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 incidence continues to be low, so the state of emergency in Bavaria is lifted with immediate effect. Since June 7, far-reaching relaxations of the Corona measures have been in force in Munich, including contacts, gastronomy and events. Here is all the information on the current rules and their impact on contacts, schools, restaurants, culture, leisure and sports.

Only 2 incidence levels - mask requirement lifted in city center

The Bavarian cabinet has approved far-reaching relaxations of the Corona measures with the new, 13th Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, which has been in force since 7.6.2021.

There are further incidence-based openings in almost all areas of private and public life. In addition, the disaster case in Bavaria has been lifted as of 7/6.

For the incidence-based Corona regulations, there are only two incidence thresholds as of 7/6: Areas with incidence below 50 and areas with incidence between 50 and 100. The previous incidence range below 35 is no longer applicable.

Currently, the 7-day incidence in Munich is stable below 50.

In addition, the Staff for Extraordinary Events (SAE) under the leadership of Mayor Dieter Reiter decided on June 8, 2021 to lift the mask requirement in the Old Town pedestrian zone and surrounding area and to relax the alcohol ban. These changes have been in force since June 9, 2021.

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

Ban on alcohol consumption: Current situation

The ban on alcohol consumption in public spaces was relaxed on June 9. It has since been lifted in the pedestrian zone and on the Viktualienmarkt, while on Gärtnerplatz and Wedekindplatz it now applies two hours later from 8 p.m.

A ban on alcohol consumption in public spaces applies

  • daily from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Gärtnerplatz and on Wedekindplatz.

Excepted from this ban on alcohol consumption is the licensed outdoor area of restaurants, which may be operated under the "General ruling for the further opening steps" under certain conditions.

 

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.

In schools and daycare centers wearing a mask is mandatory. However, the mask may be removed outdoors on school grounds. Teachers must wear medical masks.

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: Further relaxations apply

Since June 7, the following has been in effect in Munich: Indoor restaurants are allowed to open, and indoor and outdoor pubs can stay open until midnight if the incidence rating is below 100.

  • According to the contact regulations now in force, a maximum of 10 people from any number of households may sit at a table (vaccinated and recovered persons and children under 14 years of age are not included).
  • Since 30.5. the obligation to test during the visit and the obligation to book an appointment in advance has been eliminated.

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.
  • 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 addition, since June 7, the following applies in Munich: The number of people allowed at outdoor events is doubled from 250 to up to 500 for fixed seating. In the future, not only fixed stages but again all suitable sites (halls, stadiums, etc.) can be used for cultural events indoors as well as outdoors, if they offer sufficient space to ensure a safe distance of the visitors.

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.

The same number of spectators is possible as for cultural events, i.e. 500 people outdoors (with fixed seating). 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 7, the following applies in Munich: If the incidence rating is below 50, there will again be face-to-face teaching for all schools. Twice-weekly tests are still required, regardless of the incidence. The mask requirement also remains in place, but masks can be dispensed with in physical education classes in the future.

Beginning June 21, the return to face-to-face instruction will apply even if the incidence rating is less than 100. Practical education sections will generally be available in face-to-face regardless of incidence.

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

Universities have been able to offer face-to-face courses (lectures, seminars) again since June 7. The maximum number of possible participants depends on the size of the available room (at 1.5 m distance). Participants who take tests twice a week are admitted. As in school, masks are compulsory on the university premises.

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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