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Coronavirus in Germany: Major changes from June 1st. What restrictions are lifted and what rules remain?

Germany is set to lift some of the restrictions imposed on the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government has established certain rules that apply across the country for coronavirus in Germany, but many rules that come into force from June differ significantly between the different states.

Baden-Württemberg

  • Regulations on social distance: Meeting with people from another household is allowed in public spaces. In total, up to 20 people can meet. At home, you can organise family and friends meetings up to 10 people.
  • From June 1 in Baden-Württemberg public events can take place again, however, the number of participants may not exceed 100 and the hygiene rules established to prevent the spread of the epidemic must be observed.
  • According to the decision of the Administrative Court, restaurants, bars and pubs can again serve meals at tables. Some gastronomic outlets will resume their operations from Tuesday. 
  • Hotels and campsites can resume their activities, but the wellness areas must still remain closed.
  • From June 6, all outdoor pools and amusement parks will be opened.
  • Gyms and sports halls can be reopened from June 2.

Bavaria

  • Several members of two households can meet in both private and public spaces. 
  • Restaurants can welcome customers both at outside tables and inside. Bars and pubs focused on serving alcoholic beverages remain closed. 
  • Hotels, lodgings for tourists and campsites can resume their activities.

Berlin

  • Five people from outside the house can meet at home and in the public space. From June 2, bars and pubs will be open, but the number of guests will be limited to the number of tables. 
  • The restaurant’s operations were resumed in May. From Tuesday, hotels, tourist accommodation, campsites, fitness clubs and outdoor swimming pools will also be open. 
  • Large amusement parks remain closed.

Brandenburg

  • Meetings of a maximum of 10 people or members of a maximum of two households are allowed. This rule applies both inside and outside.
  • Restaurants may resume their activities, but there is no agreement to open bars and pubs. 
  • Hotels, holiday homes, campsites, outdoor pools, amusement parks, gyms and sports halls are reopened.

Bremen

  • From June 1, meetings in the public space of several relatives from two households are allowed. It is also possible to organise events and parties. If the fun will take place indoors, 20 people can participate, and if in the open air, e.g. in the garden, this limit is 50 people. 
  • Restaurants can be reopened, bars not.
  • Hotels, holiday homes and campsites as well as outdoor pools are opened. From 15 June, indoor swimming pools will be able to resume their activities. 
  • Large amusement parks remain closed.

Read more information on German Laws and legislation here: Legal News and Guides – Germany

Hamburg

  • From June, meetings of up to ten people from two different households are allowed and without a minimum distance of 1.50 meters. 
  • Restaurants can resume their activities. It is not yet known when the bars will open. 
  • From June 2, hotels, tourist accommodation, camping campsites, outdoor pools, fitness clubs, sports halls and playgrounds are opened.

Hesse

  • Relatives from two different households can reunite and travel together again. 
  • Restaurants and bars can be opened, but they must ensure that the distance between guests is at least 1.5 meters.
  • Hotels, holiday homes and campsites as well as amusement parks are opening. 
  • It is not clear when swimming pools will be able to resume their activities.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

  • From June 1 meetings in the public space of several relatives from two households are allowed. 
  • Restaurants may open, but bars may not. 
  • Hotels, tourist accommodation, outdoor pools and gyms are also being opened. 
  • Amusement parks remain closed.

Lower Saxony

  • Several members of two households can meet in both private and public spaces. 
  • Restaurants may open, but bars may not. 
  • Hotels and campsites can receive guests, but a maximum occupancy of 60% is allowed. In relation to the number of seats.
    Outdoor pools, amusement parks, sports halls and fitness clubs are opened.

North Rhine-Westphalia

  • From 30 May, 10 people can meet outside.
  • Restaurants resumed their activities, bars remain closed.Hotels, tourist accommodation, outdoor pools, gyms and amusement parks are also open, but social distance principles apply.

Rhineland-Palatinate

  • Outdoor pools are open from 27 May. Open theme parks will be open from June 10. 
  • Meetings of relatives from a maximum of two households are allowed from June. 
  • Restaurants and bars can be opened, but for now food and drinks are served to go. 
  • Outdoor pools, sports halls, fitness clubs, hotels and campsites are opened.

Saarland

  • From June 1st, meetings of up to ten people from different households are allowed. 
  • Restaurants can only be open until 23.00, and their employees must wear face masks. 
  • Hotels, holiday homes and campsites can welcome guests. It is not clear when the amusement parks and outdoor pools will be reopened. 
  • Gyms and sports halls can resume their activities.

Saxony

  • The Saxon authorities are planning to lift most of the restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus from June 6, but you will still have to respect social distance principles and wear face masks in public space.
  • Until the new regulation is adopted, it is not allowed to meet people from more than two households.
  • Restaurants, bars, hotels, campsites, apartments, outdoor pools and amusement parks can resume their activities.

Saxony-Anhalt

  • From June, meetings of up to ten people are allowed and the organisation of private events and ceremonies with a maximum of 20 guests. 
  • Restaurants and bars are open from May 28.
  • Hotels, holiday homes and campsites can welcome guests. Outdoor pools, amusement parks, gyms and sports halls can also be opened.

Schleswig-Holstein

  • Meetings of several members of two different households are allowed. 
  • Hotels, campsites, lodging, gyms and sports halls are opened. 
  • Swimming pools and amusement parks remain closed until further notice.

Thuringia

  • From June 1, meetings of up to ten people from two different households are allowed. 
  • Hotels, holiday homes and campsites, outdoor pools, amusement parks as well as gyms and sports halls are opened.
  • At the end of May, Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow said that he was planning to lift all restrictions introduced in connection with coronavirus in Germany from June 6, including national requirements for social distance and wearing face masks in public space. 

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