In Germany there is a shortage of 342,000 daycare places for children under three

TIn spite of billions being invested in the expansion of the daycare center, according to calculations by the Institute of German Economy (IW), the number of missing places for children under three years of age is increasing. As of March 1, 2020, there was a shortage of around 342,000 publicly funded childcare places in day-care centers and day care workers for under three-year-olds, as reported by “Welt am Sonntag” with reference to the IW study. The care gap has increased by more than 127,000 places since 2015.

In relation to all children under three years of age, there was no place for one in seven of them (14.4 percent) as of March 1. In 2015 it was 10.2 percent.

According to the IW calculation, the development in the federal states is sometimes very different: Saarland is the negative front runner, there is a lack of publicly funded childcare for 19.8 percent of children under three years of age. Bremen followed with 19.1 percent and North Rhine-Westphalia with 18.9 percent.

According to “Welt am Sonntag”, the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs referred to the increase of 135,000 childcare places since 2015. “However, it is true that there are still a shortage of places and that the difference between the need for care and the care rate increased between 2015 and 2020,” said one Spokeswoman. The reason is that “the needs expressed by parents have also increased over the years”.

“More and more parents want a childcare place for their child earlier,” said the Ministry of Family Affairs. At the same time, the number of children in the population has been increasing for years, “so that an expansion had to take place just to keep the utilization rate constant”.

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

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. From Wednesday on, restaurant visitors also have to wear a mask when they are not at the table. The mask requirement then also applies in amusement parks and amusement facilities in closed rooms and in waiting areas. 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 a one-off case and up to 500 euros in the case of repeated violations. As soon as the limit of 50 new infections in a region in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded, there should be a mask requirement in heavily frequented public places.

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”. Anyone who inadvertently does not wear a mouth and nose cover and immediately follows the obligation 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 is caught without a face-to-face mask in public places, such as in shops, faces a fine of 80 euros. In Hamburg’s buses or trains, a contractual penalty of 40 euros is still due, but this can now be increased by a fine of 40 euros, so that a total of 80 euros would then also be due.

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.

public events

Baden-Württemberg: Public meetings, congresses, trade fairs and smaller sporting events with up to 500 people are allowed. 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 an allocation, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller arts and crafts markets or flea markets without large numbers of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to certain conditions. To curb the infections, the government is placing restrictions on residence in public spaces. If the incidence value rises steadily above 50, only people from a maximum of two households, close relatives or groups of up to five people should be able to gather. This should also apply to meetings on private property or meetings in privately used rooms.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed at trade fairs, conferences and commercial leisure activities indoors is 750, from Thursday 1000 will be possible. Up to 5000 people are allowed to gather outside at such events, previously it was up to 1000. Innkeepers who do not take care of recording the names and telephone numbers of their guests face fines. Depending on the severity of the violations, up to 5000 euros can be due.

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 generally prohibited until the New Year 2021. For drive-in cinemas or similar events, there may be exceptions from the health authorities in individual cases. Brandenburg now allows more than 1000 fans in large stadiums and halls. With a capacity of more than 5000 seats, 20 percent may be occupied by spectators. There is also a ban on alcohol. The regular upper limit of a maximum of 1000 people applies below 5,000 places.

Bremen: Events with up to 250 people indoors are allowed. Up to 400 people can come together for an event in the open air. The prerequisite for such gatherings is a concept that shows, among other things, that the guests can keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must record the names of the participants. Larger events and trade fairs are also possible under certain conditions. Instead of the Freimarkt folk festival, a temporary amusement park will be organized this year – with conditions and without alcohol.

Hamburg: Events with up to 1000 participants outdoors and 650 participants in closed rooms are permitted subject to certain conditions. From now on, more than 1000 spectators are again admitted to the soccer games of Hamburger SV and FC St. Pauli as well as to other major sporting events. The prerequisite is that the so-called seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants at the venue is less than 35 and the infection rate can be clearly delimited. The space capacity can be used to 20 percent.

Hessen: In principle, events with up to 250 people do not have to be approved, but hygiene and distance rules apply. Spectators at amateur sporting events are generally allowed up to the upper limit of 250, provided a hygiene concept is in place and three square meters are available to each spectator.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: A maximum of 200 people may participate in rooms, 500 for outdoor events. In exceptional cases, up to 400 people can be allowed in rooms and up to 1000 people outdoors. After a decision, more spectators can come to professional sporting events. The permissible upper limits should be based on the respective venue. 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. Changes will be made in October at the earliest.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Events with more than 1000 guests must be coordinated with the state – 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. Under certain conditions, more than 300 spectators may come to sports events. At large events with more than 1000 sports fans, only a third of the seats may be occupied. Special regulations apply, for example, to the Bundesliga: according to an agreement between the federal states, only 20 percent of the places may be occupied. Stricter requirements apply in the cities of Hamm and Remscheid because the number of new infections there has recently been very high.

Rhineland-Palatinate: Up to 250 people can gather indoors at events, including trade fairs or markets. Events with up to 500 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 visitors can watch games and competitions under certain conditions. For major events with more than 1000 visitors, such as football matches, stricter regulations apply: contact tracing must be guaranteed and there must not be more than 20 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the region.

Saxony-Anhalt: At professionally organized events such as specialist conferences, club meetings or party meetings, up to 1,000 people are allowed in the open air. In closed rooms the number of participants is limited to 500, from November 1st it can be 1000. Professional sports and cultural events could be possible with significantly more participants after special approval by the health department and the Ministry of Health. Clubs and discos can reopen from November 1st. You may not let in more than 60 percent of the maximum number of visitors. Attendance lists must be kept and minimum distances must be observed. Prostitution sites are also allowed to reopen.

