Measures against the spread of the coronavirus

IMB prioritises the health and safety of all our employees and visitors. In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, we are taking the following precautions to minimise its impact and spread.

Current onsite situation at IMB

From 14 April, IMB will operate in a minimal operations mode. This means that only three people are permitted in each lab bay and one person per office at any given time. Staff must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m from others while working and are asked to check their body temperature in the morning before coming to IMB. Employees who have elevated temperature or any unusual symptoms (dry cough, loss of sense of smell, running nose, difficulty breathing, etc.) must stay at home and are advised to contact their doctor.  

IMB staff who can work from home or are concerned about working at IMB for health reasons may continue to work from home. All employees are urged to continue to follow national advice in relation to risk areas, restrictions, and health precautions (e.g. handwashing, social distancing).

Events & seminars

Onsite events, seminars, meetings, and external visits have been temporarily suspended and replaced with online solutions. Please check our events and seminars pages for the current status of any upcoming event.

In case of illness

Employees who are ill (no matter what kind of illness) should have their doctor provide a sick note and stay at home as usual. Employees who fit quarantine criteria may not enter IMB. Anyone who has been in a risk area in the last 14 days, has had close contact with returnees from a risk area, or has been diagnosed as infected with the coronavirus are required to report these situations to IMB’s Safety Team (safety(at)imb.de) and are under no circumstances allowed to enter IMB.

Anyone who has had contact with a COVID-19 infected person must stay at home for 14 days and immediately inform their respective supervisor. This applies regardless of symptoms. Anyone infected with COVID-19 must remain at home or in medical care.

In general, employees have been advised to socially distance themselves during this time and not meet others outside of their household, as recommended by the Federal Ministry of Health. Employees should instead stay in contact with each other via email, telephone, chats and video calls.

Further developments

IMB management is continuously monitoring the situation and will update staff and visitors as more information becomes available. We thank you for your support during this time and encourage you to check this page weekly for the most updated information on our onsite operations.