In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility about restrictions or the relaxation of requirements.
Here is the current status in the countries in selected areas of life. Important: The regulations are subject to conditions such as distance and hygiene regulations. In addition, the nationwide mask requirement in trade and local transport continues to apply.
Fine for disregarding the mask requirement
Baden-Württemberg: For those who refuse to wear a mask, for example in shops, the fine of at least 50 euros agreed between the federal states and the Chancellor applies. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros. Anyone who does not wear a mask on the school premises – outside of the classrooms – can face a fine of at least 25 euros.
Bayern: A mask is mandatory for all passengers aged six and over in public transport. Exceptions are only possible for health reasons and with a medical certificate. The standard fine rate is 250 euros in one-off cases and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations.
Berlin: In the case of a violation of the mask requirement on buses and trains in Berlin, a fine of 50 to 500 euros will be levied.
Brandenburg: In Brandenburg, deliberately not using a corona mask costs at least 50 euros fine, up to 250 euros for “notorious mask refusers”. If someone inadvertently does not wear a mouth and nose cover and immediately follows the obligation, they should not have to pay a fine.
Bremen: Anyone who travels in shops or on buses and trains without a mouth and nose covering must expect a fine of 50 euros.
Hamburg: Anyone who travels by bus or train in Hamburg without properly fitting mouth and nose protection and is caught must pay a contractual penalty of 40 euros. The Hamburg authorities are currently examining the form in which a fine can be levied in the future.
Hessen: Anyone who does not wear a mouth and nose cover on buses and trains in Hesse must pay 50 euros without prior warning.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The minimum fine for mask refusers in local transport and retail is 50 instead of 25 euros. The upper limit for mask violations is 150 euros.
Lower Saxony: In Lower Saxony, mask refusers have to pay up to 150 euros, the maximum amount for violations is 10,000 euros.
North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who does not wear a mask in supermarkets, for example, has to pay a fine of 50 euros. In the local public transport even 150 euros are due – without additional request.
Rhineland-Palatinate: Anyone who does not adhere to the mask requirement must pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Saarland: Up to 100 euros must be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation.
Saxony: Violations of the mask requirement in local traffic and in shops will result in a fine of 60 euros.
Saxony-Anhalt: Anyone who violates the mask requirement in Saxony-Anhalt should not have to pay a fine in the future.
Schleswig-Holstein: Schleswig-Holstein asks mask refusers on buses and trains to pay a fine of 150 euros.
Thuringia: In Thuringia, mask refusers are fined 60 euros.
Baden-Württemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. Trade fairs with more than 500 visitors are also allowed to reopen. Large events such as folk festivals, at which hygiene measures can hardly be enforced and contacts cannot be traced, remain prohibited until at least the end of the year.
Bayern: The hosts of pubs and discos are allowed to rent out their rooms for private and cultural events. Professional or business-related events such as conferences or congresses are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events – that is, with assigned seats with up to 400 guests outdoors and 200 indoors. Without a seat allocated, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller art and craft markets or flea markets without a large number of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to conditions.
Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed for trade fairs, conferences and indoor commercial leisure activities is 750, from October 1, 1000 are possible. Outside, up to 5,000 people are allowed to come together at such events, previously it was up to 1,000.
Brandenburg: Events can take place with up to 1000 people, including church services and concerts. Distance and hygiene rules as well as regulated access outdoors and sufficient fresh air in rooms and the collection of personal data must be guaranteed. Large events with more than 1000 people are prohibited until the New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases.
Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. A prerequisite for such gatherings is a concept which, among other things, shows that the guests can keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must record the names of the participants.
Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions.
Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at sporting events are allowed provided there is a hygiene concept and three square meters are available to each spectator.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Larger events are possible: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be admitted inside and up to 1000 people outside. Beyond this number, there should initially be no permits. Folk festivals remain prohibited.
Lower Saxony: There is an upper limit of 500 visitors for indoor and 1000 for outdoor events for events in the cultural sector.
North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests will have to be coordinated with the state in the future – the municipalities are no longer allowed to decide on this alone. For events with more than 500 people participating, stricter requirements apply: Among other things, the organizer must ensure that travel to and from the event can take place in compliance with infection control.
Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 150 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 350 people are possible outdoors, provided the distance is maintained and contact details are recorded.
Saarland: Events in the open air are permitted with up to 900 people, in closed rooms with up to 450.
Saxony: Large events with more than 1,000 visitors are allowed again, but only if the number of new infections in the region of the event location does not exceed 20 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Concerts can take place in jazz clubs or other smaller venues. Up to 1000 people are allowed to watch grassroots and recreational sports subject to certain conditions, including soccer games.
Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1000 people are allowed in the open air. The number of participants is limited to 500 in closed rooms. From September 17th, events with more than 1000 people should be possible if they are approved separately. The prerequisite is that the sports and cultural organizers present a corona protection concept. This must be approved by the municipalities as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior.
Schleswig-Holstein: Outdoor events are allowed for up to 500 participants, in closed rooms for up to 250.
Thuringia: For public events in closed rooms, the contact details of the participants must be recorded. Events such as folk, village, city, rifle or wine festivals, sports events with spectators or festivals are possible with the consent of the respective health authority.