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Last updated on 15. January 2021

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Lower Saxony

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare centers are closed. Emergency care is offered. Only half of the regular children may be cared for there. Please contact the respective facilities for more information. For parents who have to care for their children at home due to daycare and school closures, the number of so-called child sick days will be increased by 10 in 2021, and by 20 days for single parents. That is, each parent has a total of 20 child sick days for the year 2021, single parents have a total of 40 child sick days. In this case, the health insurance company will cover part of the lost 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 provide students with materials for learning. Emergency care is offered. As of January 18, elementary and special education students will go into a rotation model and be taught in split classes. For parents who have to care for their children at home due to daycare and school closures, the number of so-called child sick days will be increased by 10 in 2021, and by 20 days for single parents. That is, each parent has a total of 20 child sick days for the year 2021, single parents have a total of 40 child sick days. In this case, the health insurance company will cover part of the lost 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 remain open, but attendance requirements are eliminated. Distance learning is offered.
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 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 31 January. It continues to apply to limit contacts as much as possible. From 22.00 o'clock to 5.00 o'clock a nightly curfew applies. 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. 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. This regulation is reviewed by the counties and independent cities as required. In addition, a ban on entering public places may be imposed.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Contactless outdoor sports are permitted. Indoor swimming pools may open. Sports in halls are permitted again, provided that the minimum distances are observed. This also applies to fitness studios.
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 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. With limited space, registration is requested.
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.