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Coronavirus in Germany

Germany has closed its borders to Austria, France, Luxemburg, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
Denmark, Poland and the Czech Republic have closed its boders to Germany.

Germany implements the entry restrictions for non-EU citizens recommended by the European Commission immediately, several sources report. According to the FAZ, the first affected flight was a TK flight into FRA last night where non-EU citizens with "non-essential" travel were denied entry.

These restrictions are supposed to remain in place for 30 days. Norway, Switzerland and the UK are exempt; its residents can continue to fly into Germany. There are a number of further exemptions: People with a permanent residence title for a EU country, medical personnel and experts on the coronavirus, diplomats, passengers in transit back to their country of residence, and people importing goods into the EU.

In so far, there are only open borders to Belgium and The Netherlands (as of March 17, 2020 07:30 CET). However Belgium has a curfew

The general rules are published on the homepage of the federal goverment. This includes the closing of
  • club, discos, local pubs, restaurant (but not take away restaurants)
  • museums, theatres, operas
  • sport facilities such a swimming pools, gym / fitness-centre
  • outlet-centre (but not shops in general)
Ban of gatherings of two or more people starting March 23, 00:01 CET.

There are some differnce as of today for the federal states:

Federal States

Baden-Württemberg
Information on Homepage

General rule.
Freiburg: Lockdown till April 03, 2020

All airport in the state of Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Friedrichshafen) are or will be closed. Remain only open for citizens returing to BW.
Public transportation is running


Bavaria (Bayern)
Information on homepage

Bavaria declared the state of emergency.
Lockdown. Access only to supermarkets and shops which are allowed to open.
People are only allowed to go on their own to supermarkets etc.

Berlin
Information on homepage

General rule, but no lockdown.
Public transportation is running.

Brandenburg
Information on homepage. You need to look for the different information.There seems to be no special page.

General rule, but no lockdown.
Public transportation is running.

Bremen
Information on homepage

Generel rule, but no lockdown
Public transportation is running (but on reduced schedule, )

Hamburg
Information on homepage

Generel rule, but no lockdown
Public transportation is running

Hesse (Hessen)
Information on homepage

Lockdown, access only to supermarkets and shop which are allowed to open.
Only on your own, not with partner etc.
Public transportation is running (but on reduced schedule, most cities on Saturday or holiday timetetable).
Frankfurt Airport is considered a major and important airport and most likely will remain open. There are no announcements for the other airports in Hessen.

Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)
Information on homepage

General rule, but so far no lockdown.
Public transportaion is running (but on reduced schedule).

No leisure stay in hotels - needs clarification if this means business trips (e.g. people who need to be in the office).
The island in the North Sea are closed and could not be accessed.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommen
Information on homepage

General rule, but so far no lockdown.
No leisure stay in hotels.

North Rhine - Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
Information on homepage

General rule, but so far no lockdown.
No leisure stay in hotels - needs clarification if this means business trips (e.g. people who need to be in the office)

Public transportaion is running (but on reduced schedule, most cities on Saturday timetetable). See Mobil NRW Homepage or the homepage for local transportation networks for details. Will start March 23, 2020 and run till April 19, 2020. Only half of the trains are running.
Düsseldorf Airport is considered a major and important airport and most likely will remain open. There are no announcements for the other airports in NW.

Rhineland Palantine (Rheinland-Pflaz)
Information on homepage

General rule, no lockdown.
Public transport as normal, no other measures.

Saarland
Information on homepage.

Lockdown till April 03, 2020. Access only to supermarkets and shop which are allowed to open. Only on your own, i.e. one person
Public transport as normal, no other measures.

Saxonia (Sachsen)
Information on Homepage

All museums run by the federal state are closed till April 19, 2020.

Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Information on Homepage / detailed information Homepage

General rule, but no lockdown.
No leisure stay in hotels; business stays are allowed.
Public transport as normal, no other measures.

Schleswig-Holstein
Information on Homepage

General rule, but no lockdown.

Thuringia (Thüringen)
Information on Homepage

General rule, but no lockdown
No leisure stay in hotels
Public transport as normal, no other measures




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Old Mar 17, 20, 12:54 am
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Coronavirus in Germany

To summarize what and how the situation in Germany in regard to the coronavirus in our 16 federal states are, I have started a list and created a wiki. Especially to my fellow Flyertalker from Germany, fell free to add additional information. I will try to gather additinol informaton myself over the next couple of hours (or days) as I am quite busy right now.

I you cannot edit the wiki, feel free to post here, so that I can add it to the wiki.

Thank you very much.

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Groceries, weekly markets, pick-up and delivery services, beverage stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, gas stations, banks and savings banks, post offices, hairdressers, dry cleaners, laundromats, newspaper sales, construction, horticultural and pet supplies markets are open

Public facilities, pubs, sports, playgrounds and many shops are closed. Restaurants open from 6am to 6pm.

Public transport as normal, no other measures.

Source: https://www.rlp.de/index.php?id=33381
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Since all German federal states now follow the lead of the federal government, why not just cover the measures from the federal government (listed here) and then list items, where the states differ from those overarching guidelines?
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Since all German federal states now follow the lead of the federal government, why not just cover the measures from the federal government (listed here) and then list items, where the states differ from those overarching guidelines?
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Germany implements the entry restrictions for non-EU citizens recommended by the European Commission immediately, several sources report. According to the FAZ, the first affected flight was a TK flight into FRA last night where non-EU citizens with "non-essential" travel were denied entry.

