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Last updated on 27. November 2020

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North Rhine-Westphalia

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are in regular operation. The aim is to provide childcare within the hours contractually agreed for each child. Employees of schools and daycare centres in NRW can voluntarily have themselves tested for Corona every 14 days free of charge.
What rules apply to primary schools? In North Rhine-Westphalia school has started again. But at the moment it is autumn holidays. Employees of the schools can have themselves tested on Corona every 14 days voluntarily and free of charge. Outside of class, a mask is mandatory.
What rules apply to secondary schools? In North Rhine-Westphalia, school started again after the autumn holidays. Pupils have to wear a mouth and nose cover in class from grade 5 on. The compulsory wearing of masks is to remain in force until 22 December for the time being. Teachers can have themselves tested for Corona up to three times between the autumn and Christmas holidays. From a regional incidence of more than 200, there will be additional regulations from the 8th class on 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 about the conditions of the institutes of adult education, please refer to the respective websites.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Lectures at universities and universities of applied sciences are to take place mainly digitally in the winter semester 2020/2021 from November 1. Further information on attendance seminars and digital lectures is available from your university/college.
What are the rules for visiting the doctor? Preventive medical checkups should continue to be carried out. 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 phone.
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. A special regulation is planned for Christmas and New Year's Eve (23.12.2020 - 01.01.2021), then again up to 10 persons (children up to 14 years are excluded) from different households should be allowed to meet.
What rules apply to sporting activities? Fitness studios, dance schools, sports halls and course rooms of sports clubs may open. Indoor swimming pools may open, the minimum distance also applies in the swimming pools. Sports with unavoidable physical contact may be practised again. Club sport in halls is only possible to a limited extent. Contact sports may be practiced in a group of up to 30 people.
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. 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 a cold and without further symptoms should be observed at home for 24 hours, the school must be notified. If the symptoms improve and there are no additional symptoms, the child can go back to school. If there is no improvement and there are additional symptoms, the school and the doctor should be contacted.