Update on the current situation.
Corona guidelines for Germany & Baden Württemberg
- Wearing a face mask when shopping and using public transport will be mandatory as of Monday 27th of April in Baden Württemberg - kids up until 6 years are exempt from wearing one. Alternatively you can also wrap a scarf around your mouth and nose. From May 4th on you might get fined not wearing one. As for hygiene - you should change the mask and put it in a separate bag/box when it is moist. Wash your resusable mask at 60 degress using soap before using it again. Do not forget to also clean the bag/box it was in with soap (dishwasher is a good idea). Make sure to wash your hands when wearing the mask and after taking it off and do not place it on other surfaces other than the bag/box.
- The rules on social distancing (1,5 m, gathering of max. 2 people of different households) which have been in effect since mid-March are to be extended until 3rd of May 2020
- Schools will gradually be re-opened from 4 May, starting with secondary and vocational school students who are leaving school this year or have qualification-relevant examinations in the coming school year, as well as pupils in their final year in primary school.
- Final-year classes are to be allowed to prepare for and take their school-leaving examinations.
- The standing conference of the state ministers of education has been asked to draft a plan by 29 April outlining the next steps for re-opening schools at all levels.
- Emergency childcare for parents working in system-critical occupations will continue to be provided and will be extended to parents in additional occupations and with other urgent childcare needs.
- Shops with an area of up to 800m² may re-open, as may car dealers, bicycle shops and book shops, irrespective of their size. They must comply with rules for maintaining hygiene, managing access and avoiding queues.
- Hairdressers should start preparing to meet the same requirements and to use personal protective clothing in order to re-open starting 4 May.
- Gatherings in churches, mosques and synagogues, as well as religious celebrations and events and gatherings by other faith groups, are not to be held for the time being. There are some ideas discussed how and under what circumstances to change this soon.
- Members of the public are asked to continue to refrain from private travel and visits.
- Large-scale events remain prohibited until at least 31 August 2020.
The government will meet again on April 30 to review the measures.
More information in English can be found in our blog post:
Covid 19 - Information in English for International Residents in Germany
by Kira Neumann
This blog post is a personal recommendation and based on personal experience. It has been prepared with the greatest possible care and does not claim to be correct, complete or up-to-date.“
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