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Last updated on 9. April 2021

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Baden-Württemberg

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are in regular operation under pandemic conditions, so emergency care is no longer required. However, parents are urged to care for their children at home if possible. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? During the week of April 12, all elementary classes will receive distance learning. Beginning April 19, it will be back to alternate classes depending on the infection situation. Emergency supervision will be in place. Compulsory attendance will remain suspended until April 16. Beginning April 19, there will be mandatory testing for students if the incidence is over 100. For working parents who need to care for their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there will be the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Secondary schools will receive distance learning beginning April 12. Beginning April 19, it is scheduled to go back to alternate instruction if the infection pattern permits. Emergency care will be provided for grades 5-7. Graduating classes will continue to receive alternate instruction. Beginning April 19, there will be mandatory testing for students if the incidence is over 100. For working parents who must care for their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, each parent will receive 20 days per child and single parents will receive 40 days per child. The age restriction does not apply to children with disabilities. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for lone parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please refer to the homepage of your respective educational institution.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Most seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. Since the beginning of December, however, classroom lectures have been suspended. Further information on attendance seminars and digital lectures can be obtained from your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Doctors recommend that preventive medical checkups continue to be carried out.
What rules apply in contact with people? One's own household may meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 persons. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown will be extended until 18 April, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. There are no curfews; counties may impose curfew restrictions between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. if incidences increase. Barbers are allowed to open under restrictions. Starting March 8, bookstores, florists and garden centers with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. If incidence is 50-100, retailers with appointment booking/click & collect will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Leisure and amateur sports activities in public and private sports facilities are prohibited, fitness studios remain closed. Individual sports are permitted alone, in pairs or with your own household.
What rules apply to cultural events? Leisure facilities will be closed for November, including theatres and concert halls, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming and fun pools. Public and academic libraries may remain open under hygiene conditions. Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. Wholesale and retail trade remain open under increased hygiene requirements.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Alcohol consumption in public places is prohibited in the period from 16 December to 10 January to avoid crowds. Restaurants and cafés must remain closed, food collection and consumption at home is permitted.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic should be avoided.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? The mask obligation applies in public transport. Deutsche Bahn recommends that you inform yourself about the connection and rail replacement services before you start your journey.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? Visits are again permitted in hospitals as well as old people's and nursing homes.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Church services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. The minimum distance must be maintained and masks must be worn throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If the number of seats is limited, registration is requested.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with a slight cold or cough are allowed to go to school or daycare. Children who are clearly ill (fever, dry cough) must stay at home. If their state of health continues to deteriorate, please call a paediatrician. He/she will decide whether a Covid test is necessary.

Bavaria

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What are the rules for day care centres? A return to normal operation will only take place if the incidence is below 50. Kitas are open in limited regular operation, children are cared for in fixed groups, provided the incidence is between 50 and 100. If the incidence is above 100, emergency care will take effect. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Beginning April 12, there will be mandatory regular testing, 2x per week, for students and teachers to participate in face-to-face instruction. If the incidence score in cities and counties rises to 100, schools will switch back to distance learning or more frequent testing. If the seven-day incidence is below 50, elementary students will receive face-to-face instruction. If the incidence is above 100, students will receive distance learning. Exceptions are grade 4, they should continue to receive face-to-face instruction. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Beginning April 12, there will be mandatory regular testing, 2x per week, for students and teachers to participate in face-to-face instruction. If the incidence score in cities and counties rises to 100, schools will switch back to distance learning or more frequent testing. If the seven-day incidence is below 50, students in secondary schools will receive alternate instruction. If the incidence is above 100, students will receive distance education. Exceptions are made for graduating seniors and grade 11 students in high schools and technical colleges; they should continue to receive face-to-face instruction. Final exams are to be postponed by two to three weeks.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Education, training and further education institutions may only teach online.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? In the winter semester 2020/2021, lectures at universities and universities of applied sciences are to begin uniformly on November 1, 2020. Further information on attendance seminars and digital lectures is available from your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Doctors recommend that you continue to make appointments with your doctor, for example to ensure that you do not miss your medical check-ups.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of March 8, contact restrictions will be relaxed. One's household will be allowed to meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown is extended until April 18, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. Retailers may open for appointment shopping depending on incidence.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Recreational and amateur sports activities in public and private sports facilities are prohibited. Fitness studios remain closed. Individual sports are permitted alone, in pairs or with one's own household.
What rules apply to cultural events? Museums are open. In cinemas and at cultural events, up to 400 people are allowed outside and up to 200 people indoors if there are marked seats. Without a seat assignment, there is a limit of 200 people outside and 100 people indoors. The same applies to conferences or congresses. Local regulations may vary depending on the development of corona case numbers. Christmas markets are generally possible with appropriate concepts and at locations with low rates of new infections.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Alcohol consumption in public spaces is prohibited in the period from 16 December to 10 January to avoid crowds. Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick-up of food and consumption at home is allowed.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic should be avoided.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Deutsche Bahn recommends that you find out about the connection and rail replacement services before you start your journey. In public transport, a mouth and nose mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six years and older. For health reasons and only with a medical certificate exceptions are possible.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures are being taken for old people's homes. The Federal Government has to provide medical protective masks and to bear the costs of the rapid tests. Staff will be compulsorily tested several times a week. In order to protect vulnerable groups, visits are allowed, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may have to be presented. Please check with the appropriate facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. With limited space, registration is requested.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? In Bavaria, a 3-stage system applies. The local health authorities decide which level applies at the moment. Children with a cold without fever are allowed to go to school/kita at level 1 and 2. At level 3, children with mild symptoms of illness may only go to school/kita with a negative Covid test. Children with typical Covid symptoms must stay at home.