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, sporting events with spectators or festivals are possible with the approval of the respective health authority. The districts and independent cities can issue general orders depending on the infection rate. After an increase in new corona infections in the Weimarer Land district, public festivals and meetings with the exception of meetings of local parliaments are initially prohibited until October 4th.

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

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.

public events

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.

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Corona: These are the corona rules in the federal states – politics

In the fight against the corona pandemic, the federal states can largely decide on their own responsibility on 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-Wuerttemberg: 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 should apply. Violations of the mask requirement on buses and trains are at least 100 euros.

Bayern: In Bavaria, 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 rate of fines has been increased to 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 will cost a fine of 50 to 250 euros in the future.

Bremen: Anyone who is 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 will increase from 25 to 50 euros on Friday. The upper limit for mask violations in MV is 150 euros and was only tightened in mid-August.

Lower Saxony: According to the current catalog of fines, there is a risk of significantly higher penalties for corona violations – up to 150 euros for mask refusers.

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 comply with the mask requirement will have to pay 50 euros in Rhineland-Palatinate in the future.

Saarland: In the future, up to 100 euros will have to be paid for violations of the mask requirement; the authorities can leave it at a warning fee of 50 euros for the first violation. So far, fines of up to 500 euros have been due for those who do not ensure that everyday masks are worn in their public area of ​​responsibility.

Saxony: Since Tuesday, violations of the mask requirement in local transport and in shops have been subject to 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.

public events

Baden-Wuerttemberg: 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 an allocation, the upper limit is 200 or 100 people. Markets without a folk festival character, such as smaller arts and crafts markets or flea markets without large numbers of visitors, are permitted outdoors subject to certain conditions.

Berlin: The maximum number of participants allowed for trade fairs, conferences and commercial leisure activities indoors 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: Public and private 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 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. On Tuesday, the Senate laid the legal basis for trade fairs and major events to be held exceptionally and subject to conditions, even with more participants. Requirements for such gatherings are a hygiene concept and a distance of at least 1.5 meters from one another. The organizers must also 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 a hygiene concept is in place 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 in rooms and up to 1000 people outside. Beyond this number, there should initially be no permits. Folk festivals remain prohibited.

Lower Saxony: Trade fairs are closed to the public. For events in the cultural sector, for example, there is an upper limit of 500 visitors.

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 participants, more stringent 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 1000 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, shooting or wine festivals, sporting events with spectators or festivals are possible with the approval of the respective health authority.

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Bridging days 2021: How to get the most out of your vacation

BA look at the calendar for 2021 speaks – in terms of public holidays – first of all a lot for a good year. Every German employee has an average of 29 vacation days. And if you reserve 22 of them in order to cleverly place them before, after and between public holidays (regional and national), you can build several leisure bridges with a total of 52 days.

That’s the theory. In practice, however, this calculation only applies to Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the two federal states with the highest number of public holidays. In the northern part of Germany, on the other hand, employees only have to have 18 vacation days up their sleeves, because in these Protestant regions there are significantly fewer “holiday pillars”, so that only “bridge constructions” with a total of 39 days off are possible.

That still sounds good, but it doesn’t come close to the earlier “bridge building years”. The reason: in 2021, four of the nine national holidays will fall on a weekend day. Or to put it another way: Of the only five moving holidays among the nine national holidays (New Year’s Day, May Day, National Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day), which can be both weekend and weekend days, four will be celebrated on a Saturday or Sunday in the coming year . For comparison: this year it only affected two public holidays.

It doesn’t look any better for the regional holidays in 2021, because two important Christian religious festivals (Assumption Day and Reformation Day) will be celebrated on one Sunday.

Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony-Anhalt benefit

In terms of public holidays, Berliners will be hit particularly badly in the coming year. May 8, 2021 will be another normal working day in the capital. Because the commemoration day for the unconditional surrender of the German Wehrmacht in 2020 marked the 75th anniversary, the red-red-green Senate had declared it to be free – but only for this year.

Those who secure bridging days in good time can often treat themselves to a little break – like here on Lake Constance

Source: Getty Images / Westend61

Compared to regional holidays, with which state governments are increasingly proceeding at their own discretion, Christian celebrations are “a solid castle” (to put it with Luther) in the calendar – and thus provide planning security. Around the turn of the year. In 2020/21, however, it looks rather poor for bridge builders, since the second Christmas day 2020 is a Saturday. If you take four days of vacation from December 28 to 31, 2020, you will at least receive ten days of leisure time.

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Public service employees in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony-Anhalt are much better off: They can view a mega-bridge from December 24, 2020, through January 1, 2021 (New Year) and January 6 (Epiphany) to December 10 January (Sunday) by building from 28th to 31st December as well as January 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th submit vacation, that is, eight vacation days become 18 days off in a row.

Background: The civil servants of these three federal states are off work on Epiphany (regional holiday) and also benefit from an agreement between the federal government, the federal states and the unions that came into force in 2013, according to which December 24th and 31st are also day off. “Both days are to be paid as if the employees had worked on those days,” confirms Ver.di spokesman Günter Isemeyer.

A regulation that the unions would like to push through for all employees in Germany. So it should only be a matter of time before December 24th is declared a public holiday, as is already the case in the Czech Republic and Estonia.

Bridge days around Easter 2021

Either way – on January 11, 2021, a long dry spell will begin for all German employees. Because between Epiphany and Good Friday, the next Christian solemn festival, there are twelve calendar weeks without public holidays.

With one exception: In 2019, the Berlin Senate declared International Women’s Day (March 8) a regional holiday; It will be celebrated on a Monday next year – and certainly with a large accompanying program, because the proclamation of Women’s Day, which originated in Western Europe in 1911, will be 100 years old in 2021. Berliners who apply for (and receive) vacation from March 9th to 12th can turn four vacation days into nine days off.

