In principle, you have to continue to go to work. Nevertheless, your employer has the duty to have regard for the welfare of employees under labor law. This means your employer must do everything in their power to ensure you remain healthy. For example, employers must ensure that safe distances are maintained or a so-called “medical mask” is used at the workplace. Surgical masks and FFP2 masks are considered “medical masks”. Your employer must provide sufficient medical masks. Your employer has to also allow you to go to your vaccination appointment during working hours.
In addition, your employer must provide you with at least one cost-free COVID rapid test or self-test per week. Employees who have frequent contact with customers are entitled to two tests per week.
The so called “Bürger-Tests” in the testing centres are not going to be cost-free from October 11, 2021. You can find out more about COVID tests in our "Coronavirus" chapter.
Talk to your superior and inquire about feasible health-related measures. Sometimes, measures such as remote work are regulated in company or works agreements. If your employer ignores employees' safety and well-being, speak to the works council in your company or inform your local Health Office (“Gesundheitsamt”) . You can find your local Health Office via Behördenwegweiser.