Coronavirus: Current rules and restrictions in Munich

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

Coronavirus: Information on measures and restrictions

The Bavarian state government has extended the Corona rules in Bavaria until August 25, deciding on relaxations for bars and pubs. From August 1, trade fairs will once again be allowed to take place in Bavaria. Large events with up to 20,000 spectators will also be permitted again, subject to certain conditions. Here you can find all the information on the current rules and their impact on contacts, schools, restaurants, culture, leisure and sports.

New since 28.7.: Special rules for bars and pubs

On 27 July, the Bavarian cabinet approved the extension of the 13th Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance until 25 August as well as some adjustments.

Since 28 July, these changes, among others, have been in effect:

  • The following special requirements apply to the operation of pure pubs in closed rooms: Service must take place at the table, serving and consumption of drinks at the bar or counter is not permitted.
  • At the universities, presence events are possible with a 7-day incidence of no more than 100 even if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained between all students throughout.

Alcohol ban lifted - but ban on glass containers at hotspots

The ban on alcohol consumption in public spaces has been lifted. As of June 25, 2021, it will also no longer apply at Gärtnerplatz and Wedekindplatz.

However, a ban on glass containers at night now applies at these two locations. This also applies in the northern part of Türkenstraße. The carrying and use of glass containers - such as bottles, glasses, jugs - at these three locations is prohibited between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day.

Exempt from the ban are the open-air bar areas of the catering trade during opening hours, as well as persons transporting glass containers to or from their homes or places of business.

Contacts: Further relaxations since June 7

Shared residence in public spaces, in privately used spaces, and on privately used property is permitted as follows, depending on 7-day incidence:

  • CURRENTLY VALID IN MUNICH: If the incidence rating is less than 50, 10 people from any number of households are allowed to stay together.
  • For an incidence rating between 50 and 100, 10 persons from a maximum of three households may stay together.

Children unter 14 years of age don't count for the total number. Fully vaccinated persons (for whom at least 14 days have passed since the final vaccination) and recovered persons (with PCR test at least 28 days and no more than 6 months old) are exempt from contact restrictions. For private gatherings that include both vaccinated or recovered persons and others, vaccinated and recovered persons are not included in determining the number of attendees.

Further information on current contact rules also on muenchen.de/corona and on the FAQ page of the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior

Mask obligation lifted in the city center - where it still applies

Since June 9, 2021, the mask obligation for the Munich city center has been lifted. Previously, a general mask requirement applied between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the Altstadt pedestrian zone and surrounding area.

There is currently an obligation to wear an FFP2 mask at the following places:

  • in the sales rooms, or the sales area, in the entrance and waiting areas in front of the sales rooms and in the associated parking lots
  • for visitors to church services
  • in public long-distance passenger transport and the associated facilities for passengers and passengers, as well as for control and service personnel, as long as they come into contact with passengers and passengers
  • in local public transport and similar facilities
  • school transport system
  • when visiting a doctor's office
  • in old people's and nursing homes
  • in music schools, unless active music-making is hindered due to mask requirement
  • for theoretical and practical driving school lessons as well as driving school exams
  • for visitors to cultural sites (e.g. museums, castles)
  • in Hellabrunn Zoo at cash desks, in enclosed spaces such as restrooms, service centers, etc., or at busy animal facilities where safety distances cannot be maintained.
  • in the cashier area of the Botanical Garden
  • for employees of outpatient care services and semi-inpatient care facilities, as long as they are in contact with people in need of care

The fine for an intentional first offense is 250 euros .

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

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.

School: Masks are compulsory in schools, primary schools and day-care centres, also during school-leaving examinations and all other final examinations. However, the mask may be removed outdoors on school grounds. For teachers, the wearing of medical masks will also be compulsory. In addition, masks are compulsory in driving schools, universities and extracurricular education.

Since June 23, 2021, at primary schools and the primary level of special schools, the mask requirement in the classroom is waived for pupils and teachers in the classroom after taking their seat or workplace - as long as the 7-day incidence remains stable below 50.

For larger gatherings in the open air, such as demonstrations, a mask is required throughout.

At church services, wearing a mask is now mandatory also when seated.

The obligation to wear masks has been relaxed for employees in the cash desk or counter areas of stores and 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.

Children between the ages of six and 15 only have to wear a mouth and nose cover instead of FFP2 masks. Children below 6 years are exempt from the obligation to carry.

More about the mask obligation in Munich (in German)

Gastronomy: special rules for pubs and restaurants

CURRENTLY VALID IN MUNICH: Indoor restaurants may open and indoor and outdoor taverns may remain open until 1 a.m. if the incidence rating is less than 100. This does not apply if the restaurant permit, special use permit or store closing law specifies an earlier closing time for the establishment.

