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Last updated on 12. May 2021

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Rhineland-Palatinate

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What are the rules for day care centres? Daycare centers are open, but parents are urged to care for their children at home. Please check with the respective facilities for more information. From 7 April 2021, one self-test per week is to be available to all for all employees in childcare facilities as well as the aids to education. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years) 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 primary schools? Pupils of the primary school and the lower school in special schools are taught in alternating lessons. Compulsory attendance is maintained. Pupils and teachers can be tested up to twice a week. If the incidence rises above 100, further steps must be discussed. The mask obligation continues to apply in primary and special schools and the schools are required to introduce regular mask breaks. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to day-care 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 secondary schools? Secondary schools are in alternate instruction. If incidence rises to 165, students go back to distance learning. Graduating classes receive face-to-face instruction. Students and teachers have to be tested up to 2x per week.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Please refer to the homepage of your respective educational institution.
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures of the universities and colleges will 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? 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? 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, a household is only allowed to meet with one other person and a nightly curfew of 10pm to 5am comes into effect. Sports alone are allowed until midnight. Mouth-to-nose protection (FFP-2 or surgical mask) must be worn in all publicly accessible spaces. Masks are also mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. Hairdressers are allowed to open under restrictions. Bookshops, flower shops and garden centres with hygiene concepts are allowed to open. Body-related services shall be allowed under restrictions. If the incidence is 50-100, retailers with appointment bookings will be allowed to open for customers from 8 March. Fully vaccinated persons are to be placed on an equal footing with tested persons.
What rules apply to sporting activities? At an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. From an incidence of 100, individual sport is allowed alone, in pairs or with one's own household. Children up to 14 years of age are allowed to play sports in groups of five.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. At an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos with appointment bookings are allowed to open for visitors. At an incidence of 100, cultural and recreational facilities are closed.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed.
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, people should refrain from staying in closed rooms with a lot of public traffic. Decisions on when large-scale events will be possible again have yet to be made.
What rules apply to local and long-distance transport? Shops and public transport are only to be entered with an OP or FFP2 mask. This will be consistently checked by the regulatory authorities and sanctioned if necessary. It is recommended to refrain from 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 will be taken for old people's homes. The Federal Government has to provide medical protective masks and to bear the costs of the rapid tests. Staff will be compulsorily tested several times a week. In order to protect vulnerable groups, visits are allowed, but these 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 with simple symptoms, such as a cold or a slight cough, are allowed to attend school/nursery. If a child does not feel well or the symptoms are more severe, he or she must stay at home. In principle, parents can wait until the child is fully recovered or call for medical advice. The doctor will decide whether a Covid test should be carried out.