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Last updated on 4. March 2021

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Thuringia

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What are the rules for day care centres? Kitas are open on a limited regular basis. Care is offered in fixed groups. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. 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 schools have been able to reopen since February 22. Grades 5 and 6 are expected to return to schools as of March 1, depending on the incidence of infection. For working parents who must care for their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick leave benefit. 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 secondary schools? From grade 7 onwards, students are to return to face-to-face classes depending on the infection situation. There will be face-to-face classes for graduating classes in preparation for final exams. In January, exams may take place in presence for the final classes.
What rules apply to educational institutions? Non-school institutions of initial, continuing and further vocational education and training shall be closed to classroom and training operations in face-to-face form and to the public. However, these non-school institutions of initial, continuing and further vocational education and training may conduct courses and measures of vocational education and training in face-to-face form insofar as these are necessary in vocational education and training and retraining pursuant to the Vocational Training Act or the Crafts Code to ensure vocational education and training within the framework of ongoing training contracts and for the preparation and conduct of intermediate and final examinations. In the case of further and continuing vocational training leading to a recognised qualification and for technical and specialist examinations based on state requirements for the exercise of the occupation, sentence 1 shall apply mutatis mutandis to courses and measures for the preparation and conduct of corresponding examinations. Boarding school and hostel accommodation required for the implementation of the courses and measures pursuant to sentences 1 and 2 shall be permissible."
What rules apply to universities & universities of applied sciences? Seminars and lectures at universities and colleges will mainly 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 to continue to take necessary 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 March 8, contact restrictions will be relaxed. One's household will be allowed to meet with another household, up to a limit of 5 people. Children 14 and under are exempt from this restriction. The lockdown is extended until March 28, with a phased plan to ensure opening prospects as incidences fall. If incidences rise, the 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 allowed alone, in pairs or with your household. From March 8 at an incidence of 50 to 100, a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet for outdoor sports. Children are allowed to meet for sports in a maximum group size of 20. If the incidence is less than 50, up to 10 people may meet for non-contact outdoor sports.
What rules apply to cultural events? Playgrounds are open, hygiene and distance rules must be observed. From 8 March, with an incidence of 50 to 100, museums, galleries, botanical gardens and zoos may open with appointment bookings for visitors. If the incidence is below 50, these cultural institutions may open without appointment bookings. Cinemas, theatres and operas will be allowed to open at an incidence of 50 to 100 from 22 March at the earliest.
What rules apply to hotel and restaurant visits? Restaurants and cafes must remain closed, pick up food and eat at home is allowed. There are to be relaxations for outdoor restaurant areas from March 22 at the earliest. With incidences of 50 to 100, guests are to be allowed with daily rapid testing and prior appointment bookings.
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? 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/or the symptoms are stronger, he or she must stay at home. A doctor will decide whether a Covid test should be carried out. If it is not necessary or if it turns out negative, the child can return to school as soon as he or she is healthy.