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Coronavirus Germany: Restaurants, bars reopen for indoor dining, rules and restrictions for entry

Coronavirus Germany: Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen their indoor areas to guests again from Friday 5th June after the coronavirus pandemic had closed everything down. This was announced by Economic Senator Ramona Pop, he did so on the 1st of June after a senate meeting. Here are the rules and restrictions for entry:

While restaurants reopen there’s still a mandatory obligation to test for coronavirus in Germany. Outside seating however will have the testing obligation which will be waived from the 4th of June 2021, this is as well as those in the retail sector.

Restaurants, cafes and bars in Germany after reopening will require a negative test from the last 24 hours, or they must show they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

 “These are big steps we are taking here,” Pop said. “We hope that caution will continue.”

The senate also decided to allows outdoor events with up to 500 participants outside. Inside the limited will be 100 people. If it is a well ventilated area, 500 people should be possible.

Hamburg

The city of Hamburg will be able to open up their outdoor dining areas starting on the Pentecost weekend.

Hamburg mayor Peter Tschentscher said that the city would not impose a test requirement on restaurants as the incidence rate is below 50, and he said there was only a low risk of being infected with the coronavirus outdoors.

Only a maximum of five people from who two households can sit is advised.

Guests who travel will have to leave their details with the restaurant for contact tracing purposes.

Berlin and Brandenburg

Restaurants, cafes and bars can open up outdoors starting Friday, diners will have to provide a negative test results from the last 24 hours, or must show that they have been fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

Schleswig-Holstein

The state has the most relaxed rules on outdoor dining. Up to 10 people can sit at a table and there is no limit based on household.

Children younger than 14 and those fully vaccinated and also those who’ve had the virus in the past half year can also sit at the table.

Guests sitting outside don’t need to provide a negative test result.

North Rhine-Westphalia

Non-vaccinated guests at restaurants will have to provide a negative test that was conducted in the past 48 hours. The test can be a PCR test or an antigen test, but the antigen test needs to have been done in a test centre or at a pharmacy.

It must not be test that is self administered.

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Saxony

From Wednesday, restaurants in the eastern state have been allowed to reopen outside, with guests requiring negative test from the last 24 hours.

Inside areas will reopen once there is a 7-day incidence of under 50 for five days in a row.

Bavaria

In Bavaria, districts with a 7-day incidence between 50 and 100 you don’t need to show a negative test result if you only sit with people from your household.

Should one require a meeting with a second household then there should be testing done. For an antigen test result needs to be no more than 24 hours. For a PCR test can be up to 48 hrs old.

At an incidence lower than 50 guests don’t need to provide a negative test result. Between an incidence of 35 and 50 only two households and a maximum of five people can sit at one table. Below an incidence of 35, three households and a maximum of 10 people can sit at one table.

Hesse

For one to get admission into restaurants for outdoor seating then one will be asked to ask non-vaccinated and recovered guests to provide a negative test results.

Saarland

From May the 31, guests will be able to dine in if they produce a negative test results.

Saxony-Anhalt

Starting on Tuesday, indoor dining can open in cities or counties with a 7-day incidence of under 100 for five days in a row. As with elsewhere, strict hygiene rules will apply, such as mask wearing and showing a negative test.

Bremen

Restaurants and Bars will also be allowed to reopen their outdoor seating areas on Friday.

Guests will be allowed in until 11 P.M as long as they have a negative coronavirus test from the same day.

Source: Berlin, The Local

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