Coronavirus: Current rules and restrictions in Munich

Bayerischer Landtag in der Herbstsonne , Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

Corona measures: What applies in Munich currently

In view of the rising number of corona infections in Munich (which is above the critical threshold of 50), corona rules have been tightened by the Free State of Bavaria and applies from October 17th. See information on contact restrictions, alcohol bans, mask requirements as well as restrictions in the catering industry amongst others.

Contact restrictions: Gatherings of not more than 5 people or 2 households allowed

  • Private and public getherings as well as sitting at a common table in a gastronomy is only permitted with members of one's own household, spouses, live-in partners, partners in a non-marital relationship, immediate relatives, siblings, members of one other household , or in groups of up to 5 people.
  • For private celebrations (such as weddings, funerals and birthdays) there is also a limit of 5 people or two households.
  • Furthermore, the distance requirement of 1.5 meters and the obligation to wear masks in certain public areas remain unchanged.
  • These regulations apply accordingly to the gastronomy, hospitality and cultural sectors.

Ban on alcohol consumption and sales at certain times

Since Munich has consistently exceeded the critical threshold of 50 with the 7-day incidence, the tightening of the corona measures prescribed by the Free State of Bavaria comes into force.

  • In gastronomy, the distribution of food and beverages for consumption on the spot is prohibited from 10 pm.
  • The night-time ban on alcohol consumption at certain hotspots known from the previous weeks now applies daily from 10 pm until 6 am the following day.
  • In addition, alcohol may no longer be sold at gas stations, through other sales outlets and delivery services from 10 pm.

More information on hygiene measures and rules in catering (in German)

Night ban on alcohol in certain Munich squares

From October 17th, the nocturnal alcohol ban applies every day in the following locations :

  • Baldeplatz
  • Gärtnerplatz
  • Gerner Bridge (Nymphenburg Palace Canal)
  • Isar floodplains between Reichenbachbrücke and Wittelsbacherbrücke
  • Wedekindplatz

Alcohol sales ban : From 9 pm to 6 am the following day, alcohol should not be sold at these hotspots, the only exceptions are those served for immediate consumption at restaurants and approved events.

Alcohol consumption ban : From 11 pm to 6 am the following day, alcohol should not be consumed at these hotspots, the only exceptions are the bar areas in the catering trade and approved events.

The fine for unauthorized consumption of alcohol at the hotspots after 11 pm is at least 150 euros.

The fine for violating the sales ban at the hotspots after 9 pm is at least 500 euros.

More information on the alcohol ban (FAQs in German)

Mask obligation in Munich: Regulations and fines

In stores and on public transport, Bavarian residents are to wear everyday masks or so-called community masks over their mouths and noses. Since April 27, masks have been mandatory throughout Bavaria. On August 25, fines for violations were set at 250 euros in individual cases and 500 euros for several corporate bodies.

The general mask requirement still applies at heavily visited locations in the old town. Due to the current high number of corona cases, you have to wear a mask from 9 am to 11 pm at the following places:

  • Old town pedestrian zone (Neuhauser Strasse, Kaufinger Strasse, Theatinerstrasse, Rindermarkt, Odeonsplatz in front of the Feldherrnhalle, etc.) including Schützenstrasse
  • Stachus (Karlsplatz) and the Stachus basement
  • Marienplatz
  • Rosental between Sendlinger Strasse, including Sendlinger-Tor-Platz
  • Viktualienmarkt
  • Walkways in valley
  • Dienerstrasse, Schrammerstrasse, Landschaftstrasse

Public buildings: Mouth and nose covering is also required at meetings and areas with traffic, including elevators, public buildings, leisure facilities and cultural sites.

Venues: In addition, mask wearing is required at theaters, concert halls, stages and cinemas, at meetings and congresses, as well as spectators at sporting events.

Work: Furthermore, it is also mandatory to wear a mask at meetings and areas with traffic at the workplace, especially in elevators, corridors, canteens and entrances; The same applies to workplaces where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be reliably maintained.

At large outdoor gatherings, such as demonstrations, the obligatory mask-wearing still applies for up to 200 or more participants.

The obligation to wear masks has been relaxed for employees in the cash desk and counter areas of stores or at reception desks. If reliable protection can be ensured by transparent protective walls made of acrylic glass or similar, the obligation to wear masks does not apply to them.

More about the mask obligation in Munich (in German)

Culture: Major events remain prohibited until 31 December

All major events and gatherings are prohibited by the Federal Government and the Bavarian State Government until at least 31.12.2020. This was decided on 27th August . For spectators at sporting events, a uniform nationwide regulation will be developed by the end of October.

The following applies to art and cultural events, and cinemas: Currently, events with not more than 100 guests indoors and 200 people outdoors are permitted without assigned and marked seats. As at July 15th, 400 people outside and 200 people inside were allowed with assigned and marked seats.

