The joint crisis task force of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health aims to contain the spread of the virus in Germany and to break infection chains when people arrive in this country. On this page you can read the BMI’s answers to frequently asked questions.
What about my friends, family and children?
Contact is only allowed with persons from your own household or with one other person who does not live in your household. This is the only way to limit the spread of the virus.
Public gatherings of more than two people are expressly prohibited. However, the federal and state governments have also agreed that gatherings of more than two people (from different households) in private homes are unacceptable. The only exception is to provide care for those dependent on it.
Families living in the same household may engage in activities together, such as taking walks. The same applies to unrelated persons living in the same household, as long as they can prove that they do live in the same household.
Visiting others, especially those with children, is strongly discouraged. Nor should you ask neighbours to look after your children. Emergency child care is provided for parents in system-critical occupations.
Is it mandatory to wear a protective face mask?
Since 27 April, all federal states except for Schleswig-Holstein have required everyone to cover nose and mouth with an ordinary (non-medical) mask when using public transport; in Schleswig-Holstein, this requirement comes into effect on 29 April. All federal states except Berlin also require everyone to cover nose and mouth when in shops. According to the Robert Koch Institute, wearing a mask can help reduce the risk of infection.
What about travel by car or public transport?
Rules on social distancing also apply to travel by car or public transport. Only persons living in the same household may travel together in a car.
When travelling by public transport, you should maintain distance of at least 1.5 metres from other passengers. In addition, since 27 April, all federal states except for Schleswig-Holstein have required everyone to cover nose and mouth with an ordinary (non-medical) mask when using public transport; in Schleswig-Holstein, this requirement comes into effect on 29 April.
Am I allowed to travel within Germany?
In order to help prevent the virus from spreading, it is still important to refrain from travelling for personal reasons or visiting people, including relatives. This also applies to travel within Germany and to day trips to other regions. The worldwide travel warning remains in place. Overnight accommodation in Germany continue to be reserved for necessary and explicitly non-tourism purposes.
What happens if these rules are violated?
The state-level public order authorities are responsible for determining how violations will be punished.