Berlin

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What are the rules for day care centres? From 8 April, emergency childcare will once again be available in Berlin's daycare centres for parents who work in care-related professions, are single parents or if there are urgent educational reasons for the children. Furthermore, children who have a cough or cold will no longer be cared for in the daycare centres, i.e. they will have to stay at home. This does not apply if there is a daily negative test. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Primary schools will start alternate teaching again after the Easter holidays, with half class sizes. Compulsory attendance remains suspended. Mask obligation, distance and hygiene rules must be observed. From 19 April, pupils and teachers are to undergo compulsory supervised testing in schools 2x a week. Emergency care will be made available in schools/ after-school programs for single parents and parents in system-related jobs. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? For grades 10 to 13, there will be half-size alternate classes after the Easter break. As of April 19, grades 7 to 9 will go into alternating classes. The only exceptions are for exams. Here, too, there is to be attendance with a maximum of half classes. From April 19, students and teachers are to undergo compulsory testing 2x a week under supervision in schools. Compulsory attendance will remain suspended. Mask obligation, distance and hygiene rules must be kept. Furthermore, schools have to offer socially disadvantaged pupils additional support and assistance. The same regulations apply to vocational schools as to other schools.
What rules apply to educational institutions? In adult education centres and other institutions of general adult education, as well as in music schools, youth art schools, youth traffic schools, gardening schools and independent institutions within the meaning of the School Act, no face-to-face teaching may take place
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Since the beginning of December, face-to-face lectures have been suspended; the upcoming summer semester will be held predominantly in digital form. For further information on face-to-face seminars (e.g. for exams and written examinations) and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? There are no restrictions on visits to the doctor. Preventive medical checkups are still recommended. Expectant mothers may be accompanied to the birth by one person.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of Tuesday, April 6, you are also only allowed to meet with one person from another household inside during the day. Between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. (curfew), people will no longer be allowed to have visitors and will only be allowed outside alone or with one other person. During the day, meetings with up to 5 people from 2 households are still allowed. Children are exempt from this regulation. There is no curfew, but people should only leave the home for valid reasons, e.g. doctor's appointments, going to school/daycare, shopping. The described regulations are initially valid until April 21. If the incidence increases, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). In all publicly accessible rooms a mouth-nose-covering (FFP-2 or OP-mask) is to be worn. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Customers need an appointment booking, FFP-2 mask and a daily negative Coronatest then the following shops, with hygiene concepts, are allowed to open for a limited number of people: Hairdressers, bookstores, florists, retail stores, hardware stores, and the like. Services close to the body will be allowed under restrictions.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual or non-contact sports are permitted outdoors alone or with up to a maximum of 5 people from two households. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Leisure facilities will be closed for November, including theatres and concert halls, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming and fun pools. Playgrounds and the outdoor facilities of zoos and animal parks are open to visitors. Hygiene and distance rules must be observed. Wholesale and retail trade as well as weekly markets remain open under increased hygiene requirements.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. No alcohol may be sold from 11 pm to 6 am. Generally, there is a ban on alcohol only in green areas and parking lots. There will be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas no earlier than March 22. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily quick tests and prior appointment bookings.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic should be avoided.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Buses, trams and underground trains continue to run. However, the public transport service will be adapted to the restrictions of public life. Wearing a face mask remains mandatory, minimum distances should be observed.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. The arrangements depend on the institutions and local conditions. Please obtain information from local hospitals and nursing homes. In general, these persons should not be socially isolated, therefore, recurring visits by a defined person are allowed if there are no corona cases in the institution. Visitors should be symptom-free. Special protective measures are taken for nursing homes. The federal government has to provide medical protective masks and bear the costs of rapid tests. Several times a week, the staff is obliged to be tested. Visits are allowed to protect vulnerable groups, but this should be limited to one person and a negative corona test may be required. Please check with the appropriate facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. An event with more than 10 people must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Furthermore, children who have a cough or cold are no longer cared for in the daycare centres, i.e. they have to stay at home. This does not apply if there is a daily negative test. As soon as a child does not feel well, the symptoms become more severe or a fever is added, he/she must stay at home or be picked up and stay at home for at least 24 hours. If the health condition continues to deteriorate, please report to a pediatrician. He/she will decide whether a Covid test is necessary.

