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FAQ: Questions and answers all around the coronavirus

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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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Questions & Answers

Since 7 October, Bremen has been exceeding the critical threshold value of 50. This is worrying and forces us to adjust our countermeasures. The goal must be to stop this development and get back below the critical threshold value as quickly as possible. We therefore call on you:

  • Be particularly vigilant, sensible and considerate.
  • Reduce your personal contacts.
  • Keep the minimum distance and comply with the hygiene regulations.
  • Wear a mouth-and-nose cover, also in order to protect others.
  • Ventilate regularly in closed rooms.
  • Use the corona warning app.

On 16 December 2020, new measures came into force throughout Germany. They will be adjusted on an ongoing basis and are limited in time initially until 31 January 2021. The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states will deliberate again by this point in time and make the necessary adjustments..
For Bremen, this has the following consequences:

1. The most important measure: keep a distance and reduce your contacts to an absolutely necessary minimum. Every single contact is a renewed risk of infecting yourself and others even if you still don’t have any symptoms. Protect elderly people and those who are part of a high-risk group.

2. Staying in the public space and meeting other people in one’s own apartment is therefore only permitted with the members of one's own household and 1 other person, which does not include children up to and including 12 years of age. Groups of people exceeding these numbers in public places or apartments are unacceptable and inadmissible in view of the serious situation that is affecting our country.

3. Citizens are urged to refrain from unnecessary private travels and visits, including visits of relatives. This also applies to domestic travels and day trips. Overnight accommodation is now only made available for necessary purposes, e.g. business trips. In particular, no overnight accommodation shall be provided for tourist purposes. This requires an affidavit in lieu of oath from the guest, which must be deposited with the accommodation facility and handed over to the public order office or the police on request. Bus, boat and carriage tours for touristic purposes are prohibited.

4. Institutions and facilities for leisure activities shall be closed. These include

  • Clubs, discotheques, festival halls, etc.
  • Theatres, operas, concert halls, museums, etc.
  • Amusement arcades, casinos, betting shops, etc.
  • Prostitution facilities, brothels, etc.
  • Sports facilities for recreational and amateur sports. Individual sports practised alone, in pairs or with members of one's own household remains permitted on and in all public and private sports facilities
  • Swimming pools, indoor adventure pools, saunas, solariums and fitness centres
  • Trade fairs, zoos, indoor playgrounds, indoor climbing centres and cinemas

5. Events for entertainment purposes are prohibited. Professional sporting events may only take place without spectators.

6. Gastronomic establishments such as restaurants, snack bars, pubs, bars, shisha bars, tearooms etc. shall be closed. Only the sale of take-away food and delivery services remain permitted. This means, for instance, that coffee, rolls or chips may not be drunk or eaten near the sales stall. Serving and selling open alcoholic beverages (“to go”) is prohibited. The operation of canteens continues. Consumption in shared dining areas of a company canteen is only permitted if consumption at the workplace or elsewhere is not possible for hygienic or other compelling reasons, such as in hospitals.

7. Non-medical body care facilities such as beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo studios, nail studios, etc. shall be closed. Hairdresser’s shops are also closed since 16 December.

8. Retail shops are closed for the most part. Mail order services and the delivery of ordered goods are permitted. Collecting goods by yourself is only allowed if it can be done without contact.

9. The following shops remain open: Grocery stores, weekly farmer’s markets, farm markets, beverage stores, pharmacies, medical supply and health food stores, drugstores, infant speciality stores, opticians and hearing aid specialists, petrol stations and newspaper sales outlets, banks and savings banks, post offices, cleaners and laundrettes, pet supply stores and animal feed markets, DIY stores for tradespeople and craftspeople, car and bicycle repair shops, ticket sales outlets, the wholesale trade, and Christmas tree sales outlets.
In these places, certain conditions apply in terms of hygiene, with respect to access control and in order to avoid queues. In this context, it must be ensured that no more than one customer per 10 square metres of sales area is present in a shop. In shops with a sales area of more than 800 square metres, 20 square metres per customer must be available on the area that comes on top of the 800 square metres.

