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3G Rule:   OL    WHV

At the university locations in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven, the 3G rule currently applies to all persons in all buildings and rooms, thus including all events (especially lectures and courses) regardless of the number of participants.

Please check this page for further details.

General rules of conduct

General information

What rules currently apply to university buildings, rooms and other premises?

People inside university buildings, rooms or on other premises must behave in such a way as to minimise the potential for infection.

  • The 3G rule applies inside all university buildings and rooms, places of study and teaching, or workplaces outside university buildings and rooms. As a rule, access is restricted to individuals who have been vaccinated, have recovered or been tested. This applies to both employees and students as well as guests and other external individuals. Exceptions may be made in order for individuals to be tested or vaccinated.
  • A general mask mandate applies in all university buildings and rooms. There are additional rules for employees and their workplaces.
  • Social distancing must be observed in all university buildings and rooms.
  • Crowding must be avoided when distancing requirements on outdoor premises cannot be met.

The RKI's hygiene rules apply to everyone:

  • Do not sneeze into your hands.
  • Always sneeze or cough into a tissue or the crook of your arm; dispose of used tissues immediately.
  • Wash hands more frequently for at least 30 seconds.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m in all personal encounters (recommendation).

What rules apply to lecture halls, meeting and conference rooms at the university?

Until further notice, the 3G rule applies inside all university buildings and rooms, i.e. access is restricted to individuals who have been vaccinated, have recovered or been tested.

University lecture halls, meeting rooms and conference rooms are available for in-person use. Generally, neither separate applications for in-person events nor case-by-case reviews are required. However, to protect attendees, the following restrictions apply to room utilisation during winter semester 2021/2022:

  • For in-person events (academic teaching excluded) in university buildings and rooms, the maximum number of participants must not exceed 200
  • In-person teaching-related events and examinations featuring no more than 100 participants may take place in university buildings and rooms. Maximum occupancy is determined by a room’s designated capacity.

As a rule, masks must be worn in all lecture halls, classrooms, meeting and conference rooms.

How must rooms be set up, and how many people are allowed?

Information and tips can be found in the university's hygiene concept (p. 14/15):

Hygiene concept

What distancing rules must be observed in workplaces, lecture halls, course and seminar rooms as well as during internships?

For details, please refer to the university's hygiene concept (p. 6/7):

Hygiene concept

I have an appointment with (an) external person(s) at the university. What do I have to consider?

The 3G rule applies inside all university buildings and rooms, places of study and teaching, or workplaces outside university buildings and rooms. As a rule, access is restricted to individuals who have been vaccinated, have recovered or been tested. This applies to guests and other external persons as well.

To allow for potential contact tracing, the presence of external individuals must be documented in a verifiable manner.

Shared items or surfaces must be cleaned/disinfected after each visit.

How should people proceed if they are at a higher risk of the disease progressing severely (e.g. in case of a preexisting condition, a suppressed immune system, ...)?

It is particularly important to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible, for example by following the general guidelines (washing hands, keeping distance from sick people) and other measures to reduce contact.
Educating vulnerable individuals about the disease's clinical characteristics is also important, as it can help them recognize symptoms early. Infected persons should contact their family practitioner or other medical counselling services by telephone as soon as possible.

The RKI has published information specifically for higher-risk groups (German). 

Contact points for affected persons at the university:
Employees: Employees should inform their respective superiors or contact the Division 1 - Personnel/Organization. In accordance with the company doctor, individual solutions for the employees concerned may be found.

Students: Students should contact the Division 3 - Student and Academic Affairs. In accordance with the faculties concerned, individual solutions for the students concerned may be found.

Mask mandate

When do I have to wear a mask at the university? What rules apply to the workplace, lectures, courses and seminars?

As a rule, there is a medical mask mandate inside all buildings.

Unless otherwise specified, the requirement to wear a medical face mask in permanent workplaces (sitting or standing) may be waived if the minimum distance to any other person is maintained at all times.

This does not apply to lectures, courses or seminars, where a general requirement to wear a mask for the duration of the event is in effect. This allows distances to be reduced and thus, increases room capacity for responsible in-person attendance.

Of course, masks may be removed briefly while eating or drinking (outside of meetings, gatherings, lectures and courses, or student workstations in high-traffic areas). Please maintain an adequate physical distance between yourself and others.

Legal requirements or official orders may necessitate further regulations on mask-wearing.

An overview of suitable types of masks to protect against a coronavirus infection as well as further information on obtaining and using masks can be found in the university's hygiene concept (p. 8/9):

Hygiene concept

Are there exceptions to the mask mandate, and what rules apply in such instances?

During physical excercises (sports classes, university sports, open sports) or musical activities (e.g. playing wind instruments, singing - especially in the classroom), the mask mandate may be lifted under certain circumstances and combined with supplementary protective measures. The current hygiene concept associated with these activities must provide a well-founded justification.

In the university's swimming pool area, a medical mask must be worn outside the pool. A general mask mandate also applies inside the sauna area, when outside the sauna rooms.

Please note: For the above-mentioned activities, masks may be abandoned in favor of the 3G rule, regardless of infection rates and warning levels!

Where can I get medical masks?

Medical masks are provided for employees of the University of Oldenburg as warranted and needed.

Costs: Billing takes place via a central funds centre. The organisational unit does not incur any costs.

