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COVID-19 Rules & Regulations

Corona Virus

A summary of Bavaria’s COVID rules, updated regularly

Latest update 06.03.2021: The lockdown is extended until March 28th. Rules relating to businesses, schools, private meetings, and sports will vary by local incidence level. Free quick tests will be made readily available. 

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).

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. As soon as one’s priority group is allowed to receive vaccinations, an automatic notification will be sent out, and an appointment can be made.

Quick Tests

Starting March 8th, residents are entitled to at least one free quick test per week. These will be performed at community testing centers as well as certain pharmacies and doctors.

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.

A map of outdoor areas in Nuremberg where a mask is required can be found here.

Businesses

Regardless of the local incidence level: 

The following retailers are allowed to remain open: retail grocery stores, supermarkets, weekly food markets, direct-food-marketers, pick-up and delivery services, beverage markets, health-food stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, petrol stations, car mechanics, bicycle repair shops, banks, post offices, dry cleaners, laundromats, newspaper sales, pet supply stores, and wholesale. Necessary medical treatments remain possible, for example, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and logotherapy as well as podiatry/foot care.

As of March 1st, hairdressers, nail and facial care studios as well as home improvement stores, garden centers, and flower shops may reopen.

Starting March 8th, bookstores, as well as driving and flight schools, may reopen.

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.

From March 8th:

With a local incidence level under 50: businesses, museums, galleries, zoos, and botanical gardens may reopen.

With a local incidence level between 50 and 100: businesses may offer “click and meet” appointments, where customers, with a pre-arranged appointment, may be admitted to a store for a limited period of time. Museums, galleries, zoos, and botanical gardens may open with an appointment system.

After 14 days with a stable incidence level (earliest March 22nd):

Stable local incidence level under 50: restaurants may open for outdoor-dining. Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may reopen.

Stable local incidence level between 50 and 100: restaurants may open for outdoor-dining with reservations. Theaters, concert halls, and cinemas may reopen. Guests must present a negative quick test from the same day.

After an additional 14 days with a stable incidence level (earliest April 4th):

Stable local incidence level between 50 and 100: businesses may reopen.

Schools and Daycare Centers

As of February 22nd, the following applies to cities and districts with a seven-day incidence level below 100: primary schools and the final-year classes of high schools will be held in alternating schedules. Nurseries are also allowed to reopen. 

From March 15th:

With a local incidence level under 50: in-class teaching will begin for classes one through four. All other classes will be held in alternating schedules.

With a local incidence level between 50 and 100: All classes will be held in  alternating schedules.

Curfew

As of February 15th, a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am applies only in cities and districts with a 7-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.

Private Meetings

Private gatherings with friends, relatives and acquaintances are limited to one’s own household plus one additional person (including children). Couples who do not live together may consider themselves one household. Families are allowed to choose a specific, consistent “contact family,” where children under the age of 14 may be brought for the purpose of childcare.

From March 8th:

With a local incidence level of under 35: meetings between three households (maximum ten people – children under the age of 14 are not counted) are allowed.

With a local incidence level of under 100: meetings between two households (maximum five people – children under the age of 14 are not counted) are allowed.

With a local incidence level over 100: meetings are limited to one’s own household plus one additional person (children under the age of 14 are not counted).

Sports and Recreational Events

From March 8th:

With a local incidence level under 50: outdoor, non-contact sports with maximum 10 people are allowed.

With a local incidence level between 50 and 100: individual outdoor sports with either a maximum of five adults from two households or a maximum of 20 children are allowed. 

After 14 days with a stable incidence level (earliest March 22nd):

Non-contact sports are allowed indoors and contact sports are allowed outdoors. With an incidence level between 50 and 100, players must present a negative quick test from the same day.

After an additional 14 days with a stable incidence level (earliest April 4th):

Stable local incidence level under 50: contact sports are allowed indoors. Outdoor recreational events with a maximum of 50 participants are allowed. 

Stable local incidence level between 50 and 100: Non-contact sports are allowed indoors and contact sports are allowed outdoors. No test is needed.

Entering Germany

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 ten 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.

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.

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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