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    Coronavirus in Bavaria: Assistance in English

    Are you looking for news and assistance in the corona crisis in your language? Here you can find help. With the help of our correspondents and translators we publish the latest news in English on a daily basis.

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    This news feed will continue to be updated whenever important events occur.

    The situation in Bavaria is becoming increasingly calmer. Caution in everyday life will and must remain. We will continue to keep you informed about important events in Bavaria, even if our multilingual ticker is no longer updated every day. If you have any questions or suggestions, please write to us at feedback@br24.de, subject: International.

    Regensburg imposes strict corona protection measures

    Due to the temporary exceeding of the corona signal value of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, additional anti-corona measures will apply in Regensburg from today, Wednesday. From now on, only five people will be allowed to meet in public places and gastronomic establishments - with the exception of families living in the same household. At events and private celebrations, only 50 guests are allowed indoors and 100 outdoors. Furthermore, no alcohol may be sold for take-away in Regensburg's old town after 10 pm. In addition, face masks are still mandatory at secondary schools in the city, and people returning to Regensburg from risk areas must remain in domestic quarantine for 14 days if they cannot present a second negative corona test result. The new measures in Regensburg will initially apply until September 29.

    23.09.2020

    Stricter rules for corona hotspots

    The Bavarian government has adopted a series of "regulatory measures" for corona hotspots in Bavaria. These measures will apply in towns and districts where the limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is reached or exceeded.

    Contact restrictions: A maximum of five people will be allowed to meet within corona hotspots, both in public and private places. More are only allowed if two households or close relatives meet.

    Private celebrations: The number of guests at private festivities will be severely restricted in corona hotspots: to a maximum of 25 guests indoors and 50 outdoors.

    Mask requirement: A temporary mask requirement can be introduced at highly frequented locations within the corona hotspots.

    Gastronomy: In places where many people meet in the evening to go out and party, night-time bans on alcohol consumption and sales may be imposed. In addition, the curfew can be brought forward so that pubs and restaurants will have to close at 11 pm.

    22.09.2020

    Munich tightens contact restrictions

    The city of Munich is reacting to the high number of corona cases: From Thursday onwards, only five people or members of two households may meet in restaurants and public spaces. In addition, only 25 people are allowed to take part in private celebrations indoors and 50 people outdoors. Furthermore, there will be a requirement to wear face masks at certain locations in Munich, which will apply while walking, standing or sitting: at Viktualienmarkt, Marienplatz and Sendlinger Straße. According to Mayor Reiter, the new rules will apply for seven days.

    21.09.2020

    New corona rules in Bavaria: Relaxations for gastronomy and sports

    Gastronomy: Bars and pubs without food offerings may now reopen in Bavaria. Here, the same Corona rules apply as for the rest of the gastronomy: guests must wear a face mask until they reach their seats, waiters and waitresses must wear a face mask the whole time. In addition, the ban on dancing continues to apply: only background music is permitted in closed rooms and the service must be provided at the table. Furthermore, if the early warning value in a region is exceeded, the local authorities may impose a ban on alcohol in the catering trade from 11 pm onwards.

    Sports: From now on, all forms of sporting activity are permitted again - including contact and team sports. For martial arts involving prolonged physical contact, a limit of 20 athletes in competition and training will continue to apply. In addition, depending on the local incidence of infection, the spatial situation and the individual sports associations, audiences may again participate in games and competitions - up to 200 guests indoors and up to 400 guests outdoors.

    Gatherings: Since September 9, participants of demonstrations and similar gatherings in public places have to wear a face mask - usually when the number of participants exceeds 200.

    Test centres: The test centres at three Bavarian motorway service stations and at the main railway stations in Munich and Nuremberg will be dismantled by the end of September. In the future, people returning from abroad will be tested in municipal test centres. For the time being, the test centres at the airports of Munich, Nuremberg and Memmingen will remain in place beyond September.

    19.09.2020

    Corona hotspot: Würzburg tightens contact restrictions

    In Würzburg, the upper limit of 50 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days is clearly exceeded, and stricter anti-corona measures will apply there from today to reduce the number of infections. Among other measures, the restrictions on contact in public places will be tightened: as of today, Monday, a maximum group size of five people will apply, with the exception of people from one's own household as well as life partners and family members from other households. This restriction also applies to visits of restaurants in the area of the city of Würzburg. Furthermore, celebrations in public places and facilities are now prohibited regardless of the individuals present. A fine of up to 25,000 euros could be imposed if the regulations are violated.

    14.09.2020

    Munich: Ban on alcohol in five places at the weekend

    From Friday evening, a new ban on alcohol will come into force in Munich for two nights a week. In concrete terms, this means a ban on selling alcohol between 9 pm and 6 am and a ban on consuming alcohol between 11 pm and 6 am on Saturday and Sunday nights. The regulations apply to public areas at clearly defined "hotspots": Baldeplatz, Gärtnerplatz, Gerner Brücke, Isarauen between Reichenbachbrücke and Wittelsbacherbrücke, Wedekindplatz and, in the case of the sales ban, also "in a clearly defined wider environment". Anyone who violates the ban on alcohol consumption must pay a fine of at least 150 euros. Violations of the sales ban are subject to a fine of at least 500 euros.

    11.09.2020

    Bavaria eases corona rules for schools

    The Bavarian cabinet has adopted a new step-by-step plan for teaching during the corona pandemic. The plan comprises three levels, which are to be implemented on the basis of the seven-day incidence in the respective area. The first stage will be applied to a seven-day incidence of up to 35 and will include regular operation under hygiene conditions. The second stage will be applied at a seven-day incidence between 35 and 50 and involves mandatory wearing of face masks in the classroom. The third stage follows at a seven-day incidence of over 50 and involves a division of classes, which are taught alternately in classroom and distance learning on a weekly basis. Additionally, students and teachers are required to wear face masks in class for a transitional period from September 8 to 18, 2020.

    01.09.2020

    No major events until the end of the year

    According to a new decision by the federal and state governments, no major events are to take place in Germany until at least the end of December 2020. Previously, there has been a general ban on major events until October 31. For the handling of audiences at sporting events, a working group of the state chancelleries is to develop a corresponding proposal by the end of October. A decision on the admission of Christmas markets and carnival sessions is also to follow later.

    27.08.2020

    Test requirement for returnees from risk areas from Saturday

    As of this Saturday, a corona test will be mandatory in Germany for those entering the country from risk areas. The regulation stipulates that travel returnees must present a negative test result not older than two days when entering the country. This applies both to those entering the country at an airport and to those arriving by land. If someone refuses, fines of up to 25,000 euros can be imposed.

    06.08.2020

    Bavaria introduces mask requirement at schools

    In the next school year, the wearing of face masks will be mandatory on the premises of all types of schools in the Free State, including primary schools. According to Minister of Education Piazolo, the requirement to wear a face mask will apply to all areas outside the respective seat in the classroom. Depending on the regional development of the corona pandemic, it should also be possible to make masks mandatory during school lessons in heavily affected regions.

    31.07.2020

    Further corona test centres open for returning travellers

    From now on, vacationers returning to Bavaria can have themselves tested for the coronavirus free of charge at additional test centres. The corona tests for travel returnees, which are currently voluntary, will be carried out at the following locations in Bavaria:

    • Motorway A3: Service area "Donautal-Ost"
    • Motorway A8: Service area "Hochfelln-Nord"
    • Motorway A93: Service area "Inntal-Ost"
    • Munich central station
    • Nuremberg central station
    • Munich Airport
    • Nuremberg Airport
    • Memmingen Airport

    30.07.2020

    Contact restrictions in Bavaria extended until mid-August

    The contact restrictions and other regulations that apply in the Free State will be extended for a further two weeks and will thus remain in force at least until August 16, 2020. Consequently, a maximum of ten people from several households may continue to meet in public places in Bavaria. In addition, a maximum of 200 people may continue to take part in cultural events indoors and 400 people outdoors, subject to the observance of the minimum distance of 1.5 metres. Furthermore, the requirement to wear face masks remains unchanged - and continues to apply, for example, in shops, restaurants (outside the seat) as well as local and long-distance public transport.

    28.07.2020

    More corona tests for people returning to Bavaria

    For people returning from their summer holidays by car or train, there are soon to be significantly more testing opportunities in Bavaria. Accordingly, test stations at the border crossings Walserberg (A8), Pocking (A3) and Kiefersfelden (A93) will probably be built this week. Similar stations for voluntary corona tests are also planned at the main railway stations in Munich and Nuremberg. According to Minister President Söder, the offer also applies to people from other German states. At the airports of Munich and Nuremberg, voluntary and free corona tests are already possible.

    27.07.2020

    New corona loosening and extended contact restrictions in Bavaria

    As of today, further corona loosening measures are in force in the Free State, which mainly concern events and activities. In addition, the current contact restrictions have been extended.

    Markets: From now on, open-air markets are permitted again if they "have no funfair character" and are geared to a small group of visitors. According to the state government, this concerns "especially smaller traditional art and craft markets, potters' markets and flea markets". However, the organisers must present a protection and hygiene concept. For such events, vendors and customers must wear masks, and a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained. In addition, markets must not have a marquee or "artistic performances" such as party music.

    Sports: Twice as many people as before will be allowed to take part in indoor sports competitions from now on - up to 200 people in "marked pitches and clearly delimited areas". Otherwise, up to 100 people are allowed, but no spectators.

    Culture: Events in the cultural sector, such as concerts as well as cinema and theatre performances, may now be held in front of a much larger audience. If seats are allocated and marked, 400 people can take part outdoors and 200 people indoors. Without fixed seats, 200 guests may participate outdoors and 100 guests indoors.

    Trade fairs and congresses: With immediate effect, trade fairs and congresses are allowed again in Bavaria. The same visitor numbers apply as for cultural events: 100 indoors and 200 outdoors. If seats are allocated and marked, twice as many participants are allowed. In indoor areas, masks are mandatory outside the seating area, and a minimum distance of 1.5 metres should also be observed.

    Contact restrictions: The current contact restrictions have been extended until August 2, 2020. The restrictions still allow a maximum of ten people to meet in public places in Bavaria.

    15.07.2020

    Festivities, sports, tourism: The new corona loosening in Bavaria

    The new loosening, which will apply from Wednesday, affects private celebrations and conferences, tourism, the leisure branch and sports.

    Private events: The maximum number of participants in private festivities, non-public gatherings and demonstrations will be doubled - to 100 participants indoors and 200 outdoors. The new number of participants also applies to events in catering facilities.

    Leisure branch: At leisure facilities, indoor areas such as indoor-playgrounds and escape rooms will be allowed to open again from Wednesday. However, the opening requires a protection and hygiene concept with rules for visitor guidance, keeping the minimum distance and wearing a face mask.

    Tourism: As of Wednesday, river cruise ships in Bavaria will be allowed to set off again. However, the same regulations apply to them as for "stationary hotels". In addition, from Wednesday onwards the minimum distance will no longer apply to tourist train trips as well as river and lake navigation in excursion traffic. The regulations for leisure-time tourist activities, such as rafting tours and raft trips with more than 10 persons, will still remain in place.

    Sports: For contact-free sports, competitions in indoor facilities are permitted again from Wednesday onwards - subject to the usual hygiene and safety measures. In addition, training sessions with physical contact are again possible from Wednesday. For martial arts, a maximum group size of five persons applies.

    So far, there are no relaxations for the Bavarian nightlife branch. Furthermore, the current restrictions for cultural events (100 participants indoors and 200 outdoors) will remain in place.

    07.07.2020

    Contact restrictions extended until July 19

    Initially they were valid until July 5, but at the end of last week the existing contact restrictions in Bavaria were extended by two more weeks until July 19. This means that the stay in public places "will continue to be allowed only within the family and with members of one's own and another household, or in a group of up to ten people", the responsible Bavarian Minister of Health, Melanie Huml, explained.

    In private space, there is still no restriction for meetings - neither to a fixed group of people nor to a maximum number of guests, according to the responsible Ministry of Health. However, the necessary minimum distance of 1.5 metres is to apply, which means that, depending on the premises, there is a natural limitation.

    05.07.2020

    From Wednesday free corona tests in Bavaria

    As the first federal state, Bavaria will be offering free corona tests for everyone starting tomorrow, Wednesday (July 1). According to Minister President Söder, even those who do not have any symptoms can be tested in a very short time and receive a corresponding result.

    Who can be tested? The announced free corona tests are primarily intended only for residents registered in the Free State of Bavaria. According to Minister of Health Huml, the tests are an "offer for the Bavarian population". In addition, according to Minister President Söder, suspected cases with symptoms as well as their contact persons will continue to have top priority in the tests. There is a 24-hour guarantee for this group of people: they are to be tested within 24 hours, and the results are to be available within another 24 hours.

    Where are the tests carried out? The tests are to be done by panel doctors in their offices. But they are not obliged to test anyone who wishes to, as Secretary of Health Melanie Huml said. If there are many doctors who do not want to do tests, there will be a list of doctors that citizens can consult.

    Who pays for the tests? Already now, the respective health insurance companies often cover the costs of a corona test for people with symptoms. In all cases where the health insurance companies are not obliged to do so, the Free State of Bavaria will now pay - i.e. primarily for people without symptoms who want to be tested.

    How often can tests be done? Anyone can be tested as often as they like. Prime Minister Söder stressed that there is no limitation on corona tests.

    Is it compulsory to wear a face mask if the test is negative? Prime Minister Söder made it clear: A negative test result does not exempt anyone from maintaining distance from others and wearing a face mask.

    Loosening of the mask requirement at cultural events

    From tomorrow, Wednesday (July 1), people will no longer need to wear a face mask in their seats at cultural events. From then on, according to the State Chancellery, face masks will only be compulsory for visitors to theatres, concert halls and cinemas as long as they are not in their seats.

    30.06.2020

    Additional corona loosening in Bavaria

    Next week, further loosening of the corona measures will take effect in Bavaria. This will include not only hospitals as well as retirement and nursing homes, but also nurseries and crèches.

    Hospitals, retirement and nursing homes: From June 29, less strict visiting regulations will apply in retirement and nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centres as well as facilities for people with disabilities. The facilities must replace the previous restrictions on visits with individual protection and hygiene concepts. These must include the observance of minimum distances and hygiene rules as well as specific paths for visitors. In concrete terms, this means that residents of such facilities can receive significantly more visitors.

    Nurseries and crèches: Already two weeks ago, the emergency care for children was further expanded. From Wednesday, July 1, all children in Bavaria will be allowed to return to the nurseries and crèches.

    Tourism: Hotels, holiday flats, camping sites and the associated wellness areas are open again. However, accommodation facilities in Bavaria are not allowed to accommodate all guests. Visitors arriving from a district or an independent town in another federal state, or who have their main residence in a region where the corona infections have exceeded 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, may not be accommodated in Bavaria. Excluded from this regulation are people who have been tested negative for the coronavirus and can present a medical certificate.

    Furthermore applies: Within the framework of the contact restrictions, groups of up to ten people may again meet in public space in Bavaria. In private rooms and gardens, there are no longer any numerical contact restrictions. Moreover, the obligation to wear face masks in shops as well as in local and long-distance traffic continues to apply. Excluded from this obligation are shop employees in the checkout and counter areas as well as at receptions, if transparent protective walls are installed in the respective areas.

    28.06.2020

    Further corona loosening in Bavaria from Monday

    Starting tomorrow, Monday, Bavaria will ease the corona measures a bit more. The loosening includes leisure and wellness facilities as well as events.

    Distance: Previously, an area of 20 square metres per person was mandatory in public institutions. From Monday onwards, 10 sqm per person will be enough. This applies above all to customer traffic in shops, but also to leisure and cultural facilities such as museums or zoological institutions.

    Mask requirement: While customers are still obliged to wear face masks in shops, employees in checkout and counter areas or at reception desks can choose an alternative. Instead of face masks, transparent protective walls, such as those made of acrylic glass, can be used in the designated areas. With such protective devices, employees no longer must wear face masks.

    Leisure: From tomorrow, Monday, both indoor swimming pools and thermal baths as well as hotel swimming pools may reopen. The wellness areas within hotel complexes and the common sanitary areas on campsites may also be used by guests again.

    Sports: For sports groups, the previous limit of 20 participants will be lifted as of tomorrow. Instead, the number of people indoors and outdoors will be made dependent on the existing spatial conditions, such as room size and ventilation.

    Events: Celebrations with up to 50 guests inside and up to 100 guests outside are permitted from tomorrow Monday. However, the condition is that the group of participants must be manageable and not just any audience. Furthermore, public festivities or events for a general and larger audience remain prohibited - for the time being until the end of October.

    Culture: From Monday, the maximum number of participants in cultural events will be doubled to 100 participants indoors and 200 outdoors. However, visitors are required to wear face masks in closed rooms. In addition, organisers must assign and mark the seats on site.

    Choir practice: In the field of amateur music, choir practice is permitted again starting Monday. All singers must maintain a minimum distance of two metres, and ventilation must be ensured regularly during the rehearsal period. In addition, the period of rehearsal is also limited.

    Church services: From Monday onwards, the minimum distance for church services will be reduced from two metres to 1.5 metres. In addition, a face mask only needs to be worn when entering and leaving the church. Furthermore, the previous time limit for church services will be lifted. Only for singing, churches must continue to ensure restraint due to the danger of infection.

    Tourism: Starting Monday, group tours are permitted again in Bavaria. The rules for coach travel will be relaxed: every seat may be used again. As a result, the previously applicable safety distance in vehicles will no longer apply. Regardless of that, face masks must still be worn during the trips.

    Catering: Since Saturday, restaurants and beer gardens have been allowed to have the same opening hours as before the corona pandemic due to a decision of the Bavarian Administrative Court.

    21.06.2020

    Bavaria eases corona regulations significantly

    The first loosening of the rules will apply as early as Wednesday, when up to ten people from different households will be allowed to meet again in public spaces. Until now, meetings were only allowed with members of the own household, direct family members and persons of one additional household. In private rooms and gardens, there will then no longer be any fundamental restriction to a certain group or number of people - instead, the minimum distance of 1.5 metres will apply.

    Events & festivities: The ban on large events will remain in place, but smaller gatherings - in a more private setting - will be allowed again from next Monday onwards: especially weddings, funerals, birthday and graduation celebrations as well as association and work meetings. Up to 50 people can take part in indoor meetings and up to 100 people in outdoor meetings.

    Culture: At the same time, the maximum number of visitors to concerts, cinema and theatre performances will be increased from Monday onwards: events in the arts and culture sector will be possible with allocated and marked seats with up to 100 visitors indoors and up to 200 visitors outdoors.

    Church services: From next week on, slightly more people than before will be allowed to attend public services: the prescribed minimum distance between visitors of churches, synagogues and mosques will be reduced from 2 metres to 1.5 metres.

    Retail: Also, from Monday, further relaxations for the retail trade will apply: the minimum square metre per customer will be halved from 20 to 10 square metres. This means that twice as many people will then be able to shop in the stores. From Monday, staff in counter or checkout areas will also no longer have to wear face masks if they are protected by plexiglass panels.

    Catering trade: From Monday onwards, restaurants and beer gardens will be allowed to open in the evening for an extra hour: According to the State Minister of Economics Hubert Aiwanger (Freie Wähler) they are then allowed to serve guests until 11 pm. Pubs and bars must remain closed for the moment.

    Sport & leisure: The cabinet also decided on new relaxations for the travel and leisure industry. Indoor swimming pools as well as the indoor areas of thermal baths and hotel swimming pools, including the wellness and sauna facilities, may then be reopened. In addition, State Minister of Economics Aiwanger announced that common sanitary facilities on campsites may be used again.

    Corona warning app is available for download

    After long preparations and sometimes heated discussions, the official German warning app for the fight against the corona virus has been launched. The download is voluntary for all citizens to make it easier to track infections with the help of smartphones. The app can measure whether mobile phone users have come closer than about two meters over a longer period. If a user has tested positive and has shared this in the app, it reports to other users that they have been near an infected person. Contact details are not stored centrally, but only on the smartphones. The corona warning app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

    16.06.2020

    Further loosening of corona restrictions from Monday

    With tomorrow's Monday, the existing corona restrictions will be loosened in some areas.

    Culture & leisure: Starting tomorrow, theatrical performances in front of guests as well as concerts and other cultural events will again be possible. The Bavarian cinemas may also open again. However, hygiene rules apply in these areas: In closed rooms, where a face mask is required, up to 50 guests are allowed and outside up to 100 guests. The operators and organisers must also take the names and contact details of visitors to ensure that any chains of infection can be traced.

    School: On tomorrow, Monday, attendance classes for all grades at all types of schools are to be resumed. Students are supposed to go to school on a weekly basis to minimize the risk of infection.

    Travel: Travel will again be permitted in most European countries from Monday. The Federal Foreign Office has softened its travel warning: instead of worldwide, it now applies to around 160 countries. Travel in the EU, Great Britain and the Schengen states (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein) is again possible. At the same time, restrictions at Europe's internal borders and mutual quarantine obligations are to be lifted.

    Irrespective of the loosening, contact restrictions and the obligation to wear face masks in shops as well as in local and long-distance traffic will continue to apply in Bavaria.

    14.06.2020

    Further loosening for kindergartens and nursery schools from next week

    Starting Monday, further loosening of the rules for the opening of kindergartens and nursery schools will apply in Bavaria. Emergency care will be expanded once again, so that from Monday pre-school children and their siblings will be able to go to kindergarten or nursery again. For the kindergartens, however, this means an enormous logistical effort. Since the teachers are not supposed to switch between the groups, there is a lack of staff to take care of the children in emergency groups in accordance with the current corona regulations. From July 1, 2020, all children should be able to go back to their regular groups.

    12.06.2020

    New corona loosening from Monday

    In Bavaria, outdoor swimming pools will be allowed to open again starting tomorrow (June 8). This also applies to outdoor pools in hotels and spa facilities. But not without restrictions: The operators must present a strict hygiene concept that takes the requirements of the state government into account. Indoor swimming pools must still remain closed. In addition, climbing gyms and fitness centres may reopen from tomorrow Monday onwards, subject to the observance of distance regulations and hygiene concepts. This also applies to dancing schools for contactless dance and couple dance with a permanent dance partner. Furthermore, starting tomorrow, larger groups of up to 20 people, such as football teams, will again be allowed to do sports together with a minimum distance. Unchanged so far remain the opening times for the catering trade until 10 pm. In addition, contact restrictions (close family circle or within two households) as well as the mask requirement for shops and for local and long-distance traffic will continue to apply in Bavaria.

    07.06.2020

    3.32 pm: Bishops give hope in times of corona

    In their Whitsun sermons on this Whit Sunday, bishops in Bavaria have called on people to remain hopeful even in times of corona. In his Whitsun service at St. Kilian's Cathedral, the Bishop of Würzburg, Franz Jung, appealed for solidarity, thoughtfulness and compassion. The Archbishop of Bamberg, Ludwig Schick, gave hope to believers in times of corona. During the Whitsun sermon at Bamberg Cathedral, he said that God had sent the Holy Spirit, who makes life free and secure. He would give the strength to create a future in which all people could live. The maximum allowed number of participants in the cathedral services was 150 people.

    2.16 pm: Peaceful corona demonstrations in Swabia

    The demonstrations in Swabia against the restrictions imposed by the corona pandemic have been peaceful, according to information from Bavarian Broadcasting. About 800 people attended the largest demonstration in Augsburg - 1,000 were registered, according to police. About 100 people came to Dillingen. In Memmingen, up to 106 people gathered on the marketplace. In Buchloe, according to police, there were about 75 participants. There was also a demonstration in Kempten against right-wing ideas and conspiracy theories. According to police, this also went off without a hitch.

