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Berlin - Updated 14 April 2021

Every day at Berliner Zeitung English Edition we sift through the official corona regulations for the state of Berlin. 

The following rules are valid through 9 May 2021.

Bars and restaurants

  • Restaurants, bars and pubs are limited to food take-out and delivery.
  • If you buy take-away food, don't stand around to eat it - avoid the buildup of crowds by moving elsewhere.

Socialising

  • Two households can meet between the hours of 5am and 9pm but not more than five people, inside or outside. Children under 14 are exempt.
  • Only members of a single household are allowed together indoors between 9pm and 5am (no visitors).
  • Between 9pm and 5am, people can only be out alone or with one other person.
  • Commercial events are capped at 20 attendees indoors and 50 people outdoors.
  • If more than 5 people attend an indoor event, all must have negative tests.
  • Masks have to be worn at open-air events attended by 20 people or more.
  • Funerals are limited to 50 people outside and 20 inside.
  • Outdoor, non-contact sports are allowed with up to 5 people from no more than 2 households. Children up to 12 can play sports outside in groups of up to 20.

Shopping

  • To shop in "non-essential" stores a same-day negative corona test is required. As is an FFP2 mask. The same applies for hairdressers and other body-related services such as cosmeticians.
  • Customer-facing store personnel must be tested twice weekly.

Culture and nightlife

  • All entertainment and culture venues, from theatres to amusement parks and cinemas must remain closed.
  • Berlin's two zoos are open but visits to inside areas require masks.
  • Museums and memorials are also open but visitors must wear masks and have current-day negative tests.

Travel 

  • Travel within Germany: Tourists are forbidden from staying in any type of accomodation. Hotels can only cater to business travellers. Unnecessary trips and overnight stays are strongly advised against.
  • Visiting family in Germany: Berlin residents visiting family members in other parts of Germany are exempt from the German domestic travel rules. However, people are strongly discouraged from travelling within Germany for any reason. 
  • Travellers arriving from abroad: Anyone arriving in Berlin by plane must provide a negative test performed within the last 48 hours before boarding. Anyone also arriving from a location on the Robert Koch Institute’s list of current risk areas must self-quarantine for 14 days after entry - and register their arrival online (website available in English). 
  • A number of countries are now designated as "areas of variant of concern" by the Auswärtiges Amt, because variants of coronavirus are widespread there. From 14 February, travel into Germany is not possible from these areas, apart from for German citizens, those who can prove residence in Germany or travellers in transit through the area of concern and no other variant risk areas. Check out the full list here.

Workplace 

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in office and administrative buildings if you're not at your desk.
  • Employers must offer the possibility of two free corona tests per week.

Hospitals

  • Patients can only be visited by one person for an hour per day.
  • Seriously ill as well as palliative patients are exempt from this rule.
  • Expectant mothers can select one person to attend the birth.
  • New mothers also have to pick a single person for a one-hour daily visit, though that person can bring the baby's under-16 siblings. 
  • Care home residents can be visited by one person per day for an hour. That visitor must wear a mask and have a negative test result, or be tested on arrival at the home.

Education

  • Kitas are closed except for kids of parents working in "essential" jobs.
  • Grades 1 to 6 as well as 10 to 13 are in hybrid classes. Attendance is not compulsory, meaning parents can choose to keep their children learning from home.
  • Kids attending classes must be tested twice a week in school (the tests can be self-administered).
  • As a result of school closures, parents are now entitled to double their normal number of child sick days per year. Each parent from a multiple-parent household can now take 20 days off rather than 10, while single parents get 40 instead of 20.
  • For anyone going into school, masks have to be worn in corridors, stairways, bathrooms and during extra-curricular activities.
  • Classrooms should be aired out at least once for several minutes during every lesson.
  • University teaching is practically completely virtual under the current lockdown (notable exceptions include practical scientific and artistic teaching and induction of new students). Exams can be held digitally.

Masks

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in "closed spaces that are accessible to the public" - that includes public transport, taxis, and medical practices including hospitals and nursing homes, as well as at demonstrations.
  • FFP2 masks must be worn on public transport and in shops
  • Masks must also be worn in shopping malls, at outdoor markets and on the following shopping streets and areas. Mitte: Alexanderplatz, Alte Schönhauser Straße, Bebelplatz, Friedrichstraße, Hackescher Markt, Hardenbergplatz, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße (from Pariser Platz to Turmstraße at Alexanderplatz), Leipziger Platz, Lustgarten, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Pariser Platz, Potsdamer Platz, Rathausstraße, Rosenthaler Platz, Unter den Linden, Washingtonplatz/Europaplatz (Hauptbahnhof); Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: Bergmannstraße, Boxhagener Platz, Kottbusser Tor, Lausitzer Platz Neukölln: Hermannplatz, Hermannstraße, Karl-Marx-Straße, Sonnenallee; Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf: Breitscheidplatz, Kurfürstendamm, Olympischer Platz, Tauentzienstraße, Wilmersdorfer Straße; Spandau: Altstadt-Spandau;  Steglitz-Zehlendorf: Schloßstraße; Tempelhof-Schöneberg: Wittenbergplatz; Treptow-Köpenick: Bölschestraße.

Other rules

  • Berlin's individual districts have the option to reopen their libraries for people to browse and borrow books themselves (with social distancing in place).
  • Keep social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from anyone outside your own household, and practice basic hygiene like hand washing.
  • Church services can only take place with minimum distancing of 1.5 metres.FFP2 masks or better are mandatory, and singing insid is prohibited. Fifteen minutes of religious singing outside is allowed, but only with masks. Gatherings with more than 10 participants must be reported to the public order office at least two working days in advance or have an established hygiene concept.
  • Paid sexual services are prohibted.