Brandenburg

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare centres and nurseries remain open, but parents are asked to look after their children at home and to use children's sick pay. Depending on the local infection situation, daycare centres may close. Please check with the respective facilities as there may be regional variations. Parental contributions are covered by the state if care is provided at home. A new option is the splitting of care (e.g. 3 days at home, 2 days at the day care centre), in which case the state pays the contributions proportionally. In counties or independent cities with particularly high infection rates, daycare centers must be closed if the 7-day incidence exceeds 300 over several days. Emergency care is offered. These regulations apply as long as the incidence values in a district or independent city are below 200. If this value is exceeded for three days in a row, daycare centers would close again. In this case, working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the day-care centre and school closure are entitled to the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Elementary schools from grades 1 to 6 will remain in alternate instruction after the Easter break. From 19 April compulsory testing will be introduced, pupils and teachers will have to be tested at least 2x/week. Students will not be allowed to enter schools without a negative rapid test. Compulsory attendance was suspended on 23/3, i.e. children do not now have to attend attendance classes in any case. Emergency care is made available in schools/ after-school programs for single parents and parents in system-related jobs. There are different arrangements for emergency care in schools depending on the infectious event. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closure, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? After the Easter holidays, the secondary schools go back to distance learning. Only the final classes remain in face-to-face teaching.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Face-to-face courses in educational, training and further education institutions can take place with up to five people. Examinations can also take place with more people if necessary.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? The current summer semester was conducted digitally. In the winter semester 2020/2021, lectures at universities and universities of applied sciences are to begin uniformly on November 1, 2020. Further information on attendance seminars and digital lectures can be obtained from your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Preventive examinations can be carried out.
What rules apply in contact with people? If the seven-day incidence is below 100, two households with a maximum of 5 persons may meet. If the seven-day incidence is above 100, the rule applies that one household plus one person from outside the household may meet. Children under the age of 14 are exempt from these regulations. Accompanied outdoor activities" with children up to 17 years of age are also permitted, if they are offered, for example, by day care centres, schools or youth welfare services. This relaxation of the contact restrictions applies as long as the incidence value in a county or independent city is below 200. If this value is exceeded three days in a row, persons of a household are again only allowed to meet with another person. The lockdown will be extended until April 18. Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all publicly accessible areas. Masks are also mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Recreational and amateur sports activities in public and private sports facilities are prohibited. Fitness studios are closed. Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your own household.
What rules apply to cultural events? Attendance at Easter mass or religious events can take place if the church or religious community can present an appropriate hygiene concept. Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos with appointment bookings may open to visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. Cinemas, theatres and operas will be allowed to open at an incidence of 50 to 100 from 22 March at the earliest.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. Alcohol consumption in public spaces is prohibited in the period from 16 December to 10 January to avoid crowds.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large events will be allowed again have yet to be made. However, events without so-called entertainment character may possibly be held, provided that no more than 100 people gather outside and no more than 50 inside. However, the usual distance and hygiene regulations must be observed.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing a medical mask (OP or FFP2 mask) is mandatory on public transport from 23 January. This will be consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from unnecessary journeys by public transport. The so-called small border traffic, for example to Poland (up to 24-hour stay) is no longer exempt from the quarantine obligation. However, this does not apply in the case of valid reasons for crossing the border, e.g. for commuters or pupils and students visiting educational institutions in the neighbouring country.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? Residents of nursing homes are allowed to have visitors in Brandenburg again.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. An event with more than 10 people must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with symptoms of illness should always stay at home. For the symptoms typical for Covid, such as dry cough and fever, children must definitely stay at home. Doctors decide whether a Covid test should be carried out.

Bremen

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare centres in Bremen can open from 15 February, subject to hygiene regulations. A maximum of 60 children may be cared for together in fixed cohorts. There will be no compulsory testing for day-care children.
What rules apply to primary schools? Primary school classes receive instruction in the daily alternating model and in half groups. As of April 19, students and teachers must take a coronary test 2x per week. Without a negative test, pupils are not allowed to enter the school grounds. In Bremen, attendance is still compulsory, only pupils who are not tested will receive distance learning. If the seven-day incidence rises above 100, primary school pupils have to wear a mouth-nose protection. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years) at home due to possible day-care and school closures, there is the so-called children's sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? At secondary schools, teaching takes place in half-groups in the alternating model. From 19 April, pupils and teachers must take a Coronatest twice a week. Without a negative test, pupils are not allowed to enter the school grounds. In Bremen, attendance is still compulsory, only pupils who are not tested receive distance learning.
What rules apply to educational institutions? At adult education centres, adult education institutions and other public or private institutions of education, further education and training, face-to-face events may take place in compliance with the hygiene regulations as long as the 7-day incidence value is below 200 per 100,000 inhabitants.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will mainly be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Screening is also recommended during the corona crisis.
What rules apply in contact with people? In Bremen, one's own household may meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 persons. In Bremerhaven, there may only be one other person from another household. Children up to 14 years are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown will be extended until March 28, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Recreational and amateur sports activities in public and private sports facilities are prohibited. Fitness studios remain closed. Individual sports are permitted alone, in pairs or with one's own household.
What rules apply to cultural events? Cultural and leisure facilities will remain closed, including theatres and concert halls, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming and fun pools. When the infection situation eases, the federal states should be allowed to reopen them. Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. Wholesale and retail trade will remain open under increased hygiene requirements.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? From 2 November, restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, pubs and the like will be closed. Restaurants must remain closed until 20 December. Further regulations are to be discussed in mid-December. The delivery or collection of food for consumption at home is permitted. There is a nocturnal spear hour and a ban on selling alcohol between 10 pm and 6 am. Hotels may only provide overnight accommodation for necessary and expressly non-tourist purposes. It is recommended to avoid skiing holidays until 10 January.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic should be avoided.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? In local and long-distance traffic, the wearing of a mouth and nose cover is mandatory.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? The homes and hospitals are open to visitors again.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Church services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. The minimum distance must be maintained and masks must be worn throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If the number of seats is limited, registration is requested.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with fever above 38 degrees, severe cough and flu-like symptoms must stay at home. It is then recommended to contact the paediatrician. As soon as the child has been symptom-free for 24 hours, he or she is allowed to return to the day care centre/school. Children with a simple cold and occasional cough can continue to attend the day care centre/school.