    1.27 pm: Restrained start of the Whitsun holidays

    The sauna and wellness areas in the hotels are still closed despite corona loosening. In addition, wearing face masks and keeping distance is mandatory. So, the beginning of Bavaria's Whitsun holidays was restrained. After a weak start on Saturday, people were increasingly moving to the lakes and mountains of Bavaria on Sunday, according to agency reports. The operators of restaurants, cable cars and parking lots were pleased - especially in the Allgäu with good hiking weather, less so at the Chiemsee. "We don't have bathing weather either", a spokesman for the local tourism industry announced. At Whitsun, Deutsche Bahn has increased its offer of long-distance train services to the holiday regions in southern Bavaria.

    5.15 am: Clothing banks in Bavaria open again

    Bavaria's clothing banks are gradually opening their doors again: after many locations had to close down in the meantime due to the corona crisis, those in need can now take advantage of the charitable offers again. But some facilities are still closed. The reason for this is a lack of volunteers, as many of them fall into the risk group for Covid-19 due to their age, as Tobias Utters of Caritas Bayern explained. Meanwhile, the need for cheap clothing is increasing in Bavaria. In addition, the willingness to donate has increased.

    31.05.2020

    7.40 pm: Infection rate again above critical level

    According to the latest information from the Robert-Koch-Institute on Saturday, the reproduction value, or R-value for short, is 1.03 (as of May 30, midnight; previous day: 0.85). Therefore, each infected person infects statistically more than one other person. The R-value reflects the course of infection about one and a half weeks before. The RKI has repeatedly stressed that the reproduction rate must be below 1 in order for the pandemic to subside. Since the middle of May, the RKI has also indicated a so-called ‘7-day R’. It refers to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value (as of May 30, midnight) was 0.95 (previous day: 0.85). It shows the course of infection eight to 16 days ago.

    4.02 pm: Still no rush on excursion destinations in Bavaria

    With mostly overcast skies and cool temperatures, the expected rush on the excursion destinations in southern Bavaria failed to materialize, at least on Saturday. So, on the first day of the Whitsun holidays it was extremely quiet on the streets, according to the Upper Bavarian police. Especially on the highways, there had been very little activity. Merely at the border crossing to Salzburg, there was some backlog when exiting the country. This remained so until the afternoon.

    3.40 pm: Corona demonstrations in Bavaria with moderate participation

    In many cities in Bavaria, people also demonstrated on Saturday against what they consider to be too strict corona measures. One of the largest gatherings took place in Munich, where around 700 people demonstrated on the Theresienwiese in the afternoon. According to their own statements, the police were on duty with about 800 officers. According to a police spokeswoman, the gathering was calm, and the rules of distance were also observed. In the city area of Nuremberg, four protest events against the corona restrictions had been registered. A police spokesperson, however, spoke of a "very low intake".

    Little traffic on the roads - hardly any Whitsun traffic

    It is unusually quiet today - and that on the traditionally busy Whitsun weekend. No mile-long traffic jams to the southern holiday regions. The BR traffic desk also does not expect any major rush on the roads during the day. This is of course also due to the limited opportunities to travel to neighbouring countries, according to the traffic experts. Currently, traffic jams are only occurring at the border crossings to Austria, such as on the A8 at Walserberg or at the Suben border crossing on the A3.

    12.15 pm: Trial study despite Corona

    The trial study program of the University of Würzburg will take place again in 2020: with a program completely in online format. For five weeks, prospective students can find out about the wide range of courses on offer and talk to lecturers and students. It starts on June 3, 2020. As the University of Würzburg announces, interested parties can attend lectures online. There are also introductory lectures on the subjects via video conference.

    30.05.2020

    6.01 pm: Many demonstrations against corona measures expected

    In many Bavarian cities, people want to take to the streets again at the weekend against what they consider to be too strict corona measures. Almost 70 gatherings are planned for the entire extended weekend, including one in Munich. There, under the motto "Standing together for freedom, basic rights and self-determination", a large rally is to take place on the Theresienwiese. According to a decision by the administrative court, a maximum of 1,000 people may still participate there on Saturday. The judges rejected an emergency appeal by the organizers, who had demanded that 10,000 people be allowed to attend the demonstration.

    3.25 pm: Traffic at Bavarian airports revives

    Operations at Bavarian airports, which have largely come to a standstill due to the corona crisis, are slowly increasing again. In Munich, Lufthansa will be taking off again for Brussels, Milan, Rome, Vienna and Zurich in the coming days. Operations to Chicago will resume on Tuesday and to Los Angeles and Tel Aviv on Wednesday. The routes to San Francisco, Montreal, Delhi and Seoul and to 30 European cities are scheduled to follow in mid-June. From Nuremberg, KLM will be flying to Amsterdam again from June 15. This is the first confirmed passenger flight, a spokesperson said. From Memmingen, Wizz Air currently flies to Sofia and Varna. Further destinations are to be added soon. Ryanair wants to resume operations in July.

    1.17 pm: Corona crisis changes everyday nutritional life of the Germans

    More appreciation for regional products, more home-cooking - and more supplies in the cupboard. According to a survey for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the corona crisis has changed the everyday nutrition of many German citizens. According to the presented "Ernährungsreport", the meat consumption of Germans continues to decline slightly. In times of the pandemic, products from the region had "gained in importance", said Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) in Berlin. According to her, "a new awareness for food has been created - and for the work of those who produce it".

    1.01 pm: Police warn of reckless parking during Whitsun

    Before the expected rush to the recreation areas at Whitsun, the police warn excursionists to be considerate - especially when parking. The police announced on Friday that there had already been chaotic traffic conditions in the excursion areas of southern Upper Bavaria during the past weekends. In many places, public parking spaces for day-trippers were already occupied in the early morning, so that numerous vehicles were parked at the edge of the road, in forests or on meadows. Over the coming weekend and on the following days, the officers warned that there would be increased checks to ensure that the parking regulations were observed and that escape routes were kept clear in the excursion areas. Violations would be consistently punished.

    10.10 am: After negative corona tests: Rosenheim high school graduates write their final exams

    Until Thursday, more than 50 students of the Karolinen-Gymnasium in Rosenheim did not know whether they would be allowed to write their final exams in the third subject on Friday. They were in quarantine because a fellow student had tested positive for the coronavirus after the German Abitur exam on May 20, 2020. Swabs had to be taken from all 57 who sat in the room. On Thursday evening, they received the relieving news: no one was infected, all tests were negative according to the city of Rosenheim. Except for the originally infected person, who must fetch the final exams later, all may take the Abitur exams.

    5.24 am: Deutsche Bahn upgrades stations in terms of disinfection

    With more disinfectant dispensers for hands, more frequent cleaning and virus-destroying light, Deutsche Bahn wants to prepare itself for the growing passenger traffic at railway stations during the corona crisis. According to the German Press Agency, disinfectant dispensers have now been installed at 600 locations. Wayfinding systems are to gradually direct and equalize the flow of passengers more strongly in order to observe the rules of distance. New cleaning machines could also disinfect surfaces more extensively than before. In addition, the company is currently experimenting at the main station in Frankfurt am Main with techniques such as UV-C light, which kills viruses on the handles of escalators.

    Tourism: Hotels, amusement parks, castles and cable cars open tomorrow

    At the same time as hotels and guesthouses, leisure facilities such as amusement parks will be allowed to resume operations from May 30, 2020. Tourist bus and train trips, cable car rides and river and lake shipping should be possible again. Guided tours of the city, culture and nature, as well as guided tours of show caves and visitor mines may also take place from Saturday. The Bavarian castles may also reopen from May 30, 2020. However, visitor magnets such as the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof as well as the residences in Munich and Würzburg will not be able to receive visitors until June 2, 2020 and thus after the Whitsun weekend.

    29.05.2020

    7.45 pm: Seehofer expects corona warning app in mid-June

    Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer expects the German corona warning app to be available around mid-June. The goal is to make the warning app usable throughout the whole of Europe. "People are mobile and the app will only have a limited effect if we then only use it in the Federal Republic of Germany", Seehofer said. To achieve this, however, several interface problems would have to be solved in cooperation with the Google and Apple.

    4.02 pm: KVR approves again only 1000 participants for demonstration on Theresienwiese

    At the demonstration against the corona policy next Saturday on the Theresienwiese in Munich, only 1000 participants are allowed again due to infection control reasons. This is stated in the decision of the municipal administration authority (KVR), as a speaker announced on request. The organizer had applied for 10,000 participants as on the previous two weekends and has now failed again. A week ago, he had also taken legal action to obtain a higher number of participants. However, both the Administrative Court and the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria rejected the urgent application.

    2.55 pm: Bavarian beer sales drop by almost a fifth

    The corona crisis has caused beer sales to collapse with closed pubs and cancellations of major public festivals. In April 2020, the German brewing industry sold 17.3 percent less alcoholic beer in the whole of Germany than in the same month of the previous year, according to the Federal Statistical Office based on the beer tax. In a regional comparison, Bavaria's decline of 18.8 percent is just above the national average.

    1.15 pm: Bavarian Lake Navigation weighs its anchors

    Usually they put to sea already at Easter, this year it is Whitsun. On Saturday, however, the compulsory corona break for the excursion boats on many Bavarian waters is over. Then, the boats can leave again in many places. For example, the white-blue fleet of the Bavarian Lake Navigation on Ammersee, Starnberger See, Tegernsee and Königssee. Also, on the Chiemsee, the largest lake in Upper Bavaria, it starts again. On Lake Constance, where previously only ships from Baden-Wuerttemberg were sailing, Bavarian ports such as Lindau are now being called at again. Protective regulations apply everywhere: compulsory face masks, distance and fewer guests.

    6.11 am: Because of corona: No champions' celebration at Marienplatz

    A championship celebration of FC Bayern Munich on the balcony of the town hall in the Bavarian capital would have to be cancelled if the club were to win the title this year. "The cherished tradition of FC Bayern's annual championship celebration on Marienplatz is unfortunately unimaginable this year - not because of the record champion's lack of sporting success, but of course because of corona-related limitations," Munich's Mayor Dieter Reiter told the Bild-Zeitung.

    4.15 am: Tens of thousands of violations against corona regulations in Bavaria

    Tens of thousands of people in Bavaria have already violated the state government's corona regulations. Between the start of the restrictions on movement on March 21 and the deadline of May 25 (0:00 am), police officers in Bavaria recorded 57,502 incidents, as the Ministry of the Interior informed the German Press Agency in Munich. 52,824 persons were affected. The majority of the 44,553 cases reported were general violations of the initial restrictions - with several offences possible per report. 12,258 times a violation of the ban on crowding appears in the statistics. 1,249 cases concerned events, 830 cases concerned mandatory wearing of face masks, 658 cases involved bans on business premises and 358 cases were related to quarantine violations.

    28.05.2020

    15.35 pm: Chancellor Merkel sees Germany "at the beginning of the pandemic"

    According to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany is still at the beginning of the pandemic because there is still no vaccine or medication against Covid-19. "But we have gained better control," Merkel said today. It was still important to be "very careful and vigilant". The Chancellor criticized Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow's move to largely loosen contact restrictions.

    11.18 am: High corona risk in refugee homes

    The number of corona infections in refugee homes continues to rise in Germany. According to a study led by researcher Kayvan Bozorgmore from Bielefeld University, the virus in asylum seekers' accomodation spreads as quickly as on cruise ships. One of the most affected states is Bavaria, where there are large refugee homes, so-called Anker-Zentren, each of which houses more than a thousand asylum seekers. According to the Bavarian Interior Ministry, 1,486 people in Bavarian asylum accommodation have been infected with the virus so far.

    27.05.2020

    6.45 pm: Federal and State governments extend contact restrictions until June 29

    The federal government and the states have agreed to extend the contact restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic until June 29. A maximum of ten people or members of two households may meet in public, according to the German press agency dpa. Depending on the infection rate, the federal states have the option to allow this from June 6 or to remain with the previous, more restrictive regulation. It is still unclear whether meetings in larger groups will soon be allowed in Bavaria. It is also recommended "to keep the number of people you have contact with as low as possible". The hygiene and distance rules should also be observed at private meetings at home.

    2.46 pm: Schools should return back to normal after the summer holidays

    According to Prime Minister Söder, all children in Bavaria should be able to go back to their care facilities and schools from July 1. At the same time, he announced that schools could go back to normal after the summer holidays. If this is not possible due to the number of infections, other measures must be taken.

    1.42 pm: Söder rejects radical change of course in corona politics

    Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder rejects a radical change of course as planned in Thuringia. Thuringia's Prime Minister Ramelow wants to end the contact restrictions soon. "We think this is a fatal signal," said Söder. Bavaria will not support that course. "Anyone who thinks Corona is slowly disappearing is at best naive," said Söder. "Corona remains deadly." Söder is strictly against further loosening, such as ditching the mask requirement. It was too early to give the all-clear, he said.

    1.18 pm: New test strategy for Bavaria

    According to Prime Minister Söder, there will be a 24-hour testing guarantee for people with Covid-19 symptoms in the future. The result should be available a further 24 hours later. For people without symptoms, a test will be possible within 48 hours. These tests are to be paid for by the federal government and the health insurance companies. In addition, all employees, patients and residents in Bavaria's clinics, nursing homes and retirement homes will be regularly tested for corona infections. The staff in kindergartens and schools will also be given more opportunities for voluntary tests in the future, which will "significantly increase" the acceptance of further opening schools and kindergartens.

    1.16 pm: Theater, cinema and concerts in Bavaria are allowed from June 15

    Theaters and cinemas in Bavaria are allowed to reopen from June 15 under strict hygiene requirements. Concerts and other cultural events can also take place again. A maximum of 100 guests are permitted for outdoor events, and in closed rooms, a maximum of 50 guests. You can find more information about the new regulations in our updated FAQ article.

    1.15 pm: Outdoor pools are supposed to reopen on June 8

    According to Prime Minister Markus Söder, outdoor pools - not indoor pools - are allowed to reopen on June 8, as well as gyms, dance schools and rehabilitation facilities. Sports teams can resume training – outdoor training is permitted in groups of up to 20 people, the Bavarian cabinet decided on Tuesday in Munich.

    05.00 am: Federal government wants to lift travel warning for 31 countries from June 15

    The Federal Government wants to end a travel warning for tourist trips to 31 European countries from June 15 if the further development of the corona pandemic allows. In addition to Germany's 26 partner countries in the European Union, these include Great Britain, which has left the EU, as well as the four non-EU countries in the Schengen passport-free zone: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The German Press Agency dpa cited the draft for a paper with the title "Criteria for Enabling European Tourism". The cabinet may decide to lift the travel warning on Wednesday.

    26.05.2020

    4.00 pm: 56 more infections in an asylum seeker's accommodation in Regensburg

    After four positive cases of Covid-19-illness were found last week in the refugee accommodation "Pionierkaserne" in Regensburg, the health department of the city has now ordered a screening of the asylum seekers. According to the results, 56 of 127 persons were tested positive and 71 negative, the government of the Upper Palatinate announced on Monday. Most of the people who tested positive had no symptoms, a few had mild symptoms such as headaches. The 56 infected persons were immediately quarantined and separated from the non-infected persons.

    2.15 pm: Free telephone advice for nursing staff in the corona crisis

    Nursing staff who are under particular strain in the corona crisis will be able to take advantage of a free psychotherapeutic consultation over the phone starting this Tuesday. On Monday, the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists and the German Professional Association for Nursing Professions pointed out the new joint offer of help. Starting on Tuesday, 30-minute consultation appointments can be booked at short notice and nationwide via the website www.psych4nurses.de.

    1.45 pm: Federal government wants to extend contact restrictions until July 5, 2020

    The Federal Chancellery wants to extend the corona contact restrictions until July 5, 2020, while allowing further loosening. This is stated in the draft resolution for the talks with the states that are currently taking place. According to the resolution, up to ten people will be allowed to meet in the future. The distance rules of at least 1.5 metres will continue to apply, and rooms should also be ventilated regularly. So far, only people from two different households are allowed to meet.

    1.15 pm: Munich: License plate regulation for recycling centres to be abolished

    From Tuesday (May 26, 2020) onwards, the car license plate number will no longer play a role at Munich's recycling centres. Due to the corona virus, vehicles with even or odd license plate numbers were alternately allowed in the past weeks, depending on the calendar day. This regulation will now be lifted again. However, only a limited number of vehicles may still drive onto the respective grounds, visitors must maintain minimum distances and there is a mask precept or, in some cases, a mask requirement.

    12.00 pm: Söder holds out corona tests for nursery staff

    During a visit to a nursery facility in Nuremberg-Reichelsdorf, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder presented his further concept for daycare centres. In addition to the return of all children, presumably at the beginning of July, Söder also announced corona tests for the staff, which will then be paid for by the state or health insurance companies. As of today, all pre-school children and their siblings were allowed to return to kindergarten. From July onwards, if the number of new infections remains low, all children will be able to return to the kindergarten with limited regular operation.

    11.45 am: Söder sharply criticizes planned loosening in Thuringia

    Bavaria's Minister President Markus Söder has called the announcement of far-reaching general loosening of the corona restrictions in Thuringia a "fatal signal". He asked those responsible in Thuringia to reconsider their intention, Söder said on Monday. In case of doubt, he announced countermeasures: "I do not want Bavaria to be infected again by a careless policy made in Thuringia". Thuringia's Minister President Bodo Ramelow had announced that he would waive general, state-wide corona protection regulations starting June 6, 2020. This would mean that rules on minimum distances, the wearing of face masks and contact restrictions would no longer apply.

    10.24 am: ADAC expects traffic jams at Whitsun

    After the low-traffic Easter days, the automobile club ADAC expects long traffic jams again at Whitsun. Since air travel to foreign countries is hardly possible, more short trips within Germany can be expected over the long weekend, the automobile club announced in Munich on Monday. In addition, two weeks of holidays will begin in Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, the holidays will end in Saxony-Anhalt, and several German states will also have school holidays on Tuesday after Whitsun.

    6.00 am: Rail app to warn of full trains

    Deutsche Bahn wants to use its app in the corona crisis to warn of full trains. The "Spiegel" reported, citing corporate circles, that the railway navigator and the railway's internet presence had been reprogrammed in such a way that users would be shown trains with a capacity utilization of 50 percent and more. This should enable them to access less frequented connections. If, despite this warning, reservations on a particular connection continued to increase, the app and the booking page would in future prevent this train from being booked and reserved. This feature is expected to be activated in the coming days.

    25.05.2020

    3.15 pm: Regensburg food bank closes due to suspected cases

    The Regensburg food bank has to close temporarily due to contacts with suspected corona cases. Accordingly, there will be no food distribution for the needy in Regensburg until June 8, 2020. Caritas now wants to help with vouchers: Starting next Tuesday, individuals will receive vouchers in the amount of 50 euros, families will receive correspondingly more. A certificate of eligibility is sufficient as proof of need.

    1.30 pm: Violations of the Infection Protection Act: Groups of people in Munich

    Because larger groups of people have formed despite the Infection Protection Act, the police have issued a number of warnings in downtown Munich. Several hundred people were located at central squares on Friday evening and no longer observed the minimum distance, according to police on Sunday. In the area of "Englischer Garten", groups of up to 40 people were formed in some cases. About 300 people were sent off. At Königsplatz and near Münchner Freiheit, the measures to contain the coronavirus were also ignored. The police issued about 200 warnings there.

    12.25 pm: Students write final exams in a football stadium

    When it comes to football, no fans are allowed in the stadiums due to the corona crisis. The football club Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth can now at least partially open its sports park at Ronhof for a good cause. The Franconian second-division club invites partner schools to hold final exams in the rooms of the main stand. In the upcoming weeks, various schools will use the offer to hold exams and graduation ceremonies under the current hygiene and distance rules. The VIP lounge will be made available to a graduating class for their certificate award ceremony.

    10.50 am: Bavaria's aid programme for artists in great demand

    Bavaria's aid program for the financial support of artists during the corona crisis is in high demand. In the first 48 hours alone, around 3,000 applications for financial support have already been received, the Ministry of Culture announced. Since Tuesday, applications for immediate aid can be submitted online at kuenstlerhilfe-corona.bayern. The program allows freelance artists to receive up to 1,000 euros per month over a period of three months, if their income is not sufficient to secure their livelihood due to the Corona pandemic.

    8.30 am: Further loosening from Monday

    Starting Monday, Bavaria will take further steps back to social life. For example, restaurants are allowed to open their interiors between 6 am and 10 pm under certain conditions. Daycare centres are extending emergency care; from tomorrow, all pre-school children and their siblings will be allowed back into kindergarten. Face masks are still compulsory in shops and on local and long-distance public transport.

    24.05.2020

    5.02 pm: Corona crisis causes pension insurance reserves to shrink

    As a result of the corona crisis, according to an estimate by the pension insurance fund, the reserves of the pension fund are declining. However, the fund sees limited effects from the crisis, since contributions to the pension insurance fund would be paid even while short-time work and unemployment benefits were being drawn. As the fund announced on Saturday, according to initial estimates, the reserve will decrease by about one tenth to then around 36 billion euros by the end of the year.

    3.14 pm: Anti-corona demonstrations in Munich and Kempten cancelled due to bad weather

    Heavy rain and thunderstorms on the Theresienwiese in Munich: The anti-corona demonstration planned for 3 pm has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions. The participants wanted to protest against the corona-related restrictions, as they did a week ago. The planned demonstration in Kempten has also been cancelled due to bad weather.

    2.51 pm: Merkel called coronavirus an ‘imposition for democracy’

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has appealed for understanding for the measures taken to combat the corona pandemic. In her video podcast on Saturday, she once again spoke of the virus as ‘an imposition for democracy’ and stressed that the government was not making it easy for itself with the restrictions. She said she could understand people's concerns about the restrictions.

    12.08 pm: Thuringia wants to end corona restrictions from the beginning of June

    The state of Thuringia wants to end the general corona restrictions from the beginning of June. This would make state-wide regulations on minimum distances, the wearing of face masks and contact restrictions a thing of the past. According to a government spokeswoman, the details will be discussed in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

    9.55 am: Theft of protective masks in Wittislingen

    146 reusable cloth face masks have been stolen from the retirement home in Wittislingen, the police announced today. The period of the crime extends from May 1 to May 20, 2020. The masks have a value of approximately 900 euros.

    23.05.2020

    10.34 pm: Flixbus will run again

    Passengers and commuters will soon be able to travel by long-distance bus services again. After a two month corona break, Flixbus has announced a restart for Thursday next week. The company's buses will initially serve about 50 stops. Before the crisis, there had been ten times as many. Because of the spread of the corona virus, Flixbus had stopped operations on March 18, 2020. Competitors have not yet announced when they will be operating again.

    6.53 pm: More demonstrations announced for Saturday

    As on previous weekends, there are again numerous demonstrations against the corona restrictions. Events have been registered nationwide, including in Munich, Nuremberg and Ansbach, for example. The police want to make the protests possible, but also make sure that the rules of assembly, distance and hygiene are observed. The Ministry of the Interior warns that the actions could again be appropriated by extremists and conspiracy theorists. Counterdemonstrations are also planned.

    4.55 pm: District of Coburg falls below critical level for new infections

    The district of Coburg is still the leader in Upper Franconia in terms of the number of infections in the past seven days. In the district, there are 46 infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants. But the number has fallen back below the critical mark of 50 infections per week. Municipalities that are above that level may have to take back any relaxation of restrictions on freedom rights.

    2.30 pm: FC Bayern donates 460,000 euros to regional league clubs and mass sports

    In the corona crisis, FC Bayern is supporting the 18 regional league clubs in Bavaria and the Bavarian State Sports Association (BLSV) with a total of 460,000 euros. As the German record champion announced, each football club will receive 20,000 euros, the BLSV will benefit from 100,000 euros. After many supporters of FC Bayern waived the reimbursement of tickets for the matches without spectators in the Allianz Arena and donated the amount to the ‘FC Bayern Hilfe’ charity, amateur football and mass sports were now considered.

    1.30 pm: Nuremberg 'Altstadtfest' cancelled because of coronavirus

    The Nuremberg 'Altstadtfest' will also not take place this year. The 'Altstadtfest' would have celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and was scheduled to take place from September 16 to September 28, 2020. The uncertain legal situation regarding major events and the further course of the corona pandemic had contributed to the cancellation, according to the organizers. The anniversary is now to be made up for next year.

