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Last updated on 12. May 2021

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Hamburg

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are in extended emergency operation. This can only be claimed by single parents, parents in so-called system-relevant professions and families in need. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Currently (according to the federal cabinet decision) each parent receives 30 days per child and single parents 60 days per child. In this case, the health insurance fund takes over part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay the wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to primary schools? After the Easter holidays, primary schools will once again be in the alternating model with halved classes. Primary schools must ensure that pupils can attend schools on a daily basis in each week. Compulsory testing of 2x per week for pupils and 3x per week teachers will be introduced. If the incidence rises above 200, Hamburg's schools will revert to distance learning. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Currently (according to the federal cabinet decision) each parent receives 30 days per child and single parents 60 days per child. In this case, the health insurance fund takes over part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay the wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
What rules apply to secondary schools? For secondary schools, compulsory testing of 2x per week for pupils and 3x per week for teachers is introduced. If the incidence rises above 200, Hamburg's schools return to distance learning. The final classes 9, 10 and 13 at city district schools and at grammar schools the classes 6, 10 and 12 and the final classes of the vocational training courses, are in alternate teaching with classes cut in half. From the 5th grade onwards, mouth-nose protection is to be worn at school. Exams and examinations of the final classes take place. These can be postponed at the request of the students by majority vote.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Vocational qualifications are possible again in classroom teaching under certain conditions. Please ask the provider directly for the current status.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures of the universities and colleges will mainly take place in digital form in the summer semester 2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars (e.g. for exams) and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? It is recommended that you continue to take preventive medical checkups. In case of acute symptoms of respiratory diseases (such as rhinitis, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.) it is strongly recommended to stay at home. Sick leave is sometimes possible online, contact your family doctor by telephone.
What rules apply in contact with people? There is a nightly curfew from 9pm to 5am unless there is an important reason for leaving. Sports alone are allowed until midnight. Furthermore, one's own household is allowed to meet with one other person from another household. Children up to 14 years of age are exempt from this restriction. In all publicly accessible rooms a mouth-nose-covering (FFP-2 or surgical mask) is to be worn. Masks are also mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. Bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts are allowed to open. Body-related services shall be allowed under restrictions. Up to an incidence of 150, retail shopping is allowed with a negative test result and with an appointment.
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? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March at an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos with appointment bookings may open to visitors. From an incidence value of 100, cultural and leisure facilities must close.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat 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.