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Measures and Regulations against the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

By the beginning of March 2020 we were forced to impose some restrictions to slow down the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Now we are very pleased to announce that we gradually reduce these restrictions and resume user operation at our facilities. In the following you will find some useful information and guidelines that apply during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

HZB has resumed operation

  • We have resumed user operation starting Tuesday, January 12.
  • Please note the access rules given below.
  • If necessary, operation might have to be interrupted even on short notice.
  • Beamtime that has to cancelled due to the pandemic is cancelled for good.
  • Re-scheduling or backlog is not possible.

Due to the infection incidence in Berlin and the classification of Berlin as a risk area the following access rules apply:

(1)  From calendar week 45 (2020) to 7 (2021) only in-house and CRG user groups from Berlin area were able to measure at BESSY II and HZB CoreLabs. For all other user groups, the measurement period was cancelled.

(2)  From calender week 8 (2021) national research groups from Germany were allowed to perform experiments at BESSY II and HZB CoreLabs. 

(3)  All international experiments scheduled until calender week 18 (May 9, 2021) are canceled. Staff-assisted and mail-in experiments are possibe. Please contact your beamline scientist and find more detailed information on remote access here.

(4)  Starting with April 1, 2021 all external users (regional and national research groups) must present a negative molecular biological PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 (NO rapid antigen and NO self testing) with the result being not older than 48 hrs when coming to HZB. Please take this into consideration while preparing for your beamtime (Corona test facilities in Berlin). 

(5)  The test must be presented to the HZB User Office. If possible, please send it in advance to photons@helmholtz-berlin.de. Otherwise, the test must be presented to the security personal at the entrance of BESSY II. If you arrive outside working hours or on the weekend, please present the test on the next working day until 12:00 CET. Please note that we reserve the right to revoke the access right if a negative test is not presented in time.

(6)  The relevant date for the validity is the day of arrival at HZB as registered in GATE, which cannot be more than 2 days after the day of testing (sample taking).

More detailed information can be found below.

Safety & Access Rules

The following rules apply for access to all HZB campuses, the experimental hall of BESSY II, CoreLabs and in all HZB laboratories:

  • Members of experimental teams should originate from the same institute/laboratory the best, the same country at least.
  • Persons who work in the storage ring hall must check daily their body temperature at the BESSY gate before entering work and enter themselves in a contact list at the BESSY gate.
  • A maximum of 3 persons (1 BL/Instrument Scientist + 2 users) are allowed at the beamline or at the experimental set up at any time.
  • Wearing FFP2/KN95 mouth and nose protection is mandatory in the experimental hall, in all HZB laboratories and CoreLabs and on all HZB campuses.
  • Guarantee the required minimum distance of 2 meters to other people at all times.
  • If it is inevitable to work at shorter distance for a short time, use FFP2/KN95 masks, face shields and gloves.
  • If there is no appropriate protection -> postpone the work.
  • Disinfect tables, keyboards etc. regularly.

Operation and experiments at BESSY II strongly rely on your sense of responsibility.

Fast Track Access for SARS-CoV-2 Proposal

In light of the rapidly changing situation world-wide resulting from the SARS-CoV-2 virus BESSY II would like to ensure that it is doing everything possible to support researchers in their efforts to discover more about the virus and bring us closer to an effective vaccine or treatment. We are offering priority fast track access for groups who require instrument time for projects directly related to SARS-CoV-2. In order to submit a proposal for SARS-CoV-2 related research please contact us by email. More detailed information about our service at BESSY II can be found here.