    12.50 pm: Corona antibody test co-developed by biochemistry graduate of the University of Bayreuth

    A doctoral thesis published at the University of Bayreuth in 1999 is supposed to have been decisive in the development of a new corona antibody test. Christian Scholz, former PhD student and biochemistry graduate of the University of Bayreuth, is the current lab head of the healthcare group Roche in the Upper Bavarian town of Penzberg. The company has presented a new corona antibody test which is designed to examine large population groups with almost one hundred percent reliability to determine how many people have developed antibodies against the corona virus in their bodies. In his dissertation published in 1999, Christian Scholz provided research results that now co-found the extraordinary reliability of the corona antibody test, explains the University of Bayreuth in a press release.

    12.28 pm: Teachers' Association criticizes planned emergency childcare during the Whitsun holidays

    The Bavarian Teachers' Association (BLLV) criticizes the state government's plan to also offer emergency childcare during the Whitsun holidays at primary, special needs and middle schools. In a press release, the BLLV wrote that many schools were already experiencing staffing problems, as teachers belonging to a risk group were absent. Meanwhile, many teachers would be overworked. Many of them have been working through since carnival and are now entitled to rest.

    10.02 am: Transit via ‚Großes‘ and ‚Kleines Deutsches Eck‘ possible again

    In concrete terms, this means that the "Großes Deutsche Eck" (Walserberg - Kiefersfelden/Kufstein route) and the "Kleines Deutsche Eck" (Salzburg to Lofer via Berchtesgadener Land) can be used for transit traffic whenever entry into Germany is possible in accordance with the German regulations. This also applies, for example, to visits from close relatives such as parents, children, aunts or uncles. In addition, transit without a stop in Germany is now also possible for tourist stays within Austria via the ‘Großes’ and ‘Kleines Deutsche Eck’. In this case, there is an obligation to provide proof, for example by means of a booking confirmation, an invoice or, for holiday apartments, a registration certificate. Entry from Austria for excursions or shopping is still not permitted.

    22.05.2020

    3.39 pm: Large-scale demonstration on Theresienwiese prohibited

    The municipal administration authority (KVR) of Munich wants to allow only 1,000 demonstrators against the corona restrictions on Munich's Theresienwiese next Saturday. This is the result of a decision by the Munich KVR today, which has been submitted to the BR. The reason for the decision is that "the police consider a number of 2,000 people to be critical". There were doubts "that if the number of participants were doubled from 1,000 to 2,000, the organizer could succeed in enforcing compliance with the minimum distances".

    10.32 am: Bavarian care bonus is already paid out

    According to the Ministry of Health, the Bavarian corona care bonus is already being paid out. However, because up to 400,000 applications are expected, it will take "a little" more time until all applications are processed and paid out, a ministry spokesperson announced. Currently, about 226,000 applications have been received. The Bavarian corona care bonus is 500 euros for carers, according to the information. Those who are still in training or who regularly work less than 25 hours will receive 300 euros.

    8.40 am: ‘Deutsches Theater’ in Munich closed until August 31, 2020

    The ‘Deutsches Theater München’ will only reopen after August 31, 2020. Considering the prescribed safety and hygiene measures, the plays are scheduled to start on September 2, 2020. At this time, the postponed guest performance of the musical ‘Die Päpstin’ will be performed. According to the management, the Deutsches Theater is currently developing a concept and a seating plan with reduced seating capacity. Due to the corona crisis, the theatre has been closed since March 11, 2020.

    07.50 am: First church service with cars in Obernburg

    For the first time in Obernburg am Main, there will be a church service with cars on Ascension Day today. Pastor Manfred Jarosch will preach on the ‘altar’ on a truck at 10.00 am. An organ will provide the musical accompaniment. The visitors are asked not to leave their cars. The sound will be heard over loudspeakers. The Amen can be confirmed by everyone with his headlight flasher.

    21.05.2020

    5.54 pm: Health insurance companies should pay for tests even when there are no symptoms

    The statutory health insurance companies are apparently to be obliged to pay for corona tests even if there are no symptoms. The ARD programme ‘Plusminus’ refers to the Federal Ministry of Health in a preliminary report. According to the report, a written statement by the ministry states that the corresponding legal regulation is being prepared and that ‘the criteria for reimbursement of the tests will be specified by the health insurance companies’.

    3.47 pm: Huml announces additional corona tracing teams

    The Bavarian Ministry of Health intends to further expand the so-called contact tracing teams in the health authorities. During her visit to the State Health Office in Erlangen, Minister Melanie Huml announced that in the final stage of expansion there will be 650 of these teams to identify and track contact persons of confirmed corona patients and to monitor quarantine measures. This corresponds to one team of five people per 20,000 inhabitants. Currently, there are 500 such teams in Bavaria.

    2.12 pm: Legoland limits number of visitors to a quarter of its full capacity

    Due to the corona pandemic, the Legoland amusement park in Günzburg limits the number of its visitors at the beginning of the season to 25 percent of the regular capacity. In order to avoid an infection within the park, further restrictions also apply. After the forced break due to the corona crisis, operations will now start on May 30, 2020. Normally, the park would have opened the season in mid-March.

    Ascension Day: Long weekend - long traffic jams expected

    After the long compulsory corona break, many people want to make day trips again. This can also be seen on the streets. Although the cable cars will not resume operation until the end of May, the Bavarian police is expecting considerable traffic obstructions on the Garmisch motorway A95 and on the Bundesstraße 2 in the direction of Mittenwald during the long weekend.

    11.15 am: Government approves longer wage continuation for parents

    The federal government has agreed on an extension of continued pay for mothers and fathers in the Corona crisis. Parents who are unable to work due to the corona-related day-care and school closures of their children will receive significantly longer wage compensation from the state. According to the agreement, the entitlement to compensation for parents will be extended during the period of the closures from a maximum of six weeks to a maximum of ten weeks. For single parents, the entitlement will be extended to up to 20 weeks.

    7.10 am: Audi restarts production under short-time working

    Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer Audi is extending short-time working for its employees until June 30, 2020, naming "difficult economic conditions and the impact of the corona pandemic on Audi" as the reasons for this in its internal memo. Parallel to short-time working, Audi is slowly restarting production. Since May 11, 2020, around 6,000 people have been working in three shifts in Ingolstadt to produce the A3 and Q2 models. Before the corona crisis, Audi employees in Ingolstadt worked in seven shifts.

    6.30 am: Mayor of Kochel fears collapse by day trippers

    The first mayor of Kochel am See, Thomas Holz (CSU), complains about the increasing ruthlessness of day trippers in his municipality. "Prohibition signs, no parking signs, escape route signs are apparently only taken as friendly recommendations and are definitely no longer followed", he said in the Bayern 2 programme "radioWelt am Morgen". The mayor is calling for increased surveillance of the parking lots at the Kochel- and Walchensee lakes, as well as the control of municipal roads and protected areas.

    6.15 am: Start of the Bavarian ‘Abitur’ exams

    For about 35,000 Bavarian pupils, the ‘Abitur’ school-leaving exams begin on Wednesday. Because of the corona pandemic, the Ministry of Education had postponed the start of the exams until today. There will also be stricter hygiene precautions during the exams. The first exam on the agenda is the ‘Abitur’ in German.

    20.05.2020

    6.10 pm: Aid programme for artists in Bavaria begins

    Freelance artists in Bavaria can finally take advantage of the corona aid program of the Bavarian state government. A total of 140 million euros has been earmarked to secure the artists' livelihoods and compensate them for any loss of income. According to the state government, artists should receive up to 1,000 euros per month over a period of three months if "their ongoing income is not sufficient to secure their livelihood due to the corona pandemic".

    2.14 pm: Straubing and Coburg are corona hotspots

    According to Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU), there are currently two hotspots for Covid-19 infections in Bavaria. Among them is the city of Straubing with 54.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The situation there is caused by an outbreak in a slaughterhouse.

    The second hotspot is the Upper Franconian district of Coburg with 82.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The reason for the outbreak there is a series of tests carried out on residents in old people's and nursing homes.

    1.40 pm: Freeze on admissions to Bavarian nursing homes abolished

    According to Minister of Health Huml, the current ban of admissions to retirement and nursing homes as well as inpatient facilities for people with disabilities will be lifted. In the future, there should be an individual concept of protection for each facility.

    1.39 pm: Theme parks, cable cars, shipping and castles open

    After weeks of a forced corona break, tourist offers and facilities in Bavaria will be allowed to reopen just in time for the start of the Whitsun holidays on May 30, 2020. These include amusement parks, cable cars, guided city tours as well as river and lake shipping companies. The Munich Residence is scheduled to reopen on June 2, 2020. This schedule was decided by the cabinet in Munich on Tuesday.

    1.37 pm: Bavaria extends emergency childcare and opens daycare centres after Whitsun

    After weeks of compulsory break, more and more children in Bavaria should gradually be allowed to return to kindergartens and daycare centres. According to the latest cabinet decisions, emergency childcare services will be expanded starting May 25, 2020. From next Monday, it will be open to all pre-school children and their siblings. In addition, large day care facilities and forest kindergartens will be allowed to reopen from next Monday. After the Whitsun holidays, starting on June 15, 2020, children who will be subject to compulsory schooling in September will be allowed to return to the kindergartens. The same applies to children who are about to start kindergarten. However, small and fixed groups with permanent teachers should continue to be formed.

    1.24 pm: Bavaria tightens limit for new infections

    Bavaria is tightening its limit in the early warning system for new corona infections. On Tuesday, the cabinet lowered the limit to 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a city or county within seven days. According to the head of the state chancellery, Florian Herrmann (CSU), the early warning system is an "effective tool" to quickly detect local outbreaks. Federal and state governments had agreed on a limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

    6:30 am: Father's Day under corona rules

    On Thursday, the popular tours with the handcart have to take place in a slightly smaller form due to contact restrictions. Those who prefer to meet for a beer on Father's Day can now do so again in the beer garden. But here as well, you are only allowed to meet with people from no more than one other household. Trips to the mountains or to lakes are also allowed under these conditions, as long as the distance rules to other people are observed, as a police spokeswoman in Augsburg said. The Ministry of the Interior announced that the police will increase their checks where necessary.

    6.11 am: Federal government supports separation devices for taxis

    The taxi industry in Germany has been severely affected by the corona crisis. With a program launched on Tuesday, the German government wants to help taxi companies to transport their customers safely again as soon as possible, even in times of the pandemic. It is funding separation devices between driver and passenger with four million euros. "To protect both", as transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) said.

    5.20 am: Police operations after demonstrations in Geldersheim

    At the arrival center for asylum seekers in Geldersheim, about 60 residents protested against the current curfew. The facility has been quarantined since the end of March, after residents were tested positive for the coronavirus. The spontaneous demonstration yesterday (18.05.20) was peaceful at first, but riots broke out in the afternoon. One police officer was injured and 16 residents were taken into custody.

    5.00 am: Nursing staff more frequently affected by coronavirus

    According to a report in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", employees of hospitals and nursing homes in Germany are more often than average affected by an infection with the novel coronavirus. Accordingly, since mid-April, an average of more than 230 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals have become infected with Sars-CoV-2 every day. To date, a total of around 20,000 employees from these professions have been infected with the virus. This was reported by the newspaper referring to information from the Robert-Koch-Institute (RKI). This would correspond to about eleven percent of all infected persons.

    19.05.2020

    4.21 pm: Lufthansa extends goodwill arrangement

    The airlines of the Lufthansa Group have extended their goodwill rules for rebookings in the corona crisis. On request, tickets booked up to June 30, 2020, can be rebooked free of charge to an even later date than previously. Customers can now make up their postponed trip until December 31, 2021, instead of April 30, 2021. This applies to tickets with an original travel date until April 30, 2021.

    1.49 pm: Bavaria's local and commuter trains back to normal service

    According to Deutsche Bahn, local and commuter trains in Bavaria are operating at regular timetables again after about two months of corona-related restrictions. Since Monday, the Munich S-Bahn, the most frequented local transportation system in Bavaria, has also been running with all scheduled trains.

    12.36 pm: Many beer gardens are open in Bavaria

    After an eight-week break, the beer gardens in Bavaria have opened again today. Guests are allowed to sit in the outdoor areas until 8 pm - with a minimum distance, or without distance for up to two families or two households. In addition, guests must always put on a face mask if they are not sitting in their seats.

    10.42 am: Bavaria cancels quarantine policy

    No more quarantine on entry to Bavaria: Already on Saturday, the Bavarian state government has largely abolished the quarantine obligation for travel returnees. A spokesperson for the Bavarian Ministry of Health confirmed this to the BR. As of May 16, 2020, arriving travellers from EU and Schengen countries as well as from Great Britain will no longer have to go into domestic quarantine.

    Federal and state governments agreed last week to cancel the quarantine rules. The states must now implement this by means of individual regulations.

    10.10 am: Obersalzberg Documentation Centre reopened today

    The Obersalzberg Documentation Centre is again open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm as of today. A comprehensive hygiene concept has been developed to provide protection from the coronavirus. In the future, only 30 people will be allowed to visit the exhibition at the same time. A safety distance of 1.5 metres from other visitors must be maintained everywhere. A protective mask will also be prescribed. Entrance and services for groups are currently not possible, neither are seminars and workshops. These will be held again from September 1, 2020, at the earliest.

    8.55 am: Maas confident before talks about vacations

    Federal Foreign Minister Maas wants to find ways to spend a summer holiday abroad in popular tourist countries. He hopes that vacations after June 15, 2020, will be likely, he told ZDF's 'Morgenmagazin'. A worldwide travel warning is still in effect until mid-June, which Maas then wants to change into 'travel advice'. The 'travel advice' should give people a basis for deciding where they could travel to and where they might not yet go, Maas said.

    The Foreign Minister will hold a video conference today with his counterparts from Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Malta, Slovenia, Cyprus and Bulgaria to discuss the possibilities of summer vacations. The discussion will focus on entry and quarantine regulations, but also on how a holiday on the beach could look like with distance rules.

    7.20 am: 'Fugger-Express' operates in the normal timetable

    Commuters travelling by train from Augsburg to Munich now have more travel options again. Deutsche Bahn is returning to the normal timetable on the 'Fugger-Express' train service from today.

    Corona loosening: This applies in Bavaria from today on

    School: The first graders at primary schools, the fifth graders at middle schools, and the fifth and sixth graders at high schools may return to school as of today. The graduating classes of the current and coming school year have already returned to the schools. All further grades are to follow from June 15, 2020, after the Whitsun holidays.

    Gastronomy: As of today, outdoor gastronomy in Bavaria may reopen - under strict conditions: there is a limited number of guests, distance regulations must be observed and hygiene concepts must be implemented. Beer gardens may therefore be open again until 8.00 pm. From June 25, 2020, the indoor gastronomy is supposed to resume operations under similar conditions.

    Contact restrictions: In Bavaria, the following still applies: Members of two households may meet in both private and public areas - subject to a minimum distance of 1.5 metres.

    18.05.2020

    4.01 pm: District and city of Straubing above the Corona upper limit

    The Straubing-Bogen district and the city of Straubing break the upper limit of 50 new cases (per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days). However, the easing of the corona regulations would not have to be withdrawn, the district said. If the number of infections increases in the next few days and weeks, the measures would have to be adjusted. The critical value of new infections in the Coburg district is currently exceeded too.

    1.31 pm: Many violations of corona rules in Munich

    As the police announced today, there have been a number of police operations on Saturday, particularly at Munich's Gärtnerplatz, because of violations of the Infection Protection Act. Several hundred people no longer kept the minimum distance from each other. After warnings from the police, the groups have disbanded.

    12.35 pm: Bavarian government gives warning of corona fraud

    Bavaria's Justice Minister Georg Eisenreich (CSU) has warned of coronavirus-related fraud. Criminals developed new scams, such as extortion letters, that threatened that family members will be infected with the virus. There are also "corona fake shops" that offer protective equipment, tests or non-existent vaccines, but those shops do not deliver at all or do not deliver as promised. A different intention of fake shops is Phishing: an alleged order is used to get account information or to install malware.

    Despite Corona: Can I go swimming in summer?

    Swimming itself is not a problem. Scientists agree that the risk of transmission through water is significantly lower than through direct contact from person to person. When the water is treated and disinfected with chlorine - as is the case in indoor and outdoor pools - there is even less to worry about. The virus is "reliably inactivated," says Christian Ochsenbauer, managing director of the German Bathing Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für das Badewesen).

    Swimming in the sea or in larger bathing lakes is considered harmless, according to the Federal Environment Agency. The risk of infection is extremely low due to the dilution in the water.

    Keeping distance is the most important thing. Towels on lawns close to each other are the real danger of getting infected with the corona virus. Outdoor pools are still closed to prevent the risk of infection.

    10.05 am: After Corona High School diploma: more time for university applications

    High school graduates can take more time to apply for restricted admission courses. Science Minister Bernd Sibler (CSU) announced this today in Munich. Due to the corona pandemic, the application portal at the Foundation for University Admission (Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung) was not opened as planned on April 15, 2020. The opening is now scheduled for July 1, 2020. Application deadline is now August 20th.

    17.05.2020

    5.00 pm: Marches against restrictions were peaceful

    In several Bavarian cities people have rallied against restrictions due to the corona crisis. So far all marches were peaceful. In Nuremberg slightly more than the 500 approved came together at the Meistersingerhalle. In Munich more than the 1.000 approved came to Theresienwiese. In Augsburg a bigger march took place at the Plärrergelände.

    9.33 am: Italy opens borders starting June 3

    Starting June 3, Italy wants to allow citizens of the EU and Schengen Area to enter the country. Besides, the government in Rome has decided that journeys between different Italian regions will then be possible too. Only people who had contact to someone who is infected or who have been tested positive themselves must undergo a quarantine.

    At the moment one can only enter the country in exceptional cases. For example Italians who are abroad but want to go back home or foreigners who have a residency in Italy.

    7.00 am: According to RKI measuring temperature at airports is not effective

    The Robert Koch Institute has spoken out against controlling temperatures at airports during the pandemic. Measurements wouldn’t help to spot infections. According to RKI data, less than half of the infected people had fever. And travellers could hide higher temperatures by taking antipyretics. Some infected people don’t even have symptoms but still could be contagious.

    4.13 am: Border controls to Austria, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark

    Border controls to Austria, France and Switzerland will be eased starting from today. To those countries people may now travel for business reasons and for family visits. But it is still forbidden to enter those countries for tourism, shopping or refueling.

    Border controls to Luxembourg will be omitted completely starting from today. Those to Denmark will remain.

    1.00 am: No mandatory vaccination

    According to Head of Chancellery Helge Braun, there won’t be a mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus in Germany. As soon as there is a vaccine, it would be good if many people get vaccinated. But everybody has to decide for himself, he said.

    16.05.2020

    1.10 pm: Already 77 corona infections at a slaughterhouse in Bogen

    59 people have tested positive in a corona series test in a slaughterhouse in Bogen. This was confirmed by the Straubing-Bogen district office. With the people who had previously tested positive, 77 infections have now been detected.

    In order to prevent a lockdown, community accommodations are now being quarantined according to a concept agreed with the Ministry of Health.

    1.00 pm: Federal Council approves vouchers for cultural and sporting events

    The Federal Council has agreed that tickets for cultural and sporting events that had to be canceled due to the corona pandemic can be replaced by vouchers. The regulation affects tickets purchased before March 8. Vouchers can also be issued for season tickets for gyms or theaters. Vouchers that are not redeemed are to be paid out by the end of 2021 at the latest.

    12.00 pm: Germany waives quarantine requirement

    Germany waives the quarantine requirement for immigrants from the EU, the Schengen area and Great Britain for the time being. The federal and state governments have agreed that there will only be a recommendation for a quarantine for travelers from areas with a high infection rate, says a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. From now on, only non-EU nationals have to undergo a two-week quarantine upon arrival.

    10:57 am: Federal Council approves corona tests for people without symptoms

    The new pandemic protection law determines that the statutory health insurance companies must pay for corona tests even if someone doesn’t show any symptoms. The virus should be tested more frequently around particularly vulnerable people, for example in nursing homes.

    5.01 am: More police for upcoming demonstrations in Bavaria

    Bavaria's police is massively increasing its presence in the upcoming demonstrations against the corona restrictions. On Saturday "all available forces of the Bavarian anti riot police" will be used, said Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU). There will also be a strong presence of police on Friday and Sunday. According to Herrmann, the police has knowledge of around 50 registrations for gatherings for the coming weekend in Bavaria.

    15.05.2020

    9.50 pm: No more quarantine for travelers from EU and Schengen countries

    The quarantine regulations for entry into Germany are being eased. Anyone entering or returning to Germany from EU and Schengen countries as well as Great Britain will no longer have to go into a 14-day domestic quarantine, as the North Rhine-Westphalian state government announced. The federal government and the states have agreed on this. The new regulation will be implemented in the coming days.

    5.33 pm: More Lufthansa flights from Munich

    Lufthansa has published a new flight schedule, the offer from Munich is also being expanded. Lufthansa currently only flies to three destinations from Munich: Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf. From the coming week, further domestic flights will go to Sylt, Bremen, Hanover and Rostock.

    4.49 pm: Bavaria pays for hospital staff until the end of May

    The state government will continue to cover the costs of meals for employees in hospitals and care facilities in Bavaria until May 31. The corresponding applications can still be submitted until June 15. Since the beginning of April, Bavaria has paid EUR 6.50 per employee per day.

    3.55 pm: Reiter wants to limit the demonstration to 1,000 participants - police should count

    Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) wants to limit the number of participants of the demonstration against corona restrictions planned for the weekend to "at most a thousand". Reiter is in discussion with the applicants who would have registered 10,000 people, Reiter said. On Munich’s Theresienwiese, a thousand people could demonstrate with the required distances on 400,000 square meters.

    3.49 pm: More corona cases in a slaughterhouse in Bogen

    The number of corona cases in a poultry slaughterhouse in Lower Bavaria has meanwhile increased to 17. This was announced by the Straubing-Bogen district office. These positive tests can not be traced back to a screening. Those affected were tested by their doctors because they had symptoms of illness, according to a district spokesman.

    1.36 pm: Sick leave over the phone only possible until the end of May

    Obtaining sick leave over the phone will only be possible until May 31. Due to the corona crisis, patients with mild respiratory illnesses were able to get sick leave for a limited time after consulting their doctor over the phone.

    11.12 am: 50’s limit overstepped in Rosenheim again

    According to the latest figures from the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety LGL, the city of Rosenheim is again above the limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, in the 7-day incidence statistic. The latest value is 52.11. This is due to the regular tests which are carried out in the asylum accommodations, the city said. The local authorities see the 50-mark calmly, as long as new infections do not occur in the general population. Yesterday, 58 residents were transferred from an accommodation for asylum seekers to new accommodations, including 21 infected.

    10.20 am: Bavaria increases financial support for art and culture

    Bavaria is significantly increasing its aid program for the cultural sector, which has been hard hit by the Corona crisis: 200 million euros instead of the previously planned 90 million euros are now to be made available for artists in Bavaria. This was announced by Prime Minister Markus Söder, Art Minister Bernd Sibler and Digital Minister Judith Gerlach (all CSU). Artists who are not organized in the artists' social security fund (Künstlersozialkasse) should now also benefit. And there are further millions of aid for theaters, cinemas, music schools, amateur music groups and film productions.

    14.05.2020

    4.10 pm: Bavaria wants to maintain quarantine rules until mid-June

    Bavaria wants to maintain the quarantine rules for people entering Germany. According to Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, the rules may be loosened in the course of the border openings in around four weeks. The quarantine regulation, which is currently valid until May 17, should then be extended in accordance with the duration of the border controls.

