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Preventing coronavirus infection in Berlin – frequently asked questions

The Berlin Senate Department for Health provides constantly updated information on how to deal with coronavirus.

As of: November 13, 2020

You are still allowed to meet other people, but are urged to reduce your physical social contacts outside your own household to an absolute minimum. This applies in particular to people who have symptoms that indicate a coronavirus infection, such as coughing, a fever, a cold or loss of smell.

Contact restrictions are currently in force due to the increasing rate of infection. In public spaces and indoors, you may only be in contact with people from your own household and two other people from other households. Persons from two households are also allowed to meet as long as the maximum 10 of persons is not exceeded. These contact restrictions do not apply to outdoor activities for children up to twelve years of age in fixed classes or care groups.

In addition, the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people must be maintained. This also applies to private events and gatherings. Where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, each person is required to wear a mask.

In some situations – for example, for those who are providing nursing care – maintaining distance would not be possible and is therefore not required. The minimum distance rule does not apply to people you live with in the same household, people with whom you are in a relationship, or people for whom you have custody or visitation rights. It also does not apply to people who are dying or are critically ill.

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Restaurants and bars are currently not allowed to open to the public. However, they are allowed to offer food if it is picked up or delivered. The sale of alcohol is forbidden from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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A mask is important in situations in which it is difficult to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters to others, because there is an increased risk of infection in such cases.

It is also compulsory for everyone to wear a face maske at markets, in queues and on certain streets, locations and public squares.

The requirement to wear a mask applies in office and administrative buildings and in elevators. If you are at your normal workplace and the minimum distance is maintained, you can take off the mask.

You are also required to wear a mask or other face covering over your nose and mouth on public transport, at train stations, bus and tram stops, and airports, on ferries, in ferry terminals, and when visiting retail stores. In addition, they must be worn in canteens, in hairdressing salons, and in doctors’ offices.

Covering your nose and mouth is required at protests with more than 20 participants. Even if there are fewer participants, masks are required if, for instance, there is any chanting at the protest. The obligation to wear a mask also applies to meetings that take place indoors.

The complete list of all areas in which a mask is required can be found in the Infection Protection Ordinance under §4.

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You have to wear a mask wherever this is compulsory such as on buses and trains or on certain shopping streets. If you do not comply with this obligation, you can be fined €50 or more. Children who are age six and under, people who cannot wear a mask due to a health impairment or disability, and people with a hearing impairment and those accompanying them are exempt from this obligation.

The mask must be worn in such a way that the mouth and nose are completely covered reducing the emission of aerosols and droplets when breathing, coughing, sneezing or speaking.

You can find the full text of the section on covering the mouth and nose in the ordinance under §4.

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Every large gathering holds the risk of infection, especially when hygiene and distancing rules are not complied with. Masks were made mandatory in order to protect the public, including the protesters. Organizers are required to have a protection and hygiene plan for their protest. Since the number of people participating in a given protest tends to fluctuate, additional precautions are necessary. That includes the requirement to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth.

If fewer than 20 people participate in a demonstration and don’t chant, there is no need to wear a face mask as long as the minimum distance is maintained.

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Until November 30, concerts, theater, opera and concert hall performances and other public artistic and musical performances are prohibited. This also includes dance events and events that are part of the culture, leisure or entertainment industry.

In addition, events with more than 50 people indoors and with more than 100 people outdoors are prohibited.

For exceptions, please refer to Section 6 paragraph 3 of the Infection Protection Ordinance.

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Events are still subject to restrictions on the maximum number of participants who may be present at the same time:

For indoor events:
  • For private events: no more than persons fromone household with up to two additional persons from other households, or persons from two households not exceeding a maximum of ten persons.
  • For all other events: no more than 50 people
For outdoor events:
  • For private events: no more than persons from one household with up to two additional persons from other households or persons from two households not exceeding a maximum of ten persons
  • For all other events: no more than 100 people

The organizers must draft a hygiene and protection plan for their event that shows how the minimum distance will be maintained and must keep a record of all those who were present if indoor premises are also used for the event. This record will enable participants to be contacted quickly if there is an infectionIn a private setting, this plan must also be drawn up for outdoor events with more than 20 people present at the same time.

