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COVID-19 Rules & Regulations

Corona Virus

Update from 17.06.2021: Rules pertaining to businesses, sports and recreation, private meetings and festivities, and tourism have been updated. A digital vaccination passport has been introduced.

The lockdown in Germany is currently set to end on June 30th.

Current local incidence levels can be found on city and municipality websites, as well as on the Robert Koch Institute COVID-19 Dashboard (in German).

Once an incidence level has been reached, a waiting period of several days then applies before the changed rules are implemented, depending on whether the incidence level is increasing or decreasing. For restrictions to be eased, a level needs to be maintained for five consecutive days. When this happens, the rules are automatically relaxed on the seventh calendar day.
If the seven-day incidence level rises and a restriction stage is exceeded on three consecutive days, then the restrictions for the higher stage apply from the fifth calendar day.

A comprehensive guide of the present guidelines in Nuremberg is available here.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Anyone living in Bavaria and wishing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can register online to get on the waiting list here: http://impfzentren.bayern. Some general practitioners, medical specialists and company doctors have also been approved to administer the vaccine. Appointments are made directly through the practice.

As of Thursday, May 20th, vaccine prioritization has ended. All those wanting to be vaccinated are eligible, regardless of age or other risk factors.

Those who are fully vaccinated will be considered on equal standing with those having a negative test result. They no longer need to present a negative test result in situations where it is otherwise required, for example Click and Meet appointments.

The CoV-Pass-App allows for digital proof of vaccination. A QR code can be issued by the center or doctor administrating the vaccination. If the second vaccination has already been administered, the QR code can be retrospectively issued by many pharmacies.

Tests

Residents are entitled to at least one free quick test per week. These are performed at community testing centers as well as certain pharmacies and doctors.

For situations where proof of a negative test result is required (aside from entering Germany from abroad), PCR tests and quick tests not older than 24 hours are accepted.

Masks

FFP2 masks are mandatory when using public transport as well as in retail outlets in Bavaria. Accordingly, so-called “community masks” will no longer be sufficient when shopping in retail outlets and when traveling on public transport.

Businesses

Regardless of the local incidence level: 

The following retailers are allowed to remain open: Shops for daily needs (supermarkets, drugstores, petrol stations, etc.), shoe shops, personal care services, music schools, driving schools, flight schools, flower shops, garden centers, hardware stores, and bookstores. Personal care services (such as hairdressers), as well as driving and flight schools require customers to present a negative corona test. Drive-in cinemas are allowed to stay open.

Businesses which must remain closed may offer on-site pick-up for goods ordered via the internet or telephone (“Click and Collect”).

Restaurants may offer take-away meals.

Incidence level dependent:

With a local incidence level under 50: restaurants may serve guests in- and outdoors until 12 pm.

With a local incidence level under 100: all businesses, museums, galleries, zoos, and botanical gardens may reopen without appointment. Restaurants may serve guests until 12 pm. For indoor seating, customers are required to present a negative corona test. Close-contact services (such as cosmetic studios) are allowed.

With a local incidence level between 100 and 150: nail and facial care is no longer allowed. Outdoor areas of zoos and botanical gardens may remain open, but visitors must present a negative corona test result.

Schools and Daycare Centers

Mandatory, biweekly testing is required. Pupils who refuse testing or are quarantined will receive distance learning.

With a local incidence level under 50: in-class teaching will begin for all grades. Nurseries, kindergartens, and after-school care may take place.

With a local incidence level between 50 and 165: all grades will be held in alternating schedules. Nurseries, kindergartens, and after-school care may take place with some limitations.

With a local incidence level above 165: distance learning will apply to all grades with the exception of final-year classes, grades four and 11, and higher secondary vocational schools. Nurseries, kindergartens, and after-school care are only offered as emergency care.

Curfew

A curfew from 10 pm to 5 am applies in cities and districts with a seven-day incidence value above 100. Exceptions only apply for legitimate necessities such as medical emergencies, professional activities, or caring for persons in need of support. In Bavaria, the allowance for strolling and jogging between 10 pm and 12 am does not apply.

