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Last updated on 9. April 2021

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Lower Saxony

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are in restricted operation; this includes all children who have a place at the respective Kita. Should the new incidence reach a value of at least 100, Kitas are closed again and switched back to emergency care. This means that only 50% of the places are still available. Parents are asked to care for their children at home. Emergency care is available for children of parents (at least one parent) in systemically important jobs and in cases of special hardship. For working parents who must care for their children (under age 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is a benefit known as child sick leave. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single 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? Elementary students are in half classes in alternate instruction, even as the incidence score rises above 100. Compulsory attendance is currently suspended. There is compulsory testing for pupils and teachers 2x per week. Up to grade 6, emergency attendance is in place from approximately 8am-1pm. Compulsory testing of 2x per week for pupils and teachers is introduced for schools.
What rules apply to secondary schools? All secondary schools are in the alternate model if the incidence score is below 100. Pupils are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering during lessons. There is currently no compulsory attendance. If the incidence rises above 100, there will be a return to distance learning. Schools will be required to test 2x per week for students and teachers. Graduating classes and high school graduates will continue to receive alternate instruction even if the incidence exceeds 100.
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? For the Easter holidays, gatherings of people in public are prohibited beyond the following regulations: One's own household may gather with 2 people from another household. Children up to 14 years of age are exempt from this restriction. In regions with an incidence of over 100, one may only gather with one other person from another household. In this case, children are subject to an age limit of 6 years. Couples not living together are considered one household. In counties with an incidence of 35 or less, up to 10 people from three households may be allowed to meet. The lockdown is extended through March 28, with a phased-in plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, measures will be tightened again (emergency brake). Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all rooms accessible to the public. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. From 8 March, bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts will be allowed to open. Body-related services will be allowed under restrictions. With an incidence of 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Individual sports are permitted outdoors alone and in small groups with a maximum of 2 other people from another household. If permission is granted, up to 10 people from a maximum of three households may also meet for sport. Children may meet for sport in a maximum group size of 20.
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 at risk in the pandemic. Special protective measures are being taken for homes for the elderly. An FFP2 mask must be worn when coming into contact with residents in a retirement and nursing home and in facilities for people with disabilities. Mandatory testing of staff is carried out several times a week. Visits are permitted to protect vulnerable groups, but these should be limited to one permanent person if possible and a negative coronal test may be required. Please check with the relevant 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 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.