    However, it is still unclear how Bavaria will implement or adapt the regulation in practice. Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer had recommended that the federal states loosen the quarantine rules that had previously applied. He recommended that the rules should only apply to people who had previously been in third countries. In this case, Germans arriving from France or the Netherlands, for example, would no longer have to stay in quarantine. The decision on the quarantine rules lies solely with the federal states.

    1.25 pm: Slaughterhouse employees are to be tested Bavaria-wide

    The Bavarian Ministry of Health now wants to test employees of slaughterhouses in Bavaria for a corona infection. This was caused by the high number of infected employees of a slaughterhouse in the Straubing-Bogen district. According to a ministry spokesman, the number of coronavirus-positive employees in the Lower Bavarian company rose to 14. The focus is on the accommodation of employees in shared accommodation.

    12.25 pm: Munich police threatens rigorous measures for Corona demonstration

    The Munich KVR boss Böhle has announced that the police will be watching very closely on Saturday whether protesters will follow the rules for the planned demonstration on the Theresienwiese. 10,000 participants have registered. The police will intervene rigorously as soon as it is determined that the demonstration regulations issued by the KVR are not being complied with and the event will be dissolved.

    12.20 pm: Travel warnings about to be lifted gradually

    The German foreign ministry's worldwide travel warning are about to be lifted step by step. Foreign Minister Maas wants to start with the countries of Europe. Other countries are expected to follow later, provided that the current positive trend in many countries continues, said Maas. However, he did not name a specific date.

    11.35 am: Federal government eases border controls from Saturday

    Controls at the German borders will be relaxed from Saturday, the government in Berlin decided. According to the wish of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, border controls will be completely eliminated after June 15.

    6.22 am: Germany-Austria: Border opening from June 15 - from Friday only random checks

    The borders between Austria and Germany are to be fully opened again on June 15. The Federal Chancellery in Vienna has confirmed this, according to ORF. Accordingly, as from this Friday there will only be random checks.

    This procedure was agreed with Chancellor Merkel. Already this morning, several smaller crossings on the borders between Bavaria and Austria have opened for commuters, residents and farmers. The German federal cabinet is discussing today how to proceed with controls at the borders to neighboring countries, which will officially expire on Friday.

    13.05.2020

    5.53 pm: Bavaria sets restaurant rules

    From May 18 there will be outdoor dining in Bavaria again, from May 25 indoor dining will be allowed as well. In Bavarian beer gardens and restaurants, a distance requirement of 1.5 meters will apply after the reopening - for both guests and employees. Families or two households can sit at one table, even with less distance. When walking around in beer gardens and restaurants, a face mask has to be worn, but not at the table. Employees must also wear a face mask - this also applies to the kitchen, unless the 1.5-meter minimum distance can be maintained there.

    4.37 pm: Some border crossing points to Austria reopen

    The federal police and the Austrian authorities have agreed to open some additional border crossing points from Wednesday. According to the federal police in Passau, these crossings reopen:

    Breitenberg - Hinteranger / Vorderanger (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Bad Füssing - Obernberg (from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Oberjoch-Schattwald (from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Voglau (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

    3.37 pm: Opening borders: Brinkhaus wants European solution

    CDU politician Ralph Brinkhaus favours a European solution when opening the borders to neighboring countries. "There is no point in saying on the one hand that we are very relaxed there. And on the other hand, we are closing in the other direction," Brinkhaus said. A common European solution was needed.

    2.50 pm: Commuters from the Czech Republic receive short-time work benefits

    Commuters from the Czech Republic who come to Bavaria to work can receive short-time work benefits, according to the Employment Agency in Schwandorf, Upper Palatinate. This now ensures that Czech workers are not disadvantaged compared to local workers.

    11.50 am: Munich wants to scatter Oktoberfest booths in the city

    After the cancellation of the Oktoberfest and other folk festivals, the city of Munich wants to walk new paths: booths and certain rides could, according to considerations, be set up decentrally at different locations in the city. That should not be a replacement for the Oktoberfest, Munich business officer and Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner (CSU) emphasized. Rather, it is about spending the summer in the city and helping the showmen who suffer from the Corona crisis.

    7.24 am: Laschet wants to relax quarantine for returnees abroad

    North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) is speaking for a relaxation of the quarantine requirement for returnees from European countries and for opening up the German borders quickly.

    Anyone entering Germany from abroad must currently be in quarantine for two weeks. This obligation does not apply to people who enter with a special permit - for example, for commuters.

    Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) recently said that the controls should continue until May 15. The next steps are to be decided in the course of the week.

    The Lower Saxony Higher Administrative Court suspended the general quarantine requirement for people entering the country from abroad on Monday. The court suggested that immigrants could be interviewed or tested by the authorities.

    4.04 am: Bavarian retail calls for open Sundays

    The Bavarian retail sector is calling for more open Sundays to boost consumption again. The head of the Bavarian trade association, Puff, demanded that the legal requirements should be temporarily suspended. Bavarian communities can allow retailers to open on a maximum of four Sundays or public holidays for specific occasions such as markets, trade fairs or city festivals.

    12.05.2020

    2.40 pm: Switzerland with new control tactics at the border

    From now on, Switzerland no longer wants to control every traveler at the border. In the future, there will be "risk-based" border controls, said the director of the Federal Customs Administration, Christian Bock. The customs administration now decides on the basis of its own risk assessment "where, when and to what extent controls are carried out".

    2.01 pm: After demonstrations against corona rules: Bavaria wants to act harder

    After violations of corona regulations last weekend at demonstrations in Bavaria, Minister of the Interior Herrmann announces consequences. On the weekend there had not been any intervention of the police. The authorities should be prepared better, the police should act more consistently, he said.

    Regulations for Bavaria starting today:

    All shops in Bavaria are allowed to reopen under certain conditions. This includes the mask requirement and distance rules. A minimum distance of 1.5 meters must always be maintained between customers. In addition, only one customer per 20 square meters sales area is allowed in the store. Nail and cosmetic studios are also allowed to reopen.

    Contact-free individual sport is allowed outdoors - for example tennis, track and field, golf, sailing and aviation. Horseback riding is also allowed indoors.

    Zoos, botanical gardens, museums, memorials and libraries may open with some restrictions. Only one visitor is allowed per 20 square meters and the minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained.

    Pupils from 11th grade of Gymnasium, 9th grade of Realschule, 8th grade of Mittelschule and pupils from the 4th grade may go back to school.

    Driving schools: For lessons in school minimum distance is mandatory, during driving lessons one has to wear face masks.

    Music schools: Private lessons are allowed.

    Emergency child care will be expanded from today for children with special educational needs. Daycare with a maximum of five children at once is permitted. Up to three families may join up to built a private care group.

    8.10 am: Many companies are planning layoffs or job cuts

    According to a survey by the Munich-based Ifo Institute, companies in numerous industries plan to fire employees or not to extend temporary contracts because of the Corona crisis. In April this was decided by 58 percent of gastronomy businesses, 50 percent of the hotels, 43 percent of the travel agencies and 39 percent of the companies in the automotive industry. According to surveys, an average of 18 percent of companies in Germany have already cut jobs.

    4.47 am: 357 new infections in Germany

    The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 357 new corona infections in Germany. This increases the number of cases to a total of 169,575. The number of deaths rose by 22 to 7417. According to the RKI, around 145,600 people have recovered. The infection rate has increased further in Germany. The reproduction number is at 1.13 (10.5. 0:00 a.m.).

    11.05.2020

    8.15 pm: BMW restarts production in Dingolfing

    BMW will restart car production on Monday at the Dingolfing plant after the Corona forced production break. Other large plants of the Bavarian car manufacturer are expected to ramp up production in the next few weeks.

    4.45 pm: City of Rosenheim is again above limit

    During the last seven days there have been more than 50 new infections per 100.000 inhabitants in Rosenheim. According to the Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit, the figure was 50.5 on Sunday. The new cases have been detected during a test series in a home for asylum seekers. The figures in the neighbouring regions Landkreis Rosenheim and Landkreis Traunstein are also quite high with 29.5 and 37.8. Concerning Traunstein the new infections were mainly found in a nursery home.

    8.00 am: Reproduction number increases again

    According to Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the reproduction number has increased and is now above the critical value of 1. The RKI has published a situation report on Saturday evening showing a number of 1.10 - based on data from May 9. The figure shows how many people get infected by one infected person on average. The RKI has consistently underlined that the reproduction number has to be below 1 in order to subside the epidemic. On Wednesday the reproduction number was 0.65. Since then it has increased continuously.

    4.42 am: Mosquitos don’t spread the coronavirus

    According to previous findings there is no danger coming from mosquitos in the pandemic. Sars-CoV-2 is transmitted by droplet infection - it can’t get into the body through a sting, says Doreen Werner to the German Press Agency. Werner is an expert on mosquitos from ZALF (Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung). Peter Ben Embarek confirms this. He is a WHO expert on infections that are transmitted by animals or vice versa. Studies with different parasites, including mosquitos, haven’t shown any transmission.

    10.05.2020

    5.00 pm: Salzburg allows visits for family members on Mother’s Day

    The state government of Salzburg allows Bavarian family members to visit their relatives in Salzburg on Mother’s Day. According to the homepage, this exception will be valid 24 hours starting midnight May 10. Border controls will be family friendly. Visitors from Bavaria just have to explain convincingly that they want to visit relatives. Starting May 11, former entry requirements will be valid again.

    3.35 pm: Hospitals in Bavaria slowly go back to normal

    Step by step hospitals in Bavaria may return to normalcy. A general ruling that becomes effective today permits regular business for private clinics. Hospitals that also treat nationally insured patients (Kassenpatient) still have to provide 30 percent of their ICU capacity for Corona patients.

    10.10 am: Starting Monday football training with restrictions will be possible in Bavaria

    Football training will be allowed with restrictions from Monday in Bavaria - on condition that it is outside and with only five people and a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. The Bavarian Football Association (BFV) has just published a guideline. The amateur league season won’t be continued until August 31.

    7.00 am: Easings at the Bavarian border to Austria

    The border between Austria and Bavaria mainly stays closed. But according to BR information there are already some exceptions concerning the checkpoints in Kleinwalsertal towards Allgäu, in Hinterriß and Jungholz as well as the “kleines deutsches Eck” near Salzburg. On Mother’s Day, family-friendly border controls are planned.

    5.20 am: Care workers show great interest in bonus

    The amount of applications for the “Corona care bonus” in Bavaria has significantly increased. More than 154.000 applications have been sent to the “Landesamt für Pflege” (LfP), said Health Minister Melanie Huml (CSU). That shows the great interest in this bonus. The payouts have already started, said Huml. The first 1.000 notifications for the bonus have already been sent by mail.

    The bonus of up to 500 Euro is an appreciation for nurses and care workers in hospitals, rehab clinics, nursing homes and mobile nursing service. Emergency personnel and paramedics may also apply for the bonus.

    09.05.2020

    4.21 pm: Hospitals and nurseries are worried about too many visitors

    After so many weeks hospitals and nurseries are worried that there will be too many visitors this weekend. Therefore the “Bayerische Krankenhausgesellschaft” has published an appeal: They want citizens to inform themselves in advance about the restrictions that are still valid.

    3.31 pm: Starting Monday Switzerland eases entry restrictions

    Applications that had already been submitted by working people from the EU, the EFTA and from third countries will be processed first. In addition, family reunification will be possible again for Swiss, EU and EFTA citizens. Boarder control will be extended.

    1.15 pm: Munich zoo will reopen on Monday

    Starting Monday Tierpark Hellabrunn will reopen - but with limited access. Only 2.185 people may enter every day. Tickets must be bought one day in advance - online or at the “München Ticket” booking office. Presale starts on Friday (08.05.20) at 5 pm. Some parts of the zoo, like petting zoo or animal houses, remain closed. Animal walks, feedings or animal trainings in public are cancelled too.

    12.37 pm: Temperature will be measured in Apple stores

    Apple reopens its stores in Germany from Monday, but with precautions and shorter business hours. At the entrance customers’ temperatures will be measured and customers have to wear face masks. In case someone doesn’t have a mouth-nose-coverage, they will provide one.

    Where you can travel within Germany

    • Travels to close family members (spouses and lifepartners, parents, children, grandparents) are permitted. Even if they live in another state.
    • It is allowed to travel to another state for medical reasons. Exception: To Mecklenburg-Vorpommern one can only travel for medical procedures that can’t be postponed and not for prophylactic medical examinations or rehabilitation.
    • Travelling for occupational reasons is allowed everywhere.
    • Concerning touristic travels, there are differences between the states. As a German tourist, it is allowed to travel to most of the states - but only for daytrips, because it is still prohibited to stay in hotels. There are four states that can’t be travelled: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein. But all of them have already announced when they can be travelled again. (Sachsen: starting May 15, Sachsen-Anhalt: in June, Schleswig-Holstein: starting May 18, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: starting May 25)
    • The regulations for some islands are stricter. Daytrips to islands and Halligs in Schleswig-Holstein are prohibited - even for people who live there. In Niedersachsen it is only allowed to bring people to the islands if they are residents, permanent campers or if they have a second home on the island. This applies for Wangerooge, Langeoog, Borkum und Noderney.
    • Travelling by coach is explicitly prohibited in most of the states (also in Bavaria), because the risk of an infection is too high due to way and length of journey. The same applies for guided city tours and boat trips.

    08.05.2020

    Regulations for Bavaria:

    Minimum distance and contact bans

    • Until June 5, people must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters in public.
    • The mask requirement remains valid for shopping and public transport.
    • At the moment, in Bavaria it is allowed to meet close family members (children, parents, grandparents or brothers and sisters) or one person from another household. Starting Friday (8.5.), it is allowed to meet more than only one person from another household - in private and in public space.

    Schools

    • On Monday (11.5.) pupils from 11th grade of Gymnasium, 9th grade of Realschule, 8th grade of Mittelschule and pupils from the 4th grade may go back to school.
    • Until Pentecost compulsory attendance won’t be very strict for example for teachers and students with pre-existing conditions or students whose parents belong to any risk group.
    • Driving schools: For lessons in school minimum distance is mandatory, during driving lessons one has to wear face masks.
    • Music schools: Private lessons will be possible as from Monday (11.5.).
    • Vacations won’t be shortened.

    Child care

    • Emergency child care will be expanded from Monday (11.5.) for children with special educational needs.
    • Daycare with a maximum of five children at once will be permitted from Monday.
    • Up to three families may join up to built a private care group.
    • On May 25, preschoolers may go back to preschools and forest kindergartens (Waldkindergarten) reopen.

    Visiting clinics and nursing homes

    From Saturday (9.5.) on, people in clinics and nursing homes may be visited from one registered contact person or a family member. During the visit minimum distance and face masks are required.

    Shopping

    From Monday (11.5.) all shops in Bavaria are allowed to reopen.

    Sports

    • From Monday (11.5.) “contact-free individual sport” will be allowed outdoors - for example tennis, track and field, golf, sailing, aviation.
    • Horseback riding is also allowed indoors.

    Restaurants, tourism, culture

    • On Monday (11.5.) zoos, botanical gardens, museums and libraries may open with some restrictions.
    • Starting May 18 restaurants and coffee houses may open their outdoor areas - like beergardens for example - until 8 pm.
    • Starting May 25 they may reopen their indoor areas, but with restrictions and only until 10 pm.
    • Hotels, camping sites and vacation apartments may open from May 30.
    • Starting May 30 castles and theme parks may reopen and boat trips on lakes will be possible again.
    • Until now there are no details for theaters, swimming pools, saunas and fitness centers.
    • Bundesliga: Football matches for first and second division will be possible without audience (Geisterspiele) from the second half of May. According to the German Football League (DFL) the first matches will be played on May 16 and the finals will be on June 27.
    • Major events like concerts, festivals, sport or city festivals are expected to be prohibited until August 31.

    07.05.2020

    4:16 pm: Further loosening of contact limitations also in Bavaria in sight

    According to a resolution of both the federal government as well as the states, a further liberation of the contact limitations due to Corona is also in sight for Bavaria. Prime Minister Söder (CSU), however, has left open when the state government will adopt the regulation for Bavaria.

    3:58 pm: Merkel: Visits in nursing homes possible for one contact person

    People living in nursing homes or similar institutions can have regular visits again, but only by the same contact person, who must be assigned in advance.

    3:53 pm: Merkel announces prolongation of contact limitations until June 5th

    Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) announced the prolongation of the Corona contact limitations until June 5th. In future, however, people from two different households will be allowed to meet in public.

    12:20 pm: Federal States ("Bundesländer") take responsibility for consequences of loosening safety measures

    The Federal States ("Bundesländer") take responsibility for further liberalisations of the Corona limitations, but must also react to possible negative consequences. In a conference call with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), the federal government and state governments agreed on the Federal States to make sure that there would have to be a concept of consequent limitations installed, if more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants occurred within an administrative district ("Landkreis") or urban municipality ("kreisfreie Stadt").

    11:38 am: Reduction of V.A.T. for gastronomy

    In order to support the gastronomy during the Corona crisis, the cabinet has agreed on lowering the V.A.T. for the branch. Thus, for restaurants the reduced V.A.T. rate of 7% will apply as of July. The business association Dehoga has already criticized, however, that pubs, bars or clubs, which offer drinks only, would not benefit from the tax reduction.

    06.05.2020

    6:15 pm: Plans for exiting border controls getting more concrete

    The borders between Germany and its neighbors could become more permeable as of middle of May. Both the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Interior said that a step-by-step opening of the borders in the North had been planned. It has been said that there were also discussions between the Ministry of the Interior and other Federal Lands with international borders about corresponding concepts.

    2:45 pm: Coalition does not plan compulsory Corona vaccination

    The grand coalition has declined speculations about a compulsory vaccination against the Corona virus. "Once and for all: There has never been a compulsory Corona vaccination mentioned in the draft bill, at no time," Bärbel Bas, vice-chairwoman of the SPD party, said. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) had also voted against a compulsory vaccination. He also stopped plans for a Corona immunity passport for the time being.

    1:31 pm: Söder announces strict checks in gastronomy

    According to Prime Minister Söder, there will be strict checks if gastronomers fulfil the safety requirements. Violations will be fined.

    1:27 pm: Precise regularisation for beer gardens yet to come

    According to Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger, the exact regulations for the opening of beer gardens are still to be fixed. He said that it was obvious that a family would be able to sit together at one table or up to two people with appropriate distance between them. Details would still have to be sorted out.

    1:23 pm: No decision on fitness centres yet

    There are no prospects for fitness centres to reopen yet. According to Söder, a decision on that will depend on the infection rate in the near future.

    1:12 pm: Open air baths not to open in May.

    According to Söder, there is no due date for open air baths to reopen. Söder made clear though, that this "won't happen before June". The danger of infection would be too high.

    12:51 pm: Learning matter will be reduced

    According to the Minister of Education, Piazolo, the learning matter will be adapted to the current situation and therefore reduced.

    12:49 pm: Further plans for schools

    According to Piazolo, the third step will be taken on May 18th and 25th. The plan is to teach students of the fifth and sixth form in a weekly exchange. This also applies to pupils of the 1st form. They are also checking whether a slimmed-down version for children of the second and third form is possible. The aim is to add all remaining pupils by June 15th - infection rate permitting.

    12:45 pm: Further classes at schools as of Monday

    According to Minister of Education Piazolo, the reopening of schools for graduating classes on April 27th worked well. Next Monday, "pre-graduating classes", as well as forth forms are allowed back at schools.

    12:40 pm: Single sports outside allowed as of Monday

    As Söder announced, "single sport outside without contact to others" will be allowed again in Bavaria as of Monday. Regulations of hygiene and distance must be kept. Team sports are still prohibited for the time being.

    12:30 pm: Gradual opening of day-care centres and schools

    According to Prime Minister Söder, half of all children will be given the possibility to go to a day-care centre. From May 25th, for example, all preschool children will be allowed to visit their kindergarten. Also, 50 per cent of all pupils are supposed to be taught at their school by Whitsun. According to Söder, wearing face-masks will not be obligatory in class, but in schoolyards and toilets. "Holiday times will remain as they are", the Prime Minister reassured.

    12:25 pm: Timetable for gastronomy

    The Bavarian cabinet has decided to gradually reopen gastronomy. From May 18th on, gastronomy outside will be allowed until 8 pm. Eating places will be allowed to reopen on May 25th, fulfilling certain conditions, and as of May 30th, hotels will be able to host guests again.

    12:20 pm: 800-square-metres rule abolished

    So far, shops in Bavaria had to limit their sales area to 800 square metres. This rule will be made void next Monday. According to Söder, nail studios and beauty parlours will be able to reopen then.

    12:15 pm: Visits in homes for the aged possible

    Visiting people in homes for the aged is said to be possible as of the following weekend - under certain terms and conditions. Visits are supposed to take place outside if possible, face masks must be worn and distance kept, Söder said.

    12:12 pm: Playgrounds will reopen

    Playgrounds in Bavaria will be allowed to reopen on Wednesday.

    12:09 pm: Contact bans instead of lockdown

    Bavaria will change the lockdown to contact bans on Wednesday. Distance will still have to be kept, said Prime Minister Söder, but people will be allowed to visit relatives.

    12:02 pm: "Bavarian Plan" for Corona: careful path

    The Bavarian cabinet has agreed on a "Bavarian plan" for Corona. According to Prime Minister Söder, it's the framework for a careful path. Bavaria will be proceeding slower than other federal states in Germany. The proceedings have been in accordance with Chancellor Merkel and neighbouring state Baden-Württemberg.

    11:25 am: Decision on lockdown expected

    The Bavarian cabinet must also decide on the lockdown measures in Bavaria. They are effective until Sunday, for the time being. Therefore, the question arises, whether, and if so, in which way they should be prolonged or loosened. At the moment, people in Bavaria are only allowed to leave their flats for essential reasons and only meet up with not more than one person from a different household.

    7:30 am: Spahn demands consistent procedures when loosening measures

    After certain Federal Lands had already loosened their Corona safety measures, Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) demands a joint procedure. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk, he said he understood the debate but that it would be equally important to provide trust and liability with clear rules of action and joint procedures.

    05.05.2020

    5:15 pm: Spahn wants to take his time with immunity passports

    In the debate about possible passports stating an immunity against the Corona virus, Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) stated that he didn't want a statutory rule for the time being. "The question of whether in case of Corona an additional immunity passport makes sense or not is one we should ponder on calmly as a society," he said.

    12:08 pm: Roche wants to deliver antibodies test within May

    Pharmaceutical enterprise Roche wants to deliver a new test for antibodies against the Corona virus to health institutions in Germany in May. Three million tests are supposed to be delivered yet in May. According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, further five million tests per month have been agreed on to be delivered in Germany within the following months .

    07:26 am: The new Corona regulations in Bavaria

    As of today, the Corona regulations have been loosened in some areas: hairdressers are allowed to do haircuts, and people can attend divine services again, but there, too, clear rules of hygiene apply.

    At the hairdresser's: face mask and having your hair washed are obligatory

    Hairdressers as well as their customers must wear a face mask. Whether you want it or not: Everybody must have their hair washed in order to kill possible viruses in the hair. Customers must leave their contact details so that potential chains of infection can be traced back. Having your eyelashes or eyebrows dyed is still forbidden for the time being.

    Churches, Mosques, Synagogues

    It is obligatory to wear a face mask during service in houses of prayer. Exceptions to the rule are only liturgical speeches and sermons. Furthermore, a distance of at least two meters must be kept between worshippers.

    Safety precautions in Bavaria: which rules still apply

    Safety precautions such as limitations of movement, the ban of visits, quarantine measures when (re-)entering Germany as well as the obligation to wear face masks in shops, trains and busses remain installed until May 10th (for the time being). Big events like fun fairs or sport events with many visitors or concerts will not be allowed before August 31st 2020. Bars, pubs, discotheques, saunas, public swimming baths, cinemas and theaters remain closed for the time being. Restaurants are allowed to offer take-away or delivery services but cannot host.

