Information on Covid-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) and how its effects the MPI-M

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.
Corona Task Force of the MPI-M, available on the Intranet

Information for Employees - updated May 3rd, 2022

Business trips in Germany should only be carried out if absolutely necessary. The approval is the responsibility of the respective head of department.

Business trips abroad, which must be questioned even more critically, must get voted with the head of department and get agreed with the director of department. There is no need to report business trips to the crisis management team of the general administration of the Max Planck Society anymore.

It is possible to obtain certificates of incapacity to work by telephone from your doctor.

Special leave can be granted in the event of daycare and school closures, closures of facilities for persons with disabilities, childcare prohibition due to segregation, as well as school or company holidays ordered by the competent authority for reasons of infection control or in the event of the lifting of compulsory attendance at a school.

The period for granting special leave has been recently extended until March19, 2022.
If you need to use special leave in an emergency, please contact Ms. Franke in Human Resources: personal@we dont want

We would like to remind you that it is very helpful to keep a contact diary. In case of an infection, the public health department would query past contacts..
Download: Contact Diary     

Regarding our recommendation to keep a contact diary, we would like to point out here that with the latest update of the Corona Warning App, the function of a contact diary is now available there. Users of the app can voluntarily note down their encounters in it, in order to be able to effectively support the health department in tracing the chains of infection in the event of an infection with the corona virus.


A good compilation of the known facts about the coronavirus can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

The Authority for Health and Consumer Protection also provides information on the topic, including specific information for Hamburg:

The city of Hamburg provides FAQs and general rulings in foreign languages:

For MPI-M employees: Find further information in the intranet of the Max Planck Society:

The Federal Ministry of Health presents three criteria which you should check in case of suspicion. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g. coughing) AND have been in a risk area in the last 14 days OR if contact with a person suffering from coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is less than 14 days ago, then contact with a doctor is recommended. Do not go to a doctor's office yourself to avoid infecting other people in an emergency, but call the doctor first (source: Authority for Health and Consumer Protection):

Hotline for Hamburg: +49 40 428 284 000

Medical emergency service (Note: It is best to call from a landline phone. Calls from mobile phones remain on hold longer, as the missing area code means that the local emergency service responsible must be determined first): 116 117

First aid emergency (!only for potentially life-threatening emergencies!): 112

Hamburg residents with relevant symptoms who have recently travelled to affected areas or who have had contact with people who may be infected can obtain advice by telephone at their doctor's surgery or at the numbers listed above. The Hamburg Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians is currently preparing the possibility of testing at home after consulting the emergency medical service (116 117) in order to avoid further contact with other people.

Guidelines Covid 19, source: Robert Koch-Institut and WHO

Self-testing at MPI-M
Self-tests will continue to be available to employees (via the Geschäftszimmer)

The Geschäftszimmer is open:
Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm
Friday from 9 am to 2 pm

COVID-19 Testing in Hamburg, last update May 20, 2021

In Hamburg, all citizens are offered at least one free antigen quick test per week (overview:
You can find the available test offers and book your appointment here:

The COVID-19 situation in Hamburg:

All employees may enter the institute without proof. Even unvaccinated persons without a current test may not be denied access to the workplace. For all other persons (visitors, guests and external companies, etc.) the 2G  access rule can be demanded.

Home office / presence work

  • Until Easter, 60% of the working time should be spent at the institute.
  • As of April 20, the proportion of presence work is then to be increased to 80% (as previously announced).
  • A flexible handling of this regulation is not excluded, but deviations have to be discussed and justified with the group leader (see office rules). The directors are available to answer any open questions.

Selection interviews and hearings in appointment procedures can be conducted both in digital form and in presence. For the latter, the regulations and conditions for events (see Seminars/Meetings/Events) must be taken into account.

The use of the technical laboratories is permitted after consultation with the group leader and in compliance with the existing distance and hygiene rules.

Dear users of the Library and Information Service for Earth System Researc

  • The general distance requirement does not apply. The minimum distance of 1.5m should be kept where this is possible.
  • The recommendation to wear an FFP2 mask when moving in the library still applies. 
  • The "Atmosphere" and "Ocean" group rooms may be used without restriction. Regular ventilation is highly recommended. The CO2 measuring devices set up are also helpful here
  • The scanners and all research terminals are released for use. Please disinfect your hands before using them (dispenser at the library entrance).
  • The lockers can be used.

Our current opening hours are:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

We are looking forward to your visit!

Best regards
Your BIS Information Team

Contact: bis.erdsystem@we dont want

    As you may know from media reports, the previous "hotspot regulation" for Hamburg will not be extended, so that from May onwards only the basic measures for infection protection decided by the Federal Government (including the distance requirement) will also apply in Hamburg. The legal requirement to wear masks will thus no longer apply, but employers must take appropriate protective measures if the distance requirement cannot be complied with.

    In our view, the wearing of FFP2 masks has proven to be an effective means of pandemic containment over the past two years. We have also found that with higher attendance at the Institute (80% rule), which we continue to adhere to, bottlenecks can occur, particularly in our hallways and stairwells.

    Masks as well as self-tests will continue to be available through the Geschäftszimmer.

    The Geschäftszimmer is open:
    Monday to Wednesday: 8:30 - 17:00
    Thursday: 8:30 - 17:00
    Friday: 8:30 - 15:00

    • Multiple occupancy offices are to be arranged in a way that allows the occupants to maintain a minimal safe distance, thereby making masks voluntary.  If this is not possible for some reason, occupants are asked to contact their group leader so that we can remedy the situation.
    • in view of the higher occupancy of the building, the one-person rule for the restrooms will be abolished.

    The parent-child room can be used in compliance with this hygiene and safety measures:

    Working meetings:

    • Meetings can be held in presence, observing the distance rules of 1.5 meters, sufficient ventilation and wearing FFP2 masks if the distance cannot be maintained.
    • Virtual meetings are of course also still possible.
    • The decision on this is the responsibility of the group leader or the respective supervisor.

    Seminars (especially Tuesday seminar):

    • The institute seminars should still be offered in hybrid format for a certain transitional period, whereby a stronger presence is aimed at, in particular to promote interdepartmental exchange.

    Events with externals and guests:

    • Again, wearing an FFP2 mask and regular ventilation in closed rooms is mandatory (except for the speaker or during presentations, etc.)
    • Adherence to the distance requirement is recommended, but is not mandatory if the spatial conditions do not allow it

    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.

    Entry requirements, regulated by The Federal Ministry of Health, changes from 15 January 2022 onwards:

    Travelling information by the City of Hamburg:

    Information on the designation of international risk areas:
    New “areas of variant of concern”, “high incidence areas”, “risk areas” and regions that are no longer considered as risk areas:

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

    To avoid the infection with Covid-19 and the associated health risks, employees are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous vaccination options that are now available. You can find information about the benefits of vaccination in this pdf file: 10 questions to ask yourself when considering vaccination

    Employees who wish to be vaccinated during working hours will be given time off to do so.