Hamburg

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What are the rules for day care centres? Since January, daycare centres have been in extended emergency mode. This can only be used by single parents, parents in so-called system-relevant professions and families in need. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? After the Easter holidays, primary schools will once again be in the alternating model with halved classes. Primary schools must ensure that pupils can attend schools on a daily basis in each week. Compulsory testing of 2x per week for pupils and 3x per week teachers will be introduced. If the incidence rises above 200, Hamburg's schools will revert to distance learning. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? For secondary schools, compulsory testing of 2x per week for pupils and 3x per week for teachers is introduced. If the incidence rises above 200, Hamburg's schools return to distance learning. The final classes 9, 10 and 13 at city district schools and at grammar schools the classes 6, 10 and 12 and the final classes of the vocational training courses, are in alternate teaching with classes cut in half. From the 5th grade onwards, mouth-nose protection is to be worn at school. Exams and examinations of the final classes take place. These can be postponed at the request of the students by majority vote.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Vocational qualifications are possible again in classroom teaching under certain conditions. Please ask the provider directly for the current status.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will mainly be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars (e.g. for exams or examinations) and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended that you continue to take preventive medical checkups. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? There is a nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless there are important reasons for leaving the home. Furthermore, one's own household is allowed to meet with one other person from another household. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown will be extended until April 18. If incidences increase, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all publicly accessible areas. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Recreational and amateur sports activities in public and private sports facilities are prohibited. Public and private outdoor sports facilities may open under restrictions. Gyms will remain closed. Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your own household.
What rules apply to cultural events? Leisure facilities will be closed for November, including theatres and concert halls, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming and fun pools. Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. The implementation of child and youth work offers by youth welfare organisations is still possible if the general hygiene regulations are observed. Wholesale and retail trade remains open under increased hygiene requirements.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Alcohol consumption in public spaces is prohibited in the period from 16 December to 10 January to avoid crowds. Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick-up of food and consumption at home is allowed.
What rules apply to major events? In Hamburg, events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants indoors are again permitted under certain conditions. Large events remain prohibited until the end of October.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Shops and public transport are only to be entered with an OP or FFP2 mask. This will be consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly vulnerable in the pandemic. The regulations depend on the institutions and local conditions. Please check with the local hospitals and nursing homes. In general, these people should not be socially isolated, so recurrent visits by a defined person are allowed if there are no Corona cases in the institution. Visitors should be symptom-free. Special protective measures are taken for nursing homes. The federal government must provide protective medical masks and cover the cost of rapid tests. Several times a week, the staff is compulsorily tested. In order to protect the vulnerable groups, visits are allowed, but this should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may have to be presented. Please check with the appropriate facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. If the event has more than 10 people, it must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with a cold without additional signs of illness are allowed in the day care centre/school. In case of fever above 38 degrees and dry cough, please contact a doctor by telephone. This doctor will then decide whether a covid test is necessary. As a general rule, children who are clearly ill must not go to the day care centre/school.

