The University of Bremen is working with a level plan for teaching, which is based on the state corona ordinance. However, the levels of the teaching plan do not necessarily have to correspond with those of the state’s warning levels. The University of Bremen crisis team determines and decides the currently valid level of the level plan for teaching.
At the moment, level 1 of our plan applies, whilst warning level 0 applies in Bremen State. It remains obligatory to wear a mask in buildings, learning spaces, and classrooms when social distancing of 1.5 m cannot be adhered to.
The obligation to wear a medical-grade mask applies to all persons aged 16 or above It remains unchanged that children and youths up to 15 years of age are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering. Surgery masks, FFP2-standard masks, or comparable masks are considered medical-grade masks.
The current state corona regulations explain that the mandatory wearing of 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).