Significant new regulations, importance for service operations
Compulsory testing if the rapid test is positive:
If a rapid self-test has produced a positive result, there is an obligation to immediately carry out a PCR test or a rapid PoC antigen test by a service provider (test center, pharmacy, etc.). During the pending period until the result is available, there is basically no obligation to isolate yourself, but it is generally recommended to reduce contact to a minimum in unclarified suspected cases of infection and, in particular, to avoid contact with vulnerable people.
• A positive rapid self-test obliges you to carry out a rapid PCR or PoC antigen test.
• Reduce contacts until results are available.
Separation obligation in the event of a positive PCR/PoC test:
If a test by a service provider yields a positive result, there is an obligation to isolate yourself for five days in your own home or other suitable accommodation. There is no way to “test yourself free” ahead of time. After the five days, the separation obligation ends. However, it is recommended to repeatedly carry out rapid self-tests after the five days have elapsed and to only stop the isolation if the test result is negative.
• In the case of a positive PCR or PoC antigen rapid test, there is a five-day separation obligation
• Early free testing is not possible.
• At the end of the five days, it is recommended that you test yourself daily and only discontinue isolation if the test is negative.
Recommendation for contact persons
Household members of infected people are recommended to reduce contact with vulnerable people and to test themselves daily for a period of five days - calculated from the start of the other person's obligation to isolate themselves. The same applies to other people who are not members of the household but who have been informed by the local health department that they are considered contact persons.
• Contact persons are recommended to reduce contact with vulnerable people and to test themselves daily for a period of five days.
With regard to the changed regulations, the Personnel Office provides the following information for business operations:
1. If and as long as there is an obligation to isolate infected persons, the following also applies as before: If there is no incapacity to work due to illness, the obligation to serve or work continues during the isolation. The employees can therefore be called upon to work in the home office. Activities other than those otherwise carried out may also be transferred. Inferior activities may also be assigned within the scope of what is reasonable. Other mutually agreeable solutions (e.g. vacation, time off in lieu) are possible.
2. Contacts should be reduced to a minimum in the period between the positive self-test and the availability of a PCR or PoC antigen test. If a working day falls into the suspended period, the positive result must be reported to the department before work begins. In this respect, too, home office (see above) or other mutually acceptable solutions can be used.
3. If there is a recommendation for contact persons to be tested daily, this does not constitute an obstacle to employment. Additional measures (e.g. individual office, home office, vacation, compensatory time off) are not excluded by this, but there is no obligation to notify the employer. There is no obligation on the part of the employer to make these daily quick tests available.