Hesse

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What are the rules for day care centres? Parents who are unable to care for their children at home are still guaranteed care by the Kita. Parents are asked to look after their children at home. Please contact the respective facilities for more information. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the Kita and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Classes 1 to 6 are in divided classes in alternating lessons. The groups swap on a daily or weekly basis, this is decided by the schools. In Hesse, pupils and teachers can be tested twice a week on a voluntary basis. There is no obligation to take the test. For working parents who have to take care of their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Secondary schools are in distance learning. Grades 5 and 6 may receive emergency care. For final grades there will be special arrangements, such as face-to-face teaching. In Hesse, students and teachers can be voluntarily tested 2x per week. There is no compulsory testing.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please check with your educational institutions.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will mainly be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Medical interventions and operations in clinics and outpatient practices that were previously postponed may be performed again.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of 10 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. Unlike before, children under the age of 14 will be counted. This means that even children are only allowed to meet with a friend. These measures will be extended until 7 March. Furthermore, contacts are to be limited as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to carry a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. Shops and public transport are only to be entered with an OP or FFP2 mask.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people are allowed to meet for non-contact outdoor sports. Gyms would be allowed to be used on a fixed appointment basis.
What rules apply to cultural events? Cultural and leisure facilities remain closed, including theatres and concert halls, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming pools and fun pools. Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, patrons are to be allowed with a daily quick test and prior appointment bookings. There will be a ban on alcohol in public places.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic should be avoided.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing an everyday mask is mandatory on public transport. This is consistently monitored by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly vulnerable in the pandemic. The regulations depend on the institutions and local conditions. Please check with the local hospitals and nursing homes. In general, these persons should not be socially isolated, therefore, recurrent visits by a defined person are allowed if there are no Corona cases in the institution.Special protective measures are taken for nursing homes. The federal government must provide protective medical masks and cover the cost of rapid tests. Testing of staff is mandatory several times a week. In order to protect the vulnerable groups, visits are allowed, but this should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may have to be presented. Please check with the appropriate facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. If the event has more than 10 people, it must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children who are clearly ill are not allowed to attend the Kita/school. If children are ill at the Kita/School, they must be picked up by their parents. In case of fever, dry cough and impaired sense of taste, the school/kita may not be entered. However, a cold without further signs of illness is no reason to stay at home.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare centers remain open. Parents are asked to look after their children at home if possible. Depending on the incidence value, there may be different openings of the facilities. If the incidence value exceeds 150, the daycare centers will return to emergency care. Please check with the respective facilities for more information. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Elementary schools will be open for face-to-face instruction if the incidence level is below 150. If the incidence is above 150, there will be emergency care only. In Mecklenburg Vorpommern, classes have already started again. Elementary school students in grades 1 to 6 are in attendance classes. For working parents who have to take care of their children (under 12 years) at home due to the daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Schools are open for face-to-face teaching if the incidence value is below 150. Class 11 of general education schools and class 12 of evening and specialised grammar schools receive face-to-face teaching. Schools must decide this according to their capacity. Training classes and classes of the school-based part of pre-vocational training courses (BvB) receive classroom instruction. The 7th classes of general and vocational schools receive alternating instruction. Schools with a special focus on mental development should continue to provide face-to-face teaching. If the incidence exceeds 150, only emergency care will be provided.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please check with your educational institution.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will mainly be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Preventive examinations should be carried out despite a corona pandemic. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as a cold, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, but please contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of 10 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who is not part of one's own household. Children up to the age of 12 are not included if they need to be looked after. These measures will be extended until 7 March. The rule continues to be to limit contacts as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all people have to wear a mouth-nose-covering in publicly accessible rooms. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. Shops and public transport may only be entered with an OP or FFP2 mask. In regions with an incidence of at least than 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, persons are generally only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Recreational and amateur sports activities in public and private sports facilities are prohibited. Fitness studios remain closed. Individual sports are permitted alone, in pairs or with one's own household.
What rules apply to cultural events? Cultural and leisure facilities will remain closed, including theatres and concert halls, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming and fun pools. When the infection situation eases, the federal states should be allowed to reopen them. Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. Zoos and animal parks are allowed to open their outdoor areas to visitors. Wholesale and retail trade will remain open under increased hygiene requirements.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Alcohol consumption in public spaces is prohibited in the period from 16 December to 10 January to avoid crowds. Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick-up of food and consumption at home is allowed.
What rules apply to major events? Major cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations on private premises or in public are not permitted after 2 November, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, the stay in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic should be avoided. New Year's Eve regulations: Private New Year's Eve fireworks are allowed, but are prohibited in busy squares and streets to avoid large crowds. Public fireworks events are prohibited. The cities and municipalities will announce which places are affected by this ban. Contact restrictions and hygiene regulations must be observed.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing an everyday mask is mandatory on public transport. This is consistently monitored by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to avoid unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly vulnerable in the pandemic. The regulations depend on the institutions and local conditions. Please check with the local hospitals and nursing homes. In general, these people should not be socially isolated, so recurrent visits by a defined person are allowed if there are no Corona cases in the institution. Special protective measures are taken for nursing homes. The federal government must provide protective medical masks and cover the cost of rapid tests. Several times a week, the staff is compulsorily tested. In order to protect the vulnerable groups, visits are allowed, but this should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may have to be presented. Please check with the appropriate facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. If the event has more than 10 people, it must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with simple symptoms such as a cold or a slight cough are allowed to go to school or daycare. As soon as a child does not feel well, the symptoms become more severe or fever is added, the child must stay at home or be picked up and stay at home for at least 24 hours. If your child's health continues to deteriorate, please contact a paediatrician. He/she will decide whether a Covid test is necessary.