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On Good Friday (April 2nd) the (calendar) page turns again in favor of all employees. And since Easter Monday (April 5th) is also a national holiday, a ten-day open bridge can be built with four days of vacation (March 29th to April 1st or April 6th to 9th).

A tip for Brandenburgers: Brandenburg is the only German federal state to explicitly treat Easter Sunday as a public holiday – so anyone who has to work on April 4 is entitled to an alternative day of rest. The whole thing is then repeated on Pentecost Sunday (May 23) – it is also only in Brandenburg under special holiday protection.

14 vacation days become 25 days off

May is usually a wonderful month for bridge builders, but 2021 is a little disappointing. Labor Day (May 1st), which is celebrated nationwide, is a Saturday. Then comes Ascension Day (May 13th), which is always a Thursday; Anyone who takes the following Friday (May 14th) vacation has four days off – it is the classic among the annual leisure bridges.

The “bridging” between Ascension Day and Whit Monday (May 24th) is also very popular, as it gives twelve days off, provided that May 14th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st are vacation days.

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Then it continues with Corpus Christi, a solemn festival that is celebrated on the second Thursday after Pentecost. Corpus Christi (June 3) is not a national holiday, but is limited to parts of western Germany (Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland) as well as to Catholic communities in Saxony and Thuringia. With a vacation day taken on June 4th, employees of these federal states have four days off.

If you want to get the absolute maximum out, you can combine Ascension and Pentecost with Corpus Christi. Then 14 vacation days (May 14, May 17 to 21, May 25 to 28, May 31, June 1, June 2, and June 4) become 25 days off in a row.

Thuringia does not come close to Bavaria despite the new public holiday

July, August and September are a total failure in terms of bridging days. This even applies to those federal states with regional holidays. Assumption of Mary (August 15), for example, is free of school and work for Bavaria and Saarlanders, but in 2021 the Catholic holiday falls on a Sunday, so it is of no interest for bridge builders.

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In 2019, workers in Thuringia received World Children’s Day as an additional regional holiday from their red-red-green state government – nice for them, because September 20, 2021 is a Monday. By the way: Despite the new public holidays for Berliners and Thuringians, Bavaria continues to lead with a total of 13 public holidays; The Augsburgers even have 14th with their locally applicable High Peace Festival (by the way, it is the only state-protected urban holiday in the world).

October is blessed with two public holidays, but both – the nationwide Day of German Unity (October 3) and Reformation Day (October 31) – fall on a Sunday in the coming year. The latter will especially annoy the residents of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Hamburg and Bremen, who only got the Protestant holiday as a regional holiday in 2018; So far, Reformation Day has only been non-working in the five eastern German states.

Christmas is unfavorable for employees

All Saints’ Day (November 1st) is also regionally limited as a Catholic festival, namely to Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland; A longer leisure bridge cannot be built in 2021 – November 1st is a Monday and therefore more suitable for a long weekend.

In general, November is of no interest to German bridge builders; only the Saxons have a proper “pillar” with the day of penance and prayer, because the regional holiday is always celebrated on the Wednesday before eternity Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year; In 2021 it is November 17th.

At the end of the year there is usually again the opportunity for all German citizens to increase their “free time”. Unfortunately not in 2021. Because Christmas is entirely on the weekend; the two nationwide non-working Christmas holidays (December 25th and 26th) fall on Saturday and Sunday.

Which is actually a classic case for the German trade unions: You could take an example from Great Britain, Belgium and Spain, where all bank holidays that are on a weekend are made up on the following working day.

Germans discover vacation in their own country

Actually, one was forced to do so out of concern about the corona virus. A survey now shows that 87 percent of Germans were actually really enthusiastic about vacationing in their own country.

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Comparisons and standards (daily newspaper young world)

Geographic region or subtle imaginary place of power?

In times of natural disasters and severe blows of fate like Armin Laschet, the constitutionally loyal citizen can get out of step. He is insecure and can lose his sense of the right amount. Loved habits that previously seemed completely natural are being questioned and put into disposition.

When specifying sizes that are intended to illustrate the extent of forest fires, motorway jams or ocean pollution, citizens – but also media experts – use sensible standards: “as large as Saarland”, for example, “the size of four soccer fields” or, quite popular, “as a beer mat stacked seven times the distance from here to the moon «. Everyone understands such vivid comparisons. They provide orientation and convey stability.

The Saarland example, however, illustrates how deceptive these supposed certainties are. In the course of recent history, the Saarland has not only changed hands several times, mostly it was about insignificant border skirmishes between Germany and France. Sometimes a piece of land was chopped off and added there, sometimes the other way around. The area of ​​the Saarland was never constant for a long time, so the comparative size was always inaccurate. In the end, it was hardly possible to be sure whether the “10.53 times the area of ​​the Saarland” corresponds to the size of 120,000 English football fields, especially since the English football stadiums completely do without the cinder track in order to allow closer proximity to the public.

This was also noticed by some Leopoldina scientists (by the way, it is still not clear in the editorial office for whom they work). As a future reference, they proposed the introduction of the “Saar Saarland” area scale, based on the example of the atomic clock by the American physicist Isidor Isaac Rabi. The atomic clock is extremely accurate and only deviates by about 0.002 milliseconds in 200 million years. The same was expected of the »Atom Saarland« area.

However, there was considerable resistance within the Leopoldina. Skeptics were not convinced that the state of Saarland as we know it will still exist in 200 million years. A radicalized marginalized group of Leopoldina alternative practitioners went one step further and denied Saarland’s physical existence. They thought it was a spiritual experience or a revanchistic provocation. For them, Saarland was and is not a geographical region, but a kind of subtle imaginary place of power, comparable to the legendary »Shambala« from Madame Blavatsky’s theosophical parallel world.

