Coronavirus: Key questions and answers

As if: October 23, 2020, 11:00 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 (minimum 1.5 metres)
  • Do not touch your face with the hands
  • Dispense with handshaking
  • Wear a mouth-nose protection face mask if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation of rooms

Category I contacts are defined as follows:

You are considered a Category I contact (first-degree contact) with close contact to a to a person who tested positive, e.g., if you

  • had face contact for at least 15 minutes (keeping a distance of less than 1.5 m), e.g. during conversation,
  • live in the same household or
  • had direct contact with secretion through e.g. kissing, coughing, sneezing or contact with vomit 

 

Category II contacts are defined as follows:

You are considered a Category II contact (second-degree contact), e.g., if you

  • were in the same room with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but did not have face contact with the case of COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes and otherwise kept a distance of 1.5 m and
  • do not live in the same household and
  • had no direct contact with secretion through e.g. kissing, coughing, sneezing or contact with vomit

Stay at home and contact your superior and the department of health by telephone. The responsible department of health will arrange all further steps with you.

You can continue working as long as you do not show any symptoms. This is also what the guidelines of Robert Koch Institute suggest. In agreement with your superior, you also have the option of working from home or taking time off compensated with time credits or leave entitlement.

If you feel ill and/or show symptoms of a respiratory disease such as cough, runny nose, sore throat and/or fever, you should contact your family doctor immediately by telephone. Your family doctor will be able to tell you whether you can go to work or need to stay at home.  In principle, these symptoms can also be signs of an infection with the COVID-19 virus.

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 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.

For a better understanding, we have listed below the most frequently asked questions of the last weeks.

 

Scenario 1:

A person living with you in the same household is in officially ordered quarantine due to a positive test. Do you have to come to work? No. You are considered a first-degree contact and therefore must not come to work. You will be ordered to quarantine (quarantine notification) by the competent authority. Please inform your superior.

Scenario 2:

Your child (up to 12 years) in need of care is in quarantine. In agreement with your superior, you may work from home or take time off compensated with time credits or leave entitlement.

Scenario 3:

A person living with you in the same household is waiting for the test result. Should you come to work? You are considered a second-degree contact, are not in officially ordered quarantine and therefore can come to work. In agreement with your superior, you may work from home or take time off compensated with time credits or leave entitlement.

Scenario 4:

A person living with you in the same household is in officially ordered quarantine (not tested positive). Are you obligated to come to work? You are considered a second-degree contact, are not in officially ordered quarantine and therefore can come to work. In agreement with your superior, you may work from home or take time off compensated with time credits or leave entitlement.

Scenario 5:

If you voluntarily undergo a corona test which is neither ordered by the authorities nor initiated by your employer, please stay at home until you receive the result. In agreement with your superior, you may work from home or take time off compensated with time credits or leave entitlement.

 

Please send a copy of your quarantine notification immediately after receipt to the Human Resources department. This may be done by e-mail or by regular mail.

  • In case of incapacity for work determined by a doctor, continuation of payment by Handtmann is ensured.
  • In case of a quarantine ordered by the department of health (quarantine notification is available), 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 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.

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

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.

Unfortunately, no. First, we have already included the requested leaves (holiday, compensatory time off) in our planning, also with regard to short-time work. Second, we expect the economy to recover when the crisis ends. We might then need every single employee to handle the orders.

The canteen is open. It is now also possible again to take meals in the canteen room.

The kiosk in the High-Pressure Die Casting division will be open again from 8th October 2020.

The kiosk in the Elteka division is open at the usual times.

The hygiene rules must be observed.

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.

The showers can be used. However, we ask you to observe the hygiene rules according to the notice posted.

Business trips should only be undertaken in important cases that cannot be postponed; meetings and negotiations with customers, suppliers and other business partners should be conducted preferably via Skype/Teams. Personal contact should be kept to an absolute minimum. Necessary or non-postponable trips to risk areas must be approved by the company management and are undertaken on a voluntary basis.

Participation in meetings preferably via Skype/Teams only, please avoid face-to-face meetings or, if necessary, participate wearing a mask. Please make sure that adequate distance is maintained in the meeting rooms and that they are well ventilated. If you are hosting a meeting yourself, please make sure that other participants can participate via Skype/Teams, in order not to exceed the maximum capacity of the meeting rooms. 

In this case, particular attention should also be paid to keeping meetings as short as possible and ensuring adequate ventilation in the meeting rooms.

 

 

Please inform yourself about the entry requirements for your country of destination on the website of the Federal Foreign Office before starting your journey.

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 Robert Koch Institute:

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

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. Excluded are persons who have not spent more than 48 hours in the risk area.

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. After receipt of a negative test result, the employee may resume work.

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.

Should you have further questions, you can reach our hotline from

Monday through Sunday,

07:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.,

at +49 7351 342-7070.

Alternatively, you can also send us an e-mail to corona@handtmann.de.

Please note, however, that no medical advice is given.