Starting on 16 December: Bavaria in lockdown
December • 15th, 2020
by the Expat in the City Team
From Wednesday, December 16, 2020, until at least 10 January 2021, Bavaria will be in lockdown.
In addition to the already existing restrictions here is an overview of the lockdown rules:
The rules remain as before. Private get-togethers with friends, relatives and acquaintances are still to be limited to one's own household and one other household, but in any case to a maximum of 5 people. This does not apply to children under 14 years of age.
Stay at home
You may only leave your home for a valid reason. Doing sports, going for a walk, going to another household, going to work, going to the doctor and grocery shopping is still allowed.
Night Curfew throughout Bavaria
There is a night curfew throughout Bavaria from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Also, on Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Non-essential shops must close from 16.12. until at least 10.01.
Remaining open: supermarkets, pick-up and delivery services, beverage stores, health food stores, baby specialty stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, petrol stations, car workshops, bicycle workshops, banks, post offices, dry cleaners and laundrettes, the sale of press articles, pet food and supplies, and Christmas trees outlets.
Weekly markets are only allowed to sell food. Wholesale remains open. The shops that are allowed to remain open may not sell any other goods beyond their usual range.
In addition to the facilities that have already been closed, the following also have to close: Service companies in the field of personal care such as hairdressing salons, cosmetic studios, massage practices and tattoo studios.
Schools and daycare centres (kitas)
Schools and daycares centres will be completely closed in Bavaria (also special schools) from December 16. - 10.01. Where possible, there will be distance learning. Emergency care is to be offered until December 22nd for those who are entitled to this. Whether school will open again on 11.01, has not yet been decided.
You can invite four other people aged 14 and over for Christmas. From December 24th to December 26th, 2020 you can meet up with 4 people from outside your own household from immediate family circle, i.e. spouses, civil partners and partners in a civil partnership, siblings, siblings and their respective household members, even if this means more than two households or 5 people.
For non-relatives, a maximum of 5 people from a maximum of two households still applies. Children under 14 do not count in any case. The Bavaria-wide curfew from 9 p.m. also applies at Christmas. Overnight stays at other households is permitted if the maximum number is observed. Rules for attending church services are still being discussed. It is suggested to the churches, however, that services should be scheduled so that one is home again at 9 p.m.
New Year's Eve
On New Year's Eve and New Year's Day there is a nationwide ban on gatherings. Also the alcohol ban in public spaces is is valid on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The sale of fireworks is prohibited, setting off fireworks will not be banned but is strongly discouraged, due to the high risk of injury and the already enormous burden on the health system. The night curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. also applies on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Food and drinks
The delivery and collection of take-away meals for consumption at home by catering establishments and the operation of canteens remain possible. Consumption on site is prohibited. The consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places is prohibited from December 16 to January 10. Violations are fined.
Stay safe everyone! We hope you have a warm and healthy Christmas despite all the restrictions!