The Ministry of Culture and Science in North Rhine-Westphalia announced that an extension of the Corona Protection Ordinance beyond September 30, 2021 is not expected, rather it is firmly assumed that the coming winter semester will take place as usual in attendance. Of course, things can still change at a moments notice; but it cannot be ignored, that in North Rhine-Westphalia and also on the part of the federal government, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, “the signs” point very clearly to a return to face-to-face teaching.
Against this background, we would like to ask you to prepare now for comprehensive face-to-face teaching in the coming winter semester and, for example, plan your living situation accordingly.
At Paderborn University, to be on the safe side, we will continue our original plans for a hybrid semester (i.e. part of the courses will only take place in person, the other part will only be carried out digitally) in parallel. However, we would like to emphasize that these will only come into effect in an emergency, as a fall-back option, if external requirements make this necessary.
With regard to the specific design of face-to-face teaching in the coming winter semester, there are currently no requirements. You should, however, expect that the so-called three "G" (vaccinated, recovered, tested) play a role and proof of immunization or negative tests must be presented before courses may be attended.
We would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention that a number of unbureaucratic vaccination offers are now available in the district of Paderborn without having an appointment in advance. You can find more information at: https://www.kreis-paderborn.de/kreis_paderborn/impfen/impfen.php