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Bavarian State Chancellery Press Release
June 4, 2021: Combating the corona pandemic / lower incidences and increasing vaccination rates enable restrictions to be relaxed significantly
MUNICH — The effects of the corona pandemic have been shaping public and private life for over a year now. The pandemic is not over yet. Caution and circumspection are still the best advisor for our society in order to protect us and to allow more and more freedoms. Vigilance and a sense of personal responsibility remain a central requirement.
And yet: There is more and more reason to be confident. The enormous efforts of the last months and weeks are bearing fruit. The burden on hospitals is noticeably reduced. In addition: The steadily increasing vaccination rate, the noticeably lower incidence, the beginning outdoor season — the signs point to relaxation. It’s time to take a big step towards normalcy.
1. The disaster in Bavaria will be lifted on June 7, 2021.
2. Only two incidence thresholds (50 and 100):
There are now only two incidence categories: areas with incidence <50 and areas with incidence between 50 and 100. The previous incidence range <35 is no longer applicable. That makes it easier for everyone to adjust to clear local regulations.
3. Against this background, from June 7, the new 13th Bayer. Infection Protection Measures Ordinance (13th BayIfSMV) for the incidence range <100 the following measures:
- General contact restrictions: If the incidence is between 50 and 100, then 10 people from a maximum of three households are allowed. And if the incidence is <50, then 10 people from any number of households are allowed to stay together. As in the past, vaccinated and convalescent people do not count in private get-togethers or similar social contacts in accordance with federal law.
- Planned public and private events for special occasions (birthdays, weddings, baptisms, funerals, club meetings etc.) are possible again. If the incidence is between 50 and 100, then outside up to 50 people and inside up to 25 people. If the incidence is below 50, then outside up to 100 people and inside up to 50 people (plus vaccinated persons and genesis according to federal law). If the incidence is between 50 and 100, then people who have not been vaccinated or recovered will require a negative test.
- Schools: From June 7, in areas with an incidence <50, unrestricted face-to-face teaching will take place again for all schools. As of June 21, this will also apply to all areas with an incidence <100. With correspondingly low incidences, almost all of Bavaria will return to normal school operations. Practical training phases are generally possible regardless of the incidence in attendance. The mask requirement can be waived in physical education classes. In schools, tests are still required twice a week, regardless of the incidence. The test result is certified for the students on request and can thus also be used outside of school (“self-test ID”).
- As long as there are still restrictions, day-care centers will return to normal operations in the same way as schools, with an incidence of <100 that is from June 21.
- Universities: The universities can again offer face-to-face events (lectures, seminars). The maximum number of possible participants depends on the size of the space available (at a distance of 1.5 m). Participants who are tested twice a week are admitted. As in school, it is compulsory to wear a mask on the campus.
- Commerce and shops: If the incidence is below 100, the trade is generally opened. The requirements for all shops (hygiene concept, customer limitation to one customer per 10 sqm for the first 800 sqm of the sales area and an additional customer per 20 sqm for the part of the sales area exceeding 800 sqm) remain in place. There is no need to make appointments.
- Markets: Markets can again sell all kinds of goods outdoors.
- Gastronomy: The indoor catering is opened and the restaurants can remain open both indoors and outdoors up to 24 hours (previously 22 hours) if the incidence is below 100. A negative test is only required if the incidence is between 50 and 100. General contact restrictions apply at the table. The regulations on the mask requirement remain in place. Pure pubs remain closed indoors.
- Hotels, accommodation: In future, rooms can be given to all people who are allowed to stay together under the new general contact restrictions (with an incidence between 50 and 100, then 10 people from a maximum of three households). In areas with an incidence of <50, every guest will only have to present a negative test on arrival (no longer every 48 hours as before); in areas with an incidence between 50 and 100, tests will remain every 48 hours.
- Leisure facilities: solariums, saunas, baths, thermal baths, leisure parks, indoor playgrounds and comparable leisure facilities, show caves, visitor mines, city and guest tours, casinos / amusement arcades and betting offices can reopen with an infection protection concept. A negative test is required in areas with an incidence between 50 and 100. Prostitution sites, clubs and discos will remain closed.
- Business-related events such as congresses / meetings are permitted under the same conditions as cultural events.
- River cruises will be possible again from June 7, provided that the test is negative before each shore leave in Bavaria and upon embarkation, if this takes place in Bavaria.
- Cultural events: Events in the open air are permitted from June 7 with fixed seating for up to 500 people. If the incidence is between 50 and 100, a test is required. In the future, not only fixed stages, but also all suitable locations (halls, stadiums, etc.) can be used for cultural events both indoors and outdoors if they offer enough space to ensure a safe distance for visitors.
- Church services: From June 7, congregational singing is allowed again in areas with an incidence <100 (indoor with FFP2 mask). In the case of open-air worship services, there is no mask requirement on site. The obligation to notify and register is waived.
- Rehearsals by amateur ensembles in the music and theater sector will in future be possible indoors and outdoors without a fixed number of persons. The maximum number of possible participants depends on the size of the space available (with a minimum distance according to the hygiene framework concept). Extracurricular music lessons are permitted without a maximum number of persons (with a distance).
- Sport: Sport (non-contact as well as contact sport) indoor and outdoor is possible for everyone in all areas with an incidence <100 without fixed group limits. In areas with an incidence between 50 and 100 however, only for participants who can present a current negative test. The same number of spectators is possible as for cultural events, i.e. 500 people outdoors (with fixed seating). At sports facilities, the number of participants in the framework concept is appropriately limited according to the size of the sports facility.
- Munich will be the only German venue for the upcoming European Football Championship. The state government expressly supports the idea of allowing the games of the European Football Championship as a test run and pilot project for the sport under strict hygiene requirements and with an increased number of spectators. It is now to be decided to what extent, under the prerequisites of (1) exemplary infection protection concepts of the game organizers, (2) a negative current PCR test of every single viewer and (3) a guaranteed diversion of the audience before and after the game, exceptionally increased audience numbers of up to 20% of the capacity (approx. 14,000) can be approved.
- Retirement and nursing homes: There is no test obligation for visitors in areas with an incidence <50. Community events in the homes are permitted indoors with 25 people, outdoors with 50 people.
4. The State Ministry of Health and Care will make the necessary legal changes. The responsible ministries of state are commissioned to adapt the applicable general hygiene concepts accordingly.
- Federal emergency brake one to one: In areas with an incidence >100, the federal emergency brake will apply one to one in future. There are no longer any supplementary Bavarian regulations. For the curfew, this means that — as planned by the federal government — physical exercise will be permitted outdoors between 10 p.m. and midnight (“Hamburg model”). It is hoped that the incidences will decrease permanently and across the board to such an extent that in future there will only be a few areas that will still be covered by the federal emergency brake.
- Reduction of bureaucracy: Additional general directives from the district administrative authorities are no longer required. All regulations result directly from the regulation itself.