room with your colleagues. The departmental secretariats will also be happy to assist you here.
  3. Meetings are usually to be held virtually.
  4. Please continue to strictly ensure that you keep the required distance of at least 1.5 meters, especially in the workrooms, kitchens and also on the benches in front of the building Bundesstrasse 53.
  5. Business trips in Germany should only be carried out if absolutely necessary. The approval is the responsibility of the respective head of department. For business trips abroad, which must be questioned even more critically, it is also necessary to report them to the crisis management team of the general administration of the Max Planck Society.
  6. If you have misplaced or lost your mask, we will help you out with a disposable mask. Ask a colleague to pick up a mask from the Geschäftszimmer (room 103) (usually open from 9 - 14 h) or we will put one in your mailbox.
  7. We would like to inform you that from now on it is again possible to obtain certificates of incapacity to work by telephone from your doctor.
  8. On November 8, the immigration requirements will also change and will probably be regulated in the same way throughout Germany: All persons who enter Germany from an officially managed risk area (according to information from the RKI) will have to spend at least five days in quarantine. Only then is a corona test, which is also mandatory, possible. Until the result is available, the quarantine obligation continues.
  9. If day-care centers, schools or nursing homes are closed, special leave can also be granted for half days. Please contact the personnel administration (Mrs. Franke).
  10. Should your child or children have to remain in quarantine due to official instructions and you require special leave, please also contact Ms. Franke in the personnel administration (
  11. We would like to remind you that it is very helpful to keep a contact diary (pdf). In case of an infection, the public health department would query past contacts.

The aforementioned measures come into force with immediate effect and are valid until further notice or until new regulations are decided and communicated.

In the meantime, we will, of course, be available to answer your questions and provide information. Please feel free to contact Ulrike Kirchner, Friedhelm Jansen and/or Reiner Letscher.