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Germany: The Latest Corona Rules in All 16 Federal States

Thanks to federalism, Germany’s federal states have different laws and education systems. There are different Corona rules too. Here they are. (Last update: June 11th, 2020, 9:20 a.m. CEDT)

Germany has sixteen federal states and just as many lists of Corona rules. The general distance rule applies everywhere, at least for now. Five feet or 1.5 meters of distance must be kept in public.

BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG

Since April 27th, 2020, everyone needs to wear protective masks or cover nose and mouth, in public transport, at bus stops and train stations, malls and shops. Children under the age of 6 and handicapped persons who cannot wear masks for any reason are exempt.

Indoor family events are limited to 20 people. Public outdoor swimming pools, at least some of then, reopened on June 6th, 2020.

The usual distance rule applies, meaning everyone should keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) in public at all times. People from two families or households may gather without keeping their distance. The same applies to up to 10 persons from any number of households.

Since June 2nd, 2020, restaurants, pubs and beer gardens are allowed to open if they follow the usual distance and hygiene rules. Museums, galleries and zoos are operational too.

Hotels, camping grounds and holiday apartments are open.

BAVARIA

Protective masks are mandatory in public transport, long-distance trains and train stations, on aircraft and at airports as well as in indoor stores and at doctor’s offices.

Members of two households may gather both indoors and outdoors, but the minimum distance (5 feet or 1.5 meters) applies. In Bavaria, families may visit direct relatives. There is no maximum number of participants for gatherings of this kind.

From June 15th, cultural events with up to 50 participants indoors, or up to 100 people outdoors, will be allowed, provided there is a plan that shows how the hygiene and distance rules are being followed. The plan needs to be approved by the health authority in charge.

Restaurants are open both outdoors and indoors, bars pubs and clubs are not. Hotels and camping grounds are in business. So are holiday apartments.

BERLIN

Berlin is the German capital and a city state. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

Covering nose and mouth with masks or similar items is mandatory in public transport, all kinds of shops or malls as well as at Tegel Airport, the only major airport in Berlin that is operational – for now.

Members of up to two households, or up to five people, may meet at home or outdoors.

Berlin is the capital of protests. The number of participants is not limited anymore, but the distance rule applies. Five feet or 1.5 meters of distance need to be kept to everyone else. In practice, this rule does not seem to work for large protests, as the past two weekends have shown.

Restaurants, cafés and pubs are open. Strict rules apply though. Guests have to leave their contact data on lists the establishments provide, just in case there is a Corona outbreak. A court just sacked the curfew Berlin had imposed on this industry. So far, restaurants had to close at 11 p.m.. From Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, this will not apply anymore.

Hairdressers “and other places with proximal services” are back in business too. Even driving schools are.

What cultural events are concerned, they may not include more than 1,000 participants until August 31st, 2020. Events with 5,000 or more people will not be allowed until at least October 24th. Theaters, the opera and other venues of this kind need to be kept closed until July 31st.

Tourism is legal. Hotels and camping grounds as well as museums and memorials are open.

What schools are concerned, they are supposed to reopen for everyone after the summer vacations.

BRANDENBURG

Masks need to be worn in public transport and in all kinds of shops and malls.

Up to ten people, or an unlimited number of persons from two households, may gather both indoors and outdoors. For private parties, the limit of participants is 50. From Monday, June 15th, 2020, gatherings with an unlimited number of people, indoors or outdoors, will reportedly be allowed.

Protests with up to 150 people are legal. The same applies to outdoor prayer services.

While restaurants are open, bars in Brandenburg remain closed. But tourism is allowed, as hotels and camping grounds are open. So are zoos, museums, memorials, cinemas, theaters, operas and concert halls. Restrictions do apply.

BREMEN

Masks or some kind of protection for nose and mouth are mandatory in shops, department stores, malls and in public transport, including aircraft and long-distance trains. At outdoor markets, no masks are required anymore.

People from up to two households may meet.

Events of any kind are legal as long as the organizers have a “hygiene concept”. The maximum number of participants for indoor events is 20 though. Outdoors, 50 persons may take part. Engaging in sports with one more person, meaning two in total, is allowed.

Restaurants are open, bars are not. Hotels and camping grounds are operational.

HAMBURG

Hamburg is quite a sight. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

Masks are mandatory in shops, at outdoor markets and in public transport. Covering nose and mouth with similar items, such as scarfs, is fine.

Up to 10 members of two households are allowed to meet without keeping their distance. Other than that, the distance rule applies (1.5 meters or 5 feet).

Protests are generally forbidden, but permissions in individual cases can be issued. Outdoor sports are allowed as long as the usual distance rule is being adhered to.

Tourism is legal, restaurants are open while bars are closed. Hotels are back in business. So are camping grounds and holiday apartments. Hagenbeck’s Zoo is open. The same applies to museums, memorials and Hamburg’s botanical gardens.

