Coronavirus latest

Last updated: 12/04/2022
General Hygiene Plan | updated 07/04/2022
Suspected illness & Reporting cases of illness | updated 08/04/2022

Teaching, Learning & Application | updated 06/07/2022


COVID-19 protection measures for the 2022 summer semester

The 2022 summer semester as a face-to-face semester with COVID-19 protective measures in place

University access
Only persons not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and who do not display any of the typical SARS-CoV-2 symptoms (see ‘Suspected infection’ further down) are permitted to access the university grounds and building, participate in subject seminars and university examinations, attend rehearsals, use workshops etc., perform professional tasks as employees, and participate in cultural events. Detailed information on the respective regulations can be found in the latest General hygiene plan.

Mandatory medical-grade masking

The wearing of medical-grade masks, preferably FFP2 masks, is mandatory in all university buildings, when performing professional tasks as employees, when participating in subject seminars and university examinations, when attending rehearsals, when using workshops etc.

During events with audiences, audience members will be required to wear an FFP2 mask throughout the entire performance, including when seated.

When engaging in artistic activities where masks cannot be worn, we urge all participants to get tested beforehand, be more mindful of physical distancing, wear a mask as often as possible, and take additional hygiene measures.

Personal responsibility

All university members and guests are obliged to act in such a way that they do not expose themselves or others to any inappropriate infection risks. This means demonstrating a suitable sense of solidarity and personal responsibility in adhering to the general code of conduct regarding distancing and hygiene (‘AHA’ rules).

Physical distancing (1.5 metres apart) on university grounds and in university buildings

Wherever possible, everyone should generally keep at least 1.5 metres apart from each other when on university premises. Exceptional cases are established in the General hygiene plan.

Suspected infection

Anyone experiencing symptoms such as a cough, high temperature or fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste, sniffles/cold, sore throat or head and joint pain, which could indicate SARS-CoV-2 infection, should stay home, follow the AHA+L+A principle and obtain advice via telephone: the on-call medical service is available on 116 117.

What to do in the event of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19

Teachers and employees must contact krankmeldung(at)
Students must contact studienberatung(at)
You will then receive the relevant instructions on how to proceed. The latest individual measures are also always available for viewing at:

University testing services for employees and students
The university provides all employees with one self-test a week, performed at the on-site testing centres.

Free tests are available to students while stocks last.

Locations for rapid tests and self-tests:

Essen-Werden campus | Foyer of the Pina Bausch Theatre | 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday

Theatre Centre | Side entrance | 7am – 4pm daily
Duisburg campus | Foyer | 8am – 4pm Monday to Saturday, 9am - 4pm Sunday
Quartier Nord campus | Entrance area | 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm Saturday

Get vaccinated!
Getting vaccinated against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is the most effective protection against COVID-19 and virus spread. The university administration thus urges you to make use of the vaccination services available.

Vaccinations must use one of the vaccines accredited in the EU (BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax).
The latest information is available at:

Folkwang Regulations on Rule Exceptions
In the Folkwang Regulations on Rule Exceptions, the President’s Office of the Folkwang University of the Arts makes exceptional rules in compliance with the Coronavirus Epidemic Higher Education Ordinance. All resulting information on tertiary studies, teaching & applications can be found here.

General Hygiene Plan
Please read about the further applicable rules in the General Hygiene Plan.

Folkwang Library
Folkwang Library is open to all Folkwanglers. For detailed information, please see the Folkwang Library FAQ.

Student canteen and Folkwang Café
The AStA Café, Folkwang student canteen (Essen-Werden campus) and the bistro (Welterbe Zollverein campus) are open and are governed by the rules of the latest NRW Coronavirus Protection Regulations for university canteens / dining.