    7:23 am: Roche has developed antibodies test

    Pharmaceutical company Roche in Penzberg has developed a test to prove Corona antibodies. The antibodies tests which have already existed so far, often count as inaccurate. According to internal information by Roche, there has been a breakthrough. Thousands of patients have already been tested with the new procedure. According to a Roche spokesman, the precision of the test is very reliable. Whether a patient has caught the Corona virus or not can be proven with a certainty of almost 100 per cent.

    04.05.2020

    3.55 pm: Spahn asks Ethics Council for opinion on immunity cards

    Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has asked Ethics Council for opinion on Covid-19 immunity cards. Using immunity cards will “raise ethical issues”, Spahn points out in his letter, consequently an adequate appreciation of ethical aspects matter.

    In case of solid evidence for an immunity after an infection with the coronavirus, there should be a medical certificate - similar to a vaccination certificate. Still, according to the WHO developing immunity after successfully recovering from an SARS-CoV-2 infection remains uncertain.

    3.07 pm: Masses with congregation

    This weekend many churches in Germany have been ministering under strict protective measures. The first service after a seven week break in the Kölner Dom has been conducted by Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. “We are recognizing our responsibility and will take care that nobody's health will be jeopardized”, he assured.

    3.00 pm: Seehofer doesn’t want football players to receive special treatment

    Interior Minister Seehofer has made clear that there must not be a special treatment for football players, if Bundesliga will be resumed. When players will be tested frequently, it must not cause shortages for police officers, nurses or doctors, he said on BR television. But basically, he appears to be open that Bundesliga is resuming.

    9.02 am: Czech Republic considers opening boarders in July

    The Czech government considers to open boarders in July. The talks with Austria and Slovakia have progressed well, those with Poland run into difficulties, said foreign minister Tomas Petricek on Saturday evening according to the news agency CTK.

    03.05.2020

    4.35 pm: Recycling depots in Volkach and Bad Kissingen reopen

    Starting from next week, the recycling depot in Volkach will be open on the usual opening hours: on Wednesdays from 3.30 to 5.30 pm and on Saturdays from 9.30 to 12.00 am. Face masks are obligated and the number of customers will be limited. From Monday on, the recycling depot in Bad Kissingen also reopens. Citizens may return their recyclables during the week from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on Saturdays from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm. In Bad Kissingen one must wear a face mask, keep a safety distance of 1.5 meters and should only come in maximum two at a time.

    11.10 am: Food bank (Tafel) in Karlstadt opens every Saturday

    From today on (02.05.2020) the food bank (Tafelladen) in Karlstadt in the administrative district Main-Spessart opens every Saturday. Due to the corona virus it has been rearranged and the procedure at the counter was adjusted, so helpers and customers are protected as good as possible.

    11.00 am: Weekly market in Aschaffenburg on a larger area

    From now on the weekly market in Aschaffenburg takes place on a larger area, in order that there is more space between the stalls and people can keep distance to each other. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the market now stretches from Schlossplatz to the parking lots in the neighborhood.

    7.19 am: EU starts fund-raising campaign to fight corona

    Together with global partners the European Union starts a worldwide fund-raising campaign to overcome the corona pandemic and among other things to develop new diagnostic methods and a vaccine. The campaign starts on Monday at 3 pm with the goal of collecting 7.5 billion Euro. Donations from countries, international organizations, financial institutions, civil society and foundations will be registered on the website “Coronavirus Global Response”. A world map shows the amount of donations. Citizens may participate by making donations to the partner organizations such as WHO, Global Fund or the Bill & Melina Gates foundation. But, first of all, they are called upon to draw attention to the campaign in their environment.

    02.05.2020

    10.01 am: Good results after one week of mask requirement in local public transport

    Barely a week after inaugurating the mask requirement in public transport, the Bavarian Ministry of Transport sees good results. “The obligation to wear a mask is very well accepted”, said minister of transport Kerstin Schreyer (CSU). Feedback from transport companies showed that “the vast majority of passengers wears a mask, sometimes up to 98 or even 99 percent.”

    9.00 am: Administrative district offices in Passau and Straubing-Bogen reopen on Monday

    The administrative district office (Landratsamt) in Passau continues operations next week (Monday, May 4). Personal visits will be possible after making appointments by phone. The same applies for registration offices in Salzweg, Pocking and Hauzenberg. Having an appointment, vehicles can be registered without having a valid reason. For customers and employees a face mask is required. The administrative district office in Straubing-Bogen also reopens on Monday. There and in the vehicle registration center (KFZ-Zulassungsstelle) face masks are required too. One can only pay cash at the checkout.

    9.00 am: In Passau parking fees have to be paid again

    Starting on Monday, May 4, parking on fee required open-air parking lots in the city of Passau will no longer be for free. The remission of fees that Mayor Jürgen Dupper established at the end of March due to the corona pandemic is expiring.

    01.05.2020

    6.07 pm: Decision on schools, day care centers and Bundesliga adjourned for next week

    Next week the federal government and the state governments will make a decision on further openings of schools, kindergardens and day care centers. “On Wednesday we want to progress”, Merkel said with an eye to the next video conference with the prime ministers. A “parallel strategy” for different age groups could be possible. The decision about how to continue the Bundesliga season was also adjourned. But for the next conference with the prime ministers on May 6, Merkel promised a “very clear decision” for sports during the corona crisis.

    5.25 pm: Playgrounds, zoos and museums are supposed to reopen

    According to Merkel, church services will be possible again. That is what she agreed on with the prime ministers. Playgrounds, zoos, galleries and museums could also be reopened with some restrictions. The federal states will make the final decisions.

    9.34 am: Federal government will help students with emergency loans

    Minister of Education Anja Karliczek (CDU) wants to help students to get through the corona crisis with emergency loans. From May 8 students can apply for a zero interest loan from the KfW bank up to 650 Euro per month. International students may receive the loan as from July.

    9.08 am: Head of Chancellery expects extension of restrictions

    The current restrictions are expected to be extended for at least one more week until May 10. Until then the “essential package” will remain in effect, said Head of Chancellery Helge Braun in an interview with n-tv.

    9.00 am: Back to normal in schools not yet in sight

    According to Minister of Education Karliczek there won’t be normal lessons in schools until next year. Only after large parts of the population have been vaccinated, one can go back to normal, she said in an interview with the BR. Probably this will take another 12 to 18 months. Until then there will be a mix of lessons in classrooms and digital lessons.

    30.04.2020

    3.00 pm: More corona tests in Germany

    The federal government has approved a bill from Health Minister Spahn, that includes a significant higher amount of testings. In future, more people with higher risks, for example in nursing homes, could be tested.

    2.55 pm: Lufthansa makes face masks mandatory

    Lufthansa obliges all passengers to wear a face mask on board. This mask requirement will be valid from May 4 until August 31 on all flights with airlines from the Lufthansa group. Due to the corona crisis, the limited schedule for flights will be extended until May 31. According to Lufthansa, customers whose flights have been cancelled or who can’t take their flight, can keep their ticket and change their booking to a new travel date (by the 30th of April 2021 at the latest) and a new destination if needed.

    2.35 pm: Holiday packages can be cancelled for free

    The extension of the global travel warning is rendering holidays abroad almost impossible. “Until June 14, vacationers will benefit from legal security”, said Paul Degott to the German Press Agency. He is a travel law attorney from Hannover. Holiday packages for example can’t take place until mid June. If tour operators don’t cancel them by themselves, customers could cancel those bookings for free.

    10.44 am: Worldwide travel warning extended until June 14

    The federal government has extended the global travel warning until June 14. According to government circles the decision about summer vacation will follow afterwards. So far, the travel warning was valid until the beginning of May.

    10.11 am: Federal government enacts bonus for geriatric nurses

    Employees in geriatric care will receive up to 1.500 Euro as a tax-free bonus to compensate the unusual burden the corona crisis causes, the federal government has enacted. Employees who spend at least one quarter of their working hours with care work, will get up to 1.000 Euro and trainees 900 Euro. Other employees in geriatric care will receive up to 500 Euro.

    8.40 am: Cancellation fee for artists

    Government-funded cultural institutions will pay artists up to 60 percent of their fee, if the event had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. On condition that the contract had been signed until March 15. Fees up to 1.000 Euro have a cancellation fee of 60 percent. For fees above that, the cancellation fee is 40 percent. The cancellation fee will be limited to 2.500 Euro.

    29.04.2020

    1.45 pm: Church services and protesting will be possible soon

    According to Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, church services will be possible again from May 4. But participants must be seated 1.5 meters apart from each other. Also outdoor protests will be allowed, but only for up to 50 people and also with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between participants.

    1.36 pm: Restrictions will be extended

    The Bavarian government decided to extend the existing measures of protection until May 10.

    1.30 pm: Private child care will be possible, government pays fees for after school centers

    Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has announced that it should be made possible to establish private child care groups. But in order to track possible infections, they must be registered. Besides, the bavarian government will pay fees not only for child care centers but also for after school centers.

    1.25 pm: Schools start smooth but “no back to normal”

    Graduating classes in Bavaria are back in school since Monday and Piazolo, the Bavarian Minister of cultural affairs, commends the return as “smooth”. According to him, it was well prepared and organized, the protection against infections was ensured. However, Piazolo has dampened hopes for a quick back to normal. “Until summer there won't be schooling in the way we used to know.” Classes must be split, so it is already clear that not all of the teaching material can be taught.

    28.04.2020

    9.07 pm: Corona infection rate has increased again

    According to Robert Koch Institut the infection rate has slightly increased to 1.0. That means that every infected person infects another person on average. At the beginning of April the infection rate was 0.7, at the beginning of March is was 3.0. The RKI repeatedly emphasized that the infection rate must be below 1.0 for the pandemic to end.

    6.30 pm: Large stores are allowed to reopen with immediate effect

    Bavaria reacts to a resolution of the Administrative court concerning the controversial limitation to 800 square meters for stores. Large stores may reopen as of now, if they reduce their selling space to 800 square meters - with barriers for example.

    3.59 pm: Munich Airport - Terminal 1 will be closed

    On Wednesday passenger services at Munich Airport’s Terminal 1 will be withdrawn. Flughafen München GmbH has announced that, because the amount of flights is currently drastically reduced due to the travel restrictions in the wake of the corona pandemic, all departures and arrivals will be processed via Terminal 2 until further notice. From Wednesday on baggage claim for all flights will also be at Terminal 2.

    3.58 pm: Domestic travel could be possible in summer

    The Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism considers domestic travel to be possible in summer. Holiday apartments and cottages could probably open first, hotels follow later, says Thomas Bareiß. But beaches must not be crowded. Industry standards should now be defined. Travelling to other European countries or even long-distance journeys could follow later.

    3.20 pm: More violations on weekends

    On weekends the Munich police department registers most of the violations of the restrictions on movements, as an evaluation of BR24 shows. After Easter (Easter Sunday: 317 violations) most violations had been registered on two Saturdays (259 on April 18 and 281 on April 25). The smallest amount of violations since Easter occurred on Tuesday, April 14 (76). This day happened to be the coldest day in the city with highest temperatures of 8 degrees Celsius.

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    27.04.2020

    2.30 pm: Söder considers to allow visitors in nursing homes

    After a CSU board meeting in Munich, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has announced that focusing on how to make life easier for families will be the next step in the corona crisis. According to Söder concepts for daycare centers, schools and nursing homes are currently being developed. To tackle the loneliness of the elderly, they are thinking about allowing few visits of one chosen person. Concerning schools, the goal is that every student goes to school at least once before Pentecost.

    What applies today in Bavaria

    • All over Bavaria, masks are mandatory in shops and in local public transport - even at platforms and stops. It is mandatory for all people in Bavaria from the age of six. Anyone who violates the obligation must expect a penalty of 150 euros.
    • Shops with sale areas ​​up to 800 square meters may reopen today. This includes bicycle and car dealers as well as book stores.
    • Students who are about to take their final exams go back to school. Pupils and teachers with previous illnesses as well as pregnant teachers and over 60-year-olds are initially not required to attend.
    • More children are allowed to go to emergency care in daycare centers and schools. They can be supervised even if only one parent works in a systemically critical area. Tax and legal advisors, pastors, teachers and single parents are now entitled to call upon emergency care.

    27.04.2020

    2:34 pm: More than 41,000 confirmed cases in Bavaria

    The number of confirmed corona cases in Bavaria has risen to a total of 41,295 (as of Sunday, April 26, 10 am). According to the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL), this means an increase of 344 people since yesterday. The death toll has risen by 29 to 1,613 people since yesterday.

    1.00 p.m: Most people comply with mask requirement in Rosenheim

    A mask requirement has been in force in Rosenheim since Wednesday. Most people comply with the new obligation, reports the police president of the headquarters in Southern Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern Süd). The police is checking compliance with the rules. So far, almost no complaints have been necessary. Police President Robert Kopp appeals to citizens to continue to abide by the rules because they are a prerequisite if they want the restrictions to be further loosened. The city and district of Rosenheim are one of the corona hotspots in Germany. As of tomorrow, the mask requirement in shops and public transport will apply throughout Bavaria.

    11.46 am: Emergency care in daycare centers will be expanded from Monday

    In Bavaria, emergency child care will be expanded from Monday. The new regulation is primarily intended to relieve working single parents. They are entitled to emergency care, even if they do not work in a so-called systemically critical area. For couples, only one parent has to work in a critical area. As of Monday, teachers, tax and legal advisors as well as pastoral carers are also entitled to emergency care for their children. However, this only applies if the child can not be supervised by an adult in the household, the ministry emphasized.The necessary application forms are now available online.

    26.04.2020

    2.00 pm: University Hospital Würzburg is looking for blood donations from those who have recovered

    The Würzburg University Hospital is looking for blood donations from people who have overcome a coronavirus infection. Their blood plasma could help other COVID-19 patients. For this, people are sought between the ages of 18 and 60 who have overcome a corona infection and have no serious previous illnesses (such as diabetes, stroke, heart attacks). Those who are interested are asked to contact the transfusion medicine of the University Hospital Würzburg.

    9.39 am: 2055 new infections and 179 corona deaths in Germany

    According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of corona infections in Germany rose by 2,055 to 152,438 within a day. In addition, 179 people died, bringing the total death toll to 5,500. Around 109,800 people with Covid-19 have recovered.

    8.32 am: Most German food banks continue giving out food

    Despite the corona crisis, most food banks in Germany continue to try to provide the needy with food. After interim closings, almost all of the facilities in the major cities are back at work.

    6.15 am: Pediatricians: Parents go to the doctor too late with their children

    Because they are afraid of becoming infected with the coronavirus, many parents no longer take their children to the doctor, according to doctors. Wolfgang Kölfen, chairman of the Association of Leading Pediatricians in Germany, told the "Rheinische Post" that this could have dangerous consequences. In addition, an early warning system for children from difficult backgrounds is missing due to the closing of daycare centers.

    25.04.2020

    2.44 pm: Soon online application for compensation for loss of pay due to Corona

    Anyone who suffers a loss of earnings due to the Corona crisis will be able to apply for compensation online in most federal states in the future. Starting next week, employers and self-employed should be able to provide all the necessary information and upload evidence on the website www.ifsg-online.de, as the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced. Bavaria has not yet appeared in the list.

    Anyone who is quarantined or who is not allowed to work due to their own infection is entitled to compensation. Since the end of March, the regulation has also applied to people who have to look after their children because of daycare or school closures and therefore cannot work.

    2.07 pm: Federal government negotiates with Apple on Corona app

    The federal government is negotiating with the US company Apple about the requirements for a corona tracing app. It is about the company opening the interface to enable the use of an app, said deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer. The app is designed to show smartphone users whether they have come into contact with people infected with corona.

    1.10 pm: From May 4, church services are allowed again in Bavaria

    Despite the ongoing corona crisis, religious services in Bavaria will be allowed under strict conditions from May 4, announced State Chancellor Florian Herrmann (CSU) on Friday in Munich. The conditions include hygiene plans, wearing a face mask and keeping a minimum distance of two meters between worshipers.

    11.55 am: Mask requirement starting Monday: Violations can cost up to 5,000 euros

    Starting on Monday, wearing a mask is compulsory in Bavaria. People from the age of six must cover their mouth and nose in shops and public transport, as well as at bus stops and tram and train stations. According to the State Ministry of Health and Care, this obligation also applies to regional trains, but not to long-distance trains. Wearing a mask also is required in taxis. Anyone who does not adhere to the mask requirement must be fined 150 euros. If repeated, it can double to 300 euros. However, it becomes particularly expensive for shop owners who do not make sure that their staff wear a face mask: they can be get a fine of up to 5,000 euros.

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    With the "Empty Chairs" campaign, restaurant owners draw attention to impending bankruptcies

    In several cities in Bavaria and throughout Germany, innkeepers want to draw attention to their threatening situation with the "Empty Chairs" campaign today. At noon, owners want to put chairs outside their establishments as a sign of protest. Many innkeepers fear bankruptcy if, due to the corona measures, restaurants have to remain closed over the summer. They demand a clear timetable from politicians of when their companies may reopen. In addition, they want higher subsidies and a higher short-time work allowance. This week, the grand coalition passed a tax relief for the gastronomy and catering trade: from July 1, the value added tax for food will be reduced to 7 percent. The regulation is valid for one year.

    10:40 am: First Bavarian police officer dies of Covid-19

    A 57-year-old police officer from the Munich airport inspection died on Sunday in an Ingolstadt hospital from Covid-19. This was confirmed by a police spokesman. In Bavaria, he was the first policeman on active duty to die from a corona infection. Nationwide, it is the second case.

    24.04.2020

    Corona aid: Changes in short-time work and unemployment benefits

    The grand coalition wants to increase the short-time work allowance. So far, childless employees have received 60 percent of the net income, employees with children received 67 percent. Those who work less than 50 percent will now receive 70 or 77 percent, respectively, of their net income from the fourth month of short-time work and 80 or 87 percent, respectively, from the seventh month.

    Unemployment benefit (Arbeitslosengeld I) will be extended by three months - for those whose benefit would end between May 1 and December 31, 2020.

    Corona aid: Support for students

    In order to support schools and students with digital lessons at home, the federal government wants to provide 500 million euros. The money should be used by schools to grant pupils from low income families a contribution of 150 euros for the purchase of appropriate devices such as smartphones or tablets. In addition, the equipment of the schools should be improved so teachers can create and use professional online courses.

    10:45 am: Ramadan during corona: Praying and breaking fast only possible within the family circle

    Tonight marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims. For one month, many Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during the period from dawn till sunset. Because of the corona pandemic, believers cannot observe it this year as usual: Praying together in the mosque and breaking fast with others are canceled. Mehmet Yalcin, the chairman of the "Suleymaniye Mosque Integration and Educational Association Kempten", told the BR that people's health takes precedence. According to him, many muslims will find it very difficult to celebrate Ramadan alone or only with the members of their own household. The Penzberg imam Benjamin Idriz also sees positive aspects in the current situation. Even if Ramadan seems different and mosques remain closed, the families would become much more important. "Maybe next year we will remember this Ramadan and miss the good things. The intensive time in the families, for example. How nice it was to cook and pray together." Here you can find more information about Ramadan (article in German).

    9:08 am: Merkel: Corona restrictions will remain for a long time

    "We are not in the final phase of the pandemic," said Chancellor Angela Merkel in a government declaration in the Bundestag, the German federal parliament. The population will have to deal with the virus and the restrictions in public life for a long time to come. The restrictions are "an imposition" for democracy. Making these relevant decisions were not easy for her, but necessary. Merkel warned loosening the restrictions too quickly: "Now let's not gamble away what has been achieved and risk a setback." It was necessary to act "wisely and carefully".

    07:26 am: Almost one fifth of German companies are planning to cut jobs

    According to the ifo Institute for Economic Research, almost one fifth of German companies are planning to cut jobs in the wake of the Corona crisis. 18 percent of the companies wanted to lay off employees or not extend temporary contracts. Almost half of the companies wanted to postpone investments, just as many had applied for short-time work.

    23.04.2020

    11.08 am: Asylum seekers and third-country nationals are allowed to work as harvest workers

    Asylum seekers and third-country nationals who were previously banned from working in Germany are now allowed to work in the agricultural sector due to the shortage of personnel caused by the corona crisis. Third-country nationals are those who do not come from the European Economic Area (EU countries and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). The regulation applies retrospectively from April 1 until the end of October, as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture announced. This could "attract more workers for seasonal work in agriculture without red tape".

    10.50 am: Bavaria's final classes should learn in small groups

    Before schools reopen for the final classes in Bavaria, Minister of Culture Michael Piazolo (Freie Wähler) explained the procedure at a press conference. From April 27, final classes will return to schools. From May 11 the classes that graduate next year or are about to be transferred to secondary school will follow. The goal remains to get all classes back to schools "this year". Students should learn in small groups of "ten to 15", there is a corresponding hygiene plan. Students with pre-existing conditions do not have to take part in face-to-face classes. Teachers who have pre-existing conditions, are pregnant or over 60 years old do not have to teach. The Abitur starts from May 20, the other final exams take place later: at middle schools (Mittelschulen) from June 6, at secondary schools (Realschulen) from June 30.

    22.04.2020

    6.30 pm: State government rectifies: Mask requirement from the age of six

    Starting on Monday, the mask requirement in shops, buses and trains will apply in Bavaria - for children from the age of six. The state government corrected its own statements since there was some confusion about the minimum age. At first, the government had stated that children only had to wear a mask from the age of seven.

    5.40 pm: Bavarian government considers allowing more recreational sports from May

    The Bavarian government is thinking about allowing other recreational sports from May. Among others, jogging, cycling, horse riding or water sports on natural waters such as swimming, sailing or rowing are currently permitted. "We want to allow people to do as many sports as possible. But we will keep a very close eye on the current infection process. In case of doubt, infection protection takes precedence", explained Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), who is also responsible for sports. The current exit restrictions allow sports and exercise in the fresh air. However, due to the risk of infection, sports clubs and gyms are currently closed.

    2.20 pm: Fines planned for people who violate mask requirement in Bavaria

    According to State Chancellor Florian Herrmann, anyone who violates the obligation to wear a mask in Bavaria faces a fine. The amount of the fine has not yet been determined. The Ministry of the Interior will incorporate it into the corona list of fines in the coming days. Herrmann emphasized that the police, but also the staff on buses and trains, were required to check compliance with the mask requirement. Starting Monday, a mask requirement applies to public transport and shops for all people from the age of seven in Bavaria.

    12.57 pm: Bavaria agrees on 500 million euros corona aid package

    In order to mitigate the impact of the corona crisis, the Bavarian state government has approved an aid package of up to 500 million euros. The money is earmarked for rehabilitation clinics that have made part of their bed capacities available for corona patients to cope with the crisis. Mother-child facilities, private clinics, youth hostels, social facilities, family counseling centers and associations for student affairs as well as sports clubs and sports facilities in need of money are also said to be entitled to the aid.

    12.40 pm: Maas dampens hopes for summer vacation

    Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has dampened hopes for a normal summer vacation. "There will be no normal vacation season with full beach bars and full mountain huts this summer. That wouldn't be responsible," he said in Berlin. Maas did not rule out that the borders would be opened to tourists again before the summer. A worldwide travel warning for tourists applies until May 3. What happens afterwards will be decided at the end of April.

    9.05 am: Oktoberfest cancelled

    The Oktoberfest 2020 was canceled due to the corona crisis. "We have agreed that the risk is simply too high," said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) at a joint press conference with Munich mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) in Munich. "As long as there is no vaccine and no medication, special care must be taken," said Söder. The cancellation is serious for the economy: Last year, the "Wiesn" made more than 1.23 billion euros for the city.

    21.04.2020

    3.04 pm: Sick leave by phone remains an option

    Sick leave for slight colds can still be done by phone, declared Josef Hecken, the chairman of the Federal Joint Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss). The exception was extended after all because doctors and experts had been highly critical of this step.

    10.55 am: Artists will be supported

    In his governmental statement Prime Minister Söder announced that artists will be paid 1.000 Euro per month by the Bavarian government for the next three months.