The proposal to cast the surface of the Saarland in bronze and store it in the secure Leopoldina vault, like the original master meter and kilogram in the International Bureau of Weights and Measures near Paris, failed due to the resistance of the rural population.

Alternative suggestions from the area of ​​hygienists and virologists are still under discussion, about half the area of ​​Barmbek-Süd (Hamburg district), the city park. Approximately the size of 4.35 million ping pong tables.

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Hope for the Big Bang (neues-deutschland.de)

Daniel Batz held five penalties in the quarterfinals.

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Lukas Kwasniok’s powerful voice can be heard clearly, across the entire pitch: “We have to defend the box, everyone is responsible for that,” “No chance” and “Let’s go!” Roars the head coach of the fourth division club 1. FC Saarbrücken to his players in the sweltering midday heat. The coach, who was born in Gliwice, Poland, is busy preparing for the semi-finals on the training grounds of this year’s cup sensation. Bayer Leverkusen is visiting the fourth division club from Saarland this Tuesday. And Kwasniok does not want to know anything about all the statistics that show the Bundesliga club as a big favorite for the first final ticket. The 38-year-old prefers to work fervently to turn the football flea from the German-French border into an elephant again.

With Regensburg, Cologne, Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf, the Saarbrücken team have already kicked two second and two first division clubs out of the cup. “We may have a one-percent chance to advance against Leverkusen in 90 minutes,” said attacker José Pierre Vunguidica when he sat in the shade after training with “nd” in the shade. “We don’t have much more percentages than one,” Captain Manuel Zeitz agrees with the team-mate. “But against Düsseldorf and Cologne, I wouldn’t have said beforehand that we have a 50 percent chance.”

The fans from Saarbrücken, however, were still worn by the fans to their successes over Leverkusen’s Rhenish neighbors – in Völklingen, 12 kilometers away, where the team has been playing their home games since 2016 due to the lengthy renovation of their own stadium. »The comparatively few spectators there formed a small cauldron in every cup round. It got such a momentum that we always managed to get on. Well, and that’s completely missing now, ”sighs the 29-year-old Zeitz – who was born in Völklingen, but at the same time made it clear during training in Saarbrücken:“ We are located here in Ludwigspark. Völklingen will never be a real home stadium for me. «

The traditional arena in the north of Saarbrücken should be ready for occupancy by October at the latest. Ten years ago, when FCS was marching from the Oberliga to the 3. Liga, Zeitz rose there twice in a row. Because of the corona-related season break of the Regionalliga Südwest two weeks ago, the club was chosen as the clear table leader at the green table to advance to the 3rd league – and Zeitz’s personal hat trick was completed. The captain, together with the trainer, sports director and three teammates, made a spontaneous detour to the city center of Saarbrücken.

“It wasn’t like you normally celebrate an ascent. 2009 and 2010 were much more free – and more liberal. Now everything went well, even with the necessary distance. Without hugging or kissing big. In my opinion, there was nothing wrong with that, nothing was overstated, «Manuel Zeitz describes the small party. The resentment of club president Hartmut Ostermann, who had already referred to the applicable distance rules and the cup highlight against Leverkusen immediately after the announcement of the ascent, drew the celebrants anyway.

»Of course, in retrospect it wasn’t quite right – because we are under this observation. But it is only human that one is a little happy about such an ascent, «says Daniel Batz. In addition to the lack of an audience for the game this Tuesday, the goalkeeper recognized another disadvantage for the blatant outsider: the fact that after twelve weeks of preparation against Leverkusen, they had to jump into the cold water without a test game.

With five parried penalties – one in regular time, four on penalties – the lively Middle Franconian became a hero in the quarter-final victory over Düsseldorf three months ago. Now he says: “It’s just incredibly difficult to keep the tension on this one game over such a long period of time.” Because: “Anyone who has played soccer several times knows that test games are of course important, but the competition is something else is completely different. These are two pairs of shoes- We really miss these right games. «

Against the powerful offensive Werkself, who already played their fifth competitive game after the Corona break in the 2: 4 against Bayern Munich on Saturday, it is now a matter of getting used to playing football under competitive conditions again in the first 15, 20 minutes. “If we can do that, we’ll be back in there,” believes Batz, who came to Freiburg in May 2012 at the 0: 4 in Dortmund for his only Bundesliga appearance. “But,” says the 29-year-old, “it just takes time, that’s the difficulty. If you can’t even simulate that in a test game! «

1. FC Saarbrücken landed three times in the DFB Cup in the semi-finals, so far it has never been enough to participate in the final. “Better disgusting than not again – in the fourth attempt to the final !!!”, the club colors yellow, blue and black are now the motto on a large board at the edge of the training ground. »We already know that we won’t have 60 percent possession of the ball against Leverkusen. We have no game practice, so our motto is clearly to defend our goal with all our might. And if it were going to be a penalty shootout, each of us would sign it first, ”midfielder Zeitz emphasizes.

When Düsseldorf was brought to its knees during the nerve game from the point at the beginning of March, Saarbrücken’s club icon and Vice President Dieter Ferner cheered with tears in their eyes “the greatest sensation since the birth of Christ”. A coup over Bayer’s star ensemble would top this historic triumph of being the first fourth division to reach the cup semi-finals. “That would be then,” batsman Batz assumes, “the big bang.”

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Bliesgau in Saarland: On tour in the biosphere reserve

“Who knows the drum saw and the peeling iron?” Asks Helmut Wolf. The guests of the nature guide shake their heads. But they will get to know the tools in the next two days. Because they want to build rafts under Wolf’s guidance and use it to curve around the Niederwürzbach pond.

For this, trees have to be felled and the trunks freed from branches. They are put together with ropes and wood screws. “Raft building is a real challenge for some office workers,” says Wolf, who has been offering courses in the Bliesgau biosphere reserve in the south-east of the Saarland for five years.

