Coronavirus latest

Last updated: 15/10/2021
Teaching, Learning & Application | updated 18/10/2021
General Hygiene Plan | updated 07/09/2021
Suspected illness & Reporting cases of illness | updated 18/10/2021

The 21/22 winter semester is being held face-to-face, in compliance with ‘3G’, hygiene and physical-distancing rules.

General capacity limits no longer apply to certain teaching and examination formats. To maintain the necessary infection controls, the existing requirements regarding full vaccination, recovery or testing (the ‘3G requirements’), mandatory wearing of medical-grade masks and adherence to physical-distancing rules (1.5 metres) remain the most important measures for safeguarding university operations. Room occupancy will be as per the general hygiene regulations.

‘3G requirements‘
Only persons who meet the ‘3G requirements‘ may enter the university building and grounds. This means they have either recovered from previous COVID-19 infection, are fully vaccinated or have been tested (‘3G requirements’). Compliance with this requirement will be checked, which is why everyone must have both proof of the above and photo ID on them at all times.

Mask requirement
Wearing of FFP2 or surgical masks is generally compulsory on the Folkwang campus and inside university premises. Any exceptions are established in the General Hygiene Plan.

Maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 metres apart
Keeping the minimum distance apart is generally mandatory at all Folkwang campuses and in all university rooms. Any exceptions are established in the General Hygiene Plan.

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

Recognised tests for non-immunised persons

Non-immunised persons, i.e. persons who have neither been fully vaccinated nor recovered from previous COVID-19 infection, must provide evidence of a recognised test taken in the 48 hours immediately prior. The university will also continue to offer its employees two tests per week, though these will now have to be performed at the university’s testing centres. The tests may be used as proof for gaining entry to the university premises (‘3G requirements’) and as proof of the post-holiday test. Self-tests will no longer suffice for meeting the requirements.

Tests for students
The university will be offering students tests until the end of November as a transition to the 3G requirements. From Decembre, non-immunised students will thus be required to take (paid) tests outside of the university premises. Exemptions will only apply to persons who are unable to be vaccinated on medical grounds or who have been vaccinated with vaccines not recognised in the European Union.

There is now low-threshold access to vaccines. The university administration urgently asks for everyone to make use of this. The university will be making additional vaccination offerings available at the start of the semester.

Since 1 October, GPs have been the first port of call for anyone interested in vaccination. Medical practices in NRW currently running vaccination clinics can be found by visiting the following link:

The vaccinations must be performed using the vaccines approved for use in the EU (BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson).

Electronic tracing will no longer be performed. If university members become infected, they must report this to the university. What to bear in mind here and how to report an infection can be found under the ‘Suspected cases, confirmed cases & sick notes’ menu item.

Locations for rapid tests and self-tests:
Essen-Werden campus | Foyer of the Neue Aula auditorium | 8am – 4pm daily
Theatre Centre | Side entrance & tent in front of main entrance | 8am – 4pm daily
Duisburg campus | Foyer | 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday
Quartier Nord campus | Entrance area | 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Arts events

Events involving audiences are permitted again, and are generally subject to the same requirements as the other university operations.

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, the Folkwang student canteen (Essen-Werden Campus) and Bistro (Zollverein World Heritage Campus) are open.Visitors are asked to provide proof of compliance with the ‘3G rules’, as well as photograph ID.