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Baden-Württemberg

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas return to regular operation and pandemic conditions from 22 February, so emergency care is no longer required. Until then, this can be used by single parents and by working parents. 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 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? Compulsory attendance will be suspended. Emergency care will be provided for elementary students, children with special needs, and grades 5 through 7. At the elementary schools, a rotation system with two grades per week is to start on February 22, 2021. Two grades are to come into the presence, the other two grades learn from home. The classes that are in the attendance classes at the schools are to be divided in each case. Special education and training centres with special needs for mental, physical and motor development are also an exception. They are allowed to continue their regular operation under pandemic conditions, but there is no obligation to participate in classroom teaching. This means that compulsory schooling continues, only the face-to-face teaching is omitted. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the closure of day-care centres and schools, 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? Face-to-face classes for secondary and vocational school students will be suspended until mid-February. Emergency care will be provided for elementary students, special needs children, and grades 5 through 7. For secondary schools, distance education is expected to remain in place until mid-February. Special arrangements are in place for graduating classes; they may be taught in attendance if necessary for test preparation. Schools will decide individually whether final-year classes will receive face-to-face teaching in addition to distance learning to enable them to prepare for examinations. Special education and training centres with special needs for mental, physical and motor development are also an exception. They are allowed to continue their regular operations under pandemic conditions, but there is no obligation to participate in classroom teaching. This means that compulsory schooling continues, only the face-to-face teaching is omitted. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents 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? 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. In Baden-Württemberg, children under the age of 14 are not counted, and the two household limit must be taken into account. It is recommended that families form a care community with another permanent "contact family" to facilitate childcare. All restrictions are extended until March 7. Continue to restrict contacts as much as possible. All people are required to wear mouth to nose coverings in public access areas as well as outdoors (in high traffic areas). The retail trade remains 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? 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? Kitas in Bavaria will remain closed until at least 14 February. There will be emergency care for daycare children who cannot be cared for in any other way. On 22 February, the daycare centers will open in limited regular operation; children will be cared for in fixed groups. For working parents who have to care for 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? All schools in Bavaria are closed until 19 February, primary school pupils receive distance learning - the carnival holidays in the week from 15 to 19 February are cancelled. Beginning February 22, 2021, grades 1 through 4 of elementary schools, certain grades of special education schools, and all graduating classes will return to alternate or face-to-face instruction with minimum spacing. If the incidence exceeds 100, distance learning will be maintained in districts and independent cities. It is currently unclear whether emergency care will continue to be provided. Furthermore, there will be no school trips until April 10. 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 secondary schools? Schools in Bavaria are closed. Secondary schools receive distance learning. Elementary school students, special education students and graduating classes are to have priority in the opening, from 22 February in the alternating lessons.at an incidence above 100 we keep the distance learning in districts and independent cities. From February 15 to 19, the carnival holidays shall be cancelled in order to make up classes. There will be exceptions for graduating classes. Bavaria remains cautious about opening day-care centers and schools; no opening date has been given yet. This will affect (this year's) high school graduates, vocational and technical high schools, as well as vocational students whose exams are due before Easter. Final exams will be moved back two to three weeks. There will be no school trips until 10 April.
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? Since December 9, a statewide curfew has been in effect in Bavaria, the home is only to be left with a valid reason (e.g. grocery shopping or doctor's appointments). As of January 10, 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 household. Children under the age of 3 are not counted. This also means children are only allowed to meet with a boyfriend or girlfriend. However, families are allowed to find a permanent other "contact family" with whom they can arrange private childcare. This is to allow parents to relieve each other. The measures will be extended until 7 March. The rule continues to be to limit contacts as much as possible. A nighttime curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to carry a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. A mask requirement will also apply 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 force since 18 December).