  • Under the contact regulations now in effect, a maximum of 10 people from any number of households may sit at a table (not counting vaccinated and convalescent persons or children under 14 years of age)
  • Currently, the testing requirement is waived in Munich when visiting, as is the requirement to book an appointment in advance, as the incidence is below 50


The following special requirements apply to the operation of pure pubs in closed rooms:

  • Service must take place at the table
  • Dispensing and consumption of beverages at the bar or counter are not permitted

Public and private celebrations possible again

Since June 7 is valid in Munich: Birthdays, weddings, funerals etc. are possible again. With an incidence rating below 50, planned events with up to 100 people outside and up to 50 people inside are allowed.

With an incidence rating between 50 and 100, planned events are allowed with outdoors up to 50, indoors up to 25 people, if participants provide proof of a negative test. Vaccinated or recovered individuals do not need proof of testing.

Arts and culture: Access to museums without prior reservations

  • CURRENTLY VALID IN MUNICH: Museums, exhibitions, zoological and botanical gardens, and memorials may be open to visitors with an incidence rating of "less than 50" with registration for contact tracking. A maximum of 500 spectators are permitted for cultural events in the open air. Since 23.6., a maximum of 100 of these may be allocated without fixed seating (as standing room) with minimum spacing, the remainder only as fixed seating. For cultural events indoors as well as outdoors, not only fixed stages but all suitable sites may be used (halls, stadium, etc.) if they offer sufficient space to ensure safe spacing of the visitors.
  • With an incidence rating "between 50 and 100", museums, exhibitions, zoological and botanical gardens, and memorials can be opened to visitors with prior appointment booking and registration for contact tracking.

In museums, exhibitions, memorials, objects of the Bavarian Palace Department and comparable cultural sites, as well as the indoor areas of zoological and botanical gardens, the operator must draw up a protection and hygiene concept; the permissible number of visitors is determined by the available visitor space, so that a minimum distance of 1.5 meters is reliably maintained. FFP2 masks are mandatory for visitors.

Since 28.4. drive-in cinemas are permitted independent of incidence, if the operator can present an appropriate infection control concept. FFP2 masks are mandatory for visitors on the premises outside their motor vehicles.

Shopping and services

CURRENTLY VALID IN MUNICH: If the incidence rating is less than 100, stores are generally open. The need for appointments is eliminated. The existing requirements for all stores (hygiene concept, customer limit of one customer per 10 sq. m. for the first 800 sq. m. of the sales area and additionally one customer per 20 sq. m. for the part of the sales area exceeding 800 sq. m.) remain in place.

In the sales rooms, on the sales premises, in the entrance and waiting areas in front of the sales rooms and in the associated parking spaces, masks are compulsory for staff and FFP2 masks are compulsory for customers.

Hairdressing, chiropody and other body-related services are permitted. However, if the incidence rating is "over 100", only hairdressing and chiropody services would be permitted, and a negative coronary test no more than 24 hours old would be required for the visit.

Medically necessary treatments in doctors', dentists' and other offices would remain permissible.

Outdoor markets are allowed to sell all goods again since June 7.

For all regulations, fully vaccinated against Corona and recovered persons and children under 6 years of age are exempt from test proofs.

Sports: relaxations for indoor and outdoor sports

  • CURRENTLY VALID IN MUNICH: For an incidence rating below 100, non-contact sports as well as contact sports (e.g., soccer, handball) will be allowed indoors and outdoors without fixed group upper limits.
  • If the incidence rating is "between 50 and 100", the same applies, but only for participants who have a current negative test.

For open-air sporting events, a maximum of 1500 spectators have been permitted since 1.7. Of these, a maximum of 200 may be allocated without fixed seats (as standing places) with minimum spacing, the remainder only as fixed seats. At sports facilities, the number of participants is appropriately limited in the framework concept according to the size of the sports facility.

Schools, Day care centers, Universities: What applies now

Since June 23, the following applies in Munich:

  • In the open air, masks are no longer required in schools, colleges and daycare centers. It remains to ensure sufficient minimum distance of all participants.
  • If the 7-day incidence is stable at less than 50, students and teachers at elementary schools and the elementary level of special schools are not required to wear masks in the classroom after taking up their seats or workplaces.

Day care centers return to normal operation - to the extent that restrictions still exist - analogous to schools.

At the universities, presence events are possible with a 7-day incidence of no more than 100 even if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained between all students throughout.

Leisure facilities: outdoor pools are open again

CURRENTLY VALID FOR MUNICH:

  • The opening of outdoor swimming pools is allowed again. Prerequisites are the observance of the corresponding framework hygiene concept (maintaining distance, limitation of persons per m², etc.) as well as a prior appointment booking.
  • The opening of indoor pools and saunas is allowed again. Medical spas are already allowed to open since 21.5.
  • The operation of amusement parks and comparable fixed recreational facilities is permitted.
  • Open-air playgrounds are open to children only when accompanied by adults.
  • City and guest tours, show caves, visitor mines, outdoor mountain, cultural and nature tours are permitted.
  • The operation of cable cars, river and lake navigation in excursion traffic, as well as tourist rail transport and tourist coach transport are permitted.
  • Gambling halls, casinos, betting shops are allowed to open.
  • Brothel establishments, clubs, discotheques and similar recreational facilities remain closed.


