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Here you will find understandable answers to frequently asked questions on how to deal with the coronavirus in Bremen.

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Which warning level currently applies in Bremen?

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On 1 October 2021, a new graduated plan has come into effect. As a result, the number of people admitted to hospital because of a Corona disease is now decisive. The so-called 7-day hospitalization incidence measures how many Corona patients are admitted to hospital per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. On 10 January 2022, an additional warning level has come into force: Level 4.

Five warning levels now apply: 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4. They determine which pandemic management measures apply.

Level 0 - (hospitalization incidence 0 to 1.5): the minimum distance is recommended, as are the usual hygiene rules and ventilation. In addition, a medical mask must be worn - incidentally, at all four levels - in retail stores and on buses, trams and trains. Facilities and events must have hygiene and protection concepts in place, and a list of names must be kept in closed rooms.

Level 1 - (hospitalization incidence 1.5 to 3): The measures of Level 0 apply and, on top of this: Wherever a place is accessible to the general public, the 3G rule applies indoors. This means that vaccinated, recovered or tested persons may attend events, eat in restaurants, visit a theater or club - without maximum attendance numbers and distance rules, and also without mandatory wearing of masks.

Level 2 - (hospitalization incidence 3 to 6): The measures of Level 0 apply and, on top of this: In any place accessible to the general public, the 2G rule applies indoors. In this case, access is only possible for vaccinated and recovered persons, without a maximum number of visitors and distance rules, and also without mandatory wearing of masks. In this event, children and young people under 16 years of age in general, young people from 16 years of age onwards who have a school certificate, and people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons, are exempt from the 2G rule. The latter have to present a negative test result and a medical certificate. In addition, the minimum distance must be maintained again outside one’s own home. Wearing masks is also mandatory in other indoor areas.

Level 3 - (hospitalization incidence over 6): The measures of Level 2 apply. In addition, the 2G+ rules are applicable at clubs, bars, discotheques and festival halls.

Level 4 – (hospitalization incidence over 9): The measures of Level 3 apply. In addition, the 2G+ rules apply in any places where 2G or 3G previously applied, i.e. also in pubs / restaurants and in cultural institutions such as theaters, cinemas etc. Only vaccinated, recovered and tested visitors are admitted to buildings of the public authorities (3G).
Children and adolescents under 18 years of age are exempt from the 2G+ rules. Also exempt from testing are all persons during the first three months after receiving their full vaccination cover, persons with booster vaccinations, and persons who can present evidence of a Corona infection within the past three months or who have received a booster vaccination, which must not be longer ago than three months, after their infection.


1. Which warning level currently applies in Bremen?
www.inneres.bremen.de/corona-die-haeufigsten-fragen-und-antworten-23460


2. I am supposed to reduce my contacts – what is still allowed?
We have to prevent the Omicron variant from spreading rapidly. Therefore, contacts must be reduced. This applies to unvaccinated as well as to vaccinated and recovered people.
Private meetings are limited to a maximum of 10 people. This applies indoors as well as outdoors for both the vaccinated and recovered as well as for the unvaccinated. Children under 14 years of age are not counted. As soon as an unvaccinated person is present, stricter rules apply – as previously: in this event, a meeting is limited to one’s own household and two other persons at the most.


3. What does 3G or 2G mean? And 2Gplus or 2G+?
3G stands for vaccinated, recovered and tested persons. 2G stands for vaccinated and recovered persons. 2Gplus or 2G+ requires a negative test result as additional evidence. Children and young people under 18 years of age are exempt from the 2G+ rule.


4. What does “hospitalization incidence” mean?
Which warning level applies now depends decisively on how many people suffering from Corona are in hospital. The so-called 7-day hospitalization incidence describes how many Corona patients are admitted to hospital per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days.


5. What qualifies as testing evidence?
Testing evidence is either a negative rapid test result from a test center or a negative PCR test. The rapid test must not be older than 24 hours, the PCR test not older than 48 hours. Rapid tests within the framework of a company test concept are recognized as well. In addition, a self-test may be taken under the supervision of a responsible person before entering the respective facility. However, such a test can only be used at this particular facility, and a certificate cannot be issued.


6. I am vaccinated or have passed through a Corona infection - do I still have to present testing evidence if 2G+ applies?
Individuals having full vaccination protection that is no longer than three months old or individuals with a booster vaccination do not need a test. This also applies to recovered persons who are able to present evidence of a Corona infection within the past three months. Recovered persons with booster vaccination do not need testing either in the first three months after receiving their booster.


