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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

The corona measures impose restrictions on the entirety of public life. We are aware that this gives rise to many questions. We would therefore like to share the most frequently asked questions and our answers to those questions with you. If we are unable to answer all your questions through this overview, please send us a written message to:
infektionsschutz@ordnungsamt.bremen.de.

A small note: the current version of the Corona Ordinance including all changes can always be found on the transparency portal.

Currently, Bremen exceeds the incidence value of 35. Access to the following facilities and establishments is only possible to those with full vaccination protection, those who have recovered from a coronavirus infection, or those who have tested negative for a coronavirus infection (3G Rule):

  • Hospitals, retirement and nursing homes, and facilities providing assistance to the disabled
  • Gastronomic establishments, clubs, discotheques, festival halls, amusement arcades, casinos, betting offices, theatres, operas, cinemas, concert halls, prostitution establishments and prostitution vehicles under the Prostitution Protection Act for the purpose exercising prostitution, swingers' clubs, saunas, electrostimulation training studios, fitness centres, swimming pools, adventure pools, sports facilities, trade fairs, conventions, commercial exhibitions, special markets, fairs, flea markets and similar events, amusement parks, playgrounds, climbing halls, climbing parks and other places of amusement, in each case in closed rooms
  • Events (except for religious events) and festivities in closed rooms outside of one’s own home
  • The use of body-related services, unless prescribed by a doctor
  • The practice of sports indoors (except for school sports)
  • Stays in lodging establishments (test on arrival and twice a week in the event of a stay lasting several days)

Children up to the age of 14 are exempt from the obligation to provide corresponding evidence.
In Bremen, the following regulations currently apply:

1. One household is allowed to meet with one other household, regardless of the number of people involved. As an alternative, up to 10 people are allowed to meet. Children up to and including 14 years of age as well as people accompanying persons in need of assistance due to old age, illness, nursing care dependency or disability do not count. The same applies to people who are able to demonstrate full vaccination protection against coronavirus or to prove a corona infection within the past six months. Full vaccination protection is in place from the 15th day after the final vaccination.

2. Contract tracking: All establishments, businesses or events that are permitted to open in accordance with the Corona Ordinance are under obligation to document the name and associated telephone number or e-mail address as well as the time of entry and exit of one person from each household present. This likewise applies to gastronomic establishments. Shops / points of sale are exempt from this requirement.

3. Events may be conducted with up to 25,000 people subject to a MINIMUM DISTANCE of 1.5 metres if a protection and hygiene concept is in place and if a list of names is kept of the persons attending. For events at a company, the protection and hygiene concept must be supplemented by regulations on occupational health and safety. Events with more than 5,000 people are large-scale events that must be approved by the local police authority and the responsible public health department. This does not apply to trade fairs and conventions as long as the incidence value remains below 50. Participants of large-scale events must present a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery prior to entering the event premises.

Events with more than 500 people and no more than 5,000 people indoors or with more than 1,000 people and no more than 5,000 people outdoors must be reported to the responsible local police department at least two days prior to commencement of the event.

For indoor events with more than 500 people, technical ventilation with fresh air supply must be provided.

The necessary minimum distance is reduced to 1 metre if the hygiene and protection concept stipulates compulsory seating or a comparable measure. In addition, a technical ventilation system with fresh air supply must also be provided in indoor areas.

In addition, it is possible to hold an event with up to 150 people WITHOUT A DISTANCE indoors and with up to 250 people in the open air. Access to the event must be controlled and a list of names of persons attending must be kept. All participants must present a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery prior to entering the event premises.

At indoor events, all participants must present a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery prior to entering the event premises. Religious events are exempt from this requirement.

4. Residents of nursing homes may be visited subject to strict hygiene rules. Admission is allowed with a negative test result that must not be older than 24 hours. Only fully vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from this obligation. Guests must sign in and register as well as wear an FFP2 mask. For details, please get in touch in advance with the corresponding facility.

5. Visits to the hospital are possible again, but with restrictions. Access is limited to people having taken a test on the very same day, as well as to vaccinated and recovered persons. Guests must maintain the minimum distance and wear an FFP2 mask. For details, please contact the respective hospital in advance.

6. Information in connection with day-care centres and schools can be found here.


IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING MUST BE COMPLIED WITH IN BREMEN:


1. I am vaccinated or have passed through a Corona infection - do I still have to get tested or go into quarantine after a trip?
Exempt from all testing obligations are all persons who are able to demonstrate full vaccination protection against coronavirus or to prove a Corona infection within the past six months. Full vaccination protection is in place from the 15th day after the final vaccination. Proof of an infection must have been obtained by PCR testing and is valid for six months after testing.


2. Where do I have to wear a mask?
Wearing a medical face mask is mandatory when using local public transport as well as at stops & stations and while shopping in supermarkets and in the retail sector. For children between 6 and 15 years of age, a textile mouth-and-nose cover will continue 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. 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.
Anyone who refuses to wear a medical face mask in these areas must expect to pay a fine amounting to at least EUR 50.
It is still necessary to maintain the minimum distance and comply with the hygiene rules.
2.a What do I have to observe at the polling station during the general election on September 26? Do I have to wear a mask?
There is one consistent rule for the general election at the polling stations. The mask may only be removed briefly to establish identities. While the election committees are counting and reporting the results, they may also put off their masks. Persons who are present at polling stations to observe the election must leave their contact details. They are also required to wear a mask, unless they are generally exempt from this requirement. In this event, they will be allowed to stay in the election buildings for 15 minutes at the most, unless they can prove a negative test result.


3. Do I have to register at the restaurant or pub?
Yes. 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.

4. 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 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. The competent authority may prohibit, restrict or impose conditions on the assembly.

5. 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 an antigen 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 15th 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. You will have the opportunity to take a corona test from the 10th day onwards. You are allowed to leave the quarantine for making your way to the test centre. If the test result is negative, you are allowed to leave the quarantine.

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.

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.

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.


6. 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. 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 only make a transit through the country or who commute for the purpose of 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 protection 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 listed 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 healthcare matters.


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. Please note that further amending regulations are 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.

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);
  • 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.

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