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Assemblies, such as protests or rallies, may take place with no limit on the number of participants. If more than 20 people take part, they must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth. This requirement applies to smaller groups if there is any chanting. It also applies to assemblies that take place indoors. The respective organizers of the assemblies are responsible for ensuring that minimum distances are adhered to and that the hygiene rules are observed. They must be able to demonstrate this in a hygiene and protection plan. The participants in a demonstration do not need to be documented.

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In the case of private events and meetings in enclosed and public spaces, only one household with up to two other persons or two households with a maximum of ten persons may be present at the same time.For funerals and funeral celebrations, up to 50 people may participate outdoors, in enclosed spaces the number is limited to 20 people.

You must keep a record of those at your private gathering so they can be contacted if an infection is later confirmed. If more than 20 people are present at an outdoor event, you must also draw up a protection and hygiene plan. To protect yourself and others, you are urged to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters even at private gatherings, if there are people there who, for instance, are not members of your household.

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The two zoos Zoologischer Garten Berlin and Tierpark-Berlin Friedrichsfelde GmbH are open to the public, but not the indoor areas such as the aquarium, or the animal enclosures in Zoologischer Garten and Tierpark. The Botanical Garden will remain closed until November 30, 2020.

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Museums, memorials and similar private and public cultural and educational institutions may not be opened to the public until November 30, 2020. However, libraries are allowed to lend items, but reading rooms must remain closed. A face mask must be worn during visits.

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Retail outlets are allowed to open. However, there is a square meter limit per person. Access is limited so that the minimum distance can be maintained as far as possible inside the shops. The guideline states only one person per 10 m² of sales area and business premises. This applies to both customers and employees. In the case of smaller stores, the rule also applies which means that only one person may enter the store to shop at any one time.

When you go shopping you must wear a face mask.

The serving, dispensing and sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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Hairdressers and services that carry out medically necessary treatments such as physiotherapy and chiropody are allowed to open. The customers as well as the staff working in close quarters are obliged to wear a face mask and to observe the hygiene regulations.

Tanning studios and solariums are allowed to open.

Private galleries whose main purpose is to sell works of art allowed to open. However, no events such as new openings may take place.

Flea markets, antique markets and art markets are allowed to open.

Language schools, private educational institutions for adults and driving schools are allowed to open.

Canteens are allowed to open, provided that hygiene regulations are observed and attendance records are maintained. Canteen visitors must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from each other and may only sit at a table in pairs.

Restaurants, cafés and bars may not open to the public. Discotheques, bars and similar businesses must also remain closed. Food and beverages may be offered for collection and delivery. No alcohol may be sold between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Swimming pools may open for professional sports, for public and private school sports, for institutions of vocational training and for study-related teaching at universities as well as for medical treatments.
The respective protection and hygiene regulations must be observed in all areas.

More information on which business sectors are allowed to open can be found in the information guide.

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Clubs, trade fairs, exhibitions, Christmas and special markets, amusement arcades, casinos and betting offices are not allowed to open. Places of entertainment such as cinemas, theaters and concert halls, discotheques, shisha bars and smoking restaurants must also remain closed to the public.
Hotels and proprietors of vacation homes and similar establishments may not offer overnight accommodation to tourists.

Cosmetic studios and other similar businesses such as massage parlours and tattoo studios may not open. However, medically necessary treatments such as physiotherapy are permitted.

Prostitution is also not allowed to be practised commercially inside or outside the premises.

Further business information can be found in the new regulations dated November 02, 2020 under Section 7.

More information on which business sectors are not allowed to open can be found in the information guide.

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The Senate Health Administration has issued a Hospital Covid 19 Ordinance. This limits the visiting hours of patients to once a day, for one hour, by one person. The visitor must not show any Covid-19 symptoms. There are no restrictions on, for example, visiting seriously ill and dying people and visiting children under the age of 16. In addition, pastoral visits and visits by notaries and similar officials are always possible.

A woman giving birth may choose one person to accompany her.

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The responsible parties – such as event organizers – must keep a record of those who participated or attended. That is currently the case whether the event takes place indoors or outdoors. This documentation makes it possible to quickly contact those who may have been infected if someone who was at the event tests positive for the coronavirus. This record must contain the attendee’s full name, telephone number, area or district of the place of residence or permanent residence, address or email address, time present at the event, and, if relevant, the seat or table number (for instance, at a canteen).