Lower Saxony

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are in restricted operation; this includes all children who have a place at the respective Kita. Should the new incidence reach a value of at least 100, Kitas are closed again and switched back to emergency care. This means that only 50% of the places are still available. Parents are asked to care for their children at home. Emergency care is available for children of parents (at least one parent) in systemically important jobs and in cases of special hardship. For working parents who must care for their children (under age 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is a benefit known as child sick leave. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Elementary students are in half classes in alternate instruction, even as the incidence score rises above 100. Compulsory attendance is currently suspended. There is compulsory testing for pupils and teachers 2x per week. Up to grade 6, emergency attendance is in place from approximately 8am-1pm. Compulsory testing of 2x per week for pupils and teachers is introduced for schools.
What rules apply to secondary schools? All secondary schools are in the alternate model if the incidence score is below 100. Pupils are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering during lessons. There is currently no compulsory attendance. If the incidence rises above 100, there will be a return to distance learning. Schools will be required to test 2x per week for students and teachers. Graduating classes and high school graduates will continue to receive alternate instruction even if the incidence exceeds 100.
What rules apply to educational institutions? For information on the conditions in adult education institutions, please refer to the respective websites.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? In the winter semester 2020/2021, lectures at universities and universities of applied sciences are to take place mainly digitally from November 1, 2020. Further information on attendance seminars and digital lectures is available from your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended that you continue to take preventive medical checkups. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? For the Easter holidays, gatherings of people in public are prohibited beyond the following regulations: One's own household may gather with 2 people from another household. Children up to 14 years of age are exempt from this restriction. In regions with an incidence of over 100, one may only gather with one other person from another household. In this case, children are subject to an age limit of 6 years. Couples not living together are considered one household. In counties with an incidence of 35 or less, up to 10 people from three households may be allowed to meet. The lockdown is extended through March 28, with a phased-in plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are permitted outdoors alone and in small groups with a maximum of 2 other people from another household. If permission is granted, up to 10 people from a maximum of three households may also meet for sport. Children may meet for sport in a maximum group size of 20.
What rules apply to cultural events? Cultural and leisure facilities will remain closed, including theatres and concert halls, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming and fun pools. When the infection situation eases, the federal states should be allowed to reopen them. Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. Wholesale and retail trade will remain open under increased hygiene requirements.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Alcohol consumption in public spaces is prohibited in the period from 16 December to 10 January to avoid crowds. Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick-up of food and consumption at home is allowed.
What rules apply to major events? Major cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations on private premises or in public are not permitted after 2 November, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, the stay in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic should be avoided. New Year's Eve regulations: Private New Year's Eve fireworks are allowed, but are prohibited in busy squares and streets to avoid large crowds. Public fireworks events are prohibited. The cities and municipalities will announce which places are affected by this ban. Contact restrictions and hygiene regulations must be observed.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing an everyday mask is mandatory on public transport. This is consistently monitored by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to avoid unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures are being taken for homes for the elderly. An FFP2 mask must be worn when coming into contact with residents in a retirement and nursing home and in facilities for people with disabilities. Mandatory testing of staff is carried out several times a week. Visits are permitted to protect vulnerable groups, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may be required. Please check with the relevant facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. An event with more than 10 people must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with simple symptoms, such as a cold or a slight cough, are allowed to attend school/nursery. As soon as a child does not feel well and the symptoms are stronger, he or she must stay at home. A doctor will decide whether a Covid test is necessary. After 48 hours without symptoms, the child can go back to school/nursery if he/she has had no contact with a person who is proven to be ill with Covid.

North Rhine-Westphalia

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas remain open in limited pandemic operation. Groups will be reduced in size and the amount of childcare will be reduced by 10 hours per child. Parents are asked to care for their children at home if possible. Please contact your childcare facility for more information. You may not have to pay daycare fees for January. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the Kita and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? All students will receive distance learning until April 16. Graduating classes will continue to receive face-to-face instruction. Beginning April 19, schools will return to alternate instruction, depending on the infection situation. For working parents who must care for their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is a benefit called child sick leave. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? All students will receive distance learning until April 16. Graduating classes will continue to receive face-to-face instruction. Beginning April 19, schools will return to alternate instruction, depending on the infection situation.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please contact the respective educational institutions for more information.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures of the universities and colleges will be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Preventive medical checkups should continue to be carried out. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by phone.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of March 8, contact restrictions will be relaxed. One's household will be allowed to meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown is extended until March 28, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos may open with appointment bookings for visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. Cinemas, theatres and operas will be allowed to open at an incidence of 50 to 100 from 22 March at the earliest.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily rapid testing and prior appointment bookings.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, people should refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large-scale events will be possible again have yet to be made.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing a medical mask (OP or FFP2 mask) is mandatory in public transport. This is consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures are being taken for homes for the elderly. An FFP2 mask must be worn when coming into contact with residents in a retirement and nursing home and in facilities for people with disabilities. Mandatory testing of staff is carried out several times a week. Visits are permitted to protect vulnerable groups, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may be required. Please check with the relevant facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. An event with more than 10 people must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with a cold and without further symptoms should be observed at home for 24 hours, the school must be notified. If the symptoms improve and there are no additional symptoms, the child can go back to school. If there is no improvement and there are additional symptoms, the school and the doctor should be contacted.

Rhineland-Palatinate

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare centers are open, but parents are urged to care for their children at home. Please check with the respective facilities for more information. From 7 April 2021, one self-test per week is to be available to all for all employees in childcare facilities as well as the aids to education. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Pupils of the primary school and the lower school in special schools are taught in alternating lessons. Compulsory attendance is maintained. Pupils and teachers can be tested up to twice a week. If the incidence rises above 100, further steps must be discussed. The mask obligation continues to apply in primary and special schools and the schools are required to introduce regular mask breaks. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? The secondary schools are in alternating classes. Compulsory attendance is maintained. Graduating classes receive face-to-face teaching. Pupils and teachers can be tested up to twice a week. If the incidence rises above 100, further steps must be discussed.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please refer to the homepage of your respective educational institution.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures of the universities and colleges will be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended that you continue to take preventive medical checkups. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of March 8, contact restrictions will be relaxed. One's household will be allowed to meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown is extended until March 28, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos may open with appointment bookings for visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. Cinemas, theatres and operas will be allowed to open at an incidence of 50 to 100 from 22 March at the earliest.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily rapid testing and prior appointment bookings.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, people should refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large-scale events will be possible again have yet to be made.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Shops and public transport are only to be entered with an OP or FFP2 mask. This will be consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures will be taken for old people's homes. The Federal Government has to provide medical protective masks and to bear the costs of the rapid tests. Staff will be compulsorily tested several times a week. In order to protect vulnerable groups, visits are allowed, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may have to be presented. Please check with the appropriate facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. If the event has more than 10 people, it must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with simple symptoms, such as a cold or a slight cough, are allowed to attend school/nursery. If a child does not feel well or the symptoms are more severe, he or she must stay at home. In principle, parents can wait until the child is fully recovered or call for medical advice. The doctor will decide whether a Covid test should be carried out.

