Corona Lockdown: New rules apply as of Sunday

Corona Lockdown: New rules apply as of Sunday

To contain the Corona pandemic, public life in Berlin remains largely shut down for the time being. The Senate extended the lockdown, in effect since 16 December, until 31 January 2021. The new Infection Protection Ordinance applies from Sunday, 10 January 2021.

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Which regulations are new?

  • Contact restrictions: The rules for private gatherings will become stricter: in future, meetings will only be permitted among members of one's own household and with a maximum of one other person not living in the household. If this person is a single parent, their children are not counted, so they may still join them. Previously, there was an upper limit of five persons from two households; children up to the age of twelve were not counted.
  • Schools: The "regular operation in presence" at schools will remain suspended. School-led learning at home for students in grades 1 to 9 and for some higher grades will be extended until at least January 25, 2021. Until then, there will be no compulsory attendance.
    For the final classes 10, 12 and 13 at high schools and secondary schools are to be possible starting from 11 January presence offers in small groups. Whether alternating instruction with learning at home and at school is offered or everything runs via homeschooling is to be decided by the respective schools themselves with the parents' representatives.
  • Canteens: Canteens of companies, for example, must close to the public. Like restaurants, they are only allowed to offer food for delivery or take away.

Which regulations apply as before?

  • Trade: Many shops are closed, such as hairdressers, beauty salons, large department stores or shops for clothing. Food retailers, weekly food markets, pharmacies, medical supply stores and drugstores are exempt. Bookshops, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, petrol stations, car repair shops, bicycle repair shops and banks are also allowed to open.
  • Kitas: The day-care centres also remain closed. However, according to the education administration, providers can maintain "emergency care" for parents who are unable to look after their children at home.
  • Conduct in public spaces: "Leaving one's own home or usual accommodation is only permissible for valid reasons," the Infection Protection Ordinance states. However, the list of such reasons is long. These can be work and school, shopping, visits to the authorities, doctor's appointments, caring for relatives, walking the dog or sporting activities, even going to places of worship for "inner reflection".
  • Sport: Sport is only allowed alone or with another person at a distance. There is an exception for children up to the age of twelve if the sport is practiced outdoors in fixed groups of no more than ten people present plus a supervisor.
  • Alcohol ban: It remains prohibited to serve alcoholic beverages in glasses, cups or other open containers. In addition, it is prohibited to drink alcoholic beverages outdoors in public spaces. The ban on serving and selling alcohol at night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. remains in force.
  • Demonstrations: Political demonstrations remain permitted without a defined upper limit. Distance rules and an extensive mask requirement continue to apply - only for gatherings of up to 20 people who are not chanting or singing can this be waived.
  • Religion: Worship services are also still possible, subject to distance and hygiene rules.
  • Hotels: Overnight stays in hotels, guesthouses or holiday homes are prohibited, but there are exceptions on the occasion of business trips and for necessary private reasons.
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Editor's note: In a previous version of this article, different time specifications were given. These have been adjusted following a modification of the circumstances.

Source: dpa/deepl.com/BerlinOnline

| Last edited: Friday, 8. January 2021 20:31 Uhr

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