Leisure activities, events

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Do I have to keep a minimum distance from other people?


(Stand:  20 November 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Yes, because the adherence to the minimum distance rule is one of the most important and efficient measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, people must generally keep a distance of at least 1,5 meters from each other in public places. Everybody is called to reduce physical contacts with other people to an absolutely necessary minimum.

This is not possible everywhere, and that is why there is an obligation to wear a medical mask in several areas (e.g. in trains and buses) or there is an urgent recommendation to wear a mask.
Private meetings (without keeping distance) are admitted indoor and outdoor for up to 10 persons regardless of the number of households they come from. Children under the age of 14 years are still not counted.

For face-to-face meetings or gatherings in Hamburg, the following rules apply:

  • You do not need to keep distance from all persons with whom you live together in the same household. Spouses and civil partners are counted as one household even if they do not live together.
  • Furthermore, the distance rule does not apply for persons linked by legal custody or a right of contact (e.g. separated or divorced parents).
  • Only max. 10 persons are allowed to meet at home or in public. Children under the age of 14 years are not counted. 
  • For completely vaccinated and recovered persons, the following general rule applies: The can visit other persons at home whenever they wish to (in this case, more than 10 persons can be at home).
  • 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 or outdoor.

Are the pools in Hamburg open?


(Stand:  20 November 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Swimming pools and thermal baths can open. The 2G rules apply:

  • Access can only be granted for persons presenting a vaccination or recovery certificate or a medical certificate according to which they cannot get vaccinated. Children and adolescents unter the age of 18 years are also granted access.
  • The general  hygiene rules must be adhered to. 
  • The users‘ contact information must be documented (digitally).

Please read the websites in order to obtain more information about the concrete rules applying on site before going to the swimming pool or thermal bath. You can find all information on www.baederland.de.

Which rules apply for churches, mosques, synagogues and gatherings of other religious communities?


(Stand:  28 August 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Gatherings in churches, mosques, synagogues and places of worship of other communities of faith and conviction are admitted under the condition that a protection concept according to § 6 of the legal decree is established.

Different rules apply according to the model chosen („2-G-model“ or „3-G-model“):

3-G-model

  • In the event that many attendees are expected so that the capacity of the available space will be exceeded, it is mandatory for the attendees to register beforehand. It addition, access must be controlled. 
  • All persons present indoor must wear a medical mask according to §8 of the legal decree, which only the acting persons are allowed to take off during the liturgical or similar actions. 
  • It is allowed to sing together in churches under certain conditions (either wearing a mask or adhering to the restrictions applying for choirs such as the obligation to do a test, (digital) contact tracing, a distance of 2,5 meters).

2-G-model

  • It is mandatory to wear a mask indoor.

Are the playgrounds open?


(Stand:  18 June 2021 00:00  o' clock)

The playgrounds are open. Children under the age of 7 years must be supervised. The distance rules and contact restrictions must be adhered to on playgrounds, too.

There is no general obligation for accompanying persons to wear a mask on playgrounds anymore. However, it remains recommended to wear a mask when it is not possible to keep the minimum distance of 1,5 meters from other persons.


 

Which rules apply for parties and gatherings?


(Stand:  20 November 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Private parties are generally admitted. In the event that more than 10 persons attend a private party (e.g. a wedding of a birthday party), the rules for general events must mainly be adhered to (e.g. the distance rule, obligation to wear a mask and to do a test when the party takes place indoor). Children under the age of 14 years are not counted.

However, it will be distinguished whether it is a private party with invited guests or not. 
The following rules apply for private parties with invited guests:

  • Max. 50 persons are admitted indoor. Vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted, they do hence not count among the 50 persons. The 3G model applies, which means that access may only be granted for vaccinated, recovered and tested persons (see §4a of the legal decree).
  • Max. 100 persons are admitted outdoor. Vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted, they do hence not count among the 50 persons.
  • The attendees‘ contact information must be documented.
  • Test results and vaccination certificates must be controlled.
  • The general hygiene rules must be adhered to.
  • Dancing is only admitted when only vaccinated and recovered persons attend the party, plus max. 10 unvaccinated or not recovered persons (§4a paragraph 1 point 6). However, these max. 10 persons must present a negative test result. Persons under the age of 18 years can dance without restrictions. In this case it is not mandatory to wear a mask.

Rules for private parties and gatherings with open groups (not invited guests)

If more than 10 persons attend a private party, it is mandatory to adhere mostly to the regulations applying for general events according to §9 of the legal decree. Private parties and other private festivities are considered as events without assigned seats.

The rules depend on the selected access model:

  • 3G model: Max. 50 persons are admitted indoor. Vaccinated and recovered persons are counted among them. It is mandatory to adhere to the distance rules, the obligation to wear a mask and to do a test. Dancing is prohibited.
  • 2G model: It is not mandatory to wear a mask. Dancing is admitted without wearing a mask, too. There is no limitation of the number of persons present. Children under the age of 18 years can dance, too.

If the party or the private event takes place in a restaurant, the 2G access model applies. This means that only vaccinated and recovered persons are granted access. 

Private gatherings of children under the age of 14 years

Private gatherings of children under the age of 14 years (e.g. birthday parties, play dates) are admitted at home without restrictions. The supervising persons are admitted, too, under the condition that they are the child’s parents or legal custodians or have a right of contact with the child. This means e.g. that parents can attend children’s birthday parties.

See also §4a and §9 of the legal decree

Is it allowed to use jacuzzi tubs?


