SARS-CoV-2 wird von Seife zerstört

Measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus

The aim of all measures is to contain the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and thus the protection of employees, students and animal owners.
Please act responsibly and attach importance to contact minimization and contact reduction in all actions.

Previous Updates

+++++ Update October 6, 2022 +++++

Infection protection at the TiHo

  • Wearing of FFP2 masks in all buildings, corridors, lecture halls and other rooms.
  • Exceptions from wearing FFP2 masks:
  1. after arrival at the destination (e.g. seat in seminar room, event room), if a distance of 1.5 m to other persons can be maintained, or
  2. if constant ventilation is ensured (e.g. open stall)
  • Adherence to hygiene rules, i.e. hand washing/hand disinfection as well as sneezing or coughing into the crook of the arm
  • Ventilation of closed rooms by shock ventilation for 5-10 minutes with the window wide open;

Long-term tilted windows for ventilation are expressly not desired due to excessive energy consumption.
If the general pandemic situation requires further measures to protect against infection, the TiHo internal guidelines will be adapted accordingly.


+++++ Update July 20, 2022 +++++

Currently, preparations for the upcoming winter semester are in full swing - a brief preliminary information:

Two scenarios are being prepared: Version A is predominantly face-to-face teaching - this is the desired scenario. In case the pandemic conditions become worse, a version B is planned. After that, teaching must again take place under "coronary restrictions" - similar to last year - but with more practical work. 

+++++ Update April 6, 2022 +++++

Dear students,

the summer semester begins! Welcome back and good luck! Please note that hygiene rules still apply at the TiHo, FFP2 masks are mandatory and distances must be observed. And: Please stay at home if you have cold symptoms!

+++++ Update March 23, 2022 +++++

The protection of TiHo employees is very important to the TiHo. Therefore, the FFP2 mask obligation continues to apply in all buildings of the university!

External persons, guests and patient owners are asked to present a 3G proof when entering the university buildings without being asked!

There is no longer a right or obligation to home office.

The extended pandemic-related provisions for children's sick pay have been extended until September 23, 2022!

+++++ Update March 16, 2022 +++++

The welfare of the employees and the preservation of the ability to work in the university facilities are of the highest priority for the TiHo. For this reason, the current safety and hygiene concept of the TiHo will applied unchanged despite the planned relaxations at the federal level.

+++++ Update February 14, 2022 +++++

The "Allgemeinverfügung der Region Hannover über die Erweiterung der Regelungen zur Maskenpflicht im Regionsgebiet", which applied in Hannover since January 14, 2022, has expired. The FFP2 mask obligation for all facilities of the TiHo nevertheless remains in force.

+++++ Update January 14, 2022 +++++

Since January 14, 2022, the "Allgemeinverfügung der Region Hannover über die Erweiterung der Regelungen zur Maskenpflicht im Regionsgebiet" has been in force in Hannover. This results in a FFP2 mask obligation for all premises of the TiHo to protect against infection with SARS-CoV-2. As before, each facility organizes the procurement of the masks itself. The Allgemeinverfügung is initially valid until February 10, 2022.

+++++ Update December 17, 2021 +++++

Unfortunately, the Omikron variant aggravates the infection situation once again. Therefore, all students (including those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered) must, with immediate effect, have an antigen test carried out at a testing center before all examinations and show the negative test evidence before the examination. The tests must not be older than 24 hours. Unfortunately, without the official and negative test certificate, access to an exam is not possible until further notice. The tests cannot be done on site, because in case of a positive result, quarantine would still have to be ordered for the other people present. In addition, masks must still be worn, the distances observed and the hygiene rules followed.

+++++ Update November 24, 2021 +++++

Since November 24, 2021, all persons entering TiHo buildings are subjected to 3G. This means that students, employees, patient owners, service providers and other guests are only allowed to enter the university if they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested. There is a legal duty of control and documentation. Therefore, everyone is requested to show the appropriate certificate.

For unvaccinated students, this means that they must present a test certificate that is no older than 24 hours, without being asked to do so.

+++++ Update November 4, 2021 +++++

From 11 October 2021 no more continued payment of remuneration in the case of officially ordered quarantine/segregation for unvaccinated persons! The Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance has announced that from 11 October 2021, in the event of quarantine/segregation, employees will only continue to be paid if the quarantine/segregation was unavoidable. In this case, employees must provide information about their vaccination status or confirm the existence of medical reasons that speak against vaccination. In the event of an official quarantine order, please contact the Personnel Department.