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? The daycare centres in Berlin are still closed or in emergency operation, but will be opened again somewhat more from 22 February. Instead of 50% so far, up to 60% of the care capacity can be occupied in the future. There is an entitlement to emergency care for children of whom one parent is employed in a system-relevant occupation, for single parents and in cases of special social stress/special educational needs. These now explicitly include the imminent transition to school and language support needs. Care is possible on individual days or for a few hours. At least one group per Kita should allow all-day care. 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? Currently, there is no general compulsory attendance at Berlin schools, neither at primary nor at secondary schools. Children in grades 4 to 6 receive distance learning. As of February 22, grades 1 to 3 of elementary schools, are in half classes and/or in alternating classes and (day or week) school for at least three hours each day. Emergency care is also available to single parents, families with a parent in a systemic occupation, and in cases of special social stress or special educational need. 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 secondary schools? For all other students, distance learning will continue. Exceptions are only made for the final years 10, 12 and 13. There is to be an attendance offer (without compulsory attendance) with a maximum of half classes. Whether and how the attendance offer for final-year classes is actually implemented in the individual schools is to be decided jointly by the school management and the parents' representatives. Furthermore, the schools have to offer additional support and assistance to socially disadvantaged pupils. The same regulations apply to vocational schools as to other schools.
What rules apply to educational institutions? The libraries of the Association of Public Libraries in Berlin (VÖBB) have reopened with limited lending. VHS courses can be attended since 1 July. Further information can be found on the pages of the respective educational institutions.
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. In the period from December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021 there will be no classroom lectures at the universities. Exceptions until 18 December 2020 are already planned attendance examinations as well as practice formats which are mandatory and cannot be held in digital form. The number of participants must be kept to an absolute minimum. Further information on attendance seminars and digital lectures can be obtained from 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 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 are usually counted, but there are exceptions. On the one hand, in the case of single parents, children up to the age of 12 will not be counted. On the other hand, so-called "contact families" will be allowed. This means two permanent families will be allowed to join together to provide care for their children, even if this includes several children aged up to Children aged up to 12 years. All restrictions will be extended until March 7. The mask requirement is extended, all people must wear mouth to nose coverings in all publicly accessible spaces. 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? 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. For children up to the age of 12, sports training is possible in fixed groups of up to ten people in the open air.
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? There is no curfew for bars and restaurants, but a ban on alcohol applies from 23:00. Hotels and holiday flats may accept guests. The Senate has not decided on a ban on accommodation.
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? 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 the child's state of health continues to deteriorate, please contact a paediatrician. He/she will decide whether a covid test is necessary.

Brandenburg

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare centers and nurseries remain open, depending on the infection situation, emergency care will be switched to. Parents are nevertheless 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. Even in counties or independent cities with an incidence below 300, daycare centres can be closed by the county councillors or mayors if this is necessary due to the regional incidence of infection. 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 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? Primary schools have been in alternating classes since 22 February. In addition, emergency care is offered for grades 1 to 4, in exceptional cases also for grades 5 and 6. Depending on the infection situation, there are different regulations for emergency care in the schools. There are exceptions for attendance classes for special schools with a focus on "mental development", however, parents of corresponding special school pupils can decide for themselves whether their child attends attendance classes. 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 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? Attendance classes for students at secondary schools remain suspended. It is unclear when secondary schools will reopen, but the current aim is to open all schools by Easter. Distance learning is offered. In exceptional cases, there is emergency care for grades 5 and 6. Depending on the infection situation, there are different arrangements for emergency care in the schools. There will be special arrangements for attendance classes for final year classes and special schools.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please refer to the information on adult education on the website of your educational institution.
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? As of January 10, 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. Children under the age of 14 are not counted in Brandenburg. All restrictions will be extended until March 7. Furthermore, contacts are to be limited as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all people have to wear a mouth-nose-covering in all publicly accessible rooms. Masks are also mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. Retail shops 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 as of 23 January. In regions with an incidence of at least than 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people 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 are closed. Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your own household.
