In addition to the current regulations, since February 1, 2021, it is obligatory that all persons aged 16 or above wear a medical-grade mask. It remains unchanged that children and youths up to 15 years of age are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering. The regulation applies in all areas of movement (entryways, exits, hallways, elevators, etc.), in sanitary facilities, or waiting rooms in university buildings, and all outside areas of the university. Surgery masks, FFP2-standard masks, or comparable masks are considered medical-grade masks.
Surgical masks will be handed out by security at the entrances to university buildings.
If an office is being shared, staff in administration, the faculties, and deaneries must also wear medical-grade masks when seated. This also applies to all meetings.
If all other safety measures are met (distance regulation, spit protection, regular ventilation, etc.), it is possible to refrain from the wearing of masks in shared offices, if all parties involved agreed to this.
Under the above stated conditions, the use of masks can also be refrained from during face-to-face interviews (appointment and job application proceedings).
In addition, the currently valid Corona Ordinance of the Bremen State specifies that the obligation to wear a mask may be waived under the following conditions:
You might not be obligated to wear a mask due to a medical indication or due to pregnancy. Please always carry your medical certificate with you to the university so that you can present this when someone asks you about your missing mask.
Additionally, the obligation to wear a mask does not apply for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, those accompanying them, and, for persons who communicate with them.
(Additions/changes are to be expected).
Recommendations on how long the different masks should be worn:
For the textile mouth-nose covering, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) recommends to wear masks no longer than three hours during light physical activity (e.g. office work).
Surgical masks should not be worn longer than two hours during moderate physical activity (e.g. janitorial exercises). This time period can be extended to three hours during light physical activity, provided that the mask has not yet become wet. After that, a break of 30 minutes should be adhered to, after which the mask can be worn again for the same duration as before. For FFP2 masks without an exhalation valve, masks should be worn no longer than 75 minutes, followed by a 30-minute break with a maximum of five uses per work shift.
You can find more information on mouth-nose coverings, medical-grade masks, and particle-filtering partial masks here (in German only).