The Bliesgau extends along the river Blies between the cities of Saarbrücken, St. Ingbert, Homburg and Zweibrücken. In 2009 Bliesgau was officially named a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco, as one of 16 areas in Germany.

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In contrast to the strictly protected national parks, these reserves not only contain untouched nature, but also a juxtaposition of managed and inhabited zones and nature reserves. “In Bliesgau we have everything in a small space, over 100,000 inhabitants live in towns and villages,” says Holger Zeck from the Bliesgau Biosphere Purpose Association.

In Bliesgau you focus on ecotourism

Holidaymakers should discover the region in terms of gentle tourism as hikers or cyclists: the network of marked routes spans almost 1,000 kilometers.

The cycle route runs along the Blies on the disused railway line to small towns. Wolfersheim, for example, is considered particularly beautiful with its carefully restored 19th century farmhouses and won gold in 2004 at the federal level in the “Our village should become more beautiful” competition.

Mass tourism? They want to keep it away from the Bliesgau. Cities and municipalities, district and state, associations and companies work together on the further development of the model region. Thereby the endangered nature and the people should be brought into harmony.

Sheep feed on the Bliesgauer pastures

Sheep feed on the Bliesgauer pastures

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Star chef Cliff Hämmerle from Blieskastel-Webenheim relies on local food. He is often with regional producers: lamb from Schäfer Ernst in Seelbach, goat cream cheese from Neukahlenberger Hof, camelina oil from the Bliesgauer oil mill in Bliesransbach, game from local hunters. And Hämmerle is not alone with this approach: “More and more restaurants here offer regional dishes.”

Soledad Lagos is the cheese maker from Neukahlenberger Hof in Böckweiler. “Our cheeses are made with good thoughts and love,” enthuses the Chilean woman. 16 people with disabilities help at the organic farm. Five of them are at Soledad Lagos in the farm cheese dairy: they produce hard, soft and hard cheeses, yoghurt and curd cheese.

Bliesgau in Saarland: Soledad Lagos runs the cheese dairy on the Neukahlenberger Hof in Böckweiler

Soledad Lagos runs the cheese dairy on the Neukahlenberger Hof in Böckweiler

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They speak of active inclusion at the Wintringer Hof in Kleinblittersdorf: around 100 employees with disabilities work there in agriculture and horticulture, in the farm shop, restaurant and hotel. 70 cattle, 100 pigs and countless chickens frolic on the organic farm of the Lebenshilfe Obere Saar.

Circular paths lead through the nature reserve in Saarland

The “pioneers of camelina oil” see themselves the two oil millers Patric Bies and Jörg Hector, who have been pressing milk thistle oil, hemp oil, mustard oil, walnut oil and sunflower oil in their small oil mill since 2007.

Both of them love the camelina, as you can see when visiting their factory at Gut Hartungshof in Bliesransbach. “Camelina has been known in the Saarland for centuries, but was then forgotten and has been grown again since 2003/2004,” says Bies. The taste of this oil is peasy and asparagus. It offers itself as a flavorful addition to salads.

Orchard meadows shape the picture of the gentle hilly country. Juices and fruity jams are made from the fruits of the gnarled apple and plum trees. In the floodplain landscape of the Blies near Breitfurt, beavers have settled again.

Saarland: The beauty of the Bliesgau can be discovered on foot on marked hiking trails

The beauty of the Bliesgau can be discovered on foot on marked hiking trails

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And near Gersheim, flower lovers admire almost half of all orchid species found in Germany during the main flowering period, usually from May to early July – from the little orchid to the rare Hummel orchid to the broad-leaved orchid. Marked circular routes lead through the nature reserve.

Noble buildings were built in Blieskastel in the Baroque period

Siegfried Hess is traveling in Blieskastel. The retired teacher is one of 25 nature and landscape guides who bring visitors closer to the beauties of the biosphere reserve.

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“Blieskastel is our baroque gem,” says Hess on a tour of the city. In 1773, imperial count Franz Karl von der Leyen moved his residence from Koblenz to Blieskastel and had it built in the style of the time – the baroque. He died two years later, but his wife Marianne continued to build, for example on Paradeplatz and on the steep Schloßbergstrasse.

Bliesgau in Saarland: The orangery is the most important vestige of the old castle complex in Blieskastel

The orangery is the most important vestige of the old palace complex in Blieskastel

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Noble buildings for the councilors were built there. The castle itself disappeared and was destroyed by French revolutionary troops in 1793. Only the orangery with the garden remained, as did the baroque castle church next door. “Blieskastel’s showpiece,” says Hess proudly.

Back to the raft farmers at the Niederwürzbach pond. If you already conjure up sustainability in Bliesgau, isn’t that countered by the fact that 20 spruces have to be felled for rafts that vacationers want to paddle across a lake? But nature guide Helmut Wolf can reassure critical voices: He promises that a new tree will be planted for every tree cut down.

Saarland: Wolfersheim is considered the most beautiful village in Bliesgau

Idyllic spot: Wolfersheim is the most beautiful village in Bliesgau

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Tips and information

Getting there: The Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve has been accessible by Deutsche Bahn as a natural destination and climate-friendly by train since 2012: the ICE / TGV rapid connection from Frankfurt to Paris stops several times a day in Saarbrücken; RE and IC trains stop in Saarbrücken, Homburg and St. Ingbert.

Accommodation: “Hotel Bliesbrück”, central in the biosphere reserve, double rooms from 90 euros, bliesbruck.de; “Landschloss Fasanerie”, romantic hotel in Zweibrücken, double rooms from 135 euros, landschloss-fasanerie.com; “Hornbach Monastery”, renowned luxury hotel, 20 kilometers from Blieskastel, double rooms from 160 euros, kloster-hornbach.de.