    10.45 am: No fees for daycare centers

    As daycare centers and kindergardens remain closed, parents won’t be charged for daycare for three months, Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder said.

    10.34 am: Mask obligation in Bavaria

    This week face masks are strongly recommended to be worn during shopping or in public transportation. But from next week on face masks must be worn in shops and in public transportation, declared Bavaria's Prime Minister Söder in a governmental statement.

    10.25 am: Keeping distance is still necessary

    According to Bavaria's Prime Minister Söder keeping distance to others is still the most important measure to fight the coronavirus. The restrictions on movement have been extended and remain valid until May 4.

    9.17 am: Bavaria begins easing restrictions

    From today on people in Bavaria are now allowed to spend time in public with a person who does not live in the same household. They can go for a walk or run together. This also includes children. They are allowed to meet one friend - but only outside. Besides that, construction markets, garden centers, nurseries and flower shops are allowed to reopen.

    6.24 am: Construction markets and garden centers worried about rush demand

    From today on construction markets, garden centers and flower shops are allowed to reopen in Bavaria. But the Bavarian Nursery Association (Bayerischer Gärtnereiverband) is worried about a rush of customers. "Please don't come all on one day!", said association director Jörg Freimuth towards the German news agency dpa. On Friday, the association sent around 10.000 face masks designated for customers and workers to his members, another 10.000 will be sent on Tuesday. As in supermarkets access will be restricted and there will be protective shields on the checkout.

    6.07 am: RKI confirmed 1.775 new cases - 110 deaths

    The Robert Koch Institut has confirmed 141.672 cases of infection with coronavirus in Germany - an increase of 1.775 cases compared to the day before. A further 110 deaths were confirmed, bringing the total of COVID-19 fatalities to 4.404. According to the RKI’s website 91.500 people have recovered, around 3.500 more than the day before.

    20.04.2020

    Corona in Bavaria: What questions do you have?

    It's been a month since we've started our international news sites. We want to keep you up to date about the coronavirus in Bavaria. Do you have any suggestions or feedback? Or a specific question that we should answer? Write to us at feedback@br24.de, subject: International.

    2:43 pm: No tests before the Abitur exams

    Before starting the Abitur exams, high school graduates in Bavaria do not have to take other exams. This applies to grammar schools (Gymnasien) as well as technical and vocational high schools (Fach- und Berufsoberschulen). This would allow pupils to concentrate fully on their Abitur, says Minister of Culture Piazolo. The Abitur exams at Bavarian grammar schools start on May 20, at technical and vocational high schools they start on June 18.

    11.47 am: Summer semester starts tomorrow – but only online

    In Bavaria, the summer semester starts tomorrow. Science Minister Sibler asked students and university employees to continue to take the corona pandemic seriously. At state universities, universities of applied sciences, technical colleges and art colleges, lectures start exclusively online. Only exams and individual practical classes are possible in individual cases from April 27 under strict hygiene measures.

    11.30 am: Crime rates drop during corona crisis

    The number of registered crimes in Bavaria has decreased since the beginning of the corona crisis, according to Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann. There have been fewer reports of burglaries, shoplifting, bodily harm, fraud and sex offenses. In the case of online fraud or domestic violence, the actual cases might be higher. Herrmann said that some of the victims might currently not file a complaint with the police in order not to leave the apartment. Official statistical figures are not available yet.

    19.04.2020

    2:37 pm: Auto repair shops are allowed to change tires

    Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann points out that changing tires is permitted for safety reasons. "Changing from winter to summer tires or if you have worn-out tires counts as a valid reason to leave the apartment and go to an auto repair shop within the current restrictions on movement," Herrmann is quoted in a press release. Auto repair shops are allowed to be open. You can also change your own tires on your own property. The TÜV recommends a tire change at the latest in April, because wear-off and fuel consumption with winter tires can be disproportionately high in the summer.

    Where can I buy masks at the moment?

    Masks should be worn at least during shopping and in public transport. At the moment, wearing masks in public is strongly recommended, but Bavaria's Prime Minister Söder is also considering a mask obligation.

    They are currently only sold in pharmacies. Not every pharmacy currently has masks, and there are not all types of masks everywhere. FFP2 masks that also protect against infection are rare and should be reserved for people in critical professions.

    You can sew simple masks, so-called community masks yourself, order them from online shops or buy them again from April 27 in various shops - from then on, shops with a shopping area of up to 800 square meters will be reopened. If you have more questions about the new regulations, you can find the answers here.

    10.20 am: Federal Constitutional Court overturns demo ban

    The Federal Constitutional Court granted an urgent request against the ban on a demonstration in Stuttgart this Saturday. The city had not even sent a negative decision to the applicant and his lawyer, according to them. A city’s employee said on the phone that meetings are currently not being decided because their prohibition results directly from the Corona regulation. This proceeding violated the plaintiff's fundamental right to freedom of assembly, the Karlsruhe judges decided. The demonstration may take place.

    10.00 am: Söder refuses to cancel the summer vacation for students

    In an interview with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Prime Minister Söder made it clear that there would be no cancellation of the summer vacation for students in Bavaria. The grading should take place later this school year. Nobody should repeat a class because of Corona. Whether one can move up to the next grade on probation will be decided much more generously, curricula will be adjusted. In order to reduce the size of the classes, for example, lessons could take place at different times or over different days.

    18.04.2020

    03.50 pm: Corona app at the earliest in May

    It was the Ministry of Health’s plan to launch a smartphone app to warn people about a corona infection at the end of the Easter holidays. Federal Minister of Health Spahn now says that people in Germany still have to be patient, probably for four more weeks.

    Spahn emphasized that the app had to meet three different requirements: data security, data protection and the actual purpose, to contain the spread of the epidemic. A Corona warning app for Germany has been under discussion for weeks. According to a survey on Monday, 56 percent of Germans would be prepared to use it. It builds on the concept of the European consortium PEPP-PT, Bluetooth radio technology should be used.

    01.45 pm: Sick leave: From Monday no longer by phone

    For sick leave for mild respiratory complaints, workers must go to the doctor again next week. An exception introduced in the corona epidemic that this could also be done after consulting the doctor by phone will not be extended.

    What's next for day care centers?

    The daycare centers in Bavaria have been closed for five weeks - and will remain closed until further notice. According to the state government, the risk of contracting the corona virus would be too high. Adults in Bavaria are now allowed to spend time in public with a person who does not live in the same household. But children still are not allowed to do so, says Social Affairs Minister Carolina Trautner. "Unfortunately, this is forbidden. Children still should not play with others," the minister said. The reason: Children were not yet able to comply with hygiene rules.

    Expanded emergency care in daycare centers

    At least, emergency care will be expanded. From April 27, emergency care for children will be available even if only one parent works in critically relevant sectors. According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, there will be another exception for single parents. These do not have to work in a critically relevant sector, they just have to be employed.

    Can I stop paying for daycare?

    So far there is no general regulation for dealing with fees from kindergartens, daycare centers or after-school care centers. The city of Munich has announced that it will retroactively refund the paid fees to parents from mid-March - for the city's facilities. However, the absolute majority of care facilities are operated by independent organizations, churches or welfare organizations. According to them, they cannot easily repay contributions because they have to pay running costs.

    Summer vacation abroad “rather unlikely” because of corona

    Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) considers summer vacations abroad to be "rather unlikely" this year. Söder emphasized on Thursday that among the popular travel destinations of many Germans are precisely the countries most affected by the corona pandemic: Italy, Spain, Turkey or France. Since vacation abroad is unlikely this year, the local catering and hotel industry can count on a "rush", according to Söder. He expects people are more likely to go on vacation in Germany than abroad. At the same time, Söder hopes that domestic restaurants and hotels could reopen from the beginning of June. Should there be signs of a relaxation of the corona crisis by Pentecost, there is a "glimmer of hope" for restaurant visits.

    3.51am: Infection rate drops to 0.7 per capita

    The infection rate of the coronavirus has dropped to 0.7 in Germany. The indicator communicated by the Robert Koch Institute indicates how many people infected a sick person on average. At the beginning of March, the key figure was three. Consequently, the number of new infections is declining.

    17.04.2020

    05.13 pm: Bavarian retailers disappointed by Söders course

    Bavarian retailers have criticized the delayed opening of stores in the Free State. "We are disappointed," said the managing director of the Bavarian trade association, Bernd Ohlmann, on Thursday. There is a lot of "anger and lack of understanding" because the Free State loosens the restrictions a week later than the other federal states. In Bavaria, shops reopen only from April 27. Many traders "struggle to survive, every day counts," said Ohlmann. A week without sales would mean a loss of 1.1 billion euros for Bavarian retailers – except for grocery stores. It is arbitrary that stores with more than 800 square meters of sales area remain closed. A furniture store with 2,000 square meters could comply with distance rules just as well as a small supermarket, said Ohlmann.

    01.02 pm: Regulations that now apply in Bavaria

    Bavaria minimally loosens its restrictions on movement: Starting next Monday, contact with a person outside of your own household is permitted outside.

    From April 27, final classes at high schools (Gymnasien), junior high schools (Realschulen) and middle schools (Mittelschulen) will be the first to return to schools, as well as master classes. From May 11 at the earliest, the classes that will graduate next year will follow at these schools. It is therefore still unclear when all the other classes can go back to school. Daycare centers and preschools should also remain closed for the time being.

    Bavaria is allowing the reopening of smaller shops one week later than the federal government: Shops with a sales area of up to 800 square meters may reopen from April 27. Car dealers, bike dealers and bookstores are exempt from the square meter limit. Hardware stores and garden centers can open again from April 20.

    In shops and in public transport, people in Bavaria should wear protective masks over their mouths and noses, so-called "community masks" are recommended.

    05.42 am: Straubing folk festival canceled, Söder: "Oktoberfest is on the brink"

    After the federal government banned all major events until August 31 due to the corona pandemic, Bavaria's second largest festival, the Gäubodenvolksfest in Straubing, has also been canceled. The Gäubodenvolksfest 2020 should have taken place from August 7th to 17th this year.

    A cancellation of the Munich Oktoberfest has been under discussion for some time. On Wednesday evening, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said in an interview with the BR that the Oktoberfest was on the brink. In the next two weeks, he would exchange ideas with Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD). The Oktoberfest should take place from September 19th to October 4th.

    16.04.2020

    06.00 pm: Contact restrictions extended until May 3

    The federal government and the federal states have agreed on how to gradually normalize public life in the Corona crisis. Many shops reopen from Monday, schools gradually reopen from May 4. In Bavaria, some measures will be loosened more slowly. Find more information here.

    10.52 am: Confederation apparently wants to extend contact restrictions until May 3

    The federal government wants to suggest to the federal states to maintain the existing contact restrictions for citizens until at least May 3. The German press agency dpa learned this yesterday after a video conference between the chancellery and the heads of state chancellor of the federal states. This afternoon, chancellor Angela Merkel wants to talk about loosening the corona restrictions with the Prime Ministers.

    15.04.2020

    12.47 pm: 200 soldiers deployed to fight against corona in Bavaria

    Around 200 Bundeswehr soldiers are currently deployed in Bavaria to combat the corona virus. A little more than 100 of them are used to assist, for example, in nursing and old people's homes, said spokesman Carsten Spiering from the State Command in Bavaria. A further 100 active soldiers and reservists advise civil authorities and agencies. These include crisis teams in cities and counties, for example. An additional almost 100 soldiers were ready for deployment, according to Spiering. In addition to logistical support in nursing and old people's homes, the soldiers help with the operation of corona test stations, the distribution of medical protective equipment or with guidance in medical issues.

    11.25 am: Söder warns against "bidding competition" in the corona exit

    On Wednesday, the Prime Ministers will discuss exit strategies out of the anti-corona measures with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder has now warned against a bidding competition that could unsettle citizens. "We need a safe and prudent way out of the corona crisis," wrote the CSU politician on Twitter. "Our measures are working, but we mustn't risk a setback." Cautious loosening of the measures could only be achieved with additional protection. On Wednesday, there would be talks about a "coordinated concept". According to Söder, it was worthwhile to read and evaluate all arguments and expert reports carefully. On Monday, the national science academy Leopoldina had pleaded for a "realistic" schedule to go back to normal. The scientists recommended that primary schools as well as lower and middle grades be reopened as soon as possible.

    9.20 am: Auxiliary hospital set up in Dachau

    An auxiliary hospital has now been set up in a Dachau hotel. It is available in case hospital capacities are no longer sufficient. However, no patients are currently accommodated there, as the district office announced. There are almost 100 beds available for corona patients who are supplied with oxygen but do not need ventilation. The Helios Amper Clinic Dachau would provide medical care.

    9:02 am: Bavaria plans aid package for sports clubs

    According to Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), the Bavarian cabinet wants to discuss an aid package for sports clubs. These had complained of losses of 200 million euros. Herrmann said in an interview on Bayerischer Rundfunk in the morning: "I want to make sure that our clubs don't go bankrupt." Proposals would be drawn up next Tuesday. In the next few weeks, the possibility of holding so-called ghost games that are shown live on television would be discussed. Depending on the infection situation, it is conceivable that spectators will return to the stadiums in autumn.

    14.04.2020

    Interior Minister is satisfied about the Easter weekend

    In Bavaria, the police carried out around 78,000 checks during the Easter weekend because of the current restrictions on movement. According to Interior Minister Herrmann, the police registered around 10,000 violations. The CSU politician, however, said that the people in the Free State were "very exemplary" in the face of the Corona crisis. Despite the beautiful Easter weather, most citizens had followed the protective measures in force. There was only little excursion traffic. Only a few hikers were out in the mountains, and the local recreation areas were used by many. Herrmann said he was grateful to the people in Bavaria for their discipline.

    BR24 survey: 56 percent of Germans would use a corona app

    To contain the corona pandemic, experts and politicians also want to use a smartphone app. BR24 has therefore carried out a survey with the polling institute Civey. When asked whether they would voluntarily install an app to combat the corona pandemic, 36.1 percent of those questioned answered “yes, definitely” and 20 percent said “rather yes”. Many also expressed concerns. A quarter of Germans (24.2 percent) categorically rule out using a tracing app. Find more information on the poll and the app here.

    8.45 am: New RKI figures: More than half of those infected in Germany have recovered

    According to current figures from the Robert Koch Institute, more than half of those infected with the coronavirus have recovered in Germany. 123,016 people have demonstrably contracted the new corona virus - 2,537 more than the day before. 64,300 people are back to health, which is an increase of more than 4,000 within 24 hours. The number of patients who died from a coronavirus infection increased by 126 to 2,799.

    13.04.2020

    4:01 pm: Burglary in Corona party apartment in Bayreuth

    A host of several corona parties was arrested by the police in Bayreuth for violating the restrictions on movement. According to police, the 18-year-old resident had celebrated his birthday together with five guests aged 14 to 20 in the early Sunday morning. A neighbor reported the party to the police. Since the host had previously violated the restrictions and was not remorseful, the officials took him into custody. The police ended the party shortly after 3 am. Two of the party guests returned around 4 am, broke into the apartment, and reportedly stole a TV and laptop. Then the two men fled. Finally, police officers found them. The host must remain in police custody until the end of the exit restriction next Sunday, a judge decided.

    9.20 am: Von der Leyen: Do not book your summer vacation yet

    In view of the corona pandemic, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen advised not to book the summer vacation yet. "I advise you to wait with such plans. No one can make reliable predictions for July and August at the moment," she told the newspaper "Bild am Sonntag".

    12.04.2020

    6.55 pm: Söder asks for patience

    Prime Minister Markus Söder continues to ask the people of Bavaria to be patient in coping with the Corona crisis. "Even after the Easter holidays, things will not just go back to normal," said the CSU politician in a TV speech. Söder warned: "If we loosen the measures too soon, we risk relapse". As long as there is no vaccine or medication, caution should be exercised. "We must continue to be careful and prudent." The government is constantly evaluating whether all the restrictions are still appropriate and proportionate. In some areas, loosening the rules could be quicker, in others it will take longer.

    6:05 pm: Sales increase in Bavarian trade

    On Maundy Thursday, Bavarian retail sales were 20 to 30 percent higher than in the previous year, on Saturday 30 to 40 percent, according to Bernd Ohlmannn from the Bavarian Trade Association. The reason is that customers' shopping carts were much fuller due to the Corona crisis. Barbecue utensils were purchased particularly frequently.

    2:53 pm: 31,773 infected in Bavaria

    The State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) has published the latest figures for Bavaria on its website. As of today, on April 11, 31,773 people are infected with the coronavirus. The number rose by 911 from yesterday. So far, 760 people who have contracted the virus have died in Bavaria. That is 39 more than on April 10. 11,970 people are considered recovered. This number is based on estimates by the Robert Koch Institute. According to the Institute, people are considered to have recovered if their registration date was more than two weeks ago, there was no hospital stay without a known discharge date and no death was reported.

    8:00 am: Bavaria has started a Corona hotline - information at 089/122 220

    There is now a Corona hotline in Bavaria. It can be reached daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 089/122 220. The hotline serves as a single point of contact for all citizens' questions about the corona situation. Questions on health issues, restrictions on movement, childcare and school should be answered as well as emergency aid and other support for small businesses and freelancers. The hotline is also reachable on public holidays.

    11.04.2020

    Corona bans at Easter: What's allowed and what's prohibited?

    Easter is right around the corner. The longing for family and friends is great after three weeks of corona lockdown. But the exit restrictions also apply over the holidays.

    Can I visit my family?

    Trips to people who do not live in the same household are not permitted. There is an exception for life partners and separated parents, whose child lives sometimes at one parent, sometimes at the other's.

    Can I have a barbecue?

    Barbecues only allowed on your own property and not in public.

    Can my children have an Easter egg hunt?

    The Easter egg hunt is best done in your own backyard. If you don't have one, you can go out and hide the Easter nests in the forest or a meadow. Attention: Easter bunnies and egg hunters must keep distance from each other.

    Can I go to the mountains?

    Excursions into the mountains are still legally permitted, although the German Alpine Club strongly advises against this. There is too much concern that there will be emergencies, which will further burden rescue workers and hospitals. Some municipalities in the Munich area have already blocked their hiking parking lots.

    Water sports not recommended - motorcycle tours prohibited

    Sports boat harbors, water ski and wakeboard facilities and the rental of water sports equipment are closed. Sailing and rowing are allowed, but riding motor boats is not. The water rescue service points out that emergencies can occur during boat trips or swimming that tie up rescue workers. Accidents can also occur on the way to destinations, says Peter Schall, State Chairman of the Police Union (GdP) Bavaria. Therefore, unnecessary motorcycle or car tours, i.e. driving around as a leisure activity, are prohibited.

    Police will intensify checks

    Many police officers are on duty because they are not needed at other places at the moment: less traffic, fewer burglaries, no major events. Peter Schall: "We have time for these checks." In addition to parks in cities, popular excursion regions are also monitored.

    10.04.2020

    1.40 pm: Church services with visitors remain prohibited

    The Bavarian Administrative Court has rejected an emergency petition from a Munich lawyer against a general ban on public church services. Prior to this, senior Bavarian church representatives had supported the temporary ban. The applicant had tried to fight for the right to freedom of religion. He questioned the proportionality of the measures against the corona virus. The court rejected the argument. However, it emphasized that in the event of religious gatherings it was ultimately necessary to check whether "an exceptional permit could be granted in individual cases".

    Postponing vacation in Corona times

    The corona virus is currently thwarting any vacation plans. In the current situation, it would probably make more sense to simply postpone the vacation to autumn. Many employees wonder whether they can cancel approved vacation days. The employer is not obliged to take back days off that have already been approved. It is his decision whether to accommodate the needs of the employee. The companies fear that many employees want to postpone their vacation and that there will be a lack of staff in late summer or autumn. Labor lawyers advise employees to speak to their employer. On the other hand, the employer cannot simply oblige employees to take vacation because production cannot take place. He has to consider the wishes of the employees. There is one legal exception to cancel an approved vacation in the HR department: an illness confirmed by a doctor. Anyone infected with corona could rely on this right.

    Sitting on park benches and sunbathing allowed

    Sitting and reading a book on park benches is allowed in Bavaria, Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) explained in a written communication. In his statement, Herrmann responded to complaints that the Bavarian police were too strict about the exit restrictions. A Twitter user had asked the Munich police if they could read a book outdoors. The Munich police had replied that it was not allowed. As a reaction, many Twitter users were bewildered. Herrmann wrote that there was nothing to be said against it "if someone took a walk in the sun sat on a park bench in between." It doesn't matter whether someone sits on a bench while reading a book or a newspaper or eating ice cream, for example. Sunbathing in the park or in a meadow is also allowed, as long as people don't gather in groups and stay at least 1.5 meters away from others.

    Majority of Bavaria in favor of exit restrictions even after Easter

    There are currently strict rules in the fight against the corona virus. These are valid until April 19. 55 percent of people in Bavaria are in favor of extending the restrictions even furter after April 20. This is the result of the survey “BR-BayernTrend” carried out by the opinion research institute Infratest dimap.

    Another result: 42 percent of citizens are afraid that they themselves or a family member may be infected with the corona virus. At the same time, trust in the Bavarian health system is high: 84 percent say they have great confidence that hospitals and doctors can cope with the epidemic.

    09.04.2020

    4:08 pm: Constitutional Court rejects emergency petition against Bavarian exit restrictions

    A plaintiff had submitted an urgent request to the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe against the Bavarian exit restrictions. He considered the rules, such as the bans on meeting friends or demonstrating, too extensive. The Federal Constitutional Court rejected the application as unsubstantiated. Their argument: The dangers caused by the corona pandemic outweighed the restrictions on personal freedom.

    3:01 pm: World Trade Organization (WTO) anticipates "worst recession in a lifetime"

    The World Trade Organization anticipates a massive decline in trade volume. In the worst case, world trade could drop by up to 32 percent, the WTO announced on Wednesday. The organization describes a decline of 13 percent as optimistic. Economic research institutes have also anticipated a recession for Germany. The experts anticipate that the gross domestic product will shrink by 4.2 percent this year. Unemployment will also increase significantly. Nevertheless, experts are optimistic for next year: They predict economic growth of 5.8 percent for 2021.

    Improving short-time work allowance is allowed

    Around 64,000 companies in Bavaria have applied for short-time work (Kurzarbeit). For employees, this can mean earning significantly less. Because of the corona crisis, however, short-time workers have recently been able to make an additional income in system-relevant industries. Additional personnel is needed in agriculture, the food retail the health and care area. So if you are willing to replenish shelves in the supermarket, for example, you can increase your short-time work allowance to up to 100 percent of the original net income. The Bavarian Trade Association advises to check with supermarkets in the vicinity whether staff is still needed. There is currently a great need for helpers in agriculture, too. Farmers and helpers can get in contact via the platform “Das Land hilft” (“The Land helps”). You can also work in hospitals, care facilities or emergency services without deductions. But these areas need, above all, employees with prior nursing skills. The online platform "Pflegepool Bayern" (“Nursing Pool Bavaria) is looking for nursing assistants or medical assistants.

    08.04.2020

    1:50 pm: Prime Minister Söder: “Patience saves lives”

    The Bavarian cabinet met today via video conference. "Fortunately, the positive trend in Bavaria over the past few days has continued", said Prime Minister Markus Söder in a press conference. At the moment, the number of infections doubles every 8.6 days. "The measures are working," said Söder. It was important to take the measures consistently and in timely manner. After Easter, things will not just go back to normal. Söder did not give a specific date for loosening the measures. The neighboring country Austria wants to starts slowly loosening the measures on April 14th. Events are still canceled there until June. Austria is about three weeks ahead of Germany, said Söder. This gives an idea of ​​how long the exit restrictions will be maintained here. An obligation to wear masks is "most likely". In addition, the Bavarian cabinet has decided to reward all nursing staff in Bavaria with € 500.