7. Do children under 16 years need to present proof of testing?
Children under 16 do not need to show proof of testing because they are being tested anyway on a regular basis at school or for school. For young people over 16 who still go to school and test regularly at school or for school, a school certificate shall be sufficient.
Particularity during school vacations: Since schoolchildren are not tested regularly via their schools during this time, they too must present a negative test for buses and trains or prove that they have been vaccinated or have recovered. This applies to children and juvenile persons aged 6 years and older.


8. Does the 2G rule now apply at all stores?
Yes, 2G now applies in retail stores. Stores for daily needs such as supermarkets, pharmacies and drugstores are excluded. Exceptions are possible for all those for whom there is no general vaccination recommendation or who cannot be vaccinated for reasons of health. These people require a current test. Exceptions are also in place for children and juvenile persons.


9. What do wristbands in the retail sector mean?
In order to simplify entrance control for stores, establishments and customers and to avoid multiple checks, there are now small bands to be worn on your wrist. Two different wristbands will be accepted: “BGG Gastronomie? – ABER SICHER! 2GCheck” and “Bremen erleben - 2G-Check”. If customers wear such a wristband, they can access all establishments in Bremen that require a 2G check (such as retail stores, hairdressers, and other “2G areas”). The wristbands may also be used in local public transport where 3G is applicable.

10. Where does 2G+ apply?
From warning level 4 onwards, 2G+ also applies in pubs/restaurants and cultural institutions, for services close to the body, to indoor sports, and in hotels on arrival and twice a week where stays of several days are concerned. Individuals in the three months following their second vaccination and anyone with booster vaccinations are exempt from the additional testing requirement. Also exempt from 2G+ are recovered persons whose infection occurred no more than three months ago or who have a booster vaccination that also occurred no more than three months ago, as well as children and young people under 18 years of age.


11. Are clubs and discotheques still open?
In Bremen, clubs and discos were already closed as of December 24.

12. Where do I have to wear a mask?
Wearing a medical face mask is mandatory when using buses, trams and trains as well as while shopping in supermarkets and retail stores. Since 1 January 2022, an FFP2 mask must be worn in buses and trams. From 10 January 2022 onwards, the obligation to wear FFP2 masks also applies in retail stores if Warning Level 4 is in place. From 24 January 2022 onwards, the obligation to wear FFP2 masks shall also apply in retail stores for daily needs, i.e. also in supermarkets, bakeries, drugstores, pharmacies, etc. if Warning Level 4 is in place.
For children between 6 and 15 years of age, a textile mouth-and-nose cover continues to be sufficient. Children under the age of 6 and persons who cannot reasonably be expected to wear a mouth-and-nose cover due to health reasons are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask. Exceptions also apply to people who are either deaf or hard of hearing and to people communicating with such persons or accompanying such persons. It is helpful to carry a corresponding proof with you to avoid questions or discussions in the specific situation.

Wearing a mask is obligatory for all pupils and students, in all grades.

Anyone who refuses to wear a medical face mask in these areas must expect to pay a fine of at least EUR 50.


13. Do I have to register at the restaurant or pub?
Yes, in any event. Indoors at the restaurants or pubs, names and contact details must either be provided via app or entered in a list of names. Outdoors, it is not necessary to register.


14. Who must stay in domestic quarantine for how long?
During quarantine, you are not allowed to leave your house or apartment, not even with the dog, to go shopping or to go for a walk. You are not allowed either to receive visitors. Please remember: this measure serves to protect your family, your neighbours and everyone else around you. Violations of the quarantine rules can be punished through fines!

Infected persons: As soon as you get a positive test result, you must go into quarantine. Quarantine ends after 14 days at the earliest – and only after you have had no symptoms for 48 hours, if you are able to present a negative test and on condition of your doctor's approval.

Tested persons: Persons having a positive result from a rapid test must likewise go into quarantine for 14 days. If a subsequent PCR test shows a negative result, you do not have to stay in quarantine anymore.

Contact persons: As soon as you learn that you had contact with an infected person, you have to go into quarantine. You must remain in quarantine until the 10th day after the last contact with this person. However, you may stay on your balcony or terrace, or in your home's garden for a short while. The duration of quarantine may be shortened in the event of a negative test result. From the 5th day onwards, you may take a PCR test. If this turns out to be negative, you may leave the quarantine. From the 7th day onwards, you may take an antigen rapid test. If this turns out to be negative, you may likewise leave the quarantine.

If the contact took place within a cohort at a children’s day care or children’s nursing centre, quarantine ends as early as five days after the last contact if a negative test from the fifth day is available.

Exempt from quarantine as contact persons are persons who are fully vaccinated or who have passed through a Corona disease with symptoms. Full vaccination protection is in place from the 15th day after the final vaccination.

The members of the household of a symptom-free contact person do not need to be quarantined. This changes if symptoms occur or if there is a positive test result. The relatives will then become contact persons themselves.

