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Corona Virus – Relevant information (as of December 1, 2020) for all scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

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New Regulation for within the Institute

Official regulation from NRW:

There is an obligation to wear a mask in your office if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

Regulations from the German Government

which apply in addition to the existing rules

- everyone who is traveling to Germany and has been in a risk area in the last 10 days before entry has to register with the Ministry of Health before entering Germany and proof this registration on entry. They have to be quarantined for 10 days and can get tested for Covid-19 at the earliest 5 days after arrival. Only if the result of this test is negative, the quarantine can be terminated.
- everyone should refrain from traveling altogether, accommodations (like hotels) will not be available for touristic purposes but only for urgent exceptions.

It is no longer possible to avoid quarantine or testing in Germany by proving a negative test result from abroad on entry.

- contacts should be minimized to the absolute minimum
- in public, people are only allowed to meet from 2 different households with max. 5 people
- private or public parties are unacceptable
- Christmas and New Year's Eve: from December 23, 2020 to January 1, 2021 it is allowed to meet within the closest circle of family or friends with max. 10 people (not counting children under 14)

- restaurants, bars, clubs etc. are closed and only available for food delivery or take-away
- leisure facilities like cinemas, theaters, arcades, amusement parks etc. are closed
- sport is only allowed for individuals, for two people together or from one household. Fitness studios and public swimming pools are closed

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact

Bonn has reached critical number of infected people

Bonn has reached the critical number of infected people within 7 days (regions with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week are considered as risk areas) and therefore there are the following new regulations in place (additional and expanding on the existing rules):

  • there is an obligation to wear a face mask in defined (more busy) areas of the city:
    In the area of the main station, Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz and Konrad-Adenauer-Platz a mask must be worn daily between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
    In other defined areas, a mask must be worn on workdays between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. There are signs hanging around the city, which signal where to wear a mask. You can see the sign and a list of all the streets where a mask is obligatory on the city of Bonn's website.

Please note that high penalties will be incurred if you do not comply with the regulations!

Please follow these regulations, keep washing and disinfecting your hands and keep a 1,5m distance.


Regulations from the Max Planck Society:

  • Every confirmed case of Covid-19 has to be reported to or 0228-402-273. Please also inform us if you have suspicious symptoms, so that we can quickly trace your contacts.
  • There can be no lectures or seminars running live at MPIM.
  • Professional travel must be avoided.


Regulations from us and the Max Planck Society:

  • Work from your home office as much as possible, keep your visits to MPIM brief,
  • if you enter the institute, please disinfect your hands immediately at the dispensers on the ground floor next to the elevator or at the reception desk
  • do not stay in a small office (or one without windows) with multiple people,
  • participate in virtual meetings and seminars,
  • wash and disinfect your hands regularly
  • keep at least a 1.5m distance,
  • ventilate the rooms regularly.

If you meet in person, we strongly encourage you to meet outside. In case you meet for a brief discussion at the institute, wear masks and meet in a wide and well-ventilated area, such as the blackboards in the tea area.

We all hope that normal life (at MPIM and elsewhere) can resume soon.

Gerd Faltings, Peter Scholze and Peter Teichner


Further information from our staff:

  • The reception and IT at MPIM will be staffed as usual.
  • The library is open and staffed Wednesdays. Please disinfect your hands when entering and leaving the library.
  • Our staff will work mostly from home but will be still available by e-mail and for urgent questions in person at MPIM on Wednesdays.
  • The daily tea will not take place until further notice.

We ask you to make responsible decisions for you and other people to help slow down the infection rate. We wish you good health and a positive mindset. We thank you for your understanding and will keep you updated about the situation. For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail.


Information for invited guests

You are still welcome to start your research stay at the institute as planned, but please be aware that you have to be in quarantine in your apartment for ten days, if you arrive from a risk area. Please see more information about this above, regarding new regulations starting from November 9, 2020.

Unfortunately, we cannot postpone your visit, since our office space is already fully booked. However, you can shorten your visit if needed. You can also choose the option to reapply through our online application system (no new recommendation letters are needed in this case).

If you have already booked an accommodation and you plan to cancel your stay, please contact the landlord immediately to cancel the rental contract (to avoid costs) and try to find a solution for both sides.

If you have not yet booked a flight or accommodation, please wait before doing so and book only at short notice. We do not know how the situation will change and can only recommend not to book anything yet. If you have booked your flight already, check this link to rebook or cancel for free.

Please be so kind and inform us about your plans by e-mail.

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