Corona Parties and Festivities

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Parties and festivities as we know them cannot take place during the coronavirus pandemic. If you want to celebrate your wedding in the summer of 2020, you have to adhere to certain rules in order to reduce the risk of infection at the party.

Parties and Festivities

In the past, especially events with many people gathering indoor, drinking alcohol and dancing were a typical environment for the spread of the coronavirus. This is why the Senate has issued a new legal decree which stipulates conditions for parties in order to reduce the risk of infection on the one hand, but allows parties and festivities on the other hand. Weddings, birthdays and anniversaries can hence be celebrated if the following rules and conditions are respected:

Adherence to the hygiene and distance rules

  • It is mandatory to adhere to the general hygiene rules, e.g. by keeping the minimum distance from other people, by offering the possibility to wash and desinfect hands and by providing adequate ventilation.
  • For certain event areas, it is mandatory to establish a protection concept.
  • At all events, the contact restrictions must be respected. This means for example, that max. 10 persons or two households are allowed to stand or sit together. When people are only from two households, they can be more than 10. 
  • All people attending the party must submit their contact information.

You can find the detailed conditions for celebrating a wedding in §9 (2) and (4) of the legal decree of June 30th, 2020.

Limit the number of guests

According to the new legal decree, a wedding party is considered as an event without reserved seats because in general, one characteristic of wedding parties is that seats are assigned to the guests, but the guests will finally move around, change seats and talk to each other. As a result, there is a risk of contagion for numerous other persons (and not only for one concrete person assigned to the seat next to you). It is hence not presumed that reserved seats will be used (as in theaters or cinemas etc.).

This is why max. 100 persons are admitted at outdoor wedding parties and 50 persons at indoor wedding parties, when alcohol is served. If no alcohol is served, max. 200 persons can attend an outdoor wedding party and max. 100 persons are admitted at indoor wedding parties. 

Size of the location

In addition to the max. number of guests, another limiting factor for the planning and the actual party is the size of the location. In order to meet the requirements of infection protection, 10 m² per guest must be counted. When calculating the surface of the room, service staff members working in these areas must be counted as well.
Why? Because experience has shown that enough space allows to adhere to the distance rules and consequently leads to less infections. Since wedding parties are not considered as „events with reserved seats“, but guests walk around and change place continously, the 10m² rule is supposed to guarantee more space in order to adhere to the distance rules.

If you rent a restaurant in order to celebrate a wedding (or a birthday or an anniversary), the rules for „events without reserved seats“ apply – which means the 10m² rule. If you rent an event area in order to celebrate a wedding (or a birthday or anniversary), the 10m² rule also applies.

Take precautions

It is not mandatory to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth during the party. When the size of the location and the number of guests have been taken into account, max. 10 persons (or more, if they are from max. 2 households only) are allowed to stand or sit together without keeping the usual distance. Due to the persistent risk of infection, however, it is strongly recommended to adhere to the distance rules and to keep a distance of at least 1,5 meters.

Plan without dancing and buffet

It is allowed to play music, but dancing (including the bridal couple’s opening dance) and buffets are generally prohibited.

It is allowed to play music on stage, but if it is live music, a minimum distance of 2,5 meters must be kept between the stage / the band and the party guests.

Have an outdoor party

At outdoor parties, the 10m² rule does not apply. In these cases, the absence of walls and a roof is enough, because it is supposed that intense air exchange is guaranteed. It is for example possible to celebrate your wedding in an open area under a pavilion roof. This is a good and practical solution in terms of infection protection because it reduces the risk of contagion significantly. Nevertheless, the surface must be big enough to make sure that the minimum distance can be kept (max. 10 persons from several households or more than 10 persons from two households).

Celebrating at home

It is allowed to celebrate birthdays or weddings with up to 25 persons (the inviting person also counts as one of the 25) at home or in your parents‘ or child’s home or garden 

Party rules at a glance

Number of persons

When alcohol is served: 100 persons outdoor, 50 persons indoor

When no alcohol is served: 200 persons outdoor, 100 persons indoor

Size of the room

The max. number of persons admitted at a party is also linked to the size of the room or surface (10 m² per person). When calculating the size of the area, please do not forget to take into account the service staff members.

At the location

Max. 10 persons are allowed to sit or stand together. Due to the persistent risk of infection, however, it is strongly recommende to adhere tot he distance rules and to keep a distance of at least 1,5 meters.

The 10m² rule does not apply for outdoor parties. It is for example possible to celebrate your wedding in an open space under a pavilion roof. This is a good and practical solution for the summer time allowing to reduce the risk of infection.

Food

Eating is allowed, but buffets are prohibited.

Music

It is allowed to play music. When it is live music, a minimum distance of 2,5 meters must be kept between the guests and the stage / the band.

Dancing

Dancing is prohibited (including the bridal couple’s opening dance).

Mask covering nose and mouth

It is not mandatory to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth.

Protection and hygiene concept

It is mandatory to establish a protection concept which guarantees that the general hygiene requirements are adhered to.

All guests must submit their contact information.

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