Information about coronavirus (SARS-CoV 2)


Since January 2020, the novel corona virus (SARS-CoV-2), which first appeared in China in December 2019, has spread to other countries. In the past few days we have received several inquiries how the Studentenwerk Freiberg deals with the issue and what effects this has on our offices.

The Studentenwerk Freiberg closely monitors the current developments as well as the information, tips and recommendations for action from the responsible authorities and institutions.

We ask all students, staff and all other users of our facilities for caution and support. If you are planning a trip abroad or if you are traveling back from abroad, we ask you to inform yourself comprehensively.

For this purpose, we have collected information and references to sources from the Federal Ministry of Health, the Robert Koch Institute and the Central Saxony Health Office on the Corona Virus.

Measures in the Studentenwerk Freiberg

Here you will find an overview of all activities related to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV 2):

  • 02.11.2020 - Due to the tightening measures ordered for November to contain the pandemic, new regulations also apply again in the Studentenwerk. In the cafeterias, until November 30th only 2 people sit at a table - consumption on site is still possible. Mouth and nose covers must be worn in all corridors of the Studentenwerk. For appointments in the areas, the visitor's contact details are recorded. Furthermore, the following applies: With symptoms that indicate COVID-19, staying in the facilities of the Studentenwerk is prohibited.

  • 18.05.2020 - The daycare centers of the Studentenwerk are open again for all children. The general decree of the Free State of Saxony stipulated that the groups must be strictly separated.

  • 18.05.2020 - In addition to the to-go offer, meals can now be consumed directly on site.

  • 04.05.2020 - The canteens of the Studentenwerk Freiberg open again. For the time being, dishes are only available to take away. Wearing a mouth and nose cover is mandatory. Access is prohibited for anyone with symptoms of a cold.

  • 20.04.2020 - The Saxon State Government has released the exit restrictions of March 23, 2020. In the future there will be no reason to leave the apartment necessary. A contact restriction remains in effect, which means that a maximum of 2 people who do not belong to a common household may come together. The minimum distance of 1.5m must be observed (also applies to visits to the dorm!). In public transport and when shopping, wearing a mouth-nose cover became mandatory (a scarf or cloth is also sufficient).

  • 20.04.2020 - By general decree, the emergency care entitlement in the daycare centers was expanded. You can find an overview of the areas of critical infrastructure here. It also applies that both custodians must belong to the critical infrastructure in order to be entitled to emergency care. Exceptions to this rule are: health care and nursing, emergency services (including the fire brigade), public transport, police or prisons, school service and child day care (including school children in final classes with their own children who are responsible for childcare), local government or state administration, provided that a person with custody of a guardian is tasked with fighting the corona pandemic. Here it applies that one person with legal guardianship must be active in the aforementioned areas and the second person with legal guardianship must be prevented from attending for operational or business reasons.

  • 01.04.2020 - Due to the closure of the canteens, the laundromats were converted in the dormitories, so you do not need to charge your Student-ID to use this.

  • 24.03.2020 - Change in the right to emergency care: from 24.03.2020 children can also be brought into emergency care if a parent (who is custodian) works in the healthcare system, in the area of outpatient or inpatient care or in the police service.

  • 23.03.2020 - With the general decree of the Free State of Saxony, exit restrictions will come into force on March 23, 2020. These include the following measures:

    • Leaving the apartment / flat share / room without good reason is prohibited.
    • Exceptions are for example:

      • Averting an immediate danger to life, limb and property
      • Practice of the profession (this also includes the way there and back to the respective workplace),
      • There and back to emergency childcare
      • Purchases for personal needs
      • Visits to the post office
      • Visits to the doctor, therapies, blood donation
      • Keeping appointments with authorities, courts, bailiffs, lawyers and notaries that cannot be postponed
      • Visiting spouses and life partners as well as long-term relationships, sick people or people with restrictions (no friend visits!)
      • Sport and exercise in the fresh air, exclusively alone or accompanied by a spouse or partner with whom you live
      • Care of animals

  • The general decree you can find here.

