Tighter contact restrictions from Friday

Tighter contact restrictions from Friday

Due to the third Corona wave, additional contact restrictions will apply in Berlin from Good Friday, which will be tightened again after Easter. In addition, daycare centres are to go back into emergency operation in the coming week, i.e. offer only limited care. This was agreed by the Senate on 1 April 2021, according to information from the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

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Accordingly, from Friday at night between 9 pm and 5 am, people are only allowed to be outdoors alone or in pairs. During the day, the previous regulation remains in force, according to which gatherings outdoors and at home are only permitted with a maximum of five people from two households. In both cases, children under 14 years of age are not counted, so they can be present in addition.

Private meet-ups in closed rooms will be restricted

After Easter from Tuesday (6 April 2021), the rules for private meetings indoors will be tightened again. During the day, only members of a household plus one other person will be allowed to be together. Again, children up to 14 will not be counted. At night, no more visits are allowed between 9 pm and 5 am. The members of a household must remain among themselves.

Berlin Kitas go back to emergency care mode

After Easter, day-care centres will also be formally closed again from Thursday (8 April). However, they are to offer emergency care for children from families who are in urgent need of it and in which at least one parent works in a particularly important, so-called system-relevant occupation. Single parents who are unable to organise other care options and parents whose children require care for special educational reasons are also to be able to take advantage of the offer. A similar arrangement was in place until childcare was ramped up again in March.

Negative Corona test required for shopping since Wednesday

Last Saturday, the Senate passed a package of new Corona rules that have been in force since Wednesday. According to this, cautious relaxations remain - but they have been supplemented by stricter requirements, especially for testing, for businesses and for the mask requirement. An important point here is that Berliners must show a negative Corona test to shop in shops, to visit hairdressers or beauty salons, museums and galleries. This does not include supermarkets, pharmacies or drugstores that were also open during the lockdown.

FFP2 masks compulsory in public transport

Companies are obliged to offer their employees who do not work at home quick corona tests at least twice a week and to move at least half of the office workplaces to the home office. In enclosed spaces, such as shops, doctors' surgeries, museums, hospitals, but also in buses or trains, FFP2 masks are generally mandatory to ensure better protection against infection. Simpler surgical masks are no longer sufficient since Wednesday.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Thursday, 1. April 2021 12:47 Uhr

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