These restrictions are supposed to remain in place for 30 days. Norway, Switzerland and the UK are exempt; its residents can continue to fly into Germany. There are a number of further exemptions: People with a permanent residence title for a EU country, medical personnel and experts on the coronavirus, diplomats, passengers in transit back to their country of residence, and people importing goods into the EU.
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Bavaria about to go into lockdown, Söder announces.
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Old Mar 21, 20, 6:45 am
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I have finalized the wiki with the current status of the federal states (so called "Länder") in the Wiki. As suggested by SunshineStay I have used the general rule and added information to public transportation. I also highlighted if there is a lockdown or restrictions in gathering of people.

Again, if you live in Germany or become aware of further restrictions, please update the wiki or post here.

Stay safe
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Just a data point. A friend of mine - a non-German EU citizen, resident in Munich - was able to travel from her apartment to the airport this morning for her flight home.

I am currently in the UK, but will post any updates I receive from colleagues in Bayern.
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Since yesterday:Stricter measures after non-compliance with voluntary requirements

The Rhineland-Palatinate Ministerial Council of Ministers today decided on further far-reaching measures to contain the pandemic. “We have already decided on far-reaching interventions and would like to thank everyone who is exemplary. However, we also noticed that some people unfortunately do not adhere to the requirement to distance themselves from one another. On the contrary, groups gather in some places or spend their free time. This impression is reinforced by descriptions from the municipalities. We have therefore decided that from midnight onwards there will be a public ban on assembly. Groups of people with more than 5 people are prohibited. In addition, the Council of Ministers has stipulated in the ordinance that the following institutions must close at midnight from today:
  1. Restaurants, restaurants, cafeterias, canteens, cafés and similar facilities (both indoor and outdoor catering),
  2. Ice cream parlors, ice cream parlors, internet cafés and similar facilities (both indoor and outdoor dining),
  3. Thermal baths, solariums, wellness facilities and similar facilities,
  4. Driving schools (including driving school exams on TÜV premises) and similar facilities,
  5. Libraries and similar institutions,
  6. Sports boat harbors and similar facilities.
The sale for take-away and the delivery service through restaurants, pubs and cafés remain permissible. On-site consumption is also excluded in facilities that are not affected by the closure.

Travel restrictions

From now on journeys and trips from the international risk areas declared by the Robert Koch Institute for COVID-19 to Rhineland-Palatinate are prohibited. In addition, transit from these risk areas through the area of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate is prohibited, with the exception of journeys to the place of employment or residence. The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Demography issued a corresponding regulation today. When traveling to the place of work, to the place of work or employment, a completed and signed commuter certificate from the Federal Police must be carried; in addition, when traveling with a vehicle, the commuter certificate must be clearly displayed behind the windscreen. These certificates can be found on the website of the Federal Policewww.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/04Aktuelles/01Mteilungen/2020/03/pendlerbescheinigung_down.html can be downloaded.



Effects on the Rhineland-Palatinate economy

“The corona crisis has had an enormous impact on the Rhineland-Palatinate economy, especially the small companies and the self-employed have already been hit hard. I advocated a general, common solution early on. I therefore expressly welcome the federal emergency aid program for small businesses and solo self-employed persons. Corona is at least a national if not a global problem and so the answer must also be at the national level. We will support the federal government in implementing the program. At the same time, I am in discussion with all stakeholders in order to identify and react to any further need for help that may exist, ”said Minister of Economics Dr. Volker Wissing.



The minister called on all companies to take advantage of existing offers. "Use the short-time allowance. Talk to your tax office. Make contact with your house bank, which plays a key role in the state government's guarantee and loan programs, ”said Wissing. However, it must be clear to everyone that politicians can only combat the effects of the spread of the corona virus, in order to curb the spread of the virus in and of itself, but we are all challenged.

Source: https://www.rlp.de/de/aktuelles/einz...a-bekaempfung/
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I am resident in Austria and usually commute across the border to work in Bayern. However I am currently in the UK, due to the postponement of my company's seasonal activities at least until April 27.

My work is in a tourist industry, which has absolutely no chance of operating whilst these lockdowns are in place. I do, however, plan to return by car, once we are permitted to begin the season.
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So I wonder whether it is worth downloading the permit from the Bundespolizei? I guess not, as my work will only start once the lockdowns are lifted and I have absolutely no interest in returning home during the lockdowns.
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Germany will ban the gathering of more than two people, I believe to start tonight.
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Old Mar 22, 20, 11:39 am
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Germany will ban the gathering of more than two people, I believe to start tonight.
Does this apply only to public places, or also in private residences?
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Public spaces. To be precise this is banning the gathering of more than 2 people not of the same household. Non essential business to close (hairdressers were still open for example). We are now basically short of a curfew.
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Originally Posted by The_Bouncer View Post
Does this apply only to public places, or also in private residences?
It does not include family members or people living together. Still...
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It does not include family members or people living together. Still...
What I mean is friends popping over for dinner and a bottle of wine.
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