The information provided must be true; if not, a fine can be imposed. In addition, the person can be refused entry.

You can find the provisions for documenting attendance in the ordinance under §3.

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Sports activities are only possible to a limited extent. Fitness studios, dance studios and similar facilities must remain closed until the end of November 30, 2020. Only contactless sports can be carried out.

Contact-free sports may only be carried out alone, with members of your own household or with another person from another household, provided the minimum distance is observed. This contact restriction for sports does not apply to children up to 12 years of age provided that they are exercising outdoors in fixed groups. In this case, the group may consist of up to 10 participants plus one supervisor. Professional sports are also exempted from the contact restrictions. A record of attendance must be kept for activities taking place in sports facilities.

The Infection Protection Ordinance’s general provisions still apply. The responsible parties must inform the participants of the applicable hygiene and protection plan before the training session and must ensure that participants comply with the rules.

Sporting competitions in the Bundesliga, international leagues and comparable competition systems are permitted, provided a usage and hygiene concept is established by the respective sports association. Spectators are not permitted.

Financial assistance will be offered to non-profit sports clubs, and Berlin’s state sports federation (Landessportbund Berlin) will handle the organizational aspects of this assistance. You will find applications online on the website of the Landessportbund. This offer will be available until February 28, 2021. Only sports clubs whose financial difficulties are demonstrably due to the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for assistance. The Senate will be funding this program with €8 million.

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A four-tier stage-plan applies in Berlin schools which serves as a guide for the measures to be taken based on the rate of infection in Berlin, in the local district and at the affected school. The stage-plan shows which measures are to be taken if there is a change in the rate of infection.

During the current 2020/2021 school year, Berlin’s schools have so far been operating normally. This applies to regular instruction, remedial education, and half-class lessons, as well as other mandatory school activities and events. A general hygiene plan is in place to regulate conduct in schools for as long as the coronavirus pandemic lasts.

The Senate Department for Education, Youth and Families has comprehensive information on the normal operation of schools and daycare centers.

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The public, private, and denominationally affiliated institutions of higher education in Berlin are required to comply with the applicable provisions of the SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Ordinance, in particular, the provisions on hygiene protocols and documenting attendance at events. They may not be opened to the public until March 31, 2021.

From November 2, 2020 teaching in the winter semester 2020/2021 will be carried out digitally and not in the classroom. There are exceptions if digital teaching is not possible: in laboratories, in medical-clinical teaching, in art lessons, in practical sports lessons and introductory events for first-year students. In principle, no more than 25 students should participate in these practical lessons.

Examinations may be carried out in classroom form in compliance with the protection and hygiene rules and the special regulations which are applicable to the respective universities.

You can find current information on the measures being taken to fight the spread of the coronavirus on the Senate Chancellery – Higher Education and Research page.

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Due to the increasing rate of infection, you should avoid unnecessary travel. Currently there is a ban on tourist overnight stays in all of the Federal States in Germany. Whether or not you can travel within Germany from Berlin to another Federal State also depends on the regulations applicable in the respective Federal State.. For Germany, the Federal Government has set up an information page on the currently valid rules and regulations regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

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Germany’s federal government is constantly examining which countries are to be classified as high-risk areas, that is, where the risk of infection with the coronavirus is high. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) publishes a list of high-risk areas, which is constantly updated If you enter Berlin from a high-risk area directly or via another area or another German state, you should plan on being subjected to a 14-day quarantine.

If you would like to obtain further information about the current number of cases, RKI uses an interactive dashboard to show what is happening in the German states in regard to infection rates.

The WHO and Johns Hopkins University also have interactive websites that offer information about the global spread of the coronavirus.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provides details on the number of cases in Europe.

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If you have been in a high-risk area in the last 10 days before entering Berlin, you must, as a matter of principle, notify your local health office and self-isolate at home for 10 days. You have to fill out a digital entry form wherever you arrive in Germany. The data will be encrypted and forwarded directly to your local health authority. If it is impossible for you to fill out the digital entry form, you can also print out an analog form instead and submit the completed form to the airline/other transporter or the relevant authority upon request.

