The daily updated overview of corona loosening
Last updated on 15. January 2021

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What rules apply in contact with people?

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Baden-Württemberg As of 10 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. In Baden-Württemberg, children under the age of 14 are not counted. Furthermore, it is possible to form a care community with another permanent family in order to facilitate childcare. These measures will be extended until 31 January. Further, contacts are to be limited as much as possible. All people must wear mouth-to-nose coverings in publicly accessible spaces as well as outdoors (in high-traffic areas). A nighttime curfew is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Retail shops will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers.
Bavaria As of January 10, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who is not part of one's own household. Children under the age of 3 are not counted. This also means children will only be allowed to meet with a boyfriend or girlfriend. Families are allowed to find a permanent other "contact family" with whom they can arrange private childcare. This is to allow parents to relieve each other. These measures will be extended until 31 January. The aim is still to limit contacts as much as possible. A nightly curfew will apply from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to carry a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. A mask requirement will also apply outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt.
Berlin As of 10 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. Unlike before, children are usually counted, but there are exceptions. On the one hand, in the case of single parents, children up to the age of 12 will not be counted. On the other hand, so-called "contact families" will be allowed. This means that two permanent families are allowed to join forces in order to be able to guarantee the care of their children, even if this includes several children aged up to Children aged up to 12 years. These regulations will initially be in effect until January 31. The mask requirement will be extended, with all people required to wear mouth-to-nose coverings in all publicly accessible spaces. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt.
Brandenburg Private meetings are limited to your own household and one other household of 5 people total. Children up to 14 years of age are excluded from this rule. Furthermore, contacts are to be limited as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all people have to wear a mouth-nose-covering in all publicly accessible rooms. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. The quarantine period will be reduced from 14 to 10 days if a negative Corona test is available. From December 16 to January 10, retail stores will be closed. Only stores for everyday needs will be allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drug stores and pharmacies, auto repair shops, banks, post offices, wholesale and Christmas tree sales. Personal care service businesses close: Hair salons, beauty parlors and the like. Medically necessary treatments such as psychotherapy may continue. Contact restrictions will be relaxed from December 24 to 26. A household may meet with four other people (children under 14 are exempt). These persons must be from the immediate family, such as: Spouse or civil partner, relatives in a straight line, siblings and their household. There is no fixed person limit as it depends on the number of children under 14 and the size of the respective households. New Year's Eve There is no relaxation of contact restrictions for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The sale of pyrotechnics is prohibited. Fireworks are discouraged. There is a ban on arrivals and gatherings and a ban on fireworks in busy places.
Bremen Since 10 January, private meetings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. In Bremen, children up to 12 years of age are not counted in the contact restrictions. These measures will be extended until 31 January. Furthermore, contacts are to be restricted as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to carry a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers.
Hamburg As of 8 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. Unlike before, children under the age of 14 will be counted. This means that children are now only allowed to meet with a friend. There are exceptions in the context of neighbourhood or family assistance: in emergency care situations, it is permitted to look after several children in a small group at home (this does not apply to children's birthday parties!). Until 31 January these measures will be extended. Continue to limit contact as much as possible. A nighttime curfew will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to carry a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. A mask requirement will also apply outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt.
Hesse As of 10 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. Unlike before, children under the age of 14 will be counted. This means that even children are only allowed to meet with a friend. These measures will be extended until 31 January. It continues to apply to limit contacts as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to carry a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence and a night-time curfew may be imposed. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania As of 10 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who is not part of one's own household. Children up to the age of 12 are not included if they need to be looked after. These measures will be extended until 31 January. Contact will continue to be limited as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all people have to wear a mouth-nose-covering in publicly accessible rooms. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt.
Lower Saxony As of 10 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. Unlike before, children under the age of 14 will be counted. This means that even children are only allowed to meet with a friend. These measures will be extended until 31 January. It continues to apply to limit contacts as much as possible. From 22.00 o'clock to 5.00 o'clock a nightly curfew applies. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to carry a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. A mask requirement will also apply outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt. This regulation is reviewed by the counties and independent cities as required. In addition, a ban on entering public places may be imposed.
North Rhine-Westphalia As of 11 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. Children in need of care from one's own household are not counted, so they may be brought along. These measures will be extended until 31 January. Contact will continue to be limited as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to carry a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. If there are more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within 7 days, the 15-kilometer rule applies.
Rhineland-Palatinate Private meetings are limited to your own household and one other household of 5 people total. Children up to 14 years of age are excluded from this rule. Furthermore, contacts are to be limited as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all people have to wear a mouth-nose-covering in all publicly accessible rooms. Masks are also compulsory outdoors in highly frequented places. The quarantine period will be reduced from 14 to 10 days if a negative Corona test is available. From December 16 to January 10, retail stores will be closed. Only stores for everyday needs will be allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drug stores and pharmacies, auto repair shops, banks, post offices, wholesale and Christmas tree sales. Personal care service businesses close: Hair salons, beauty parlors and the like. Medically necessary treatments such as psychotherapy may continue. Contact restrictions will be relaxed from December 24 to 26. A household may meet with four other people (children under 14 are exempt). These persons must be from the immediate family, such as: Spouse or civil partner, relatives in a straight line, siblings and their household. There is no fixed person limit as it depends on the number of children under 14 and the size of the respective households. There is no relaxation of contact restrictions for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The sale of pyrotechnics is prohibited. Fireworks are discouraged. There is a ban on arrivals and gatherings and a ban on fireworks in busy places.
Saarland As of January 10, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who is not part of one's own household. Exceptions exist for children under 14 years of age, they are cared for with a second "contact family". These measures will be extended until 31 January. Contact will continue to be limited as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all humans have to wear a mouth nose covering in publicly accessible areas. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least than 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. In Saarland, this regulation is to apply exclusively to tourist travel.
Saxony From January 10 to February 7, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who is not part of one's household. Children under the age of 14 are allowed to meet with two household members. Further exceptions apply to families or neighbours who support each other with childcare. The rule continues to be to limit contacts as much as possible. A nighttime curfew is in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.The mask requirement is extended, and all people must wear mouth-to-nose coverings in publicly accessible areas. A mask requirement will also apply outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt.
Saxony-Anhalt Private meetings are limited to one's own household and one person from another household. There are currently no special rules for children. It continues to apply to limit contacts as much as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all people have to wear a mouth-nose-covering in all publicly accessible rooms. Masks are also mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers.
Schleswig-Holstein As of 11 January, private gatherings are only permitted within one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. Children up to 14 years of age who are cared for by family members and relatives in need of care are exempt from this rule. These measures will be extended until 31 January. Furthermore, contacts are to be limited as far as possible. The mask obligation is extended, all people have to wear a mouth-nose-covering in publicly accessible rooms. Masks will also be mandatory outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers. In regions with an incidence of at least 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days, people are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from their place of residence. So-called valid reasons, such as doctor's appointments, are exempt. This regulation does not come into force automatically but is regulated by the districts and independent cities.
Thuringia As of 10 January, private gatherings are only permitted within the circle of one's own household and a maximum of one other person who does not belong to one's own household. Unlike before, children under the age of 14 will be counted. This means that children are now only allowed to meet with a friend. The basic rule is that contacts are to be limited as much as possible. From 22.00 o'clock to 5.00 o'clock a nightly curfew applies. The mask obligation is extended, all people have to wear a mouth-nose-covering in publicly accessible rooms. A mask requirement will also apply outdoors in high-traffic areas. The retail trade will remain closed. Only shops for everyday needs are allowed to open: Grocery stores, weekly markets, drugstores and pharmacies, car repair shops, banks, post offices and wholesalers.