For all details, including your duties during quarantine, please contact the Public Health Department by phone at 0421 361 15 113 or by email at office@gesundheitsamt.bremen.de.


15. I am fully vaccinated. Do I still have to be quarantined?
If you are a contact person, you do not need to be quarantined if you are fully vaccinated or if you passed through a Corona disease with symptoms.
No matter whether or not you are vaccinated: if your rapid test or PCR test is positive, you will definitely need to be quarantined.


16. What do I have to consider if I return from travel?
Obligation to register:
Anyone who has stayed in a high-risk area or virus-variant region within the last ten days prior to entering Germany must register via the entry portal before entering the country (digital entry registration).

This does not apply, for example, to people who have passed through a high-risk area or virus-variant region without stopping, who are only transiting Germany, or who commute for work.

Evidence requirement:
Anyone who is at least 12 years old and who enters Bremen must have himself/herself tested already before departure and present a negative test result to the carrier, for example the airline. Proof of the test may also be required at the entry control in Germany by the German Federal Police. Vaccinated and recovered persons must carry a corresponding proof upon entering Germany.

Anyone who is at least 12 years old and has stayed in a virus variant region within the last ten days before entering Germany must carry a proof of testing with him/her on entering Germany in any event. Proof of vaccination or recovery is not sufficient.

Quarantine obligation:
Anyone who has stayed in a high-risk area within the last ten days prior to entering Germany must go into quarantine for 10 days immediately after entering Germany.
If symptoms of disease appear, the competent authority must be informed.

The duration of quarantine may be shortened if vaccination, recovery or test evidence is transmitted.
The respective test may be taken no earlier than 5 days after entering Germany.
For children who have not turned 12 years of age yet, the quarantine shall already end after five days.
You are allowed to leave the quarantine to make your way to the test centre. If the test turns out to be negative, you are allowed to leave the quarantine completely.

This does not apply, for instance, to people who have travelled through a high-risk area or virus variant region without stopping, who are only transiting Germany or who commute for work.

Anyone who has stayed in a virus variant region within the last ten days before entering Germany must go into quarantine for 14 days immediately after entering Germany.
Here as well, the quarantine may be shortened according to the requirements stated above if the area is classified only as a high incidence area after you have entered Germany and before the quarantine period expires, or if you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine proven to provide cover against the corresponding virus variant.

The quarantine ends prior to expiry of the periods stated above if the classification as a high-risk area or virus variant region is lifted.

For more exceptions and information, please visit www.gesundheitsamt.bremen.de. For those interested in learning more about the regions qualifying as high-risk areas or virus variant regions: www.rki.de.

Further information on the subject can be found here on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health or here on the website of the state minister for health.


17. Where can I find information on how to deal with Corona in schools?
Information related to children’s day care centres and schools can be found here.


18. Who is entitled to compensation pursuant to §§ 56 of the German Infection Protection Act?
The following groups of persons in particular are entitled to compensation:

  • Persons infected with coronavirus (if there was no sick note)
  • Contact persons
  • Persons having care and custody rights who cannot pursue their professions because day-care centres or schools have been closed temporarily by order of the public authorities.


19. I am not vaccinated. Am I still entitled to compensation?
Anyone who takes a free decision not to be vaccinated, and who then has to go into quarantine and cannot work will no longer be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings as of 1 November 2021. The same applies if one has made an "avoidable trip" to a foreign Corona risk area with high infection numbers and then has to go into quarantine after returning from the trip.


20. Do payments now cease as well in the event of an infection?
No. The continued payment of wages in the event of illness remains in place.


21. What will happen if I do not comply with the measures?
Infringements may be punished through fines, monetary penalties or imprisonment of up to two years or five years respectively.
In case of non-observance or infringement of the statutory ordinance, there is a possibility of applying direct coercion (pursuant to § 11 et seqq. of the Bremen Administrative Enforcement Act). This means that guests / participants may be banned from the venue, and that the venue or establishment may be closed.
The catalogue of fines is available here.


22. Does the statutory ordinance also apply to demonstrations?
Public or non-public assemblies according to Article 8 of the Basic Constitutional Law are exempt from the restrictions. Unless a rush or spontaneous assembly is concerned, they must be reported to the competent assembly authority by telephone, in writing or by e-mail at least 48 hours before they are announced. The competent authority may prohibit, restrict or impose conditions on the assembly.


23. Where can I find the statutory ordinance?
The current statutory ordinance can be found here. Please note that further amending regulations may be retrievable at www.gesetzblatt.bremen.de. By the way, the current version including all the changes and amendments can be found here in the transparency portal.

Statutory ordinance in simple language

The statutory ordinance is available for download as a PDF file in a simple language version.

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Catalogue of fines

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