  • 17.03.2020 - As part of the general decree, the Saxon state government has prohibited the operation of student canteens and cafeterias from Thursday. The canteen Freiberg opens on 18.03.2020 and then closes until 20.04.2020.

  • 17.03.2020 - Due to the closure of the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, the Mensa Mittweida is likely to remain closed from Wednesday, 18.03.2020 until 20.04.2020.

  • 16.03.2020 - No disadvantages for BAföG recipients! According to the decree by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, payments under the BAföG are made as if the lectures at the universities had started as planned.

  • 16.03.2020 - To protect against further infections caused by the corona virus (SARSCoV-2), there are no personal consulting times in the entire Studentenwerk. Instead, please use the telephone and e-mail for all questions and problems. We'll help you anyway.

  • 15.03.2020 - The canteens of the Studentenwerk will open regularly on Monday, 16.03.2020. When using the facilities, we ask for consideration and compliance with hygiene tips (see below).

  • 13.03.2020 - By order of the city of Freiberg and in accordance with the decree of the Saxon state government, the daycare centers Hornmühlenweg and Campuszwerge will remain from 16.03. up to and including April 19 closed. Information about the closure can be found in the News.

  • 12.03.2020 - Disinfectant dispensers have been installed in all public areas of the Studentenwerk to support personal hygiene measures.

  • 11.03.2020 - The Studentenwerk's pandemic plan has been put into effect.

10 Tips for hygiene


What are corona viruses?
Corona viruses were first identified in the mid-1960s. They can infect humans as well as various animals, including birds and mammals. Coronaviruses cause various diseases in humans, from common colds to dangerous or even potentially fatal diseases such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In the past, serious diseases caused by coronaviruses such as SARS or MERS were less easily communicable than influenza, but they have nevertheless led to major outbreaks, sometimes in hospitals.
Sources: Robert Koch Institute

How is the new corona virus transmitted?
The new type of corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) is transferable from person to person. The main route of transmission is droplet infection. This can happen directly from person to person through the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract or indirectly via hands, which are then brought into contact with the oral or nasal mucosa and the conjunctiva. The target organs of human coronaviruses are primarily the respiratory tract. Cases have also been reported in which people have become infected in those affected who have shown only mild or non-specific symptoms. The novel corona viruses were also found in stool samples from some of those affected. It has not yet been conclusively clarified whether SARS-CoV-2 can also be spread via the fecal-oral route.
Sources: Robert Koch Institute

What symptoms are triggered by the novel corona virus?
Infection with the novel corona virus has led to symptoms such as fever, dry cough, runny nose and fatigue, as well as breathing problems, sore throat, headache and body aches and chills. Some sufferers experience nausea and diarrhea. The course of the disease varies widely, from asymptomatic courses to severe pneumonia with lung failure and death.
Sources: Federal Ministry of Health

How long is the incubation period?
It is currently assumed that the incubation period can be up to 14 days, according to the WHO it is on average 5 to 6 days.
Sources: Robert Koch Institute

How can you protect yourself from infection?
As with influenza and other acute respiratory infections, compliance with coughing and sneezing rules, good hand hygiene and a distance from sufferers (approx. 1 to 2 meters) also protect against transmission of the new coronavirus. Shaking hands should also be avoided. In general, people with respiratory problems should stay at home whenever possible.
Sources: Robert Koch Institute

What recommendations for action apply if there are symptoms?
If you have any signs of illness, please contact your doctor by phone. If you are in a risk area such as China or northern Italy, please contact the health department immediately. Avoid contact with other people and continue to follow the hygiene instructions and the cough and sneeze label. Call the doctor before visiting and describe your symptoms. This ensures that appropriate precautionary measures are taken to prevent possible further infections.
Sources: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment / Federal Ministry of Health

Who is the contact person for doctors if anything is unclear?
The contact person is the responsible health department. A health office search for zip code is possible at
Sources: Robert Koch Institute

Further Informations


Schröder, Christian
Leiter Kultur und Kommunikation
Phone:  03731 383200 03731 383200
Fax: 03731 383102
Agricolastr. 14/16, 09599 Freiberg