Contact restrictions in Bavaria: All you need to know

Sommer im Olympiapark, Foto: Liebich
Foto: Liebich

Coronavirus: What form of contact is allowed? Questions and Answers

Meeting friends, visiting family members, driving with passengers in a car: What is allowed or prohibited in Bavaria due to the restricted contact? We have put together the most important FAQs for you here. Basically, the distance and mask requirement still apply!

How many people can I meet with?

You can meet with your family.

Members of different households can also gather - or in groups of 10 people. Meeting with friends in the restaurant or beer garden is also allowed.

There is no longer a limited number of visitors for meetings in a household. However, the guests should keep a distance of 1.50 meters.

These regulations were enforced in Bavaria since June 17th.

Can I visit relatives in the hospital, old people's or nursing home?

Once strict hygiene measures are followed, you can visit a registered permanent contact person or family member. Fixed visiting times, minimum distance of 1.5 meters and wearing of nose-mouth protection are mandatory for visitors and those visited. On June 16, the state government had announced that the visit rules will be revised.

Who am I allowed to drive with in my car in these corona times?

Ein kleines Auto mit Koffer, Foto: Anette Göttlicher
Foto: Anette Göttlicher

Theoretically, taking another contact person, a family member or someone from your household along with you on a trip is permitted. However, the minimum distance of 1.5 meters between members of different households should be observed in the car too.

Since this is not possible in most cars, it is best to avoid taking people who are not from your own household with you. If you have no choice, at least wear a mask.

Can I play sports or go to the playground with my kids?

Kinder schaukeln auf Spielplatz

Yes, you can resume visiting playgrounds with your children.

The limit of 20 people for sports in indoor and outdoor clubs was lifted on June 22nd. The new limit is based on the size of the room and the ventilation of the respective sports facilities.

Since June 22nd, indoor pools, inner areas of thermal baths and hotel swimming pools (including wellness and sauna services) also reopened.

From July 8th, contact-free competitions are permitted indoors - provided that hygiene and protection measures are observed. For fixed training groups, physical contact is also permitted again (a maximum of five people for martial arts).

Certain clearance and hygiene regulations still apply everywhere.

We have put together everything you need to know about sports in Corona times here

Are motorcycle tours allowed?

Biker im Frühling

Yes, motorcycle tours are possible if the existing contact restrictions and the distance requirement (during breaks for example) are observed.

Can I take a trip to the lakes or mountains?

Yes, hikes, climbing and mountain biking are also allowed once a few important rules are followed. These include keeping your distance, hiking only in small groups, taking no risk in tour planning, having nose-mouth protection and disinfectants with you, and refraining from mountain rituals such as hugging at the summit.

Alpine pastures and mountain huts have also reopened.

If you are planning a visit to one of the large Bavarian lakes, boat cruises, alongside other tourist services resumed operations since 30th May. Analogous to the regulations for bus travel, the minimum distance of 1.5 m is not required while seated.

For tourist leisure experiences like rafting tours or trips with more than 10 people, the minimum distance requirements still apply.

Is grilling in the garden allowed?

Since June 22nd, small celebrations such as weddings and birthdays have been allowed to hold. A maximum of 200 guests are allowed outdoors for events, and 100 indoors - from July 8th . 

At garden barbecues, there is no restricted number of people that can attend. However, a distance of 1.5 meters should still be observed by all guests.


Is one allowed to go out at will?

Yes, since the beginning of May, people have been allowed to go out at will. Nevertheless, you should pay attention to the minimum distance wherever possible.

Coronavirus: Information from Munich
The Department of Health and Environment on the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)


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