What rules apply to cultural events? Museums, cinemas, theatres, opera houses and concert halls are once again welcoming visitors. Drive-in cinemas may open to the public. Public playgrounds are open again. Leisure parks are also open.
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.
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.
What rules apply to primary schools? Schools are partially reopened as part of a phased plan and depending on the infection situation. Primary school classes receive instruction in the daily alternating model and in half-groups. For the concrete regulations, see § 16 of the ordinance (see: https://www.gesetzblatt.bremen.de/fastmedia/218/2021_02_12_GBl_Nr_0015_signed.pdf). Children who do not attend face-to-face classes continue to receive home learning opportunities. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to possible day-care centre and school closures, there is the so-called children's allowance. 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 partially reopened within the framework of a graduated plan and depending on the infection situation. For the concrete regulations, see § 16 of the ordinance (see: https://www.gesetzblatt.bremen.de/fastmedia/218/2021_02_12_GBl_Nr_0015_signed.pdf). Children who do not participate in face-to-face teaching will continue to receive learning opportunities at home. Written Abitur examinations as well as oral final examinations and the awarding of certificates are to be postponed. Bremen is examining whether the start of education can be moved back accordingly.
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? Since 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. In Bremen, children up to 12 years of age are not counted in the contact restrictions. These measures will be extended until 7 March. Contact will continue to be restricted 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? 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? As of 25 January, Hamburg's daycare centres go into emergency operation. Daycare facilities remain open for children with urgent socio-educational support and care needs. The extended emergency care applies to working parents in a system-relevant profession and to children with special support needs. With a reduced number of hours, emergency care may be provided for children of single parents and in cases of special hardship, where appropriate. No daycare fees are charged during the emergency care period. 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? In the elementary school, there will initially be no face-to-face teaching until the March holidays (26.2.), but distance teaching. The date for a possible opening is currently still open. Children will receive materials for learning. Emergency care will be offered. There, children can be cared for appropriately from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. under pedagogical supervision. Parents decide for themselves whether their children learn at school or at home. Compulsory attendance is waived until 14 February. 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 secondary schools? Face-to-face classes for secondary school students will be suspended until probably the end of March break. Distance learning will be offered. The date for a possible opening is still open. There will be special arrangements for graduating classes. There will be compulsory attendance for examination situations. Mouth to nose protection is to be worn in school starting in 5th grade. Final exams and examinations for graduating classes will take place. These may 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? As of 8 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 children are now only allowed to meet with a friend. There are exceptions in the context of neighbourhood or family assistance: in emergency care situations it is permitted to look after several children in a small group at home (this does not apply to children's birthday parties!). Until March 7, these measures will be extended. Continue to limit contacts as much as possible. The mask duty 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. 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? Since 22 February until Easter, classes 1 to 6 are in split classes in alternating lessons. The groups change on a daily or weekly basis, this is decided by the schools. Children who stay at home receive materials for learning. 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? Secondary schools are in distance learning. Grades 5 and 6 may receive emergency care. Special arrangements, such as face-to-face teaching, will be made for final year classes.
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? 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 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? 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? 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. A gradual opening of day-care centres and primary schools is planned from 22 February. In regions with more than 150 new Corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week, daycare centers will be closed and emergency care will be provided. 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 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 February 24, students in grades 1 through 6 will gradually return to face-to-face classes. Provided the incidence level is below 50. If the incidence level is above 150, there will be emergency care only. For working parents who must care for their children (under age 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is what is known as child 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 March 8, secondary school students are scheduled to gradually return to alternate instruction. Currently, children receive learning materials for home or can be cared for within grades 1 to 6 and with increased support needs at school. In regions with more than 150 new Corona infections per 100,000 population in a week, emergency care will be limited through grade 6. Graduation classes are the exception. Final examinations of vocational schools continue to take place in attendance. The written Abitur examinations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will be postponed to 23 April.
