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Newly positioned as a result of the crisis


The Jena city administration is joining forces to overcome the Corona crisis.

Mayor Christian Gerlitz comments: "We are currently in an absolutely exceptional situation that presents us with a great challenge. We have taken a number of measures within the administration to adapt to the situation and remain capable of acting. These can be summarized under three keywords: bundle, separate and protect".


Critical areas that are currently of particular importance will be strengthened. These include first and foremost the specialist health service.

"The entire city administration is now acting as the extended arm of the public health department, which is the pace-setter for our actions. All available resources will be made available to the department. This enables us to react quickly and appropriately to the situation," explains Mayor Gerlitz.

Employees who have been responsible for events or committee work in the past now help, among other things, to arrange appointments for fever consultation hours or answer questions received by e-mail or telephone. More than 50 employees are already working on the city hotlines alone and the service is constantly being expanded. Every day, additional employees are trained to be able to answer citizens' questions in a targeted manner.


In addition to avoiding personal meetings, there is also an increased emphasis on physical separation. For example, consultation rooms are now used as offices. In addition, the areas that currently have a particularly important function have been separated. For example, the press and public relations department has moved to another building in order to achieve a spatial separation of the Lord Mayor and the legal office.


In order to reduce the risk of infection, the way the city administration works has also changed. Personal contact is avoided as far as possible. Instead of meeting each other, telephone calls are made or e-mails are written. Instead of consultations, video and telephone conferences are held. In this way, employees who work from home can also be well involved.

Gerlitz: "I am very proud of my colleagues in the city administration. All of them go beyond their limits and work with incredible commitment to manage this crisis. We are dependent on everyone pulling together and following the orders for the protection of the population.

It's difficult for all of us, let's stay in solidarity!"