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Last updated on 27. November 2020

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Lower Saxony

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What are the rules for day care centres? The day care centres are open for all children during regular operation.
What rules apply to primary schools? Teaching has started at the schools, but there are restrictions due to first corona cases. At the moment it is autumn holidays. Masks should be worn in the corridors and are recommended during breaks. Classes are to be organised in such a way that the rules of distance can be observed. If pupils in a cohort (learning groups with up to 120 children and adolescents) remain among themselves, the mask can also be dispensed with in a separate school wing. After Corona cases, many classes and cohorts are back in home schooling.
What rules apply to secondary schools? Pupils at secondary schools in a county or an independent city with a 7-day incidence from the age of 50 should wear a mouth-and-nose cover in class. Every two weeks it is checked whether this measure can be relaxed. To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, intensive ventilation of the rooms must be ensured. For pupils whose members belong to a risk group, it should be easier to be released from class. From a regional incidence of more than 200, there should be additional regulations from the 8th grade onwards to improve compliance with the AHA rules, e.g. hybrid or alternating teaching. Graduation classes are excluded from this.
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 01.12. only meetings of two households with a limitation of 5 persons in their own apartment are allowed. Children and teenagers under 14 years of age are excluded from these regulations. From an incidence of 200 the corona hotspot value is reached, then the corona rules in this region must be significantly tightened. All citizens are required to reduce their contact with other people (outside their own household) to an absolutely necessary minimum. Private travel and visits to relatives should be avoided. Tourist day trips should also be avoided. AHA+AL rules (distance, hygiene measures, everyday masks, CoronaWarnApp, ventilation) must be observed. If the hygiene rules cannot be observed in public, e.g. on public transport, everyday masks must be worn. Currently, only 10 persons from two households are allowed to meet. In public places, children under 12 years of age are not included in the maximum number. Therefore, a family may well be outdoors with 14 people if 4 of the 14 people are children under 12 years of age. These children may also come from more than two households. The same applies to groups for children under 12 years of age, they may also come from more than one household. This means that if, for example, 3 or 4 children from more than two households play together at home, this is allowed, especially if the children have been to school or daycare together in the morning. However, this only applies to children under 12 years of age and the maximum limit of 10 persons in total must be observed in private premises. A special arrangement is planned for Christmas and New Year's Eve (23.12.2020 - 01.01.2021), when up to 10 persons (children up to 14 years of age are excluded) from different households will again be allowed to meet.
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? 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. Hotels may only provide overnight accommodation for necessary and expressly non-tourist purposes. Holidaymakers who have already arrived before 2 November do not have to interrupt their stay, but are not allowed to extend their holiday. It is recommended to avoid skiing holidays until 10 January.
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. 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.
What are the rules for visiting places of worship? Worship services and prayer meetings can take place if the requirements of infection control are observed.
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.