You have the possibility to end your home quarantine earlier if you take a test after at least five days quarantine and the result is then negative. You can ask your general practitioner or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians about this. The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians also provides information about testing in Berlin. You will have to remain in quarantine until you have the test results. The test is free, provided it is done within 10 days of your arrival. Returning travelers who show symptoms must immediately notify their local health office and go into quarantine.

Exceptions from quarantine are now classified according to a tiered system. The exact classification can be found in the ordinance under Section 9.

Exceptional cases include, for example, first and second degree family members who are visiting their family in Berlin and who are staying for less than 72 hours (Section 9, paragraph 2, point 3.) border traffic (Section 9, paragraph 2, point 1), students and other learners (Section 9, paragraph 2, point 4) or relatives who come to Berlin, for example to care for a family member (Section9, paragraph 3, point 2)

The term “high-risk area” refers to a country or region outside Germany for which there is an increased risk of coronavirus infection at the time of entry into Germany. The classification of high-risk areas is carried out by Germany’s federal government, namely, by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Foreign Office, and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, and is published by the Robert Koch Institute

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The quarantine measures in Berlin do not apply to people entering the city from risk areas within Germany. However, the regulations in the federal states differ. Please find out in advance about the exact regulations in the federal states.

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Obtain information from your embassy on a regular basis. If you entered the country with a Schengen visa or without a visa, you can find more information on the website of the Berlin Immigration Office.

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During the winter season, the number of colds increases. Since the symptoms of a cold and a corona infection can be similar, please call your doctor or the respective public health department. The further procedure will be discussed there. If your symptoms worsen, you can also call the medical on-call service under 116 117. In the winter, the Robert Koch Institute recommends that people with respiratory symptoms, even if they only have a cold should stay at home for at least 5 days.

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The Senate Department for Health recommends, corresponding to the test criteria of the Robert Koch Institute, that you should get tested if …

  • … you show severe symptoms typical of COVID-19
  • … you had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19, such as someone in your own household or someone identified as a contact by Germany’s contact tracing app (Corona-Warn-App) and have unexplained symptoms that indicate a disease
  • … you have acute symptoms of respiratory disease and especially if you belong to a risk group or are in close contact with risk groups
  • … your state of health deteriorates due to acute symptoms

As a precautionary measure, those who meet these criteria should self-quarantine and should contact their general practitioner’s office or the relevant health office so their case can be evaluated. Based on the criteria of the RKI and the patient’s individual situation, the public health officer (Amtsarzt) will make a decision, if necessary, on how to proceed If a test is done and you are waiting for the results, please remain in quarantine at home – initially, for 14 days – and follow the general rules on hygiene.

In the case of those who have acute symptoms and/or clinical signs of a respiratory illness caused by a virus, but who have had no contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, the patient’s doctor will make a decision on how to proceed. Alternatively, you can also contact a special corona practice.

If your doctor decides that a test is necessary, the costs for the test will be assumed by the patient’s health insurance. People who do not have German health insurance will have to clarify with their own health insurance company whether that company will assume the costs.

All contacts should be established by telephone first. Direct contact with other people should be avoided.

The Senate Department for Health has set up a hotline that you can reach at (030) 9028-2828. In addition, you may call the association of statutory health insurance physicians at 116117.

The Berlin Senate has also approved an updated testing strategy. Throughout Berlin, testing centers are to use a coordinated approach to identifying at an early stage people at risk of serious illness from a coronavirus infection and those who would be more likely to spread the disease. The focus here is on health care facilities, nursing homes, schools, and daycare centers, as well as tests in places with high potential for dissemination of the disease, such as restaurants or correctional facilities.

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If you have symptoms or you suspect that you could be infected with the coronavirus, you should follow the guidelines given under, “Who should get tested?” Your borough health office or your doctor will then decide how to proceed. If a test is done, it might happen – depending on the severity of your respiratory symptoms – that you are sent to one of the special coronavirus screening centers

Even before you have your test results, you should self-isolate at home, maintain a distance of two meters to other people, follow the rules for handwashing, and wear a mask covering your mouth and nose when you are in contact with others.

