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Aktualisiert: 25. Okt. 2020




The Landesregierung Niedersachsen (state government in the Lower Saxony) has issued its new set of corona restrictions to try and contain the current spread of the second wave of coronavirus infections. The changes were issued yesterday (22.10.2020) in the government's Law and Regulations Paper (Nds. GVBl. Nr. 37/2020, ab Seite 363), come into effect today (23.19.2020) and are scheduled to last until the 15th of November of 2020.


The Paper defines three levels of infection-rates that will classify each Landkreis (each district within the state); the green level (infections below 35 cases per 100.00 inhabitants in the last 7 days), the yellow level (infections between 35 and 50 cases per 100.00 inhabitants in the last 7 days) and the red level (infections above 50 cases per 100.000 inhabitants in the last 7 days). It establishes different measures for each level.



The Green Level


The regulation determines that for events hosted in indoor private locations, meaning your own apartment, WG, room or house, a maximum of 25 people can be hosted. If the gathering occurs outdoors in your own private garden, piece of land or terrace, agglomerations of a maximum of 50 people will be allowed.


For agglomerations in places open to the public, like parks and public gardens, the established limit is set to a maximum of 100 people. The same limit is established for bars, restaurants and event locations.


The usage of the face-nose-mask is set to be mandatory on buildings open to the public, in shops, in public transport and in events.



The Yellow Level


The regulation determines that for meetings in private locations, independent of indoors or outdoors, a maximum of 15 people will be permitted.


For agglomerations in places open to the public, like parks and public gardens, the established limit is set to a maximum of 25 people. The same limit is established for bars, restaurants and event locations, but with the possibility of a requirement for those business to close their doors after 23:00.


The usage of the mouth-nose-mask is set to be mandatory on buildings open to the public, in shops, in public transport and in events, as well as open locations when there is a significant agglomeration of people for a long period of time.



The Red Level


In the red level, independent of the type and location of the gathering, a maximum of 10 persons coming from a maximum of two households will be allowed. Additionally, a curfew will be enforced


It is also possible that a the use of a mouth-nose-mask will be set to be mandatory even in public open spaces, like streets and sidewalks.


Independent of the situation, the social-distancing guideline to maintain a minimum distance of 1,5m to other individuals is maintained on all levels.


Some of these determinations can be decided by the Landkreis itself, like the use of masks in public open spaces in the red level or the curfew for bars and restaurants at a yellow level. Oldenburg is actually split into two, there is Oldenburg (where the city of Oldenburg is located) and the Landkreis Oldenburg (mostly a rural district, containing also a few small municipalities like Hude and the capital Wildeshausen).



The current numbers, collected today (23.10.2020), indicate that the Landkreis Oldenburg is currently above the 50 infections per 100.000 inhabitants on the 7-day-index, which means it is currently classified at the red level. Oldenburg, where the city of Oldenburg is, is currently sitting at less than 30 on the 7-day-index, so it's currently at the green level. These values are updated daily, and you can check them in the Niedersachsen webside.




Questions regarding tourism



If you travel to a country that is currently listed as a risk-location by the Robert-Koch-Institute, you must quarantine yourself in your home until you can prove, through a test, that you were not infected. You should call your doctor (Hausartz) upon arrival and request a coronavirus test. In that case, if you perform the test within the first 10 days of arrival, the costs for the test are payed by the government. If you are coming from a location that was not classified as a risk-location, or if you don't perform the test in the first 10 days, you have to cover the costs yourself (in the case of the traveler returning from the non-risk location, the test is not optional). You should also inform the Gesundheitsamt (health department) of your Landkreis (click here for the Gesundheitsamt Oldenburg) about your arrival from a risk-location.


One important thing to observe here: if you live in a Studentenwohnheim from the Studentenwerk, it could be that you are not allowed to quarentene in your room, and would need to find a new location to quarentene. If that is your situation, contact us.


When it comes to travelling inside Germany, you can travel anywhere if you are coming from an area that is currently below the red level (i.e. below 50 infections per 100.000 inhabitants in the 7-day-index). If you are travelling from a red area, you must be able to show a negative test that is not older than 48 hours, and you will probably have to cover the costs yourself.


