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General lockdown rules

The general lockdown restrictions ceased to apply on 6 May 2020. The current restrictions on contacts and the social distancing rules continue to apply. 
To avoid spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus to others, and for their own safety, people over the age of six must wear a non-surgical face mask or a comparable mouth and nose covering in public transport, at tram and bus stops, in the waiting areas of the mooring points of passenger ships and on shop floors and in shopping centers in general, unless this is unreasonable for medical reasons or from other compelling reasons, or unless there is another type of structural protection that is at least equally effective.
In Baden-Württemberg, there are still restrictions in place for people who find themselves in public and private spaces, at events and gatherings (according to Section 3 of the Corona-Verordnung [Corona Ordinance]):


Staying in public spaces:
Staying in public or private spaces is only permitted for individuals or people in a group of family members of up to twenty people. In public spaces, a distance of 1.5 meters from other people must be maintained wherever possible.
Staying outside public spaces (including holiday flats / holiday homes):
Outside public spaces, events and other gatherings or more than twenty people are prohibited. This ban excludes:

  • people who are related in a direct line (e.g. parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren)
  • siblings and their descendants
  • people who belong to the same household

as well as their spouses, civil / registered partners.

Gastronomy, hotel and tourist establishments

Catering establishments have been allowed to open gradually since 18 May 2020. 
Strict conditions are imposed for going to restaurants, in particular:

  • Where possible, a distance of 1.5 meters from all people present must be maintained
  • Bodily contact, in particular hand shaking and hugging must be avoided.
  • To be able to trace the chain of infection and prevent any spread of infection as early as possible, personal contact data must be left.
  • Any guests who have been in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 before the lapse of 14 days, or who show the symptoms of a respiratory infection or an elevated temperature, may not enter the restaurant.
  • In the entrance area, the guest must wear a mouth and nose covering and wait until he/she assigned a table.
  • Where possible, payment must be made without cash.

Before going to a restaurant, please enquire about their exact on-site coronavirus regulations and we recommend making a reservation in advance.

Since 29 May, all types of accommodation establishments (youth hostels, campsites, hotels, holiday flats) have re-opened. The following regulations apply to anyone wishing to stay at an accommodation establishment:

  • Where possible, a distance of 1.5 meters from all people present must be maintained
  • Bodily contact, in particular hand shaking and hugging must be avoided.
  • Any guests who have been in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 before the lapse of 14 days, or who show the symptoms of a respiratory infection or an elevated temperature, may not enter the accommodation establishment.
  • People over the age of six must wear a non-surgical face mask or a comparable mouth and nose covering in the reception area and any other circulation spaces, in particular corridors and stairwells.
  • Where possible, payment must be made without cash.
  • It is prohibited to stay in all type of accommodation establishments for people who arrive from or have their place of residence in a district or city within the Federal Republic of Germany, where in the last seven days before arrival the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is more than 50.

Notes on the cancellation of overnight stays

Please contact your host / booking office directly with regard to cancellation terms. We are unable to provide any information regarding cancellation requests in hotels and other overnight accommodation facilities in Baden-Württemberg.

Is it currently possible to travel and go on excursions in Baden-Württemberg?

In Baden-Württemberg, holiday travel and excursions are permitted and largely possible once more, subject to compliance with hygiene and social distancing regulations. In recent weeks, most leisure and tourist facilities were gradually authorized to operate again and opened for guests. Before you start your journey, however, we request that you contact the respective provider or landlord with regard to opening times, restrictions or conditions.
From 15 June, tourist coaches will be allowed to circulate once more if and insofar as this is permitted by legal ordinance.

Events and gatherings

Due to the coronavirus, all major events nationwide have been cancelled or postponed. In doubt, please contact the event organizer. 
Information on possible ticket refunds or replacement dates can also be obtained from the respective organizers. We cannot make any general statements on this point. 

Leisure activity companies

The following facilities and companies can be re-opened under strict conditions:

  • Individual guided tours in the open air have been possible. For city sightseeing and guided tours, the general contact restrictions are to be taken as a basis. The final decision lies with the local regulatory authorities, however.
  • Boat hire has been possible again from 18 May
  • Since 29 May, leisure parks have been re-opened under strict conditions.
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pools as well as thermal baths and theme pools, including bathing lakes with controlled access (pools) have been open again since 6 June under strict conditions. Before your visit to one of these establishments, please enquire about their on-site coronavirus regulations.
  • Since 6 June, all public and private sports facilities and sports centres have been allowed to operate, in particular gyms, yoga studios as well as dance schools and similar facilities for the purpose of training and exercise.
  • libraries, museums, galleries, exhibitions and memorials
  • zoos and botanical gardens
  • pubs & bars
  • cinemas

Discos are currently still closed until further notice.

Trading companies and service providers

Since 11 May, all trading companies and service providers (wholesalers and retailers who deal directly with customers) have been allowed to open under certain conditions (e.g. the wearing of face masks). 
The operator must ensure that a minimum distance of 1.5 m between customers can be maintained at all times and that the number of customers present in the store at any given time does not exceed one customer per 20 m² of sales space.

Local public transport

When using public transport, it is obligatory for passengers over the age of six to wear a mouth and nose covering.

Travelling to Baden-Württemberg

Citizens from the EU Countries as well as citizens from Great Britain, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are permitted to travel to Baden-Württemberg without any controls and without quarantine regulations.

Citizens from the following non-EU countries are allowed to enter Germany from the 1st of July on: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Citizens from other non-EU countries are not allowed to enter Germany until further notice.

Advice on specific cases

We ask for your understanding that due to the large number of enquiries; we are not able to deal with individual requests. Many thanks!

 

Published: 30th of June 2020