+++++ Update October 7, 2021 +++++

Next week, the winter semester will start under 3G conditions: All students and all employees involved in teaching must be vaccinated, recovered or tested. Individuals who are not vaccinated or recovered must submit proof of testing twice a week. Only tests administered by a primary care physician or testing center are acceptable. Students who are not at the TiHo on a daily basis are asked to have their tests done promptly (within the last 24 hours) of their practices.

TiHo is required to perform appropriate checks. In order to keep the control effort low, students can agree with their signature that their vaccination status is recorded in a list for the execution of the winter semester. Afterwards, the list will be destroyed.

+++++ Update September 8, 2021 +++++

From now on, the so-called 3G rule applies to teaching events at the TiHo: vaccinated, recovered or tested (geimpft, genesen oder getestet). The rule applies to students and employees who work in teaching and come into contact with students. Students must bring the appropriate documentation and their student ID card to each teaching event. Institutions offering the teaching event will conduct checks. Students will not be allowed to attend the face-to-face events without the appropriate documentation. Traceability is provided by the Student and Academic Affairs Department's group assignments. Groups cannot be switched.

For 1th Semester, there will be face-to-face lectures during the first four weeks of the semester (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). The staff of the Department for Student and Academic Affairs will be in charge of the controls for the events.

If students of the 9th and 10th semester cannot prove to be vaccinated or recovered, they have to present a negative PCR test to the institutions at the beginning of the Practical Year (PJ) cycle (TiHo does not cover these costs). From the second week of the PJ cycle onwards, they must then perform a rapid test twice a week under the supervision of the institution responsible for the PJ (the TiHo does not cover these costs either; the tests must be purchased by the students themselves or an appropriate certificate not older than 24 hours must be presented).

In the lecture halls and exercise rooms there is still the obligation to wear a medical mouth and nose protection. Depending on the hygiene concept of the respective institution, the mouth/nose protection can be removed at the place of use.

If you have not already done so, please use the vaccination as your contribution to fighting the pandemic and protecting your fellow human beings!

+++++ Update August 25, 2021 +++++

The courses will start in the coming winter semester on 11 October 2021. For the first semester, most of the courses will take place in attendance. We recommend all students to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and, if possible, to take advantage of a vaccination offer in their vicinity until the start of their studies in order to protect themselves, employees, students and pet owners. If you have not been vaccinated or have not recovered, you are obliged to present a daily updated (not older than 24 hours) rapid test before the courses. The costs for these tests (subject to a fee from 11 October 2021) are not covered by the TiHo.

+++++ Update July 21, 2021 +++++

Dear students,

Preparations for the coming winter semester are in full swing; the timetable will be made available in good time. Since it can unfortunately be assumed that the Corona pandemic will also lead to restrictions in the coming fall and winter, the Student Secretariat and the clinics and instituts are trying to plan the semester in such a way that there is a good balance between on-campus classes and online events. TiHo wants to offer as many exercises and on-campus classes as possible under the given conditions and still not endanger your health. Therefore, there will again be asynchronous and synchronous online lectures as well as events (exercises and seminars) in presence, which will be conducted in small groups in compliance with the AHA rules. The Commission for curricular affairs (ZSK) has given a positive decision to this approach. A good vaccination status of all lecturers and students is an important prerequisite for the planned on-campus classes. Most written examinations will again take place at HCC. Information on necessary tests, etc. must always be announced on short notice.

Good luck for the upcoming exams!

+++++ Update June 29, 2021 +++++

On 30.6.2021, the home office requirement contained in the Infection Protection Act will end. However, the TiHo's safety and hygiene concept will continue to apply at the TiHo and thus mobile working will be possible until further notice, if your work permits it and your supervisor allows it. The current regulation on business trips also remains in place. This means: You can only go on a business trip if it is unavoidable.

+++++ Update May 5, 2021 +++++

According to the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, all persons working at universities are entitled to a vaccination with increased priority. The Corona Vaccination Ordinance contains the relevant passage under: CoronaImpfV as amended by Article 1 First Ordinance Amending the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance V. v. 29 April 2021 BAnz AT 30.04.2021, concerning universities: Article 1 No. 3b.

  • Please take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated by your family doctor. You can also register at a vaccination center. The TiHo card with photo identifies you as an employee at the TiHo. If you need a written notice of employment at the TiHo, please contact the head of the institution.
  • Another option for vaccination will be available to you, probably starting in June: A vaccination center for TiHo employees will be established at the Bünteweg campus by our company medical officer, Dr. Glüer. We will be able to provide you with more details in a timely manner.
  • If you have already received a vaccination appointment, via your family doctor's care or via the waiting list at a vaccination center, please keep it so that no further delay occurs.