Information desk: saarpfalz-touristik.de

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Corona: Germany provides medical aid to EU partners

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Germany accepts intensive care patients from the EU nationwide

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Anja Ettel

These federal states care for most intensive care patients from the EU

All 16 federal states have now admitted intensive care patients from other EU countries or at least offered treatment. This is shown by a survey by WELT AM SONNTAG.

A survey by WELT AM SONNTAG shows that almost all 16 federal states now care for intensive care patients from other EU countries. The number of inquiries rose significantly, especially from the Netherlands.

DGermany has become an important medical aid for the EU partners particularly affected by Covid-19 in the Corona crisis. This is shown by a survey by WELT AM SONNTAG among the health ministries of the 16 federal states. According to this, all federal states have now admitted Covid-19 patients or at least offered intensive care beds and in some cases provided medical equipment or medical expertise.

North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Saarland currently care for most Covid-19 patients from other EU countries. According to the Stuttgart state government, 28 patients from France and two from Italy are treated. There are 23 French patients in Saarland. According to the North Rhine-Westphalian state government, ten patients from Italy, eight from France and 39 patients from the Netherlands have been treated clinically.

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While the demand from Italy for available intensive care beds in Germany tends to decline, the number of inquiries from the Netherlands has recently increased significantly. The state government in Lower Saxony is “in close contact with the government of the Netherlands, in order to be able to provide administrative assistance in some difficult cases, should the local health system come into a situation of temporary overload”.

According to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 11), 23,249 people in the Netherlands have so far been tested positive for Corona; the number of those who died was much higher at 2520 than in Germany. Experts attribute the higher mortality rate to the significantly lower number of intensive care capacities in the clinics in the neighboring country compared to Germany.

In addition to NRW, Hamburg also cares for the first Covid 19 sufferer from the Netherlands. At the beginning of the week, the federal government had announced that 24 Dutch patients would be cared for in the federal territory. According to feedback from the federal states, the number has now increased to 40 patients within a week.

You can read the entire research in WELT AM SONNTAG. We would be happy to deliver them to your home regularly.

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Exit restrictions on Easter – what is allowed where? – Travel

Small ball traffic: Two girls play badminton in Constance over the provisional border fences between Germany and Switzerland.

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Baden-Wuerttemberg

A walk in the green, one Bicycle or motorcycle tour, then maybe sausages from Barbecue in your own garden – that remains allowed in Baden-Württemberg despite the corona pandemic. You can only be on the move alone, with another person or with the people living in the household, i.e. family members or flat-share partners (Here is an overview of all provisions for Baden-Württemberg). At Meet in your own apartment the rules are not quite as strict: A maximum of five people can arrange an Easter breakfast there. If you live in a domestic community or if you are related in a straight line – such as parents, grandparents and children – the cozy round may be even bigger. The Second home may be used day trips are also allowed. Tourism Minister Guido Wolf still asks to avoid the tourist highlights at Lake Constance or in the Black Forest if possible. Some hiking parking lots and waterfront promenades were closed by the municipalities last sunny weekend.

Mountaineering Ammergäu Alps Coronavirus Exit restriction Excursion mountain hike

Alone on the mountain, here on the Friederspitze in the Ammergau Alps? Better not!

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Bavaria

Bavaria has imposed particularly strict exit restrictions – actually. Basically, the following applies Leave home may those who to work, to the doctor to buy groceries or to help others. But: Bavaria can also go outside for exercise in the fresh air – but only alone or together with someone from the same household. A meeting or even Easter brunch with friends is prohibited. Parents and grandparents should only be visited if they urgently need help. Maybe you can have breakfast together on the holidays via video chat or search for eggs. Good news but for lovers who are defiant long-distance relationship finally want to see again: This is also allowed in Bavaria, for several days or even weeks.

Whoever goes out has to stay mobile: Picnic is forbidden, longer breaks on the park bench are at least undesirable. You can grilling, but not in the park, but only in the garden or on the balcony. Small or allotment gardens owners can continue to use, only the same rules apply here as in other private gardens: only those who live in the same household or are life partners are allowed in. And what about that Caravan at the campsite or the Second home? Actually “trips to the caravan or second home should not take place”, informs the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior and appeals: “Please consider whether this trip is now absolutely necessary.” The allotment gardener must also think about this.

Trips to Lakes and in the mountains are also not strictly prohibited. However, the Interior Ministry asks to get some fresh air near the apartment. Some communities lock also popular (Hiking) parking spaces. By the way, simply driving through the landscape by car or motorcycle is not allowed – again because of the risk of accidents. For the Jaunt you would have to take the bike (hopefully also without an accident). But cycling, like jogging and walking, predominates in strengthening physical and mental health. (Here you will find an overview of all the regulations for Bavaria.)

Sunrise in Berlin

The sunrise behind the Quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate is impressive – however, tourists are currently unable to see it due to travel and exit restrictions.

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Berlin

The Ban on “group formation” The same applies in the capital, as does the order to leave your own home as little as possible. Anyone who travels for no good reason can be fined between 10 and 100 euros. A spokesman for the interior administration said that the primary goal was to “reduce physical contacts”. There are state regulations for this, but everyone’s sense of responsibility is also required.

walks and Outdoor sports are allowed, in pairs or with those who live in the same apartment. If you need to take a breather, you can rely on the Park bench or sit on the lawn – observing the minimum distance. A picnic however, does not count as a break. A visit to the home of the spouse or partner is also permitted, as well as to the elderly or sick. It is the responsibility of the individual to decide how much closeness is acceptable (Here is an overview of all provisions for Berlin). You can get out of the city and back into the city, “provided that it takes place directly from or to the apartment or ordinary accommodation” – but in Berlin, as in all other federal states, the following applies: to travel should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary.