(Stand:  11 June 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Yes. Saunas, steam baths or jacuzzi tubs can open under strict conditions. They can only be used individually / by single persons or by groups of persons for whom the distance rule does not apply. In addition, the rules for swimming pools apply. Please see also the answer to the question „Are the swimming pools in Hamburg open?“

For gastronomic offers, the regulations of § 15 apply accordingly.

Am I allowed to drink alcohol in public?


(Stand:  04 June 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Yes, but alcohol affects your power of judgement, and since everybody is not able to use alcohol responsibly, there is a temporary prohibition of alcohol consumption in numerous public ways, streets, places and parks in order to protect the public. You can find more detailed information in the article „Prohibition of alcohol consumption at certain public places.

It is also allowed to drink alcohol in the outdoor areas of restaurants, bars and at outdoor events. However, it is prohibited to sell alcohol for consumption in public between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day in Hamburg. In addition, it is prohibited to „corner“ (to gather in public and drink alcohol together in large groups).

Furthermore, there are special rules applying for so-called „hotspots“. Please see the answer to the question „Which rules apply for so-called „hotspots“?

Which rules apply for so-called „hotspots“?


(Stand:  04 June 2021 00:00  o' clock)

As from Friday, June 4th, 2021, special rules apply for bars and restaurants in so-called „hotspots“, meaning the streets and places in the districts Schanzenviertel and St. Pauli. It is prohibited to serve alcohol between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, to sell alcohol (kiosks, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, etc.) and to carry alcohol with you (as a citizen) between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day. These prohibitions apply at the weekends from Friday to Sunday and on the evenings before holidays.

You can find an overview of the places where alcohol is temporarily prohibited in our overview „Prohibition of alcohol consumption at certain public places.

Which rules apply for hotels, holiday homes and campsites?


(Stand:  28 August 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Overnight accomodation in Hamburg is admitted under certain conditions. Different rules apply according to the model chosen („2-G-model“ or „3-G-model“):

3-G-model

  • It is only allowed to accomodate guests presenting a negative corona test result. The test must be repeated every 72 hours.
  • Guests must submit their contact information to the operator in order to retrace infection chains.
  • The general hygiene rules must be adhered to. This includes the adherence to the distance rule among others.
  • It is mandatory to wear a medical mask indoor, except for the rooms and when seated at a fix place in the restaurant area.
  • Persons who are not staying at the hotel may also use the restaurant.
  • Dormitories may only be used by persons for whom the distance rule according to §3 paragraph 2 does not apply.

2-G-model

  • Guests must submit their contact information to the operator in order to retrace infection chains.
  • It is mandatory to wear a medical mask indoor, except for the rooms and when seated at a fix place in the restaurant area.
  • Dormitories can be used without limits.
  • Dancing is permitted when wearing a medical mask.

Can dance events take place?


Open-air dance events for up to max. 250 attendees are admitted under certain conditions. This includes especially a hygiene and protection concept, the adherence to the distance rule, the obligation to do a test, advance booking and the digital tracing of all attendees‘ contact information. 
Please see also §15a of the legal decree.

Which rules apply for public guided tours?


(Stand:  28 August 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Touristic guided tours are admitted again. Different rules apply according to the model chosen („2-G-model“ or „3-G-model“):

3-G-model

The following rules apply among others:

  • The guests must submit their contact information,
  • The groups must be small enough so that all attendees can adhere to the distance rule,
  • All persons present indoor must wear a medical mask,
  • It is mandatory to present a negative corona test result if you wish to attend indoor programs.

The general hygiene rules must be adhered to. The operators/providers must establish an appropriate protection concept.

2-G-model

  • All persons present indoor must wear a medical mask,
  • Guests must submit their contact information.

Which rules apply for leisure facilities?


(Stand:  20 November 2021 00:00  o' clock)

All kinds of leisure activities (indoor and outdoor) are admitted again under certain conditions. Providers of leisure activities must make sure in any case that the hygiene rules are adhered to.
Different rules apply according to the model chosen (2G model or 3G model):

3G model

  • It is mandatory to wear a medical mask indoor.
  • It is mandatory to present a negative coronavirus test result, otherwise entrance is not permitted.
  • The distance rule must be adhered to within groups (exception: groups of max. 10 persons from 10 different households).
  • For groups: The number of attendees must be limited in a way that allows to keep the minimum distance; different groups must be physically separated.
  • Guests must submit their contact information which must be checked for plausibility (completeness and obviously wrong information).
  • The number of persons present must be limited in a way that allows to keep the minimum distance.
  • For programs with an increased emission of breathing air (e.g. sports), the minimum distance is 2,5 meters and it is only admitted to provide these programs outdoor.
  • Restaurant areas are not admitted.

2G model (optional)

  • Guests must submit their contact information which must be checked for plausibility (completeness and obviously wrong information).
  • Leisure activities with increased emissions of breathing air (e.g. sports) can also be provided indoor.

Please note: It is only permitted to provide restaurant areas within the 2G model.
Before visiting a leisure facility, please check on the respective website whether there are specific rules to adhere to.

Which rules apply for touristic harbour and city tours?


(Stand:  22 June 2021 00:00  o' clock)

Touristic harbour and city tours are admitted again under certain conditions

The following rules apply:

  • The guests must submit their contact information.
  • It is mandatory to establish a protection concept.
  • The hygiene rules must be adhered to.
  • It is mandatory to wear a medical mask in closed vehicles. If the tour takes places exclusively in open vehicles, it is not mandatory to wear a mask.
  • Eating and drinking on board is only admitted when adhering to the rules applying for restaurants and eating facilities, which means that it is possible to eat in outdoor areas at tables in groups of max. 5 persons. It is allowed to take off your mask briefly in order to eat and drink. Buffets are prohibited

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