Corona/Covid-19: Current Information

The Berlin Institute of Health works together with the universities and non-university institutions of the State of Berlin to combat the spread of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2). We reduce all social contacts to a minimum and support the overall social task of slowing down the infection rate.

Here we will keep you informed about current developments regarding SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 and measures taken by the Berlin Institute of Health and the Berlin Senate.


27 March 2020

Educational Ressources to Make the Best out of the Corona Break

Around the world, many researchers have found themselves in self-isolation, and are unable to continue performing lab-based studies. However, this can be an opportunity to learn and expand professional and scientific horizons. The BIH QUEST Center has created a list of resources to help you make the best of this strange and challenging time, and increase the quality of your research in the future.

List of Educational Ressources


22 March 2020

Berlin Senate decides on extensive contact restrictions

The Berlin Senate implements the regulations jointly made by the federal and state governments for a uniform approach throughout Germany and sets a limit on personal contacts. According to these regulations, citizens must always stay in their flat or accommodation.

Certain reasons must be given for leaving. These include among others:

  • Exercising professional, mandate-related or voluntary activities
  • Visit of doctors
  • Procurement of personal needs as well as visits to old and sick people.
  • Sports and exercise in the fresh air
  • Work in the allotment garden
  • Walk with animals
  • Performing necessary appointments with authorities, courts, etc.
  • Retreats in buildings of religious and ideological communities

The contact restriction comes into force on 23 March 2020 and is valid until 5 April 2020.

For any stay outside the apartment or usual accommodation, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other persons must be maintained, if possible.

For more information please read the press release of the Berlin Senatskanzlei (in German).


19 March 2020

Presence emergency operation at universities and non-university research institutions

Operation at Berlin's universities and non-university research institutions will be limited to emergency presence from Friday, 20 March 2020, after closing time, until further notice.

Exceptions are Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, which will determine appropriate measures with regard to its tasks, as well as projects of non-university institutions that are related to coronavirus research.

More information can be found in the press release of the Senatskanzlei - Wissenschaft und Forschung (in German).


18 March 2020

The Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin needs support

The Charité is looking for registered doctors and registered nurses! Please contact the Charité at the following central e-mail addresses:


14 March 2020

No events with more than 50 participants*.

The Berlin Senate decided on 14 March 2020 that with immediate effect all public and non-public events in Berlin are prohibited for 50 participants or more.

For public and non-public events with up to 50 participants, the organizer must keep an attendance list containing name, address, postal address and telephone number. This list must be kept for at least four weeks and must be handed over in full at the request of the Health Office.

More information can be found in the press release of the Berliner Senatskanzlei (in German).