Saarland

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are in limited regular operation under pandemic conditions. Please contact the respective facilities for more information. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Elementary school students will receive instruction on a rotating basis until April 16. Pupils of primary and special schools do not have to undergo tests. For working parents who have to take care of their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? All classes will receive alternate instruction until April 16. Graduating classes are in face-to-face classes. As of April 19, testing is mandatory for students and teachers 2x per week in order to participate in face-to-face classes.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please refer to the website of your respective provider.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures of the universities and colleges will be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended that you continue to take preventive medical checkups. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of March 8, contact restrictions will be relaxed. One's household will be allowed to meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown is extended until March 28, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos may open with appointment bookings for visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. Cinemas, theatres and operas will be allowed to open at an incidence of 50 to 100 from 22 March at the earliest.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily rapid testing and prior appointment bookings.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, people should refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large-scale events will be possible again have yet to be made.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Shops and public transport are only to be entered with an OP or FFP2 mask. This will be consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures are being taken for homes for the elderly. An FFP2 mask must be worn when coming into contact with residents in a retirement and nursing home and in facilities for people with disabilities. Mandatory testing of staff is carried out several times a week. Visits are permitted to protect vulnerable groups, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may be required. Please check with the relevant facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. An event with more than 10 people must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with simple symptoms, such as a cold or a slight cough, are allowed to attend school/nursery. As soon as a child does not feel well and/or the symptoms are stronger, he or she must stay at home. A doctor will decide whether a Covid test should be carried out.

Saxony

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare facilities are open regardless of incidence. Please inform yourself at the respective facilities. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Schools to open after Easter regardless of incidence. Pupils are to be tested twice a week. However, there is no compulsory attendance. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Schools to open after Easter regardless of incidence. Pupils are to be tested twice a week. However, there is no compulsory attendance.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please refer to the website of your educational institution.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures of the universities and colleges will be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended that preventive medical checkups continue to be carried out. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of March 8, contact restrictions will be relaxed. One's household will be allowed to meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown is extended until March 28, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos may open with appointment bookings for visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. Cinemas, theatres and operas will be allowed to open at an incidence of 50 to 100 from 22 March at the earliest.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily rapid testing and prior appointment bookings.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, people should refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large-scale events will be possible again have yet to be made.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing a medical mask (OP or FFP2 mask) is mandatory in public transport. This is consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures will be taken for old people's homes. The Federal Government has to provide medical protective masks and to bear the costs of the rapid tests. Staff will be compulsorily tested several times a week. In order to protect vulnerable groups, visits are allowed, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may have to be presented. Please check with the appropriate facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. An event with more than 10 people must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with symptoms such as coughing, fever, diarrhoea or vomiting are not allowed to go to school. If they show these symptoms for more than 2 days, they are not allowed back to school until they have been without symptoms for 2 days.

Saxony-Anhalt

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare centres are gradually reopening to limited regular operation. Please contact the respective facilities for information, as the regulations in the individual regions differ depending on the infection situation. For working parents who have to look after their children (up to the age of 12) at home due to the daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? From 12 April, pupils and primary and special schools will receive face-to-face lessons. Elementary school students are required to test 2x per week if they wish to participate in face-to-face instruction. The attendance requirement will be suspended. But an incidence of 200, all schools will be closed and emergency care will be provided. For working parents who have to take care of their children (under 12 years) at home due to the day care and school closure, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Students are required to test 2x per week if they wish to participate in face-to-face classes. The compulsory attendance is suspended. But an incidence of 200, all schools are closed, distance learning is then established.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please refer to the website of your educational institution.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will mainly be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended that you continue to take preventive medical checkups. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of March 8, contact restrictions will be relaxed. One's household will be allowed to meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown is extended until March 28, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos may open with appointment bookings for visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. From 22 March at the earliest, cinemas, theatres and operas may open with an incidence of 50 to 100.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily rapid testing and prior appointment bookings.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, people should refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large-scale events will be possible again have yet to be made.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing a medical mask (OP or FFP2 mask) is mandatory in public transport. This is consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures are being taken for homes for the elderly. An FFP2 mask must be worn when coming into contact with residents in a retirement and nursing home and in facilities for people with disabilities. Mandatory testing of staff is carried out several times a week. Visits are permitted to protect vulnerable groups, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may be required. Please check with the relevant facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. An event with more than 10 people must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with unspecific symptoms, i.e. fever-free with a slight cold or inconspicuous cough, do not have to stay at home. If the symptoms are more severe, they should not go to school. In this case a visit to a doctor is recommended. In case of a negative covid test or no test at all, the child can go back to school and daycare after 24 hours without fever.

