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Last updated on 12. May 2021

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Hesse

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are open in limited regular operation. Depending on the daycare centre, the childcare options depend on the room capacity. Children should be cared for in groups that are as tightly knit as possible with few changes of teachers. 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 daycare 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 primary schools? Classes 1 to 6 are in divided classes in alternating lessons. The groups swap on a daily or weekly basis, this is decided by the schools. In Hesse, pupils and teachers can be tested twice a week on a voluntary basis. There is no obligation to take the test. For working parents who have to take care of their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. 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? Secondary schools are in distance learning. Grades 5 and 6 may receive emergency care. For final grades there will be special arrangements, such as face-to-face teaching. In Hesse, students and teachers can be voluntarily tested 2x per week. There is no compulsory testing.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please check with your educational institutions.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will mainly be held in digital form in the winter semester 2020/2021. For more information on face-to-face seminars and digital lectures, please contact your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Medical interventions and operations in clinics and outpatient practices that were previously postponed may be performed again.
What rules apply in contact with people? One's own household may meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 persons. Children up to 14 years of age are exempt from this restriction. Above an incidence of 100, only one household is allowed to meet with a non-household person and the 10pm to 5am curfew comes into effect. Sports alone are allowed until midnight. Mouth-to-nose coverings (FFP-2 or surgical masks) must be worn in all publicly accessible spaces. Masks are also mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. Bookstores, flower shops and garden markets with hygiene concepts are allowed to open under restrictions. Body-related services shall be allowed under restrictions. Retail shopping will be allowed at incidence up to 150 with appointment booking and negative test, if numbers rise only click&collect will be possible. Fully vaccinated persons are to be put on an equal footing with tested persons.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people are allowed to meet for non-contact outdoor sports. Gyms would be allowed to be used on a fixed appointment basis.
What rules apply to cultural events? Cultural and leisure facilities remain closed, including theatres and concert halls, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming pools and fun pools. Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, patrons are to be allowed with a daily quick test and prior appointment bookings. There will be a ban on alcohol in public places.
What rules apply to major events? Large cultural events are not permitted. Celebrations in private premises or in public are not permitted, as contact restrictions must be observed. If possible, staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic should be avoided.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Wearing an everyday mask is mandatory on public transport. This is consistently monitored by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary.
What rules apply in hospitals and nursing homes? People in need of care and sick people are particularly vulnerable in the pandemic. The regulations depend on the institutions and local conditions. Please check with the local hospitals and nursing homes. In general, these persons should not be socially isolated, therefore, recurrent visits by a defined person are allowed if there are no Corona cases in the institution.Special protective measures are taken for nursing homes. The federal government must provide protective medical masks and cover the cost of rapid tests. Testing of staff is mandatory several times a week. In order to protect the vulnerable groups, visits are allowed, but this should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may have to be presented. Please check with the appropriate facilities before planning a visit.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services are permitted under special hygiene conditions. Minimum distance must be maintained and masks are required throughout. Congregational singing is prohibited. If space is limited, registration is requested. If the event has more than 10 people, it must be registered at least 2 days in advance with the responsible public order office. This does not apply to religious and ideological communities that have submitted a hygiene concept.
What rules apply to children with cold symptoms? Children who are clearly ill are not allowed to attend the Kita/school. If children are ill at the Kita/School, they must be picked up by their parents. In case of fever, dry cough and impaired sense of taste, the school/kita may not be entered. However, a cold without further signs of illness is no reason to stay at home.