But cultural venues, including cinemas, operas and theaters are closed.

HESSE

The largest city in Hesse, Frankfurt, can be identified easily. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

Masks need to be worn in stores, similar establishments and in public transport.

Members of two households may gather in public. There is no maximum number of people here.

What events are concerned, those with up to 100 participants do not need permissions from the authorities anymore, but there needs to be a “hygiene concept” in all cases.

Businesses like hairdressers, massage and nail polishing studios just reopened along with music schools and tattoo studios. Restaurants and even bars are open. But the usual distance rule applies in all cases.

Cultural venues of all kinds have the right to open, provided they are able to make sure visitors follow the hygiene and distance rules. This includes cinemas.

New rules will supposedly be announced on June 10th, 2020.

LOWER SAXONY

Masks in shops and public transport are mandatory.

An unlimited number of members of two households may meet in public. Twenty persons from more than two households are allowed to take part in family events such as weddings.

Most businesses are open. So are restaurants and most bars, except for Shisha bars.

Tourism is back. Hotels are open, but their occupancy rate is limited to 80 percent. Camping grounds and holiday apartments are open. So are zoos, museums, holiday parks and public swimming pools.

MECKLENBURG-HITHER POMERANIA

Masks need to be worn in shops, malls and public transport.

Up to ten people from multiple households may gather in public. This is different from the rules in most other federal states, where persons from two households may meet.

All shops are open by now. So are beauty parlors, massage parlors, tattoo studios and similar businesses.

Restaurants, hotels, camping grounds and holiday apartments are open and allowed to welcome tourists or other guests. Bars, pubs and discotheques remain closed though.

Museums, memorials and exhibitions are open.

NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA

Masks have to be worn in shops, malls, public transport, train stations, at bus stops and even at outdoor markets.

Up to ten persons may meet outdoors. Protests are allowed as long as the usual distance rule is being adhered to.

Most businesses are open, including beauty parlors, massage studios and hairdressers. The same applies to restaurants, both indoors and outdoors. Bars and clubs remain closed.

In the largest federal state in Germany, tourism is back on track. Hotels, holiday homes and camping grounds are open. So are recreational parks, museums and even operas and theaters, but the latter two have to follow even stricter rules regarding the number of people they can welcome.

RHINELAND-PALATINATE

Masks are mandatory in shops, malls and public transport.

Starting on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, up to ten people from any number of households may meet in public, or an unlimited number of persons from two households.

Restaurants are open. From Wednesday of this week they may even work until midnight. But pubs and clubs remain closed. Outdoor public swimming pools have the permission to reopen, indoor pools will from June 10th.

Even cinemas, theaters and concert venues are open. Of course there are rules. Museums have been working for a while now.

SAARLAND

Masks are mandatory in shops, public transport and at outdoor markets. The state is even giving out masks to all inhabitants.

Up to ten people from any number of households may meet.

Restaurants are open. So are hairdressers and other “proximal businesses”. Of course strict rules apply regarding the distance people have to keep and the hygiene aspect.

Tourism is legal in Saarland as well. Hotels, camping grounds and similar businesses are open. So are museums and zoos.

SAXONY

Saxony and Germany have a marvel called Dresden. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

Masks need to be worn in shops, malls and public transport.

Up to ten members of two households may meet in public.

Restaurants are open. So are pubs, hairdressers and similar businesses, as well as hotels, camping grounds. Museums and zoos are operational too.

But public swimming pools are closed.

SAXONY ANHALT

Like in all other federal states, masks are mandatory in shops and public transport.

Up to 20 individuals may meet or take part in private parties.

Restaurants are bars are operational. So are massage studios and beauty parlors. Hotels, camping grounds, holiday apartments and public swimming pools, museums and leisure parks are back in business too.

But theaters, cinemas, operas and similar venues remain closed.

SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN

Masks are mandatory in shops, malls and in public transport.

Up to ten people from up to just as many households, or an unlimited number from two households, may gather.

Restaurants and bars are open. So are hairdressers, tattoo studios and similar businesses.

Tourism is an option again in this federal state up north, as hotels, holiday apartments and camping grounds have reopened.

Museums and drive-in movie theaters are operational. Starting today, June 8th, 2020, public swimming pools, indoors and outdoors, and leisure parks are open again.

THURINGIA

For now, masks are mandatory in shops, malls and in public transport.

At this stage, up to 10 people from two different households may meet. This applies both in public and at home.

From June 13th, 2020, the contact restrictions do not apply anymore. There will be recommendations about contacts, but no maximum number of people or households per gathering.

Lots of businesses are back, including hairdressers and similar services. The same applies to restaurants, hotels and camping grounds.

Zoos, museums and galleries are back in business as well, but theaters and concert venues remain closed.

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