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Last updated on 27. January 2021

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Berlin

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What are the rules for day care centres? As of January 25, Berlin daycare centers will close and go into emergency operation. From then on, children will only be entitled to emergency care if one of their parents is working in a system-relevant profession, for single parents and in cases of special social burdens or special educational needs. The new rules are expected to apply until February 14. For working parents who must care for their children (under age 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, each parent will receive 20 days per child and single parents will receive 40 days per child. The age restriction does not apply to children with disabilities. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for lone parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? Until February 14, there will be no general compulsory attendance at Berlin schools, neither at primary nor secondary schools. The children will receive distance learning. Emergency care is available to single parents, families with one parent in a system-relevant job, and in cases of special social stress or special educational need. For working parents who must care for their children (under age 12) 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 secondary schools? For all other students, distance learning will remain in place until 14.02.2021. 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 that two permanent families are allowed to join forces in order to be able to guarantee the care of their children, even if this includes several children aged up to Children aged up to 12 years. These regulations will initially be in effect until January 31. The mask requirement will be extended, with all people required to 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. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are 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.