Covid-19 Precautions

The IWM building is open to fellows, staff and a limited number of visitors and guests. There are precautions and regulations that the Institute has put into place to ensure both our adherence to Austrian federal and City of Vienna regulations and mandates, as well as to keep our community safe.

FFP2 Masks

It is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask over your nose and mouth in all public areas of the Institute. Masks must be worn for the duration of events (event attendees may remove their masks when seated on a designated seat).

Distancing, Hand Hygiene and Ventilation 

All people physically present at the IWM respect the distancing recommendations laid down by the Austrian federal government and the City of Vienna.

There are hand sanitizing stations throughout the public areas at the IWM.

The IWM regularly ventilates the building, including before, during and after in-person events.

2.5-G-Rule at the Institute

This rule applies to all visitors to the IWM. The 2.5-G-Rule means that a person must be either PCR-tested, recovered, or vaccinated (in German getestet, genesen, geimpft) in order to visit the Institute. Proof of validity is required until the end of the day of the visit and is required for each day of the visit. This must be presented with a valid photo ID.

This status will be checked by a staff member on your arrival, and must be presented at the reception.

The following are accepted as proof:

PCR test
  • This certificate must be from an authorized body stating a negative result of a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2. PCR tests are valid for 48 hours from the time of taking the sample. Test certificates must include the tested person's name.

Vaccination Certificate
  • A vaccination certificate is a document that confirms full vaccination with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.
  • The following rules apply if you have been vaccinated against Covid-19:

    • You need to be fully vaccinated (two doses). A full vaccination is valid for a total of 360 days (12 months) from the day you received your 2nd dose.

    • If the vaccine you received requires no booster shot (e.g. Johnson & Johnson), the first vaccination is valid from the 22nd day after the vaccination for a total of 12 months. Again, the 12 months are counted from the day of vaccination.

    • If you have recovered from Covid-19 and received your first vaccination, your certificate is valid for 12 months from the day of vaccination.

Proof of Past Infection

A proof of past infection is a medical or official confirmation of an infection with SARS-CoV-2 that has been survived in the last six months and confirmed by a molecular biological test (e.g. PCR test). Proof of neutralising antibodies, which must not be older than 3 months, is equivalent to such proof.

Staff and Fellows Working at the IWM

Staff at the IWM are regularly tested and must comply with the 2.5-G-Rule in order to be able to work at the Institute's premises. 

Staff and fellows are provided with PCR tests at the Institute and may submit them at the reception on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 13:00.

Lunch at the IWM

It is currently not possible for visiting fellows to invite visitors for lunch.

Participating in IWM Events 

It is mandatory to register for all in-person events. This includes staff and fellows who are in house. This includes in-person internal events (such as Fellows' Colloquia). 

Full names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers will be stored, in accordance with our data protection regulations and in alignment with the public health rules surrounding test and trace requirements in Vienna.

Attendance is only in accordance with the 2.5-G-rule (see above).

FFP2 masks must be worn for the duration of events (event attendees may however remove their masks when seated on a designated seat).

Arrivals of Visiting Fellows

A negative PCR test result is a prerequisite at the start of a visiting fellow's stay at the Institute. Fellows who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are requested to be tested immediately upon arrival. Those who are not yet vaccinated or only partially vaccinated are asked to go into quarantine for five days and get tested before coming to the IWM. 

In addition, fellows are asked to have regular PCR tests throughout their stay (the IWM recommends at least twice a week) even if fully vaccinated and after recovery. Tests for fellows are available at the reception.

Arrivals in Austria

The Institute must follow Austrian federal and City of Vienna regulations regarding arrivals from abroad. We encourage all visiting fellows and guests to consult the latest advisory notices and regulations that apply at the official Austrian Travel Portal.

Visitors to the Library

The IWM Library is open by appointment only.

Visitors to the Library must arrange their visit via library@iwm.at and the 2.5-G-rule applies.

At the Institute (including the Library), an FFP2 mask must be worn at all times.

 

If you have any questions regarding our Covid-19 response, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on iwm@iwm.at. 

For further information about Covid-19 regulations, please visit the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection as well as for regulations pertaining to the City of Vienna.