Schleswig-Holstein

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What are the rules for day care centres? In principle, the following regulations apply: Kitas are in regular operation under pandemic conditions. Since there are district-specific regulations, we recommend taking a look at the website: https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Schwerpunkte/Coronavirus/Allgemeines/Regelungen_Kreise/regelungen_kreise_node.html If individual daycare centres are not allowed to open due to increased incidence, the daycare centre fee for parents will be waived. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Elementary schools are basically in the alternating model. Since there are district-specific regulations, we recommend taking a look at the page: https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Schwerpunkte/Coronavirus/Allgemeines/Regelungen_Kreise/regelungen_kreise_node.html From 19 April, there will be compulsory testing, 2x per week, for pupils and teachers in order to be allowed to take part in attendance classes. For working parents who have to take care of their children (under 12 years) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Face-to-face teaching suspended for secondary school students. Distance learning is offered. Graduating seniors receive learning and preparation opportunities in high schools. As there are district-specific regulations, we recommend taking a precautionary look at the page: https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Schwerpunkte/Coronavirus/Allgemeines/Regelungen_Kreise/regelungen_kreise_node.html
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please refer to the homepage of your respective educational institution.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures of the universities and colleges will be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended to continue to take necessary preventive medical checkups. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? As of March 8, contact restrictions will be relaxed. One's household will be allowed to meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown is extended until March 28, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos may open with appointment bookings for visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. Cinemas, theatres and operas will be allowed to open at an incidence of 50 to 100 from 22 March at the earliest.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily rapid testing and prior appointment bookings.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, people should refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large-scale events will be possible again have yet to be made.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing a medical mask (OP or FFP2 mask) is mandatory in public transport. This is consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures are being taken for homes for the elderly. An FFP2 mask must be worn when coming into contact with residents in a retirement and nursing home and in facilities for people with disabilities. Mandatory testing of staff is carried out several times a week. Visits are permitted to protect vulnerable groups, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may be required. Please check with the relevant facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. If the event has more than 10 people, it must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with simple symptoms such as a cold or a slight cough are allowed to go to school/nursery. As soon as a child does not feel well and/or the symptoms are more severe, such as fever, a stronger cough or loss of sense of smell/taste, he or she must stay at home. A doctor will decide whether a Covid test should be carried out. If this does not have to be done or if it turns out negative, the child can return to school/nursery as soon as he/she is healthy.

Thuringia

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are open on a limited regular basis. Care is offered in fixed groups. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? As there are different regulations depending on the incidence, we recommend a look at https://bildung.thueringen.de/ministerium/coronavirus/schule. Basically, all primary schools are in restricted regular operation, provided that the incidence is below 150 per 100,000 persons within 7 days. Students and teachers can be tested up to 2x per week. There is no compulsory testing. Elementary school students will be given a suck test. For working parents who have to take care of their children (under 12 years) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? As there are different regulations depending on the incidence, we recommend a look at https://bildung.thueringen.de/ministerium/coronavirus/schule. Basically, all schools and classes are in restricted regular operation, as long as the incidence is below 100 per 100,000 people within 7 days.pupils and teachers can be tested up to 2x per week. Testing is not compulsory. Pupils at secondary schools receive an antigen test.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Non-school institutions of initial, continuing and further vocational education and training shall be closed to classroom and training operations in face-to-face form and to the public. However, these non-school institutions of initial, continuing and further vocational education and training may conduct courses and measures of vocational education and training in face-to-face form insofar as these are necessary in vocational education and training and retraining pursuant to the Vocational Training Act or the Crafts Code to ensure vocational education and training within the framework of ongoing training contracts and for the preparation and conduct of intermediate and final examinations. In the case of further and continuing vocational training leading to a recognised qualification and for technical and specialist examinations based on state requirements for the exercise of the occupation, sentence 1 shall apply mutatis mutandis to courses and measures for the preparation and conduct of corresponding examinations. Boarding school and hostel accommodation required for the implementation of the courses and measures pursuant to sentences 1 and 2 shall be permissible."
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will mainly be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended to continue to take necessary preventive medical checkups. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? Over Easter, one's household may meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. After that, you are only allowed to meet with one other person from another household. Children 13 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown will be extended until April 21, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos may open with appointment bookings for visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. Cinemas, theatres and operas will be allowed to open at an incidence of 50 to 100 from 22 March at the earliest.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily rapid testing and prior appointment bookings.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, people should refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large-scale events will be possible again have yet to be made.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing an everyday mask is mandatory on public transport. This is consistently monitored by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to avoid unnecessary journeys by public transport.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures are being taken for homes for the elderly. An FFP2 mask must be worn when coming into contact with residents in a retirement and nursing home and in facilities for people with disabilities. Mandatory testing of staff is carried out several times a week. Visits are permitted to protect vulnerable groups, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may be required. Please check with the relevant facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. An event with more than 10 people must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children with simple symptoms, such as a cold or a slight cough, are allowed to attend school/nursery. As soon as a child does not feel well and/or the symptoms are stronger, he or she must stay at home. A doctor will decide whether a Covid test should be carried out. If it is not necessary or if it turns out negative, the child can return to school as soon as he or she is healthy.