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Follow the general recommendations for hygiene that also apply to influenza viruses, for instance:

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not sneeze into your hands; rather, cover your mouth with the crook of your arm
  • Try not to touch your face with your hands
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Maintain distance to anyone who is ill
  • Air rooms frequently

Also try to maintain a minimum distance from other people. If you cannot do this, please wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in Berlin in the public transport system, when shopping and in many other areas of public life.

Download the Corona-Warn-App of the Federal Government to your smartphone and activate the app. More information can be found in the “FAQ of the Federal Government(Website)”: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/corona-warn-app/corona-warn-app-faq-1758392.

It is also recommended to keep your own contact diary.

If you are in quarantine in your own home because of a confirmed or suspected coronavirus case, please comply with the Federal Ministry of the Environment’s guidelines on the safe disposal of waste.

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If you test positive for corona, your own individual contact diary will help you to easily keep track of the people you have been in contact with in the past few days. This means that contacts can be quickly traced and you don’t forget who you’ve been in contact with. You also help the health authorities.

You should make a note of contact with people that are out of the ordinary – not dinner with your family but dinner with someone else. Make a note of the date, the contact/s, the place, the approximate time and duration of the time spent together, the situation, as well as room-specific and protection and hygiene conditions (indoors with a mask, indoors without a mask or outdoors without a mask). It is also advisable to note whether the room was rather crowded or whether social distancing was possible.

You can use your smartphone or simply a blank sheet of paper for your contact diary.

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The coronavirus – also known as SARS-CoV-2 – causes COVID-19 disease and can infect both animals and humans. The symptoms caused by the virus may range in severity from a sore throat to a mild cold to a severe respiratory ailment. Not everyone who is infected will develop symptoms. There is currently no complete consensus among researchers on the symptoms. According to the Robert Koch Institute, frequent symptoms found in conjunction with a coronavirus infection are fever, a cough, respiratory problems, and loss of the sense of taste and smell, while a runny nose is less frequent. Diarrhea can also be a symptom, but is even less frequent.

Charité Berlin has developed a browser-based coronavirus app that will help you decide whether or not your symptoms indicate a coronavirus infection, before you call a screening center.

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The basic rule is: reduce your contacts and observe whether you have symptoms. Whether you have to go into quarantine depends on whether you have been in close contact with the person who tested positive. Close contact includes contact through, for example, a direct conversation that lasted longer than 15 minutes at a distance of less than one and a half to two meters, or during parties with an unclear room situation.

The person who tested positive must report their own close contacts to their own public health department. Then the administrative follow-up begins. As a rule, only the close contacts that took place in the two days before the onset of symptoms are recorded. If you are registered as a person in this group, your public health department will contact you and clarify whether you are a first-degree contact person. If this is the case, a quarantine is usually imposed. It is also possible that a temporary quarantine is imposed if you have not had direct contact with the person, but have been in a room with the person for a longer period of time.

If you have already found out about a positive contact – e.g. through a personal phone call – discuss together whether you had a close contact or whether this can be excluded. If you belong to a circle of close contacts, reduce your own contacts as a precautionary measure, self-quarantine and report to your public health department. If you have symptoms, please also inform the public health department. If you are a first-degree contact person, the public health department will usually put you in quarantine and test you for corona, if necessary.

It is possible that you will remain in quarantine even if you have tested negative, as the result is only momentary.

You can find more information on tracking contacts in diagnostics at the Robert Koch Institute.

Almost all districts of Berlin have issued general quarantine rules. More information can be found under the heading quarantine rules of the districts.

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According to the Corona Test Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Health of October 14, 2020, the right to take a test exists for persons who have been identified as a contact person by a doctor or the public health authority. However, this usually refers to close contacts or those where it is likely that you could have become infected. This includes school classes, for example.

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The time symptoms take to appear varies greatly. There are some people who have been infected with corona, who have no symptoms at all. It is possible that symptoms may still develop up to 14 days after infection. More often, however, the symptoms appear earlyier after infection, on average between 5-6 days.

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A doctor decides whether a PCR test or a rapid antigen test is to be taken. In general, if the rapid test is positive, a PCR confirmation test is required to confirm the positive result.

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The result says that you were negative at the time of the test. But this is only momentarya snapshot. It cannot be ruled out that you will be tested positive at a later date because, if you have been infected, the viral load in your body will have increased.