In addition the following must be complied with in Bremen:

1. Where do I have to wear a mask?
Wearing a textile mouth-and-nose cover is mandatory when using local public transport and while shopping. Excluded are children under six years of age and persons who cannot reasonably be expected to wear a mouth-and-nose cover due to health reasons. In this case, it would be helpful to carry a corresponding proof with you to avoid questions or discussions in the specific situation. Cyclists passing through areas in the public space, which are indicated as parts of the city where masks have to be worn, do not have to wear a mask either.
A plastic visor does not offer the same level of protection as a textile mouth-and-nose cover. Visors do not fit tightly enough and thus allow breathing air to flow past them on the sides. As a result, neither the wearer nor other people are sufficiently protected.
The obligation to wear a textile mouth-and-nose cover also applies

  • in the outdoor areas of shops and stores, such as car parks
  • in work and business premises and within buildings of public service institutions and authorities
  • in bus and tram shelters of the BSAG (Bremen Tram Company) and on clearly defined public transport platforms, such as Domsheide and Wilhelm-Kaisenbrücke
  • at train stations, at the airport and at ferry terminals
  • at weekly farmer’s markets
  • on the forecourt of Bremen Central Station (daily around the clock)
  • in Bremen city centre (Monday to Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.)
  • in the Schnoor district, in Böttcherstrasse and around Schütting (daily between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.)
  • at the Schlachte (daily between 12:00 noon and 0:00 midnight)
  • in parts of the Viertel (daily between 9:00 a.m. and 0:00 midnight)
  • on the square outside Vegesack Railway Station (daily around the clock)
  • in the Vegesack pedestrian precinct (Monday to Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.)
  • in the Corona outpatient centre at the horse race course / Vahrer Strasse (daily between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.)
  • in parts of Gröpelingen (Monday to Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.)
  • in parts of Hemelingen (Monday to Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.)
  • in parts of Oslebshausen (Monday to Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.)
  • in parts of Osterholz (Monday to Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.)

The designated areas in Bremen city centre and Vegesack can be found here.
The general map for the other urban districts can be found here.

Anyone who refuses to wear a mouth-and-nose cover in these areas must expect to pay a fine amounting to at least EUR 50.
The general decree on the extension of the obligation to wear a mouth-and-nose cover in places attended by large numbers of people can be found here.

2. Is it true that the sale of beer to take away is prohibited?
That's correct. The sale of alcoholic beverages is allowed only in the period between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. This rule applies to retail outlets and kiosks in the designated areas in the Viertel and along Schlachte. Serving and selling open alcoholic beverages is prohibited on principle.
The general decree prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages to take away, dated 16 December 2020, can be found here.

3. Is it also true that I am not allowed to drink alcohol in public places? Not even beer?
Yes, that’s correct.

4. Which events are still possible?
Events in closed rooms and in the open air are permitted with a maximum of up to 100 participants. Any such events require compliance with the minimum distance, a protection and hygiene concept, a list of names, and sufficient ventilation.

5. 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 prohibition. Unless a rush or spontaneous meeting 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. Since persons who are ill, suspected of being ill or suspected of being infectious have already been identified in Bremen, the competent authority may prohibit, restrict or impose conditions on the assembly.

6. What do I have to consider if I return from travel?
Anyone entering Bremen from a region at risk must go into quarantine immediately and directly for 10 days, including those who made a transit through or stopover in a region at risk. You are obliged to have a test taken no later than 48 hours prior to entering Bremen or immediately after entering or returning to Bremen. The result must be kept for 10 days and presented to the authorities upon request.
During quarantine, you are not allowed to leave the house or apartment and to receive visitors. Please remember: This measure serves to protect your family, the neighbours and everybody else around you. Violations of the quarantine regulations may be punished through fines!
The duration of quarantine may be shortened in the event of a negative test result. You have the possibility to take a Corona test from the 5th day onwards after entering Bremen. 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. You are obligated to keep the result until the 10th day after originally entering Bremen, so as to be able to show it on request.

This does not apply, for instance, to people who travel through a region at risk without stopping or who commute for the purpose of work. Further exceptions and information can be found at www.gesundheitsamt.bremen.de. For information on the regions listed as regions at risk, please visit www.rki.de.

7. 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 the guests / participants may be banned from the venue, and that the venue or establishment may be closed.
The catalogue of fines is available here.

8. Where can I find the statutory ordinance?
The current statutory ordinance can be found here.

9. 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);
  • Category 1 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.

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

Violations of the applicable regulations on dealing with the coronavirus are subject to a fine. The penalties are listed in the catalogue of fines.

Das stilisierte C symbolisiert die Corona Warn App

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