The curfew does not apply to fully vaccinated people, as well as those who have verifiably recovered from a coronavirus infection in the last 28 days to six months.

Private Meetings and Festivities

Couples who do not live together may consider themselves one household. Children under the age of 14 are excluded from maximum meeting size.

Contact restrictions do not apply to fully vaccinated people, as well as those who have verifiably recovered from a coronavirus infection in the last 28 days to six months. They are excluded from the maximum meeting size.

With a local incidence level of under 50: meetings between a maximum of ten people (regardless of number of households) are allowed. Outdoor private festivities of up to 100 people are allowed. Indoor private festivities of up to 50 people are allowed with mask usage.

With a local incidence level of under 100: meetings between three households (maximum 10 people) are allowed. Private festivities of up to 50 people outdoors or 25 people indoors are allowed with mandatory testing.

With a local incidence level above 100: meetings are limited to one’s own household plus one additional person. Families are allowed to choose a specific, consistent, and non-commercial “contact family,” where children under the age of 14 may be brought for the purpose of childcare. This setup may only include children from one’s own household and one additional household.

Sports and Recreational Events

With a local incidence level of under 50: “Click and Fit” is allowed: gyms and outdoor swimming pools may open with an appointment system. Contact and non-contact sports are allowed. Outdoor cultural and sporting events may be attended by up to 500 visitors, with mask usage and fixed seating.

With a local incidence level of under 100: a negative test result is required for “Click and Fit.” Contact and non-contact sports are allowed with negative test results. Concert halls, museums, and cinemas may reopen. Guests must present a negative corona test. Outdoor cultural and sporting events with up to 250 visitors are possible with negative test results.

With a local incidence level above 100: non-contact sports are allowed alone, in pairs, or with members of one household. A maximum of five children are allowed to participate in non-contact sports. Instructors must provide a negative corona test result in order to participate.

Tourism and Leisure

With a local incidence level below 50: solariums, saunas, in- and outdoor swimming pools, and amusement parks may be visited without negative test results.

With a local incidence level below 100: hotels, holiday apartments, and campsites may open. Guided outdoor tours may take place. Solariums, saunas, in- and outdoor swimming pools, and amusement parks may reopen, with negative test results.

Entering Germany

All travelers entering Germany by plane must present negative test results (no older than 48 hours for antigen tests or 72 hours for PCR tests) before flight departure. Proof of a complete corona vaccination (full vaccination for at least 15 days with a EU approved vaccine) is also accepted.

Travelers who have spent time in a risk area within the ten days prior to entering Germany must register before entering. Upon arrival, they are required to spend 10 days in quarantine. Within 48 hours of entering, they must possess proof of testing and present it to the relevant authorities within 10 days of entry, if requested. Travelers entering from a particularly high-risk area must be tested before starting their journey. From the fifth day after entry and onward, the quarantine can be shortened if a negative test result is achieved. Travelers entering from areas of variant concern must spend 14 days in quarantine. There are no exceptions and no possibilities for shortening.

Even after testing negative, travelers experiencing typical coronavirus symptoms (for example, difficulties breathing, newly developed cough, fever or loss of smell or taste) within ten days of entry are required to contact their responsible health office immediately.

When entering Bavaria by air, those who show no symptoms and have been fully vaccinated for at least 15 days with a EU-approved vaccine are exempt from the quarantine requirements, so long as they are not entering from a risk area. Vaccinated persons must provide valid proof of vaccination (for example, a yellow vaccination passport or confirmation from a doctor or vaccination center). Rules regarding registration and testing still apply.

For more information on entering Germany, please visit the following links:

Travel Restrictions and Border Control FAQ

Leaflet from the Federal Ministry of Health for Travelers

Corona-Warn-App

The Corona-Warn-App anonymously tracks and warns users of contact with an infected person. Use is voluntary but encouraged. More information can be found here.

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