  • From October 17th, private events such as weddings, funerals, birthdays are only allowed with 5 guests or 2 households.
  • Professional or business events may take place under the same conditions as cultural events, from 15th July.
  • Small markets without a folk festival theme may now take place again under certain regulations .
  • Since 4th May,  church services started taking place again under strict conditions.

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Leisure: Cinemas and fitness studios are also allowed to reopen

Further easing of corona rules for the leisure sector was also announced by Prime Minister Markus Söder on 16th June. For example,  indoor swimming pools, indoor areas of thermal baths, hotel swimming pools, including wellness and sauna facilities were allowed to reopen from 22nd June. Other indoor leisure facilities, such as escape rooms, indoor areas in zoos and amusement parks or the greenhouses of the Botanical Gardens reopened on 8th July.

In sports, there is also further relaxation. Activities resumed and the previous limit on number of people for outdoor and indoor sports were abolished, as they are now based on the respective concrete spatial conditions (room size, ventilation). 

From 22nd June , all facilities and areas where 1 person per 20 sqm of space was permitted now allows 10 sqm per person. Shops with customer traffic, leisure facilities and cultural sites like museums or zoological gardens are included. As of 8th July, other competitive sports were also possible, provided the home teams clean afterwards.

Catering/hotel industry: current rules

A curfew from 10 pm has been in effect in restaurants in Munich since October 17th, with the exception of take-away food and non-alcoholic drinks.

In addition, strict requirements apply in all areas, including in particular hygiene concepts, guest number restrictions and social distance. Incidentally, anyone who provides incorrect information when filling out a contact form can be fined up to 250 euros.

Since May 30th, hotels, holiday apartments, guest houses and campsites can once again accommodate guests. Service providers in the tourism sector such as amusement parks, castles, excursion boats or cable cars are also available again.

 

Education: Timetable for schools, kindergartens and daycare centres

In Bavaria, classroom teaching has resumed. Until further notice, a mask wearing obligation applies in the classroom for students and teachers from the 5th grade upwards. That is in addition to the general mask requirement in school buildings.

Due to the increasing number of infections, a three-step plan will come into force at the start of the new daycare year on September 1st, which is based on the 7-day incidence. The final decision on the measures lies in the hands of the municipalities.

  • Level 1: If the number is below the Bavarian signal value of 35 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants, then normal daycare will keep running - of course, taking into account the protection and hygiene concepts.
  • Level 2: If the value exceeds 35, the children will stay together in fixed groups, so that possible routes of infection are easy to trace. The children are not allowed to move freely around the house as in normal operations, but the number of children being looked after will not reduce.
  • Level 3: With an incidence rate of over 50, for reasons of infection prevention, only emergency care is provided for defined target groups such as children of parents in systemically relevant professions, children of working single parents, children with disabilities and children with special protection needs. Up to 10 children can be looked after per group.

Even if the value exceeds 50, schools and day-care centers in Munich will not automatically close in this case - Mayor Dieter Reiter stated that on September 14th. "Rather, we try, of course, to keep the school and daycare operations going as far as possible, always in line with the rules prescribed by the Free State."

More information on the further timetable for the daycare centers

New rules for visiting hospitals, nursing homes and old people's homes

For health and care facilities, places for people with disabilities, intensive care shared-apartments, as well as old people's homes and senior residences, the existing visit restrictions were relaxed from June 29th.

Strict hygiene measures and visiting restrictions are to be adhered to. "The goal is to make the visit arrangements much easier, but this always depends on specific local conditions."

More information about the visiting rules in hospitals.

Cultural institutions: Museums and libraries reopen

From 11th May, libraries, museums, galleries, exhibitions and memorials are permitted to open - subject to certain conditions. From 22nd June, the 10 sqm per visitor rule applies, distance must be maintained and the catering business must remain closed in these facilities.

The Bavarian State Library in Munich and the libraries of universities and colleges have been open since April 27 also subject to hygiene meaures, control of access and avoidance of queues.

Travel: Partial cancellation of global travel measures

The border controls with France, Austria and Switzerland have been terminated since 15th June. The worldwide travel warning has also been partially lifted. 

 

Since 15th June, returnees from risk areas identified by the Robert Koch Institute have had to present a negative corona test that is no longer than 48 hours old or immediately quarantine at home for 14 days. You must also report to the responsible health department immediately. Violations of quarantine rules are punishable with fines.

There are test stations for travel returnees at Munich Airport and Munich Central Station.

(DPA / muenchen.de)

Corona: Events in Munich

In Bavaria, public life is getting back to normal - with some restrictions still in place. Large events remain prohibited until at least December 31, 2020. Please inform yourself about specific cancellations or postponements and the return of tickets, on the website of event organizers or ticket providers. .

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