    10.45 am: RKI President sees no relief from the situation

    The President of the Robert Koch Institute, Lother Wieler, has stated that the Corona crisis is not eased yet. In the meantime, 33,000 people have recovered and that is "an encouraging number". However, one has to wait and see in the next few days whether a positive trend is emerging. The number of reproductions is currently between 1.2 and 1.5. This means that an infected person infects 1.2 to 1.5 other people. If the number of reproductions drops below 1, virologists assume that a pandemic has been contained.

    Should I use a face mask?

    For a long time, the Robert Koch Institute recommended only people with acute respiratory diseases to wear a mask. The institute changed its opinion last Thursday: It makes sense if people without symptoms wear a mask as a precaution. You cannot protect yourself with such a mask. However, the mask can protect others if you sneeze or cough. Masks are particularly useful in closed rooms where it is difficult to keep distance from other people, for example at work or in the supermarket. There are many instructions on the Internet for making fabric masks yourself. These “textile barriers” should not be confused with surgical mouth and nose protection or medical respirators. However, they serve their purpose for private use. Virologists emphasize, however, that a mask does not replace washing your hands regularly or keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people.

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    How to wear a face mask properly

    07.04.2020

    3:22 pm: Around 50,000 violations of corona rules in Bavaria

    Since the beginning of the nationwide exit restrictions, there have been around 411,000 police inspections in Bavaria. Between the start on March 21 and April 6, the police registered around 50,000 violations. This was announced by the Ministry of the Interior in Munich.

    3:15 pm: Strict curfew to be lifted in Mitterteich

    The strict curfew for the city of Mitterteich in the Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz) will be lifted from Tuesday, April 7th. The increase in infections has slowed significantly, said the district office. However, as in the rest of Bavaria, leaving your own apartment is only allowed for valid reasons. Measured by the number of inhabitants, the city of Mitterteich is considered a hotspot of Covid 19 diseases throughout Germany. Mitterteich was the first city in Germany to impose a curfew. No one was allowed to enter or leave the city without a special permit.

    2:25 pm: Berlin does not specify a deadline for the end of the corona measures

    Austria wants to loosen its strict measures in the fight against the corona virus after Easter. The German federal government, however, does not yet set a deadline. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that most people did adhere to the restrictions in force. However, he agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel. In her weekly podcast, she said it would be irresponsible to name a specific deadline if she could not keep the promise, if the the infection numbers did not allow it.

    11.55 am: Those who return from abroad are to be quarantined for two weeks

    If Germans, EU citizens or people who have lived in Germany for many years return to the Federal Republic after spending several days abroad, they should be quarantined for two weeks from now on, recommends the Federal Government's Corona Crisis Cabinet. The Federal Government wants to prevent the corona virus from spreading further through travelers. There are exceptions for medical staff, commuters and diplomats. People who transport people and goods across borders, such as truck drivers, are also allowed to enter the country without quarantine.

    06.04.2020

    2:13 pm: More than 24,000 cases in Bavaria

    As of today, April 5, the number of confirmed corona infections in Bavaria has risen to 24,350. This was announced by the State Office for Health and Food Safety (Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit) on its website. This is 1,301 more confirmed cases reported than on Saturday. A total of 411 people have died from the virus in Bavaria. The State Office for Health and Food Safety estimates that 5,190 of those infected have now recovered. The district of Tirschenreuth is most affected. Other regions that are badly affected are the districts of Wunsiedel, Neustadt an der Waldnaab, Rottal-Inn, Rosenheim, Miesbach, Freising and the cities of Rosenheim, Straubing and Weiden. More than 320 Corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants are reported there.

    4:30 am: It is still unclear whether the Oktoberfest will take place this year

    The Oktoberfest construction usually starts in early July. At the moment it is still unclear whether the world's largest folk festival can take place due to the corona crisis. According to Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD), this decision must be made "at the end of May, beginning of June at the latest". The beginning is planned for September 16, and the festival is to last until October 4.

    00:46 am: Söder warns: Do not loosen the corona measures too soon

    Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) warns against loosening the measures to combat the coronavirus crisis too soon. "If we talk too quickly about returning to everyday life, we trivialize the situation and risk a strong relapse. I don't think that is responsible," said the politician to the newspaper "Bild am Sonntag".

    "Without these measures, according to experts, we would risk countless more deaths and conditions like in Italian clinics. Therefore, the measures are appropriate and proportionate. We just have to withstand now." Nobody should think, that after April 20, everything will aoutmatically go back to how it was before the crisis, said Söder.

    In addition, he expects increased use of face masks: "I am not an opponent of the obligation to wear a mask. There are many good reasons to wear masks," said Söder. However, a simple face mask cannot be an equivalent replacement for an exit restriction or contact block.

    05.04.2020

    8:00 pm: Most Bavarians comply with the Corona regulations

    Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann is satisfied with the compliance with the corona regulations in the Free State. Herrmann said that the vast majority of citizens abide very well by the regulations. Despite the good weather, there was no major excursion traffic in Bavaria on Saturday. However, the police registered many violations of the Infection Protection Act.

    4:15 pm: No new inhabitants accepted in homes for the handicapped

    After having nursing homes in Bavaria stop accepting new patients, the government extends these measures to homes for the handicapped, too. Exceptions are possible for homes where new inhabitants can be taken in quarantine for 2 weeks.

    3:00 pm: 23,049 Corona Cases in Bavaria - 370 dead

    According to the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Security (LGL) the number of confirmed Corona cases in Bavaria so far is (as at today) 23,049. Taken altogether, 270 people have died of the virus, according to the LGL. 4,540 of those infected have now been considered cured, as the LGL estimates referring to criteria of the Robert Koch Institute.

    11:40 am: Interest group for the socially disadvantaged criticises nursing homes for not accepting new patients

    Verena Bentele, president of the interest group representing the socially disadvantaged, VdK, criticises the fact that nursing homes in Bavaria have to stop accepting new patients. This would cause almost irresolvable problems for those in need of care and their families, she said in an interview with the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

    9.57 am: Bavaria installs supporting hospitals

    Bavaria is preparing for a possible massive increase of serious cases of Covid-19 by installing supporting hospitals. It was said that already existing health clinics or other facilities with sufficient infrastructure would be particularly suitable in order to create additional capacities.

    Clinical trial for Covid-19 in Munich

    As of April 5th blood samples will be tested for the Corona virus in Munich during the following 4 weeks. The scientists hope to be able to check about 4,500 people. A computer has randomly selected 3,000 households. Only those who have been randomly selected can take part in the trial. So once the scientists ring your doorbell you have the choice whether to take part or not. In order to avoid fraud, the researchers are always accompanied by policemen.

    5:10 am: Corona bonus for nursing staff under discussion

    Given the strains of nursing staff during the Corona crises, the public health care and employers seem to be willing to pay lump-sum bonuses of up to 1,500 Euro.

    04.04.2020

    9:19 pm: As of Saturday: nursing homes in Bavaria are not accepting new patients

    As of Saturday, nursing homes in Bavaria are not allowed to accept new patients. There is an exceptional rule for those homes, where new residents can be put in quarantine for 2 weeks. After being hospitalised, patients may only return to their nursing home if they can be isolated for 2 weeks and if protective equipment is available.

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    Important phone numbers in case of problems or conflicts at home

    Easter and limitations of movement: What is allowed in Bavaria?

    "Please stay at home, even though it might be hard." Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian Minister of the Interior

    This weekend, the Bavarian police will intensify checks as to whether the rules and limitations are being obeyed.

    Strolls and sports in the park: yes. Picnics: no.

    Strolling, jogging or cycling in the park is allowed, at least on your own or with people of your own household. Longer stays in the park (for example picnics) are not allowed, not even if you are on your own.

    No BBQ in public

    Barbecues are only allowed in your own garden or balcony, not in public.

    Fines

    Violations can result in fines starting from 150 Euros. They double in case of repeated violations. Fines can be up to 25.000 Euros.

    Trip to the mountains allowed, but not recommended

    From a legal point of view, it is still allowed to do trips into the mountains, but the German Alpine Association strongly advises not to do it.

    It is also recommended not to do any water sports (for example swimming).

    No family visits over Easter

    The limitation of movement also means that family visits as usually paid over Easter will not be possible. It is not allowed to visit people from a different household, not even over Easter.

    Couples and parents living apart from each other are allowed to visit

    Couples who live apart from each other are excepted from this regulation. The same applies for split parents whose child sometimes lives at one parent's, sometimes at the other's.

    2:17 pm: State examination in medicine in Bavaria postponed to next year

    The Bavarian state examination (Staatsexamen) in medicine will be postponed. The so-called M2 examinations (Zweites Staatsexamen) will only take place in April 2021. Instead of their M2 examinations, students are supposed to bring their practical training forward.

    11:18 am: Robert Koch Institute registers first signs of improvement

    The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) deems the contact bans to be successful. It considers the curbing of the Corona epidemic during the next few days as a possibility. The director of the RKI, Lothar Wieler, said that during the last few days they had registered that each infected person only passed the virus on to one other person. "This seems to be stabilising." 
The goal is now to reduce the contagion rate even further. Wieler said that the limitations decreed by the government have been successful. That is why he hopes that this trend will continue in the next few days.

    03.03.2020

    4:56 pm: Immigration freeze for season workers will be loosened

    Federal Farming Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) have come to the agreement that a limited number of urgently needed season workers will be allowed to enter the country. In April and May up to 40,000 season workers will be allowed to enter the country each month, however, under strong conditions. They will only be allowed to enter and leave the country via plane. Also, a health check will be done.

    4:30 pm: Robert Koch Institute changed opinion on face masks

    The Robert Koch Institute has changed its opinion on wearing face masks. The federal agency said that if people - even without symptoms - wore face masks for reasons of precaution, this could actually minimize the risk of transmitting the virus to others.

    2:41 pm: 2,002 new infections in Bavaria

    Up to now, 19,153 infections with the Corona virus have been reported, 2,002 more than on Wednesday. So far, 277 people have died of the pandemic in Bavaria, stated the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Security (LGL). 2,910 cases count as recovered.

    2:28 pm Munich airport in short-time work as of now

    The Munich Airport ltd. has introduced short-time work. The Munich airport has reacted to the massive decline of air traffic and loss of profit as a consequence of the Corona crisis.

    11:55 am: Bavarian prison inmates sow face masks

    According to Minister of Justice Georg Eisenreich, prison tailor shops in Aichach, Amerber, Kaisheim and Munich will produce 150,000 face masks in the near future. Once finished, the masks will be sent to the state-owned centre of distribution.

    10:40 am: Hospital in Munich closed due to high numbers of Corona cases

    The Helios Hospital in Munich-Pasing has had to stop its daily practice, because too many patients and staff had been infected with the Corona virus. So far, 14 patients and 2 members of staff have tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 virus. A spokesperson said: "All patients we have now will remain here." However, they wouldn't take any new patients, nor would any patients be discharged.

    08:45 am: Hospitals in Bavaria consider themselves well-prepared

    The Hospitals in Bavaria consider themselves well-prepared for the rising number of Corona patients. The director of the Bavarian Hospital Association, Hasenbein, said in an interview with the BR that there were currently 4,000 beds in intensive care units available all over Bavaria.

    7:10 am: Kaniber expects higher prices for fruit and vegetables

    Fruit and vegetables might run short this year, due to the lack of seasonal workers in Bavaria. Farming minister Michaela Kaniber (CSU) therefore expects prices for certain sorts to rise.

    02.04.2020

    Corona virus: From Ischgl across Europe

    Hundreds of tourists might have contracted the Corona virus in the Tyrolean ski resort of Ischgl. A BR data evaluation now shows how the virus might have spread to Germany and the rest of Europe.

    6:53 pm: Health minister Huml: "Up to 13,000 tests per day"

    Bavaria has extended the capacities for tests massively. Health minister Melanie Huml pointed out: "Our aim is to gain clarity about suspected cases. This is very important in order to curb further infections." About 13,000 tests per day are supposed to take place in Bavaria in the future.

    4:24 pm: Contact limitations to be maintained over Easter

    Citizens ought to respect the contact bans also during Easter. As the Federal Government as well as the States decided in Berlin, each and everyone must reduce their contact to people outside their own household to an absolute minimum.

    "A pandemic knows no holiday." Angela Merkel, Chancellor

    4:15 pm: Service line and shopping aid in Munich

    The Munich Social Welfare Department (Sozialreferat) reminds Munich citizens of the service line for social concerns and the shopping service for the elderly. With the phone number 089-233-96833, the Social Welfare Department offers a first contact point for Munich citizens. Elderly people in particular can contact the department responsible for them, in order to use the shopping service.

    3:15 pm: Number of Corona deceased in Bavaria rises to 241

    So far, 17,151 Corona infections have been reported in Bavaria. That means 1,646 more cases than yesterday. 2,230 cases of them count as recovered. 241 people have died of Covid-19 in Bavaria.

    2:50 pm: Botanical Garden in Hof reopens

    Traditionally, the Botanical Garden in Hof always opens its doors on April 1st, and so it does today, too. However, town authorities ask people not to build groups and to keep distance. Similar applies to the Botanical Gardens in Bayreuth and Bamberg.

    1:10 pm: Beginning of State Garden Show (Landesgartenschau) to be postponed

    The opening of the State Garden Show in Ingolstadt is supposed to be postponed to the end of May. Originally, it would have been opened on April 24th.

    12:37 pm: Health personnel can use taxis for free in Munich

    Doctors, nurses and caretakers can now use taxis for free in order to get to or back from work. The Munich Taxi Association thus wants to support medical staff during the Corona crisis. However, users must prove that they work in the health sector.

    11:05 am: Armed Forces help test Corona app

    The German Federal Armed Forces support the Fraunhofer Institute in testing a smartphone app, which is supposed to detect contacts to Covid-19 patients. 50 soldiers test indoors and outdoors whether the app is actually able to locate contacts in a specific chronological and territorial intensity.

    9:13 am: Archbishopric Munich postpones Confirmation and First Communion

    Confirmation and First Communion in the Archbishopric of Munich and Freising have been postponed to Whitsun due to the quick spread of the Corona virus.

    3:28 am: Clinical trial: loss of taste and of sense symptoms of Covid-19

    The loss of both gustatory and olfactory sense can be a strong indicator for an infection with the Sars-CoV-2 virus. According to a British clinical trial, almost 60 per cent of the patients who tested positive for Covid-19 afterwards, had spoken about losing both senses.

    01.04.2020

    8:48 pm: Söder: Do not underestimate situation

    For Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, providing protective material is of highest priority during the Corona crisis, as he points out in an interview with the BR. He considers a discussion on loosening the limitations of movement inappropriate. The peak of the wave of infection hasn't been reached yet. It is important, he claims, to buy more time, also in order to overcome supply shortfalls, e.g. of high quality face masks.

    Emergency aids without using private assets

    Prime Minister Söder announced that he was going to abstain from having small and medium-sized enterprises use up their private liquid assets before getting emergency aids. Emergency aids will be paid according to the loss in revenue.

    How Social Distancing works

    The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus is increasing rapidly, as each infected person potentially spreads the virus to a number of other people. The fewer people infected, the better. How can we achieve this? Our simulation shows that social distancing is key.

    3:50 pm: First Corona case in Greek refugees camp

    A woman from a refugees camp in Greece has tested positive for the Corona virus after her child was born. Those who had been in contact with the woman originally coming from Africa, have been isolated.

    2:45 pm: Football league stops until April 30th

    There won't be any matches in the German football league before April 30th or perhaps later.

    2:08 pm: So far 15,505 Corona cases and 191 dead in Bavaria

    Up to now, 15,505 people have tested positive for the Corona virus Sars-CoV-2 in Bavaria. This is what was reported on the website of the State Office for Health and Food Security in Erlangen on Tuesday (as at 10:00 am). According to them, so far, 191 patients who had caught the Corona virus, have died.

    2:02 pm: Spain reports almost 850 dead within 24 hours

    On Tuesday, Spain reported the highest death toll so far: 849 body counts within 24 hours. According to the government, 8,189 people have died from Corona in Spain so far.

    1:20 pm: Spahn expects higher number of serious cases

    German health minister Jens Spahn expects a raise of severe Corona cases in Germany. He said that hospitals would prepare for them. 45 per cent of beds in intensive care units in Germany have been vacated.

    1:07 pm: 20,000 BMW employees on short time

    BMW has reported almost 20,000 employees for short-time work to the Employment Agency. BMW production lines will be standing still until April 19th. According to the latest plans, the production will start again afterwards, a BMW spokesperson has said.

    11:39 am: Home Secretary calls for social control

    In an interview with RTL, Bavarian minister of the interior, Joachim Herrmann (CSU) called for citizens to address violations of the contact limitations directly or, should it be necessary, to inform the police. "If, for example, you are queueing in a supermarket and you realise that someone does not keep the necessary distance, you can tell them to observe the rules", Herrmann said. In cases of serious breaches it would be right to inform the police.

    10:10 am: RKI president: pandemic will carry on for months

    The president of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, dampened hopes for the Corona pandemic to be over soon. It would carry on and would last for a couple of weeks and months, Wieler said. 
At the same time, he asked everyone to take the disease seriously. Many people would still think it was all a media hype.
In general, Wieler is optimistic that the measures taken are working. He thinks that concrete figures, which enable statements on a trend, will be available by Easter.

    9:54 am: Number of infected risen by 4,615

    According to the latest figures of the Robert Koch Institute, the number of Corona cases has risen by 4,610 since yesterday. Nationwide, the figure is now 61,913. By now, 583 people have died of the Corona virus in Germany. In Bavaria, the number of death cases is 162. 14,810 people have caught the virus in Bavaria.

    6:11 am: WHO: epidemic in Asia far from over

    The Corona epidemic in the Asia/Pacific region is "far from over", warned WHO official Takeshi Kasai.

    1:40 am: Immigration freeze for Europeans into USA to be prolonged

    The immigration ban of the US-government for visitors from Europe is supposed to be prolonged. Since middle of March, people from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland cannot travel to the USA anymore. Only exceptions are US citizens, certain diplomats and Europeans with a "Green Card" and their next of kin.

    31.03.2020

    8:55 pm: Limitations of movement in Italy extended till April 12th

    Italy has prolonged the regulations of movement until Easter. With 11,591 victims, Italy is leading the list of Corona deaths.

    6:16 pm: Incidence rate in Italy declines

    The official numbers in Italy suggest a clear decline of the incidence rate with Corona. A WHO expert said that the situation could become stable soon.

    5:40 pm: WHO against general obligation to wear face masks

    In the fight against the Corona virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) does not see any benefit in everyone wearing face masks.

    5:23 pm: The immune should be able to work

    The German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer) argues for loosening the contact ban for people who have already overcome an infection with the Corona virus. For that it would be good to test as many people on antibodies as possible.

    4:53 pm: Areas in 18 Turkish under quarantine

    Turkey has put several housing areas in 18 provinces under quarantine. As of Monday afternoon, 39 areas, including a small town and 28 villages are locked down. The ministry of the interior did not, however, tell names.

    3:55 pm: 7,000 Covid-19 patients in German hospitals

    At the moment, about 7,000 people with Covid-19 are being treated in German hospitals. About 1,500 of them are patients in intensive care, of whom about 1,100 are given artificial respiration.

    2:51 pm: Higher financial emergency aids for small and medium-sized businesses

    The government wants to raise immediate emergency aids for small and medium-sized businesses in financial trouble. "As of tomorrow, all rates will be raised once more", said minister of finance, Hubert Aiwanger. Companies with a number of employees between 50 and 250 can apply for an emergency aid of 50,000 Euros (instead of 30,000 Euros so far). One-person operations can apply for a 9,000 Euros subsidy, instead of 5,000 so far.

    2:29 pm: 20 million face masks delivered

    So far, Germany has procured over 20 million face masks, and there are more supposed to come. The masks, however, do not seem to arrive everywhere they ought to: According to the Bavarian Association of SHI Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung), by end of last week, 60 medical practices have closed due to lack of face masks.

    Asked whether private citizens should wear face masks too, the government made clear that this would be voluntary.

    2:01 pm: Olympics in Tokyo will start July 23rd 2021

    The Olympic Games in Tokyo, which have been postponed due to the Corona pandemic, will take place from July 23rd to August 8th 2021.

    12.45 pm: Limitations of movement in Bavaria extended

    The limitations of movement, which came to effect in Bavaria on March 21st due to the Corona virus, will be prolonged until April 19th, which marks the end of the Easter holidays.

    11.27 am: Obligation to wear face masks in supermarkets

    In order to fight the spread of the Corona virus, people in Austria will have to wear a face mask in future, when they go shopping.

    10.37 am: Prices for groceries remain stable, despite Corona crisis

    Despite panic buyings, the Corona crisis has not lead to broad rises in prices in Bavaria so far. Pasta, for example, was even cheaper by 3,6 percent in comparison to February.

    10.13 am: RKI defines further regions at risk

    The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has updated its list of regions at risk for the Corona virus. Now, all of Austria has been declared region at risk (before, it was only Tirol). In France, it's the regions Île-de-France (including Paris) and Grand Est (incl. Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne).

    Further regions at risk, according to the RKI: Italy, Iran, Egypt, parts of Switzerland (cantons Ticino, Vaud and Geneva), parts of Spain (regions Madrid, Navarra, La Rioja and Paìs Vasco) as well as parts of South Corea (Daegue and the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do/North Gyeongsang).

    Regions at risk in the USA: the states of California, Washington, New York and New Jersey.

    China is no longer on the RKI's list of regions at risk.

    6.23 am: Toilet paper scarce in parts of Germany - pipes might be plugged

    In some parts of Germany, toilet paper is running scarce. Some users use wet wipes, paper towels or paper tissues instead. These, however, can block sewage pipes. "Do not throw alternative sanitary products in the toilet, but dispose of them in sealed rubbish bags in the gray bin," the Alliance of Public Water Management asks.

    30.03.2020

    6.23 pm: Rise of Corona cases in Italy slowing down

    The rise of new infections in Italy has been clearly slowing down. There were still, however, hundreds of cases of death on Sunday. The number of those deceased of Corona has risen from 756 to 10,779. This is the highest number worldwide.

    Violations of exit restrictions peak

    The beautiful weather made numerous people go outside on Saturday. Many have not adhered to the currently applicable rules. The police were working constantly. At the moment, people in Bavaria are only allowed to leave the apartment “for important reasons”: for work reasons, for necessary shopping, visits at the doctor or walk and exercise in the fresh air. This is allowed only alone or with the people who live in the same apartment. You should also keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people. Picnics and lying in the sun are not allowed. Jaunts by car or motorcycle are also prohibited. If you do not comply with the rules, you can expect a fine of 150 euros or more. In Munich alone, the police carried out more than 7,000 checks from Saturday morning to Sunday morning. There were 324 violations of the current exit restrictions. The police also had a lot to do in the other government districts. The police in Upper Bavaria north (Oberbayern Nord) deployed 150 times, 140 times in the Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz).

    11:57 am: More than 13,000 people in Bavaria infected with Corona

    In Bavaria, 13 263 people have now been tested positive for the corona virus. This was announced by Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml in Munich on Sunday. According to the information, 110 patients infected with the coronavirus have died in Bavaria.

    How can I protect myself against the corona virus?

    80 percent of all infectious diseases are spread by hands. On average, we touch our faces every four minutes. Often with unwashed hands. The most important protective measure against viruses and bacteria of all kinds is therefore: wash your hands often and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds. A mnemonic device is to sing "Happy Birthday" twice in your head. Don’t forget to soap your fingertips, the back of your hands, and your thumbs. In order to protect your skin from getting dry, you should also apply moisturizer from time to time. Sneeze and cough in the crook of the arm and not in the hand. If you have a cold, use disposable tissues and not cloths. Dispose of the tissues in a trash can with a lid. Keep at least 1.5 meters away from people with whom you do not live.

    29.03.2020

    8:01 pm: More than 30,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide

    Worldwide, more than 30,000 people have died of coronavirus infections. The prestigious Johns Hopkins University in the United States registered 30,248 deaths on Saturday. According to the information, 649,904 people have been shown to be infected with Sars-CoV-2. Experts assume that the number of unreported cases is high.

