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Brief & short Which rules apply as from November 2nd?

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The number of infections has increased significantly everywhere in Germany, so that the Federal States have decided to introduce stricter rules in order to reduce the spreading of coronavirus. Every single person is now asked to contribute, so that the risk of infection will not increase any further – but decrease. The following article gives you a simple overview of the regulations that are legally valid in Hamburg as from Monday, November 2nd, 2020. We recommend to adhere to these rules as from now. You can find numerous links to further information if you wish to know more details.

Which rules apply as from November 2nd?

​​​​​​​Basic rules

  • Avoid all unneccessary personal encounters and face-to-face meetings.
  • In case you decide to meet other people nevertheless, max. 10 persons are allowed to gather. However, these 10 persons may only live in max. 2 households. It is mandatory to keep a distance of at least 1,5 meters from all other persons.
  • This rule applies everywhere – at home, in public places and outdoor.
  • There are exceptions from the distance rule: you do not need to keep distance from children under the age of 12 years, from all persons living together in the same household with you as well as from direct members of your family (also related by marriage). However, also in these contexts max. 10 persons are allowed to gather.
  • It is urgently recommended to adhere to the distance rule on playgrounds. However, children under the age of 14 years and their supervisors (and the parents, of course) are allowed to deviate from the rule. Nevertheless, adults must keep distance from adult members of other families.
  • Wear your mask so that it covers your nose and mouth at all times and everywhere where it is mandatory, especially in narrow places.
  • Adhere to the rules stipulated by the hygiene concepts, e.g. when you go shopping.

The obligation to wear a mask 

It is generally mandatory to wear a mask

  • in all public places where it is not possible to keep a sufficient distance from other persons (retail shops, farmer’s markets, certain streets and places. You can find an overview on the website "The obligation to wear a mask in public places"),
  • in all buses, in long and short distance trains, in taxis, MOIA, etc.,
  • in hospitals and care facilities and also during health care treatments (e.g. at your general practitioner) in which it is not possible to keep the minimum distance. Of course you can take off the mask when this is necessary for the treatment,
  • in all public buildings open to the public (until arriving at one’s seat),
  • during all job-related events at public places (workshops) that take place indoor, until you arrive at your seat or as soon as you leave your seat.

The obligation to wear a mask at school

  • It is generally mandatory to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose in all buildings and on premises of advanced schools.
  • At professional/vocational schools and in all advanced schools, it is also mandatory to wear a mask during lessons as from 5th grade.
  • Your school knows exactly which rules apply. Please contact your school for further information.
  • Short but intense ventilation is required in all classrooms every 20 minutes.

Please note:

  • Face shields are not considered as being a sufficient covering for your mouth and nose.
  • When violating the obligation to wear a mask, you may be subject to a fine
  • For details and further information on the obligation to wear a mask, please visit our website "Face coverings".

Educational services

  • Child care facilities and schools are open. The hygiene rules and concepts of the respective facilities apply.
  • The winter semester 2020/2021 will primarily take place in hybrid form. The hygiene rules of the higher education institutions and the university remain valid.
  • The operation of public and private (not: voluntary / unsalaried) educational and training institutions, professional training and advanced training programs as well as the operation of the facilities of institutions providing language, integration, professional language and first orientation courses is allowed under the hygiene and protection conditions (you can find the conditions in § 19 of the legal decree).
  • Youth welfare institutions are also allowed to continue providing social work for children and adolescents when they adhere to the general hygiene rules.
  • Driving schools are open. It is still mandatory for them to adhere to a hygiene and protection concept.

Hospitals and care facilities

  • You are allowed to visit your family members and friends if this is absolutely essential.
  • In general, it is prohibited to enter these facilities for persons showing symptoms of an acute respiratory infection (or persons placed in quarantine). This rule applies in order to protect the persons living in or staying at these facilities.

Restaurants

  • In Hamburg, restaurants and bars are closed.
  • Exceptions are made for canteens without public access as well as for restaurants belonging to hotels or guesthouses, as far as they are exclusively used by the overnight guests.
  • It is generally prohibited to sell alcohol from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m..
  • You can continue supporting your local restaurants and bars by using their takeaway and delivery service, if they provide such a service.

Retail shops

  • Shops are open. However, only one customer per 10m² of sales floor is admitted in a shop. This rule applies in order to avoid crowds and hence an increased risk of infection.
  • It is prohibited to distribute food samples or samples of unpacked cosmetic products.

Culture

  • In order to reduce contacts in general, theaters (including musical theaters), cinemas, operas, concert halls, museums and exhibition houses, music clubs, the planetarium and the house of literature are closed.
  • Public libraries, memorial sites, local cultural centers, community centers and archives remain open. However, it is prohibited to organize or carry out any events here. Persons present must adhere to the hygiene rules and the obligation to wear a mask.
  • Galeries remain open for art trade. However, it is prohibited to organize or carry out any events here. 

Leisure activities

  • Events and programs serving entertainment purposes are prohibited. This is why many facilities are closed to the public, like for example zoos and leisure parcs.
  • Fitness and sports centers, yoga studios and gyms, swimming pools, saunas, steam and thermal baths as well as wellness centers are closed to the public. It is allowed to do sports individually, together with one other person or with persons with whom you live in the same household. You can practice sports outdoor and also on sports grounds.
  • Furthermore, so-called physically proximate services such as cosmetics, massages and tattooing are prohibited. This does not apply for medically necessary services as well as for hairdressing salons. However, hairdressers are not allowed to offer cosmetic services in their salons.
  • It is prohibited to offer prostitution and also to make use of it. All these facilities are closed, too.

Parties

  • You should avoid parties in general. They are in fact legally possible when you adhere to the basic rules (max. 10 persons from max. 2 households; for the exception for family members see above). However, currently it is not the right time to have parties.
  • Children under the age of 12 years are not subject to the „max. 2 households rule“ in private homes. This means that playdates or children’s birthday parties can take place at home and outdoor. However, max. 1 adult person and 10 children are admitted, e.g. up to 9 invited children under the age of 12 years (from up to 9 different households).
  • When carried out indoor, only a maximum of 50 attendees are allowed to take part in job-based „events“ like for example the training for field staff in the framework of a workshop or advanced training events, which are subject to numerous regulations . These are no parties.

Travelling

  • Avoid all kinds of unnecessary private travelling and day trips.
  • In Hamburg (and everywhere else in Germany) it is prohibited to provide overnight accomodation for touristic purposes (which also includes visits of family members).
  • You can find further information on urgent journeys that cannot be postponed on our website "Questions and answers about travelling".

Sports

  • It is only allowed to do sports individually, together with one other person or with the persons with whom you live in the same household.
  • Fitness and sports centers, yoga studios and gyms, swimming pools, saunas, steam and thermal baths as well as wellness centers are closed to the public. It is allowed to do sports individually, together with one other person or with persons with whom you live in the same household. You can practice sports outdoor and also on sports grounds.
  • Training and competitions for professional sportsmen and sportswomen as well as for professional athletes in the olympic and paralympic sports remain permitted – however, no spectators are admitted. Indoor sports, gymnastics and tennis facilities are closed. Physical exercise is allowed on public sports grounds either individually, together with one other person or with persons with whom you live in the same household.

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