Sunset at the Rangsdorfer See

Small excursions are allowed in Brandenburg, for example at sunset at Rangsdorfer See.

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Brandenburg

Brandenburg is a popular excursion region for many Berliners in particular – the state government does not want to prevent this from happening even during Easter, but at the same time appeals to people to use these opportunities “moderately”. “Little one trips anyone can do it – even to Brandenburg, “Interior Minister Michael Stübgen told the RBB information radio. Tourist activities are forbidden, sporty like To go biking on the other hand allowed: “We made a conscious decision not to partition Brandenburg to Berlin or to build a new Berlin Wall.” With any type of Sport and exercise in the fresh air, the usual distance rules must be observed: you can only be on the move alone, with another person or with people from the same household. This applies not only on land, but also on water. A Paddle tour is allowed on one of the numerous waterways in the country, but not in the group. Boat owner may spend the night on the water, but boats may not be rented. The Easter eggs must be hidden at home or in your own garden and found again by the family or roommates: Nobody may be invited to the Easter celebration on private property, only visits to life partners are permitted (Here is an overview of all the provisions for Brandenburg).

A cyclist with a face mask drives over the Bremen market square.

A lone cyclist with a face mask drives over the market square in Bremen.

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Bremen

Just get out and spend the beautiful day in the countryside: this is possible in Bremen. Not only walks and “Solo sports” are allowed, but also day trips in recreation areas. You just can’t get too close: As almost everywhere, there is a minimum distance of 1.50 meters. It is forbidden to arrange to go hiking with several friends. The family, who already lives together, can travel as a group, otherwise a maximum of two people (Here is an overview of all provisions for Bremen). Those who do not stick to it pay 50 to 150 euros – per person.

Few people sit in Hamburg on the Outer Alster.

It’s rarely so empty when the weather is nice on the Außenalster: in Hamburg, too, you have to keep your distance.

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Hamburg

Some walkers and cyclists have crossed a border in the past few days: Schleswig-Holstein is north of the city-state and tourists are no longer allowed to enter there. Cyclists and pedestrians were also checked and rejected. This caused trouble and should no longer occur in the future: It was agreed with the neighboring country that it made no sense to check people who were “in the vicinity of their place of residence on the border”, said Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher. Tours to the North or Baltic Sea on the other hand, there must be no: Schleswig-Holstein generally does not tolerate day trippers, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania imposes a corresponding ban on the Easter days. Are within the Hamburg city limits Outdoor sports and Excursions to the local recreation areas allowed, but only with a maximum of one person not belonging to the household. You shouldn’t go hungry on hunger: public consumption of food is not permitted (Here is an overview of all provisions for Hamburg).

Police patrol the Great Feldberg in the Taunus.

Police patrol the Feldberg plateau in the Taunus. They are intended to prevent large crowds from gathering on the popular mountain.

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Hesse

Easter one hike to the Great Feldberg in the Taunus? Better not. day trips are not prohibited in Hessen, but the state government appeals to the population to refrain from all unnecessary trips and activities. Of the Second home or the Allotment garden but may be used.

If, despite the ban on contacts, too many people move outside, the law enforcement agencies will react quickly, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Social Affairs said. Then, for example, parking spaces can be blocked – or the access road to Großer Feldberg, as happened last weekend due to the rush of motorists and bikers. Basically, you can only be outside with a maximum of two or together with those with whom you live. grilling or a picnic but even couples are prohibited in the park (here is an overview of all regulations for Hessen).

The pier from Zinnowitz on Usedom is almost deserted.

Only two lonely walkers are on the pier in Zinnowitz on the island of Usedom. Tourists have not been allowed to enter for a long time, and the locals are no longer allowed to go to the coast at Easter.

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Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

Family visits “Within the nuclear family”, for example with parents, are not expressly forbidden in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, but should be reduced to “the absolutely necessary minimum” or, at best, deleted altogether: The Easter days are, so the urgent request, on best spent at home. A Easter walk – a maximum of two or with the family – is possible, as well as one Cycling tour, but not one Day trip to the coast or to the lakes: trips to the Baltic Sea islands of Rügen, Usedom and Hiddensee, to the entire Baltic Sea coast and to the Mecklenburg Lake District are prohibited from Good Friday to Easter Monday – this also applies to locals. Tourists from other federal states have not been allowed to enter Germany since March. Even in your own Allotment garden You can only stay during the Easter days if the green area is “in your own living environment or in the same community”. “Do without private trips of any kind, including second homes,” is the state government’s urgent appeal (Here is an overview of all provisions for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania).

Walkers on the North Sea beach of Cuxhaven-Duhnen

By far, please: Walkers are in Cuxhaven on the North Sea beach.

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Lower Saxony

In contrast to many other federal states, Lower Saxony also remains private visits possible over the holidays, even if “reduced to an absolutely necessary minimum”. The circle of those who come together in the apartment or in the garden should be as small and as constant as possible, according to the explanations on the contact restrictions (Here is an overview of all provisions for Lower Saxony): “The conceivable constellations are very different: Some meet with their children who have already moved out, others with only a close friend, others with the couple from the neighborhood.” Size Family celebrations or Parties are taboo, as well Short break. The same restrictions apply in the open air as in most other federal states: On walk is allowed with members of your own household or a maximum of two, also on the bicycle or motorcycle no larger groups may be on the road. trips are not prohibited, but the possibilities are already limited anyway: The Islands in the North Sea have been closed to tourists since March 16, closures are also possible in the coastal towns on the mainland if the crowds of sun-seekers become too large. In the Aurich and Wittmund districts, none are allowed during the Easter days Motorhomes and caravans be parked more in public traffic areas.

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In the evening on the Rhine, better alone – or at the most enjoy the sunshine in pairs.