Since May 30, the testing obligation has been waived in outdoor swimming pools (prior appointment booking is still required), in outdoor areas of medical spas, in tourist excursion traffic as well as in city and guest tours, mountain, cultural and nature tours in the open air.

Hotel sector: Tourist overnight stays possible since May 21

  • Tourist offers have been permitted again since May 21. This includes overnight stays in hotels, vacation apartments and houses, youth hostels and campsites.
  • With an incidence rating below 50, each guest now only has to present a negative test upon arrival (no longer every 48 hours, as was previously the case).
  • Rooms can be allocated to all persons who are allowed to stay together according to the new general contact restrictions (10 persons, with incidence between 50 and 100 from a maximum of three households).
  • For fully vaccinated persons (after the 2nd vaccination and 14 days waiting period) as well as for fully recovered persons, the testing obligation in the hotels does not apply.
  • Guests are allowed to use spa, therapy and wellness services offered by hotels, such as swimming pools.

Night curfew for incidence above 100

THE NIGHT CURFEW IN MUNICH HAS BEEN LIFTED SINCE MAY 11.

In the case of an incidence rating above 100, the federal emergency brake will apply on a one-to-one basis in the future. There are no longer any supplementary Bavarian regulations.

For the curfew, this means that - as envisaged by the federal government - physical activity will be permitted outdoors between 10 p.m. and midnight in the future ("Hamburg model").

Additional general ordinances issued by the district administrative authorities are no longer required. All regulations result directly from the ordinance itself.

Universities, libraries and archives

  • There are no classroom events at the universities. Practical and artistic training sections as well as events requiring special laboratory or work rooms at the universities are permitted under minimum distance rules.
  • Libraries and archives may be opened.
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Events and regulations for religious services

  • CURRENTLY VALID:  The number of people permitted at outdoor events is 500 with fixed seating. In future, not only fixed stages but again all suitable venues (halls, stadiums, etc.) can be used for cultural events both indoors and outdoors, provided they offer sufficient space to ensure safe spacing of visitors.
  • Assemblies in accordance with the Bavarian Assembly Act are also permitted.
  • For religious services, compliance with the 1.5-meter minimum distance, FFP2 mask requirement applies.
  • In the case of religious services and gatherings of religious communities where visitor numbers are expected to lead to capacity utilization, participation is only permitted after prior registration.

Visiting rules for hospitals, nursing & retirement homes

  • Effective June 7 in Munich: The testing requirement for visitors is waived if the incidence rating is below 50. Community events in the homes are permitted with 25 persons indoors, 50 persons outdoors.
  • Fully vaccinated or recovered persons are treated the same as negatively tested persons under the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance. The special protective measures for the benefit of vulnerable groups in hospitals, old people's and nursing homes and similar facilities remain unaffected.
  • Visitors are only permitted to enter the facilities wearing an FFP2 mask.
  • Visiting and keeping company of the dying is permitted at all times.
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THE OVERVIEW

Travel: Mandatory testing upon return from risk areas and entry ban

A new coronavirus entry regulation (CoronaEinreiseV) has come into force nationwide on May 13th, 2021 and replaces the previous Bavarian entry regulations. What travelers need to consider:

Registration requirement

Obligation for separation

  • Anyone who has stayed in a risk area has to go home immediately after arrival - or to some other accommodation at the destination - and isolate himself for ten days (home quarantine). If you previously stayed in a virus variant area, the separation period is fourteen days.
  • The quarantine at home can be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or negative test proof is transmitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. After a previous stay in high-incidence areas, testing can be carried out five days after entry at the earliest. After staying in virus variant areas, the quarantine lasts 14 days and it is not possible to end the quarantine early.
  • The quarantine obligation initially applies until June 30, 2021.

Test proof requirement

  • Travelers of air traffic or after a previous stay in a high-incidence or virus variant area must be tested before departure and must present a negative test result to the carrier, for example the airline. Evidence may also be requested when the Federal Police conduct immigration checks in Germany.
  • After staying in a risk area, you must also be able to prove that you are not infected with the coronavirus no later than 48 hours after entry. The competent authority (usually the health department) can request the submission of proof up to ten days after entry. Evidence is either a test result or a medical certificate regarding the absence of an infection with the coronavirus.
  • Information on recognized tests can be found here (German)

An up-to-date listing of worldwide risk areas is provided by the Robert Koch Institute.

How the application of the incidence-based rules works

Many regulations - for example on contact restrictions, retail, museums, galleries or sports - are currently dependent on the level of the 7-day incidence value. The respective thresholds are a 7-day incidence of under 50 or between 50 and 100.

According to the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, the incidence classification always applies until a threshold value is exceeded on three consecutive days or the threshold value is fallen below on five consecutive days. The then applicable regulations then come into force from the second day after the limit has been exceeded/fallen below three/five times.

Information on current corona cases and 7-day incidence in Munich

Regulations for fully vaccinated persons

Fully vaccinated persons are treated the same as negatively tested persons under the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, starting from day 15 after completing their vaccination. Exceptions can be made for vulnerable groups.

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