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Corona FAQ: BR24 answers your questions

The new resolutions on the contact restrictions in Bavaria lead to numerous questions from our BR24 users. Here, we answer your questions.

This article is updated continuously.

When will it be possible to visit an amusement park again?

At the beginning of the Pentecost holidays, tourism should start again on May 30. From this point on, according to Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), castles and amusement parks can also start operating again.

When do bars and pubs open?

So far there is no opening date for bars and pubs.

When can gmys start operating again?

Gyms, fitness centers, dance schools and rehabilitation centers are allowed to reopen on June 8.

When do public swimming pools open?

Outdoor swimming pools will reopen on June 8.

Who checks the protective measures for customers and staff at hairdressers, cosmetics and nail care?

Nobody at the moment, as there are no hairdressing salons, cosmetic or nail care studios open. According to Prime Minister Markus Söder, the opening was "intended" from May 4. Details, especially about the "requirements for hygiene" will only be announced in the coming weeks.

These conditions will presumably be anchored in the Infection Protection Act (IfSG). The police will punish violations of the IfSG. That means: Should hairdressers etc. reopen from May 4, the police will be responsible for complying with hygiene requirements.

What about the annual general meeting in clubs?

The contact restrictions imposed by the federal and state governments, which apply with the resolution from April 15 to at least May 4, are currently preventing annual general meetings. Numerous clubs have canceled upcoming annual general meetings or postponed them to a later date.

Can I take a ride with my motorcycle?

Motorcycle rides as a leisure activity are now allowed.

When do the final exams in training occupations (Ausbildungsberufe) take place?

Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced at the press conference on April 16 that final exams "would take place from April 27". The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) assumes that exams can only be held in June at the earliest. The State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) expects that exams for training, occupations will take place "this year".

Aren't the current restrictions contrary to the right to freedom of assembly?

Numerous fundamental rights are currently restricted. Including: The right to freedom of action (Art. 2 Basic Law), to free movement (Art. 11 GG), freedom of profession (Art. 12), as well as personal rights (Art. 2 GG) and the right to freedom of assembly (Art. 8 GG). Fundamental rights can be restricted in the event of a pandemic. This is regulated in the Infection Protection Act (IfSG).

Constitutional courts in the federal states and the Federal Constitutional Court are currently dealing with complaints regarding restrictions on fundamental rights. In a rush decision on April 16, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that blanket bans on demonstrations are not constitutional. The case involved a rally in the Hessian city of Gießen. In response to the ruling, the city allowed the rally entitled "Strengthen health instead of weakening fundamental rights". The number of participants is limited to fifteen. The distance of 1.5 meters must be kept. On Friday (April 17) a rally was held in Munich under comparable conditions. Here, too, a court decision was needed to protest.

Can I get married - and if so, can I celebrate?

You can currently get married - however, you cannot celebrate in public due to the contact restrictions. Not yet, as the Bavarian Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann (CSU) emphasized. So far, ten guests from the closest family are admitted to civil marriages: the wedding witnesses, the parents of the bride and groom and the bride and groom themselves.

Private celebrations are possible in a small group. Since May 8, direct relatives (parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings) have been able to gather in their own four walls. People from one other household can come, too.

Numerous couples are currently postponing their wedding ceremonies until next year. Advance payments for catering or locations usually remain valid.

When do driving schools reopen?

Theoretical driving lessons and theory tests are only allowed if there is a minimum distance of one and a half meters between all participants. Practical driving lessons and practical driving tests are only permitted for a maximum of 60 minutes. Follow-up training and aptitude seminars for license holders do not take place. Mouth and nose protection must be worn during driving lessons.

When do zoos in Bavaria reopen?

Zoos in Bavaria reopened on May 11. There are strict rules: Only a limited number of visitors can enter, and in some zoos, visitors can only purchase their tickets online.

Can I stop paying for daycare?

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced on April 20 that parents will not have to pay any kindergarten or daycare fees for the next three months if the facilites are closed due to the Corona crisis. Söder believes that a government-mandated closure should not put a financial burden on parents.