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North Rhine-Westphalia

Even little things that beautify life can be dangerous. Cherry blossoms for example. Too many people came too close to see the spring spectacle Bonn to admire – now the streets of the old town are closed to visitors. “Unfortunately, since the beginning of the cherry blossom at the end of last week, it has been shown that the attraction of this natural spectacle is greater than the willingness to comply with the ban on contact and to keep a distance,” said Ashok Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn. He made use of the right that cities and municipalities can tighten the rules of the state government even further.

In all of North Rhine-Westphalia the following applies: Everyone is allowed to get out, but also longer, as long as you stick to it No contact holds. In public – and also in private cars – a maximum of two people are allowed to travel together. If there are more, they must be members of a household or a family, even if not all of them live under one roof. However, the prohibitions are a matter of interpretation: have a picnic For example, it is not allowed to eat the snack outside in pairs and with a little distance, but it is.

Otherwise, reason is appealed to day trips or hikes to renounce. And, as warned, Prime Minister Armin Laschet: Also at the Dutch North Sea coast German day tourists are “currently undesirable”. Conversely, the Dutch should not go to the Sauerland. The time out in Allotment but is still in there, this is not a public space. The state government only advises not to organize barbecues or group Easter egg hunts: Because of the risk of infection, the two-person rule should also be followed in the allotment garden. (Further information on North Rhine-Westphalia can be found here.)

A water-spouting fountain figure in front of the historic town hall of Koblenz wears a face mask.

A mouthguard was left for the snake, a fountain figure in front of the historic town hall of Koblenz.

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Rhineland-Palatinate

In Rhineland-Palatinate, Easter eggs should only be found in the apartment or in your own garden. Excursions are not prohibited, but the “urgent recommendation” applies private trips and up Day tours to do without, as well Visits with relatives and friends. Who has the days off in his own Holiday home or on his parcel in the Allotment garden want to spend it – but here too the requirement is: as little contact with others as possible. No chat around the garden fence, no after-work beer with the neighbors. A maximum of two is one walk allowed – or together with the people you live with in the household (here is an overview of the regulations for Rhineland-Palatinate). Violators face a fine of 200 euros. A hundred euros are due if you get closer to other people than 1.50 meters. If the good weather attracts too many people to the hiking trails and parks, the authorities also reserve the right to block them.

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The border bridge that connects the small Blittersdorf in Saarland with the French Grosbliederstroff is actually closed. This man just ignores it.

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Saarland

In Saarland, as in Bavaria, not only contact, but also apply Exit restrictions: The apartment may only be left for good reason, friends or acquaintances may not be visited. Sport and exercise in the fresh air remain allowed, either alone, in pairs or with people who live in the same household. Lots Border crossings towards France are closed, only commuters are allowed to enter and leave anyway (here is an overview of all provisions for Saarland).

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Jogging with a dog – allowed! In the background is the Blue Wonder, the bridge in Dresden connects the Blasewitz and Loschwitz districts.

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Saxony

In Saxony, the apartment may only be left if absolutely necessary, for example for shopping or for one walk – but that should be “priority in the vicinity of the living area“take place and not only after a long drive, for example to Saxon Switzerland or the Ore Mountains. A motorcycle tour, just because of the nice weather, is also not allowed. This strict ban on excursions was confirmed on Tuesday by the Bautzen Higher Administrative Court: the judges specified that a maximum of ten to 15 kilometers should be allowed to move away from his home for exercise in the fresh air. The Drive to the second home against it remains possible – regardless of how far away it is from the main residence. If it is in another federal state, the local regulations apply, as does the federal government’s requirement that travel be avoided as far as possible. relative may only visited if they are registered at the same place of residence, otherwise only the family chat via phone and video remains over Easter. The reason why meetings in small groups are prohibited is simply answered on the government website: “So that you and others stay healthy.” (here is an overview of all provisions for Saxony)

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Few people go through the market with the Red Tower in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

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Saxony-Anhalt

In Saxony-Anhalt, longer ones are needed Easter trips fail this year. “Travel for leisure purposes and for tourist reasons” is prohibited. Many day-trippers from Lower Saxony have been in the past few days resin in front of closed parking lots. Anyone who arrives from another federal state can be fined up to 400 euros. Also a Second home may no longer be visited. Family travel on the other hand remain permitted, visits to life partners, to the parents or to the children are permitted (Here is an overview of all the provisions for Saxony-Anhalt).

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Standing around meaningless: beach chairs on the North Sea in Ording, Schleswig-Holstein

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Schleswig-Holstein

Schleswig-Holstein still exists until April 19 Entry ban for tourists, day trippers and second home owners. The police can punish entry violations with 150 to 500 euros. Anyone who is already in his second home can stay, as long as the domicile is not on the islands. Also the Schleswig-Holsteiners can be traveling in their state in the Easter days, as almost everywhere, either alone or in pairs or with members of your own household. The Islands and Halligen however, are reserved only for their main residents. Day trippers should also pack enough provisions. Not only restaurants and cafes are closed, but also ice cream and snack stalls. For Family visits there are no restrictions in private space – but “the urgent request to reduce the contacts to an absolutely necessary minimum”. That’s why too Celebrations and parties prohibited (Here is an overview of all provisions for Schleswig-Holstein).

At the Goethe-Schiller memorial in Weimar, the laurel wreath wears a face mask.

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Thuringia

The Ministry of Health in Thuringia puts it positively: “It is an explicit wish of the state government that people go out into the fresh air, exercise in nature and maintain their allotments.” So there is no entry bans for tourist areas, including the Second home may be used, even a picnic is allowed if only those who otherwise share the apartment sit on the ceiling. Otherwise, the distance and hygiene rules that also apply in most other federal states must be observed: as little contact as possible with people who do not belong to your own household – and if contact cannot be avoided, then only with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters (Here is an overview of all provisions for Thuringia).

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