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 emergency operation. This means that only 50% of the places are still available. Parents are asked to look after their children at home. Emergency care is offered for children of parents (at least one parent) in system-relevant professions as well as in special hardship cases. Lower Saxony will decide in early March whether to open daycare centers and schools. 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 primary schools? Since 18 January, primary school pupils in classes 1 to 4 have been taught in the alternating model. There are exceptions for children with special educational needs at special schools.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Face-to-face teaching for secondary school students is suspended. Distance learning is offered. Lower Saxony will decide on the opening of day-care centres and schools at the beginning of March. There will be special arrangements for graduating classes. Emergency care will be provided for grades 5 and 6 under special conditions. High school graduates and graduating classes will be in alternating classes.
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? 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? 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? Since February 22, 2021, instruction for students in all grades of the primary school has been provided in the form of an alternation of face-to-face and distance instruction. Emergency care by pedagogical specialists is offered for all grades. This is intended for pupils who, for example, are unable to take part in distance learning unaccompanied at home. School rooms are to be offered in order to be able to participate in distance learning. 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 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? Distance learning will continue to be offered at secondary schools, i.e. even after 22.2. Compulsory attendance is waived. Emergency care by pedagogical specialists is offered for grades 5 and 6. This is intended for pupils who, for example, are unable to take part in distance learning at home without accompaniment. Those who do not have facilities for distance learning at home may use school rooms offered for this purpose. There will be special arrangements for final year students. Written examinations and examinations in grades Q1 and Q2 as well as in grades 12 and 13 at vocational grammar schools and in final-year classes will be made possible. Graduating classes of vocational high schools may receive special permission for this and be taught in face-to-face classes. The measures will be extended until 14 February.
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 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 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 are in alternating classes. Emergency care continues to be offered. Compulsory attendance remains suspended. The masking requirement continues to apply in primary and special schools and schools are required to introduce regular masking breaks. 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 secondary schools? Distance learning is provided for the secondary schools, grades 5 to 13. The aim is to open the school gradually from March onwards, particularly in Years 5 and 6. There will also be emergency care for the lower grades. Graduating classes have special arrangements, subject to compliance with AHA rules they may be taught in attendance. The aim is for all year groups to return to alternate teaching from 15 February, if infection levels permit. For working parents who need to care for their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is a benefit 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 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 check with the respective facilities. All measures will be extended until 14 February. For working parents who have to care for 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? Primary school pupils receive tuition in the alternating model. 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 secondary schools? From 8 March, all year groups are to return to face-to-face teaching in the form of alternate teaching. Distance learning will be provided until then. There will be face-to-face teaching for final year 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? Kitas are in limited regular operation. 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 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? Since February 15, elementary schools have been open in limited regular operation in the alternating model in separate classes. The winter holidays are postponed to the first week of February (1 week) and the first week of April (1 week). 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 schools offer distance learning. All graduating classes receive face-to-face instruction to prepare for upcoming final exams. The winter holidays are postponed to the first week of February (1 week) and the first week of April (1 week).
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? Kitas are gradually reopening in limited regular operation. Please contact the respective facilities for more information. 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? Primary schools and special schools are in limited regular operation with fixed learning groups. Please contact your school for more information. 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 secondary schools? Since 1 March, schools have been in limited regular operation. In some cases, alternating classes are already being taught. There will be special arrangements for graduating classes.
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? Kitas are in regular operation under pandemic conditions. If individual day-care centres are not allowed to open due to an increased incidence, the day-care 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? Primary schools are in the alternating model. 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 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 classes receive learning and preparation opportunities in the schools.
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? Elementary schools have been able to reopen since February 22. Grades 5 and 6 are expected to return to schools as of March 1, depending on the incidence of infection. For working parents who must care for their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick leave 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? From grade 7 onwards, students are to return to face-to-face classes depending on the infection situation. There will be face-to-face classes for graduating classes in preparation for final exams. In January, exams may take place in presence for the final classes.
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? 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 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.