Hard contact restrictions, closed restaurants and swimming pools, no more club sports for a month: the state government imposed a partial lockdown across Bavaria in November in order to slow down the rapid spread of the corona virus. It decided this on Thursday, October 29th – one day after the federal-state meeting, at which the Prime Ministers and the Chancellor agreed on nationwide uniform restrictions. These should apply from November 2nd until the end of the month. The Free State has adopted the resolution, but some further restrictions remain in place. An overview of the regulations and changes in Bavaria.
Contact restrictions and mask requirement
In Bavaria, one has generally been in effect since March Contact restriction. Everyone is fundamentally obliged to meet as few people as possible who do not live with them and to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. From November 2nd, the rules will be tightened significantly: Then only a maximum of ten people who belong to a maximum of two households – for example two families. This applies to all meetings, in public as well as in private. A fine may be levied for violations. So far, the contact restrictions were linked to the local infection process – that is now no longer applicable.
The rules for Mask requirementas they have been in effect in many areas of public life since April – in shops, public transport, medical practices, old people’s homes and many more. You don’t have to wear a proper protective mask there, you just need to cover your mouth and nose, which you can sew yourself, a scarf or cloth. Everyone from their sixth birthday must wear a cover. If you don’t do this, you have to pay 250 euros in a one-off case and a fine of 500 euros for repetitions. The police and staff on buses and trains check that the mask requirement is observed. In concrete terms, this means in local transport: It applies not only to buses, trains or taxis, but also to waiting at the bus stop or platform.
Gastronomy and tourism
Eateries, bars and pubs have to lock up all in November. Clubs and discos too – but they have been closed continuously since March. Gastronomy is generally prohibited, there are only two exceptions: landlords can continue to sell take-away food and canteens remain open.
Over the weekend, up to and including Sunday, November 1st, the previous rules in gastronomy still apply: Anyone who is allowed to meet according to the rules of the contact restrictions can sit together at a table. Guests must give their name and address and are only allowed to take their mouthguards off at the table, the service staff must wear a breathing mask. Infringements against this will be punished with a fine. In large parts of Bavaria there is a corona curfew of 9 p.m., 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. – depending on the number of infections in the respective district or in the respective city.
Hotels, guest houses and campsites May no longer accommodate tourists from November 2nd, only business travelers. All citizens should refrain from “unnecessary private trips and visits, including from relatives”, including day trips. Meetings, congresses or fairs are forbidden – as is the case with “all kinds of events”, the state government has decided, including, for example, club meetings.
All leisure facilities and cultural sites too
Leisure and cultural facilities are closed for a month. This applies from November 2nd for all theaters, operas, concert halls and other cultural sites, for cinemas, amusement parks and providers of leisure activities (inside and outside), for amusement arcades, casinos, betting shops and similar facilities, for swimming pools and fun pools, saunas, Thermal baths, fitness studios, wellness facilities, brothels and also for museums and zoos.
Up to and including Sunday, November 1st, there is still operation here in compliance with the applicable hygiene requirements. For cultural events, there is an upper limit of 200 visitors, provided they have permanently assigned seats, otherwise 100 people – and in the municipalities in the dark red area of the so-called Corona traffic light, there is a limit of 50 visitors (see below). All visitors to events must wear a mouth and nose cover when entering and leaving the building, but may take them off when they are seated.
All libraries and libraries – as well as advice centers and social institutions – will remain open in November.
Shopping is still possible
Unlike in March, the partial lockdown will remain in November shops open. The previous requirements continue to apply there: for example, a mask requirement or a maximum number of customers. Allow your services to continue offering too Hairdressers, but not cosmetic or tattoo studios, massage practices and similar service providers.
Schools and daycare centers in regular operation
In the Kindergartens, nurseries or crèches Since the summer holidays there has been at least halfway regular operation taking into account hygiene rules. Children with a cold and runny nose are not automatically excluded from attending daycare. However, the state government has provided restrictions in the event that the number of infections increases. Closing facilities completely for some time should definitely be the last option.
Also to the schools an almost normal lesson should take place, hygiene measures apply. If more than 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants occur within seven days in a district or an independent city, a mask requirement is also imposed in class from the fifth grade onwards. If this value, the so-called seven-day incidence, increases to more than 50, it should also apply to primary school lessons – and a minimum distance of 1.5 meters in the classroom. In most cases this means: the class has to be divided, the students alternately go to school and stay at home (distance learning). The decision on this is made in the individual municipalities.
To the Colleges and universities The state government wants to enable face-to-face events again from this winter semester – and generally as a regular form. However, a maximum of 200 people should be allowed to participate in seminars or lectures.
Off for amateur and popular sports
The leisure and amateur sports activities must be suspended for the entire month from November 2nd – “with the exception of individual sports alone, in pairs or with your own household”, according to the state government’s decision. So this applies to training as well as competitions or games. There is one exception here too: the professional sports area. Its events take place without spectators.
Visits to clinics and nursing homes allowed
Visits to Hospitals, retirement homes and facilities for the disabled are generally possible. However, minimum distances, hygiene rules and a ban on entry in the event of symptoms of illness are also prescribed. And in many houses, the porters and operators have already restricted access in order to minimize the risk of infection.
Demonstrations allowed – under certain conditions
The following rules apply to Meetings and demonstrations: They are allowed as long as all participants keep the minimum distance from each other and also from third parties (such as passers-by). In addition, a mask is mandatory for larger gatherings in the open air. The local authorities may have to ensure this by imposing conditions – or by limiting a demo to 100 people at a fixed location.
Conditions for church services
Religious gatherings are also allowed under certain conditions. According to the state government, this includes a minimum distance of 1.50 meters between visitors, unless they live together in one household. When entering or exiting a Church, synagogue or mosque a mouth and nose covering must be worn. In addition, special hygiene rules are necessary – for example: no touch when giving communion, no kiss on the Torah in the synagogue, in the mosques everyone should bring their own prayer rug and Koran, in the churches the singing visit.
Special rules for commuters
Commuters from high-risk areas abroad have been obliged to test since October 23: Anyone who “regularly travels to Bavaria at least once a week to stay there for professional or business reasons, for training purposes or to attend school or university” must inform the local authorities without being asked Submit a negative corona test within seven days and then regularly once a week. This is what the state government decree says. This obligation applies primarily to commuters from Austria and the Czech Republic.
Corona traffic light: Local restrictions for many new infections
The rules described above apply nationwide. In addition, there are a few special regulations for those counties and urban districts that exceed the 35, 50 or 100 mark for the seven-day incidence – currently almost all of them in the Free State. These rules remain in force.
Yellow: If the 35 new infections per 100,000 population in seven days No more alcohol may be sold or drunk in public places between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The mask requirement also applies from the fifth grade in class, in busy public places, in public buildings (e.g. in the entrance area, in the elevator or in the hallway) and in companies at the respective workplace if the minimum distance cannot be maintained there, as well as in “meeting areas” “(for example in the elevator or in the hallway).
Rot: Once the seven-day incidence is the Value of 50 the respective district or urban district must bring the ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol to 10 p.m. The mask requirement then also applies to lessons in elementary schools and in after-school care centers.
Dark red: If the seven-day incidence rises to a value of more than 100, the ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol is brought forward to 9 p.m.
The Bavarian Ministry of Health publishes updated daily from 3 p.m. on its website which municipalities are in the yellow, red or dark red area. The stricter rules apply there for five more days after the critical value has been fallen below again.