Keep in mind that these informations are time sensitive. We will do our best to keep posting more information as new determinations become available. In the meantime, if you have any questions or if you find yourself in a hard situation for any coronavirus-related situation, feel free to reach out to us using our contact form or writing an email to hgas@uol.de. We will do our best to help you out!


You can find more information in this article from NWZ (in german), as well as in the official website from the Niedersachsen government. This blog post used both of these as sources.








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Have you ever wondered, what happens to the excess food that doesn't get sold by the markets? Well, as you can probably imagine, the sad truth is that it usually goes to waste. It is a fairly common occurrence: several tons of viable food are being wasted every day, all around the world, with estimates from the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) ranging around 1.3 billion tons per year, and Germany is no exception.


FoodSharing.de is a voluntary organisation started in 2012 that aims at adding extra layers of distribution before the food reaches the bin. The organisation gets in touch with the businesses and arranges pick-up times for their excess food. You, as a private person, can sign up for the pick up and collect the leftover products. Then you can consume, share, or bring to a Fairteiler - a location open for the public to pick up the goods for free! (more on that later)


Hannah Dehning, the Representative for Migration and Studies at the AStA Oldenburg, was explaining to me how it works. "As a person, all you need to do is register on their website. You will have to answer a quiz from the organisation, read the rules for the pickup, then you will gain access to an overview of all of the markets and can sign up for their pick-up appointments."

Oldenburg is also a part of the FoodSharing network. There are several markets around town that are registered, like Irma, Edeka, Denn's, amongst many others offering pick-up dates every week!


"The food given by them is usually either out of the expiry date, or not looking so pretty anymore. But sometimes you can get lucky and receive relatively new products! If the supermarket buys fresh products, and they still have not sold all of their current supply, they will often also give away these goods that are completely fine."


But you don't need to be a FoodSaver yourself to participate in the FoodSharing and help reduce food waste in our city! As mentioned above, one option is to pass by a Fairteiler location (Fairteiler is a play on words with the german word verteilen, which means share). These locations offer structure for you as a FoodSaver to bring your saved goods that you would like to share.


The AStA Uni Oldenburg is a FairTeiler location, with a fridge and shelves! There are also other FairTeiler locations in Oldenburg, you can always check on the FoodSharing website.


However, during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, access to the FairTeiler locations may be limited, as it is the case in the AStA. Thats where the Share'n'Care project comes in!


"We wanted to create an outdoor Fairteiler to compensate for the absence of the Fairteiler room in AStA. We also wanted to expand the awareness of the FoodSharing to new students!". Hannah is one of the organisers of Share'n Care, together with other members from AStA, the ISO and the Evangelische StudierendenGemeinde in Schützenweg. "We rescue food through the FoodSharing system, then we offer an open-air stand at the Evangelische Gemeinde (Schützenweg 40) every second and fourth Friday of the month, starting at 17:30, where anyone can pass by and grab what they would like to consume."



Hannah and all of the organisers from Snare'n'Care would be happy to see even more faces at their FoodSharing action, and you are all invited to come and grab your saved goodies free of charge! Make sure to bring your mask, a pair of clean gloves for handling the food, and a bag for carrying your food. Follow us on instagram at @hgasuol and @asta_uol, where the dates and times will be confirmed every time (and also you get to see pictures of the goodies you might expect to get ahead of time). Feel free to share it with your colleagues as well!


I was very happy to learn more about the FoodSharing system, and how it's working here in Oldenburg. If you would like to know more about it, or maybe if you would be interested in also taking part and helping them with the project, Hannah kindly offered her email address (hannah.dehning@asta-oldenburg.de) so feel free to send her a message. Thank you Hannah for the nice introduction! :)



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Willkommen im neuen Blog der HGAS Uni Oldenburg! Unser Ziel damit ist es, unseren internationalen Studierenden relevante Informationen zur Verfügung zu stellen.. Veranstaltungen, alltägliche Angelegenheiten und viel mehr. Wir freuen uns auf eurer besuch!



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This is the new Blog of the HGAS group at the Uni Oldenburg! Our goal with this blog is to bring information to our International Student Community, anything from events to everyday-life stuff. See you soon!




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