Berlin's corona rules at a glance

We decipher the guidance so you don’t have to – bookmark this page and keep checking back for the up-to-date lowdown on all the rules you need to follow in Berlin to keep yourself and others safe.

Volkmar Otto

Berlin-Updated 08 June 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 30 June 2021.

Bars and restaurants
  • Restaurants, bars and pubs must collect contact info for patrons seated outside but no test is required. Those served inside must be fully vaccinated, recently recovered (from Covid-19) or have a current negative test.
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  • Three households can meet inside but not more than six people. Children under 14 as well as fullz vaccinated people are exempt.
  • Four households and up to 10 people can meet outside. Children under 14 as well as fullz vaccinated people are exempt.
  • Commercial events are capped at 500 outside and 100 inside, though the inside figure can rise to 250 if the venue has mechanical ventilation. Tests are required for inside events and for outdoor events with more than 250 attendees.
  • Gyms are open again and indoor group sports are possible with the contact regulations above. Outdoor sports have no limitations.
  • Shopping no longer requires a test but shopkeepers must keep a list of shoppers. FFP2 masks are still required while shopping.
  • Hairdressers and other body-related services such as cosmeticians require a same-day negative test as well as an appointment.
  • Customer-facing store personnel must be tested twice weekly.
Culture and nightlife
  • Outdoor cultural events with up to 500 participants are allowed, tests required starting with 250 attendees. 
  • Berlin's two zoos are open but visits to inside areas require masks.
  • Museums and memorials are also open but visitors must wear masks.
  • Travel within Germany: Some states now allow tourists to stay in hotels. Berlin will begin allowing overnight tourist stays in hotels, etc., beginning 11 June. 
  • 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). 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kitas are open.
  • Schools re-open 9 June. 
  • 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
  • Keep social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from anyone outside your own household, and practice basic hygiene like hand washing.
  • Church services require masks inside and cannot last more than an hour. Singing inside is only allowed for 15 minutes. 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.