Dispatch: Dispatch by internal mail is possible, but may take longer. In this case, please email the completed and signed issue form, including your room number, to:

Pick-up: Collect masks from the BI laboratory supply depot at Wechloy campus:

Room W3 0-135 (level 0, ground floor)

Business hours/collection times: Mon - Fri: 9.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m., Mon - Thurs: 2.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. The depot is closed in the afternoon prior to a public holiday

Download mask issue form

May FFP2 masks be worn at the university?

In the university's "Binding Hygiene Concept", the following provision is found in chapter "2.4.2 FFP2 masks at the university":

"The university does not provide FFP2 masks to be worn as protection against infection with the coronavirus. Because FFP2 masks are a class 1 respirator, special regulations apply to usage, intended usage and wearing time.

FFP2 masks may be worn for no more than 75 minutes, followed by at least a 30-minute break. Therefore, FFP2 masks are not a suitable means of (continuously worn) infection protection at the university in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

Should another hazard require the wearing of an FFP2 mask, a risk assessment must be conducted. Only then may a FFP2 mask, which is mandatory in this case, replace the medical mask."

Furthermore, before taking up work that requires an FFP2 mask, an occupational health check in accordance with principle G26 must be conducted, and the individual must be instructed by a qualified person. In addition, usage and break times must be documented.

3G rule

How is the 3G rule specifically implemented on campus?


Evidence of compliance is pro-actively checked at designated points on both Haarentor and Wechloy campus (3G registration points). There, students can register for lectures and courses by presenting proof of vaccination, recovery or negative testing. Registration is also required for other activities, such as using university workstations.

Students must register before entering a university building. An exception is made for individuals going to a registration point. Vaccinated and recovered students who have registered already and have been cleared for the entire semester need not register again.

Upon providing proof of vaccination or recovery, a digital access permit is created for the duration of winter semester. Upon providing proof of a negative test result, a digital access permit is created for the duration of the test certificate’s validity.

The university checks compliance with 3G entry restrictions and is entitled to conduct further pro-active checks at any time.


Access to workplaces is to restricted to employees who have been vaccinated, have recovered or been tested.

Supervisors or a person authorized by them are responsible for checking compliance with the 3G rule. Further information can be found in the relevant guidelines.

The university is entitled to conduct further checks at any time.

External individuals:

3G checks of external individuals, e.g. guests or visitors, are carried out by the persons in charge or other authorized personnel.

The university is entitled to conduct further checks at any time.

What rules apply to the gym, swimming pool, saunas and similar facilities at the university, including indoor areas at the Botanical Garden?

The same regulations pursuant to section 8 of the Lower Saxony Coronavirus Ordinance apply to the use of indoor sports facilities, gyms, the swimming pool, saunas and similar facilities. They also apply to the general public who wish to enter indoor areas at the Botanical Garden.

Before use or entry, staff must actively check evidence of vaccination, recovery from infection or a negative test result.

What happens if I disregard the 3G rule?

Entering buildings and rooms of the University of Oldenburg without legitimation in the form of either a negative official test result, a certificate of vaccination or of recovery is considered trespassing and can be reported. The university further reserves to right to issue an immediate ban from the premises.

Measures in case of a coronavirus infection

Who issues quarantine orders?

In accordance with the Infection Protection Act ("Infektionsschutzgesetz"), state health authorities with local jurisdiction (e.g. the local health department) may order and organise quarantine measures.

How should persons who have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and contact persons proceed? Is there a central reporting office at the university?

Persons who have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and contact persons please proceed as described below:

  • In case of a positive test result or an official quarantine order, a voluntary report should be made as soon as possible via our online contact form or by subsequently calling our corona reporting office at 0441/798-5000.
  • Persons who have not officially been ordered to quarantine help interrupt possible infection chains by staying home out of an abundance of caution.

The procedure described here represents a preventive protective measure of the University of Oldenburg and does not replace orders issued by the public health authority (“Gesundheitsamt”).

What has to be taken into account if infections occur at the university?

Please always adhere to the distance and hygiene rules applying at the university.

If you have been infected, please inform the university. You can find the central contact details under "How should persons who have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and contact persons proceed?"

If you feel ill and are experiencing symptoms of a corona infection, please follow the instructions in "I feel sick and I am showing symptoms of a corona infection. What should I do?"


How are contact persons differentiated?

The Robert Koch Institute has published an overview of definitions for differentiating between different types of contact persons (in German)

For further information, please contact your local health department.

I have symptoms of a coronavirus infection - what should I do?

Do not come to the university, but call your general practitioner's office for further clarification. Outside regular office hours, you can call the medical on-call service of the city of Oldenburg: 116 117 (nationwide).

Persons suspected of being infected with the coronavirus due to a positive rapid or self-test, symptoms of illness or contact with infected individuals are not allowed to enter the university until they have been cleared by a negative PCR test. Employees must report their absence from work to their superiors or the head of their organisational unit.

As with any other spontaneous absence, the following applies:

  • Employees: Please inform your superior by telephone or e-mail.
  • Students: Please inform the InfoService of Division 3 by telephone or e-mail.

Employees and students are asked to report any suspected cases of coronavirus infection by using the contact form "Coronavirus Reporting Form" or by calling the coronavirus reporting number 0441-798-5000. Please refer to Division 1 (employees) and Division 3 (students) to find out which simple protective measures may be used to effectively stop the infection from spreading into the university.

The procedure described here represents a preventive protective measure of the University of Oldenburg and does not replace orders issued by the Public Health Department.

Information on the Corona Warning App

The following link provides answers to frequently asked questions about using the Corona warning app: