Coronavirus: Key questions and answers

As if: August 4, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

You will find the latest information with the highest consecutive numbering.

The most important measure to break possible chains of infection is to observe the following hygiene measures, which we strongly urge you to adhere: 

  • Wash your hands regularly with water and soap (> 20 seconds)
  • Cough and sneeze only into a tissue or the crook of your arm
  • Maintain a distance from other people (2 metres)
  • Do not touch your face with the hands
  • Dispense with handshaking

Telephone and web conference options (e.g. via Skype) must be used for all non-business critical processes. Meetings concerning business-critical processes should, whenever possible, also be held online.

  • In case of a medical note certifying the inability to work due to illness, continuation of payment by Handtmann is ensured
  • In case of a quarantine ordered by the department of health, continuation of payment by Handtmann as in the case of illness is ensured
  • Home office, taking leave and reduction of compensatory time credits will be fully paid, the leave entitlement or time credit will be reduced accordingly

 

If you show symptoms but are fit to work, you can come to work after consulting your superior. If you feel unfit to work and have, for example, a fever, contact your doctor and report sick to your superior.

 

If you did not have close contact (see question 7) and, for example, have kept a safety distance: 

  • Work in the home office, if possible. Inform your superior.
  • If home office is not an option, the guidelines of Robert Koch Institute stipulate that you can continue working as long as you do not show any symptoms. In consultation with your superior, you also have the option of taking leave or compensatory time off.

 

 

Stay at home and contact your superior and the department of health by telephone. Close contact means: 

  • more than 15 minutes face-to-face contact (e.g. during a conversation)
  • living in the same household
  • direct contact with secretion through e.g. kissing, coughing, sneezing or contact with vomit
  • having sat within 2 rows in front or behind when travelling in an aircraft

 

Talk to your superior. Together you will find a solution. In principle, it would be possible to take paid leave or compensatory time off.

 

If you can work from home, then we will be happy to support this. Please talk to your superior in advance to find out whether any important operational reasons speak against it.

 

The showers can be used again from Monday 20. April 2020. Please observe the hygiene regulations in accordance with the announcement.

 Yes, by a maximum of two persons and at a safety distance of 1.50 metres.

 

Yes, by a maximum of two persons and at a safety distance of 1.50 metres.

 

Our canteen team will be at your disposal again. It is possible to stay in the canteens.

The kiosk in the high-pressure die casting division must unfortunately remain closed. The kiosk in the Elteka division "is open at the usual times.

 

Miss Wittlinger of the corporate social counselling service continues to assist all employees in difficult situations confidentially and free of charge. Please contact Miss Wittlinger at +49 (0)162 4960761 or by e-mail to wittlinger.susanne@biwe-bbq.de to arrange a telephone consultation.

Please contact your family doctor or the relevant department of health by telephone first. If nobody should be available at these sites, we will gladly organise a callback by our company physician Dr. med. Steffen Strobel. Video consultations are also possible. Please call our hotline at +49 7351 342-7070 for this.

Anyone returning to the company after having recovered from a COVID-19 infection, must present a certificate from their doctor stating that they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours. As an alternative, an appointment with our company physician can be arranged via the hotline +49 7351 342-7070. In addition, returning to work is permitted at the earliest 14 days after the appearance of the first symptoms (given a course without hospital treatment) or 14 days after discharge from hospital.

The worldwide travel warning was lifted on 15th June for most EU member states, the Schengen area and Great Britain. For other countries, it remains in force for the time being up to and including 31st August 2020. This means that holiday travel in Germany and within the EU is basically possible.   

However, an obligation to domestic self-isolation for 14 days still applies to all persons who have stayed in a risk area during the 14 days before entering Baden-Württemberg. The list of risk Areas is available on the Website of the Ministry of Social Affairs Baden-Württemberg: 

https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/gesundheit-pflege/gesundheitsschutz/infektionsschutz-hygiene/informationen-zu-coronavirus/verordnungen/risikogebiete/

 

According to Article 1 (1) of the regulation of the Ministry of Social Affairs Baden-Württemberg on quarantine measures for entering and returning travellers to contain the SARS-Cov-2 virus, all persons who have stayed in a risk area during the 14 days prior to entering Baden-Württemberg must be placed in domestic self-isolation for 14 days.  

If you return from a risk area and have to go into a 14-day quarantine due to state regulations, this must be compensated with time credits or leave entitlement.  

In this case, there is no reimbursement from the Infection Prevention and Control Office, as no quarantine certificate is issued by the competent authorities in the case of quarantine after entry/return from a risk area.  

Travellers entering from risk areas may be exempted from the obligation to be in quarantine if they can prove by a medical certificate that they are not infected with SARS-Cov-2. The test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours before entry and must be proven to have been carried out in a qualified (authorised) laboratory.   

We are generally not allowed to occupy employees returning from a risk area for a period of 14 days as long as they do not present a negative test. This is also in line with the company’s social welfare obligations towards the rest of the workforce.  

 

Yes, you may install the Corona-Warn-App in the personal sphere of your business smartphone.