    Sunbathing in parks prohibited

    According to the Munich police, sunbathing on a towel or having a picnic in a public green area is not allowed. Not even if distance is kept. Doing sports outside and going for a walk, however, is allowed.

    3:00 am: April 20th day due for further measures

    Until April 20th all measures remain: shops, restaurants, schools and universities remain closed. Movement is still limited.

    28.03.2020

    10:27 pm: First laboratories able to do antibodies test

    In Germany, first laboratories are able to do tests for antibodies. Thus, they know whether a person has been infected by the Corona virus or not. The Krone laboratory has announced to do its first tests for antibodies on Monday.

    4:27 pm: Bavaria enacts schedule of fines

    A fine of 150 Euros will be imposed upon anyone who transgresses the limitations of movement in Bavaria. Entering a hospital or nursing home without permission even means a 500-Euro fine. Owners of shops or restaurants who open without permission will have to pay a fine of 5,000 Euros.

    7:45 am: Plea: people should abide by contact ban

    The president of the German Hospital Association (Deutsche Krankenhausgesellschaft), Gerald Gaß, calls on the people to abide by the contact ban in order to contain the Corona virus. "I am confident that we will be able to avoid Italian conditions, at least during the next two weeks, so that our ventilator capacities will definitely suffice for the two weeks coming", says Gaß on ZDF. But: "The other side must be functioning as well. We have to make sure that the curve is flattening in the beginning or in the middle of next week, so that the number of patients does not grow endlessly, for then, even a health system as good as the one in Germany, would then be overstrained, despite the effort of all hospitals.

    6:00 am: Conservatives: check infection chains with app

    In the fight against the quick spreading of the lung disease Covid-19, politicians of the conservative parties would like to use an app as soon as possible, which citizens could download to their smartphones by choice. It is supposed to work like a digital diary and - in case its owner has been tested positively to the Corona virus - to automatically send anonymous notes to all those who have been in contact with the person during the last two weeks. "Each person could contribute by downloading the app", said CSU politician Michael Kuffer.

    27.03.2020

    13.12 pm: Spahn expects further burdens

    Health Minister Jens Spahn has once again painted a serious picture of the situation in Germany. "We are still at the beginning", he said at the federal press conference at noon. No one could say exactly what will come in the next few weeks. Therefore, it was still necessary to slow the spread of the corona virus. At the same time, the capacities in the clinics would also have to be increased with intensive care beds. Spahn anticipates that burdens for hospitals and medical practices in the corona crisis will continue to rise.

    But he also confirmed that Germany was able to start preparations early because of a lot of tests. The capacity is 300,000 to 500,000 tests per week, which is very high in international comparison.

    Politicians are now concerned with the “time after Corona” during which the virus has further to be fought , but public life will gradually normalize. The Federal Government and the Prime Ministers want to discuss this after Easter.

    10 am: Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls for solidarity

    In a video statement, Steinmeier says the imperative of the hour is "keep your distance". But people can still be close to each other and get involved.

    I see and hear: Many, very many of you are helping each other. You go shopping for your older neighbors. You hang bags of food for the homeless on 'donation fences' ... All of you, you are the heroines and heroes in the Corona crisis. I spoke to some of you on the phone this week: the store manager, for example, in the supermarket, who works 12-hour shifts with her team so that the shelves don't stay empty, or the elementary school teacher who teaches educational videos for her students in the attic. The social worker who organizes a telephone chain for people who feel lonely, and the doctors, nurses and pharmacists who do their life-saving job beyond exhaustion. And solidarity also means that our gaze must go further than to the next border fence. It’s tearing our hearts when we see the pictures from Italy. I am glad that hospitals here in Germany also treat seriously ill Italian and French patients. I would like more concrete solidarity in the European spirit. - President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

    26.03.2020

    8:45 pm: Deutsche Bahn reduces offer

    Deutsche Bahn has reduced its offer due to the corona crisis. The company announced that 75 to 80 percent of the trains are still running. In this way, the company wants to protect employees and the fleet. Most international connections have been canceled. Some ICE or IC connections are cancelled or run with fewer wagons. There are also some restrictions in local transport. The Deutsche Bahn responded to criticism from the train drivers' union GDL. It had demanded that the capacities be reduced to 50 percent in view of the low number of passengers.

    11.42 am: Bavarian Parliament votes for Infection Protection Act

    The MPs in the plenary session of the state parliament passed the new Bavarian Infection Protection Act with the votes of all political parties. It enables measures to contain the corona pandemic. These can limit the rights of citizens significantly . For example, the Act allows the seizure of medical material, i.e. respirators and protective clothing. It is also about how the state can access personnel such as doctors and nurses. The law is limited until the end of the year.

    11:27 am: Seasonal workers are no longer allowed to enter

    In order to slow down the spread of the corona pandemic in Germany, the Federal Ministry of the Interior has ordered an entry ban for seasonal workers. Foreign harvest workers and other seasonal workers will be denied entry this Wednesday at 5 p.m. as part of the existing border controls.

    10.46 am: Sick leave for two weeks is possible by telephone if there is suspicion of corona

    The sick leave rules in Germany are further loosened. From now on, doctors can issue a medical certificate for a maximum of 14 days to patients with mild diseases of the upper respiratory tract or suspected corona. Patients do not have to go to the doctor's office for sick leave. The regulation is valid until June 23.

    For companies and freelancers: How do I get emergency help?

    The Bavarian government has set up an emergency aid program for companies and freelancers who encounter financial problems as a result of the Corona crisis. All companies with up to 250 employees and whose permanent establishment is located in Bavaria can apply. Depending on the size of the company, between 5,000 and 30,000 euros are granted. According to Bavarian Minister of Economy Hubert Aiwanger, the money will be paid into the applicant's account within the next eight to ten days. The emergency aid does not have to be repaid.

    With this application, the money can be applied for quickly and unbureaucratically (unfortunately only available in German).

    Important: Applications should NOT be sent to the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy. The locally responsible licensing authorities are responsible for processing, which means: In the case of Munich, it is the state capital. Otherwise, the district governments are responsible.

    25.03.2020

    12.40 pm: Aid organizations: Please only call 112 in an emergency

    The Bavarian aid organizations ask citizens to only dial 112 in the event of an emergency. At present, the number is often dialed for advice related to the corona virus. However, the lines must be kept free for emergency situations such as heart attacks, fires or car accidents. If you suspect corona infection, dial 116117. For other specific questions about the virus, call the hotline of the State Health Office of Bavaria: 09131 6808 5101 (consultation in German and English).

    What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

    Here in Europe, the symptoms of the disease mostly resemble a harmless cold. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain and fatigue - sometimes including sputum, headache and diarrhea. A minority suffer from viral pneumonia, the severe course of Covid-19. Warning: Many people with corona have no or only mild symptoms. Nevertheless, they can transmit the virus.

    What should I do if I think I am sick?

    Call your family doctor. Do not go to the doctor without first informing them. If you have had contact with an infected person, you should report to your health department regardless of the symptoms: You can do this via the emergency medical service 116 117.

    Who is at risk?

    According to current knowledge, the gender, age and state of health of a patient play a decisive role in whether one gets the severe form of Covid-19. It is believed that older people in particular - and more likely men - are affected, and people with pre-existing conditions such as lung diseases or diabetes. Long-term smokers also have an increased risk of developing Covid-19. Children and pregnant women are less at risk.

    07.15 am: Huml calls ex-nurses for support

    Bavaria's Minister of Health Huml wants to bring former nurses back to work in the fight against the corona virus. Since it is impossible to predict how the pandemic would develop, Huml asked all nurses, all nursing assistants, as well as medical technical assistants and medical assistants who were not currently working in this profession and did not belong to any risk group, for support. Volunteers could register on the specially created online platform "nursing pool for Bavaria" (unfortunately only available in German).

    24.03.2020

    7.15 pm: Minister expects more domestic violence

    Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) anticipates an increase in domestic violence due to the restrictions of movement in Germany. The fact that many people are currently at home and that family members spend a lot of time together in a confined space can lead to aggravated domestic conflicts. Those affected can find help at this number: 0800 116016. With the help of interpreters, telephone advice is available around the clock in 17 languages.

    1:22 pm 50 billion emergency aid for self-employed and freelance workers



    Federal minister of finance, Olaf Scholz (SPD), and federal minister of economic affairs, Peter Altmaier (CDU), have agreed to "quick and unbureaucratic emergency aid" for micro enterprises, solo self-employed and freelance workers during the corona crisis. Both ministers explained after the extraordinary meeting of the cabinet on Monday that up to 50 billion Euros were at disposal for that. Scholz underlined that none of it would have to be paid back.
Micro enterprises from all economic sectors, solo self-employed and freelance workers with up to five employees would hence be able to get a single payment of 9,000 Euros for three months; those with up to ten employees 15,000 Euros.

    12:09 pm General Practitioners' Association wants to restrict patients' contacts drastically

    The Bavarian Association of General Practitioners (Bayerischer Hausärzteverband) want to reduce patient-centered care in doctor's offices due to the Corona pandemic to a minimum. As the association told on Monday, in future, patients should not visit their general practitioner anymore without previous notification by phone.

    "Contacts between doctors, office staff and from patient to patient are to be reduced to a minimum level, and procedures must be reorganized accordingly", has been said in an information by Markus Beier, the regional leader of the GP's association, to resident doctors. "In the face of restrictions of movement and foreseeable lacking laboratory capacities, it is absolutely necessary to bundle staff resources for serious cases and ask patients not to go and see their GP, even in suspected cases of Corona!"

    23.03.2020

    7:00 pm: The federal and state governments agree on a contact ban - Bavaria will stick to its own rules

    In the fight against the spread of the corona virus, the federal and state governments want to adopt a comprehensive contact ban. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the state premiers agreed at a conference call to fundamentally ban groups of more than two people. Spending time in public space is only allowed on your own, with people living in the same household (partners, children or flatmates in a shared apartment) AND with another person who does not live in the household. Bavaria sticks to its own rules. These are stricter: In Bavaria, spending time outdoors is only allowed on your own or with members of your own household. An exception applies to the life partner. According to the State Chancellery, the accompaniment of older people who need help will continue to be allowed. Markus Söder thanked the population for their understanding: "I thank the population very much for sticking to it so well. Bavaria is holding together really well."

    What is short-time work ("Kurzarbeit")?

    If a company has little to do due to a poor order situation, it can apply for short-time work – that is the case in the current corona crisis. The idea: The employees work less or not at all and therefore receive less wages. The advantage: Nobody loses their job. In order to at least partially compensate for the loss of wages, the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesarbeitsagentur) pays part of the salary, the short-time allowance. Short-time allowance is paid only for the lost work hours and is 60 percent of the net salary for employees and 67 percent for employees with children. The employees remain in the statutory social insurance and occupational accident insurance. Short-time work benefits are granted for a maximum of 24 months.

    Questions and answers on the restrictions of movement in Bavaria

    Can I do administrative work, e.g. go to town halls, the foreign office and other authorities?

    Most town halls and other authorities are closed to the public. Think about which administrative procedures can be postponed and which are really urgent. Please inform yourself on the respective homepage of your municipality or authority if you can reach them via phone or e-mail. You will be advised whether it is an urgent matter that cannot be postponed and can only be dealt with in person. Many matters can now be dealt with online.

    Do I have to go to work? I am in close contact with many people there.

    The question of whether you have to work has to be answered by your employer. However, employers are required to ensure the minimum distance of 1.5 metres between two people at work. In addition, employers should take advantage of home office opportunities as far as possible.

    Do I have a right to work from home?

    There is no general legal right to a home office. In some companies, home office arrangements may be included in company or collective wage agreements.

    Can I visit my parents and grandparents?

    Everyone is encouraged to keep contact with other people outside of their own household to an absolute minimum. Therefore, a visit to the parents and grandparents should be very carefully considered and is only recommended if they need support, for example if they need help with shopping. Visits to older people generally have to be kept to an absolute minimum due to the high risk of infection. Please refrain from casual gatherings and prefer to use the phone or Skype to stay in touch.

    Can I visit my life partner?

    Yes, this is covered by the rules, you can go to your life partner, even if you are not married to him or her. Visits, and thus going for a walk together, are allowed.

    What happens if there are violations?

    Anyone who violates the rules can expect high fines up to € 25,000. In addition, according to Section 74 of the Infection Protection Act, up to five years in prison can be imposed in the event of an intentional violation, if someone is infected.

    22.03.2020

    9:00 pm: Corona Disaster Staff extends emergency care in Bavaria

    In the wake of the Corona crisis, the disaster relief team in Bavaria expanded emergency care for particularly affected groups. As announced by the Ministry of Family Affairs, from Monday employees working in health care or nursing can also take advantage of emergency care in schools and daycare centers for their children if only one parent works in these areas. The Ministry of Culture emphasizes that the measure is also aimed at all employees "who serve to maintain the company". This includes, for example, the cleaning staff and the clinic kitchen. The prerequisite still is that the affected parent is prevented from childcare due to business or operational necessities, said Bavaria's Minister of Family Affairs Carolina Trautner. Until now, emergency care was only available if both parents worked in these areas or if a single parent was employed there. The Bavarian Family Ministry provides further information here.

    Also younger patients in intensive care units

    So far it has been said that especially the elderly and people with an underlying health condition are in danger of contracting the Corona virus. The lung disease, however, can also strike younger ones massively, underlines Prof. Clemens Wendtner, head physician at the Munich Schwabing Hospital.

    The number of young people with Corona treated in intensive care units is rising. This has been seen in Italy and "this is also something we see in Germany. The youngest of the Covid-19 patients showing symptoms were in their early twenties," said the physician.

    According to Prof. Wendtner, it is - along with the elderly and the ill - especially generally healthy patients with a damaged lung, who are in danger, such as long-term smokers or patients with asthma. But also diabetics and people with high blood pressure.

    The timespan from an infection to the outbreak of the disease is, according to the medic, between five days and two weeks. The figures would double every three days if there were no interventions, says Wendtner. An end of the crisis would not be foreseeable. "At the moment, no-one can seriously predict how long the proceedings will take altogether", says Wendtner. He considers, however, a period of several months realistic, until late summer.

    11:03 am: Tenants not to be given notice during crisis

    According to a common legal bill of the ministry of justice, the Home Office and the Department of Trade and Industry, tenants are supposed not to be given notice due to rent arrears during the Corona crisis. This refers to rent arrears in the period of April 1st to September 30th 2020. The tenants' obligation to pay their rent, however, persists in principle. Also, other parties liable, who are not able to fulfill their contractual duties due to the Corona crisis, will, according to the bill, not have to fear legal consequences. As for loans, a legal settlement for delay of payment will be installed. The bill is supposed to pass the Federal Cabinet (Bundeskabinett) on Monday and the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) on Wednesday.

    6:22 am: Citizens in Bavaria abide by restrictions

    The restriction of movement, which was installed all over Bavaria last midnight, has largely been abode. The police in Swabia, however, had to disperse several groups of young people celebrating and gave them dismissals.

    Am I still allowed to visit family members?

    Since yesterday, leaving one's flat in Bavaria is only allowed for "good reasons". Within the family circle you are allowed to: visit your partner, the elderly, the ill or disabled (outside facilities) and to do child custody in the private sector. Furthermore, it is allowed to accompany persons who need help, to accompany minors, to accompany the dying, as well as to participate in funerals within the inner family circle.

    21st March 2020

    4:03 pm: Train traffic in Bavaria continues to run normally for the time being

    Train traffic in Bavaria continues to run normally despite the impairments in public life in the fight against the corona virus. A radical reduction of train traffic is currently not appropriate, said Minister of Transport Kerstin Schreyer (CSU). Nevertheless, train journeys should only be undertaken if there is good reason. Buses and trains in the municipal transport associations are already partly running with a reduced schedule. Deutsche Bahn is accommodating in the event of cancellations: Passengers can postpone their travel for all tickets purchased until March 13 with travel dates between March 13 and April 30 and use the ticket flexibly for the booked route until June 30. Travelers who no longer want to travel due to the corona virus can have their tickets purchased until March 13, 2020 for travel days until April 30, 2020, converted into a voucher for the value of their ticket. This also applies to "Super Sparpreise" and "Sparpreise".

    12.30 p.m .: "We don't lock Bavaria in, but we shut down public life almost completely"

    The infections in Bavaria continue to rise. Therefore there will be exit restrictions starting on Friday night at midnight. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder announced this in a press conference on Friday afternoon. He appealed to the population to stay at home.

    What is allowed?

    Going to work, to the doctor or buying essential items is allowed. Sport or walking outdoors is possible, but only on your own, with the family or with pets. Group formations and gatherings of people are prohibited. Parents who live separately from their children can visit them.

    What is forbidden?

    Visits to nursing homes and old people's homes are prohibited and only allowed for the dying. Visits to the hospital are prohibited, there are three exceptions: dying, children and parturients and newborns may be visited by their closest relatives. Hairdressers, DIY stores and garden centers remain closed. Restaurants of any kind may only sell or deliver food to-go. Söder said: There is no reason for panic buying. The banks will also remain open. Citizens do not need written permits to leave the house, such as in France. The restrictions are controlled by the police. Anyone who violates the rules must expect high fines. The restrictions apply temporarily for 14 days.

    20.03.2020

    Daily Life Tip: What restrictions apply to Bavaria?

    So far, a curfew has been imposed at two locations in Bavaria: in the city of Mitterteich and in the district of Wunsiedel. Here people can only leave the house to do important shopping, go to work and help people in need.

    The following rules apply in the rest of Bavaria:

    • Meetings: All events and gatherings are prohibited. This also includes services and meetings in churches, synagogues and mosques.
    • Leisure facilities are closed: These include museums, cinemas, sports halls, pubs and gyms., amongst others.
    • Gastronomy: Diner and canteens are only open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outside of these times, take-away meals can be served and delivered.
    • Limited retail: stores must remain closed. Exceptions are grocery stores, beverage stores, banks, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply stores, opticians, hearing care professionals, branches of Deutsche Post AG, pet supplies, DIY and garden centers, petrol stations, dry cleaners and online retail.
    • Parks and green areas: The police check whether park visitors keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from each other
    • Schools, kindergartens and day-care centers: For now, they will be closed until April 19. Emergency care is only available for children whose both parents work in "areas of critical infrastructure", such as care and medicine, in supermarkets or the police or fire service.
    • Service providers and craftsmen: They should generally be able to carry out their work. However, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between customers must be maintained in service companies.
    • Right to visit clinics and nursing homes: To protect older or immunocompromised people, each patient or carer may only receive one visitor per day for one hour. Exceptions are possible in an emergency or for the dying.

    9.47 a.m .: Ten deaths in Bavaria

    According to Prime Minister Markus Söder, 2,282 people in Bavaria had already been infected with the corona virus by Thursday morning. As a result, ten people have now died. "The cases are increasing daily and the infection chains are becoming increasingly difficult to track. In the current statistics, Germany is now ahead of South Korea in infections," said the CSU chief in his government statement in the state parliament in Munich. He also does not consider Bavarian curfews to be excluded. At the same time, in view of the Corona crisis, Söder asked the federal government to provide a package of aid worth at least 100 billion euros to alleviate the economic consequences.

    19.03.2020

    4:17 pm: Mitterteich imposes curfew

    The town of Mitterteich in the Oberpfalz, which has a population of just under 7,000, has become a Corona focus in the past few days, said District Administrator Wolfgang Lippert in a press conference in Tirschenreuth. Therefore, there is a curfew until April 2, 2020. Leaving the house is only allowed to drive to work, do groceries, drive to the doctor, take a walk with pets, or help people in need. The curfew is monitored by the police. Failure to stay inside may result in fines and up to two years in prison.

    12:05 pm: Federal government makes no legal preparations for curfew

    The Federal Ministry of Justice denies a media report that the federal government is working on the legal preparations for a curfew in Germany. "There is nothing there. We deny," said a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday afternoon. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the president of the World Medical Association, also spoke out against a ban on going out. „You can't keep schools and daycare centers closed until the end of the year - and it will take at least that long to get a vaccine“, he said. Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, had previously not ruled out a curfew for the future. But everyone still has the chance to prevent a curfew by staying at home and keeping a distance from other people, he said.

    Daily Life Tip: Can I still meet my friends?

    Because of the coronavirus, you are no longer allowed to go to the movies, theaters and school. It is up to you whether or not you should meet with friends. The method of social distancing in order to slow down the spreading of the virus only works preventively, that is: before showing symptoms. Some experts suggest behaving as if you were already ill. That would mean reducing any social contact.

    If you still have to meet:

    • outside is better than inside
    • fewer people are better than many people
    • prefer meeting the same friends than meeting someone else every day
    • wash your hands regularly
    • do not shake hands, kiss or hug
    • keep at least two metres of distance apart
    • consider if you can replace the meeting with chats or telephone

    18.03.2020

    8.00 pm: Germany implements entry ban for non-EU citizens

    Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has ordered entry restrictions for non-EU citizens in Germany. The entry ban applies to international air and sea transport for trips that start outside the European Union. There are exceptions for nationals of third countries (e.g. Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain) with a long-term right of residence in an EU country. The limitation initially lasts for 30 days.

    1.33 pm: Flixbus stops operating at midnight until further notice

    The bus operator will suspend all national and cross-border connections to and from Germany from March 17, 2020, midnight, the company said on Tuesday in Munich. Affected passengers will be informed and receive a voucher for the entire ticket price without a cancellation fee to the email address provided when booking. The long-distance bus company Blablabus will also stop operating tomorrow morning. The Blablacar rideshare service, through which customers can create ridesharing opportunities, remains unaffected. The Blablacar platform will "continue to be available to those who absolutely need to travel," it said.

    9.28 am: Clients should call employment agencies only in emergencies

    The federal employment agency „Bundesagentur für Arbeit“ asks clients to call them only if absolutely necessary. Clients do not need to cancel appointments. There won't be any disadvantages such as reductions on Hartz-IV-payments. Deadlines will be suspended for the time being.

    9.21 am: Federal government of Germany proclaims worldwide travel warning

    Due to the corona crisis, the federal government of Germany has advised against all kinds of touristic travel. According to dpa, foreign minister Heiko Maas proclaimed this warning on Tuesday morning in Berlin. Until this point, the Federal Foreign Office had only advised against unneccessary trips abroad.

    8.56 am: On Saturday, Volkswagen will stop production to a great extent

    Due to the corona crisis, Volkswagen will stop its production in most of its factories in Germany and Europe. The company will announce during the morning that on almost all of its factories, the last shift will be due on friday. This was confirmed by both news agencies dpa and Reuters. In the past few days, there have also been first confirmed cases of infections with the causative agent of the lung disease Covid-19 in VW's German plants.

    17.03.2020

    7.30 pm: The Federation decides on extended limitations

    In order to slow down the spreading of the coronavirus, the Federation has decided to close a variety of shops, cultural, sports and leisure venues. Supermarkets and other essential stores will stay open. An agreement with the federal states also says for restaurants to stay closed between 6 p.m. And 6 a.m. Overnight stays in hotels etc. will only be allowed for necessary and non-touristic purposes. Church services of all kinds of churches and religions will be prohibited.

    10.16 am: Supermarkets in Bavaria will stay open longer

    In order to ensure the basic supply with groceries and other important goods, Bavaria will expand opening hours of certain stores: supermarkets, grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies, gas stations, banks and some other stores will be able to remain open until 10 p.m. during the week and on Sundays until 6 p.m.

    9.15 am: Bavaria declares disaster

    Pubs, clubs, toos and swimming pools have to close from Tuesday. From Wednesday, the opening hours of shops and restaurants will be restricted. Pharmacies, super markets and other grocery stores will remain opened. The state of disaster will remain for at least 14 days.

    16.03.2020

    3 pm: Bavaria restricts public life

    Because of the coronavirus, Bavaria is planning to reduce the opening times of shops and restaurants. The BR also learned from government circles that there would be extensive closings of bars, clubs, swimming pools and cinemas.

    15.03.2020

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