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If you have a positive test result, you are required by the German Infection Protection Act to isolate yourself at home. If possible, avoid contact there as well if you live together with other people. If it is possible, inform those with whom you had close contact two days before the onset of symptoms. You must also report any close contact to your local health department. As a rule, only thosee close contacts you had two days before the onset of symptoms are recorded. You will make the work of the health department easier if you provide the full name and, e-mail or postal address of the contacts., Iit is recommended that you also provide at least the postcode and the telephone number so that the relevant health department can be contacted.

When you will be freed from isolation depends on the course of your illness. In the case of a mild form of the disease, the RKI stipulates that you can be discharged at the earliest after 48 hours without symptoms and no sooner than 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

Some districts have issued general quarantine orders. More information can be found under the heading quarantine rules of the districts.

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It is currently assumed that you are highly infectious one or two days before the onset of symptoms and that you can be infectious until at least ten days after the onset of symptoms. However, when the time when symptoms appear after infection varies greatly and can last up to 14 days. If people experience a severe form of the disease, they may be infectious for longer.

For persons who have tested positive but who are not sure when they became infected, the day of testing is taken as the reference day and the period lasting from two days before testing to ten days after is taken as the possible time of infection.

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In the case of a corona infection, a certificate of incapacity to work is issued by the doctor and must be sent to your employer. In the case of a positive test without any symptoms orand signs of the disease, the quarantine will be ordered by the relevant health department and your certificate must also be submitted to your employer.

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Yes, until a negative test result is available. A second infection with the corona virus cannot be ruled out, even the detection of corona antibodies is not sufficient to avert quarantine, only the negative PCR test is valid.

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According to the test regulations of the Federal Ministry of Health, persons who have already tested positive are not entitled to take a second test. However, contact persons of persons who have tested positive can have a second test after a first test. Persons who have tested positive can also get tested again in a recognized testing facility if they pay for the test themselves.

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In order to evaluate the dynamics of the pandemic in Berlin more precisely and to be able to act accordingly, the Senate has developed a traffic light system. To evaluate the impact of the measurements taken, indicators have been defined to keep an eye on both the transmission dynamics and the strain placed on the health care system. The reproduction rate, the number of new infections, and the number of beds occupied in the intensive care units are all taken into account. Considered alongside each other, they shed light on the epidemiological situation in a meaningful way.

  • Reproduction rate:
    The reproduction rate (R rate) indicates the number of people infected by each person with COVID-19. A number above 1 leads to a rapid increase in new cases. If the R rate is more than 1.1 for at least three days in a row, the traffic light will turn yellow. If the R rate rises to at least 1.2 for at least three days in a row, the light turns red.
  • Number of new infections per week:
    The Senate has classified the number of new infections as follows: we have reached the red stage if there are 30 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week. Yellow is when there are 20 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week. Green is anything below that.
  • Number of beds occupied in intensive care units:
    If the number of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in intensive care units rises above 15%, the light turns yellow. If the number is more than 25% of the available beds, the light turns red. Green is anything below 15%.
  • Significance of the “yellow” and “red” stages:
    If two of the three indicators listed above are yellow, the Senate will need to discuss this development and start preparing for possible responses. If two of the three indicators are red, measures will need to be taken and restrictions will have to be reinstituted.
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Follow the general recommendations for hygiene that also apply to influenza viruses, for instance:
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not sneeze into your hands; rather, cover your mouth with the crook of your arm
  • Try not to touch your face with your hands
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Maintain distance to anyone who is ill
  • Air rooms frequently

Also try to maintain a minimum distance from other people. If you cannot do this, please wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in Berlin in the public transport system, when shopping and in many other areas of public life.

Download the Corona-Warn-App of the Federal Government to your smartphone and activate the app. More information can be found in the FAQ of the Federal Government.

If you are in quarantine in your own home because of a confirmed or suspected coronavirus case, please comply with the” Federal Ministry of the Environment’s guidelines on the safe disposal of waste.

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Coronavirus hotline

The Senate Department for Health, Long-Term Care and Gender Equality set up a hotline to advise Berliners who believe they may have contracted the virus. More information

Governing Mayor about the current situation

On the evening of 16 March 2020, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, gave a televised speech about the current situation in the city which was broadcast by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). The Press and Information Office of the State of Berlin is publishing the complete text. More information