+++++ Update April 14, 2021 +++++

In order for face-to-face events to be possible for students, it is necessary to conduct citizen or self-testing. Currently, vaccinated students must also be tested. If new regulations are promulgated by the state or the Federal Ministry of Health, the rules will be adjusted accordingly.

For SS 2021, the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th semesters are required to take a free citizenship test weekly within a testing center or other qualified testing facilities, e.g., pharmacies, if students have face-to-face classes. ( or  In addition, self-testing may be required and provided by the college.

Proof of testing must be provided to the facilities in each case. Unfortunately, if this is not provided, participation in the course will not be possible. Students who are fully vaccinated and whose last COVID-19 vaccination was 15 days ago are excluded from the testing requirement.

All students have received an e-mail with the relevant explanations for their semester.

+++++ Update April 9, 2021 +++++

On April 12, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses students at universities in Germany. At the start of the summer semester under continuing pandemic conditions, he would like to reach as many students as possible digitally from the reopened Berlin State Library.

The address will be livestreamed from 11 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. on April 12. Afterwards, a recording will be available, optionally with German or English subtitles.

+++++ Update January 27, 2021 +++++

There are new specifications on the type of masks to be worn in the workplace. The specification states that either medical face masks or FFP2 masks must be worn in public areas.

The  Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (BMAS) has made use of its right arising from Section 18 (3) of the German Occupational Safety and Health Act (ArbSchG), according to which it may issue special legal ordinances on occupational safety and health for a limited period of time in epidemic situations of national significance pursuant to Section 5 (1) of the Infection Protection Act without the consent of the Bundesrat. The Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, which has been in effect since January 27, 2021, includes the following:

  • As an employer, we are obligated to offer home office, unless there are compelling operational reasons to the contrary. Employees are not required to use home office.
  • Company-related meetings of several people are to be reduced to a minimum.
  • In the facilities, work groups should be as small as possible and, if possible, work should be staggered.
  • Employers must provide medical face masks or FFP2 masks for working at the facility if requirements for rooms or distance cannot be met for certain reasons.

The regulation is valid for a limited period until March 15, 2021.

We are already implementing a large part of the regulations (see SARS-CoV-2 safety and hygiene concept). If contact reduction is not possible, the affected employees are to be provided with medical surgical masks or FFP2 masks.

+++++ Update January 20, 2021 +++++

New regulation on children's sick pay decided

The federal government has decided to provide more children's sick days in 2021 as well. The entitlement is to apply retroactively from January 5, 2021.


  • Parent couples ten additional days per parent and child (previously ten), i.e. 20 days for 2021
  • Single parents 20 additional days per child (previously 20), i.e. 40 days for 2021
  • Couples and single parents with two children can apply for a maximum of 80 days.
  • If there are more than two children, the entitlement increases to a maximum of 90 days per parent or single parent.

With the special provision for 2021, parents are also eligible if the child must be cared for at home due to the pandemic because

  • schools or daycare centers are closed
  • the child has to be quarantined,
  • compulsory attendance is suspended,
  • parents are required to care for their child at home.

If your child is sick, you still need the so-called children's sick certificate, which you as parents receive from your pediatrician. The familiar procedure applies here.

If your child has to be cared for at home due to the pandemic, you can apply directly to your health insurance provider. We do not yet have any reliable information about the procedure planned there. The health insurers may require you to submit a certificate from the daycare center or school in order to apply for children's health benefits. The Federal Government is currently in discussion with the health insurance funds on the concrete implementation and application of this regulation. The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs is working to make implementation as simple as possible for parents and institutions. As an employer, please notify the university of your claim for children's sick pay due to a pandemic-related childcare emergency using the following form. Eligible parents are legally insured working parents who are themselves eligible for sick pay and whose child is younger than twelve (or dependent on assistance due to a disability) and is legally insured.

+++++ Update December 15, 2020 +++++

Video message at the end of the year

TiHo President Dr. Gerhard Greif takes a short stock of the year and addresses you with a greeting at the end of the year.

You can watch the video message here.

+++++ Update November 23, 2020 +++++

Dear students,

for the winter semester 2020/21, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is again providing you with the ‚Überbrückungshilfe‘. If you are in a financial emergency due to the corona-pandemic, you can apply for the grant here. Please note that you must submit a separate application for each month.

+++++ Update September 4, 2020 +++++

Information for returning travelers:

If you are entering Germany from a risk area, you must enter a 14-day quarantine. If you can present a negative corona test (medical certificate), you are exempt from the quarantine obligation.