New crown rules in Bavaria: what currently applies – Bavaria

Nobody wants to talk about “Freedom Day”. In reality, however, April 3 was a profound turning point in Bavaria. More than two years after the corona pandemic, almost all regulations aimed at slowing the spread of the pathogen have been removed. And at the end of April the compulsory tests in schools and kindergartens were abolished.

This leaves only very few crown regulations in Bavaria, namely a test and a mask requirement in some places – the so-called basic protection. An overview of the Corona rules currently valid in Bavaria:

The new mask requirement

The obligation to wear a mask has been reduced to a few areas: On the one hand, on local public transport such as buses, trains and taxis (but not at train stations) – here in Bavaria it has to be an FFP2 mask. In addition to long-distance trains and airplanes, a medical mask (surgical mask) is sufficient here.

On the other hand, an FFP2 mask must be worn in many healthcare facilities and homes. These include doctor’s offices, day hospitals and clinics, prevention, dialysis and rehabilitation facilities, emergency and outpatient care services, full and partial inpatient care facilities and facilities for people with disabilities, homeless and refugee shelters.

For children between the ages of six and 16, a medical mask (surgical mask) is always sufficient. Children up to six years of age, the deaf or hard of hearing and people who are unable to do so for medical reasons are generally exempted from the obligation to wear a mask, which must be proven by a certificate.

where tests have yet to be performed

Since April 3 there is only one mandatory test in hospitals, prisons, retirement and nursing homes. Here, visitors and employees need a current and negative quick corona test; for employees, two tests per week are sufficient if vaccinated or cured. This compulsory test does not apply to children up to the age of six or to children who have not yet started school.

Evidence of the test must be submitted in writing (printed or on a mobile phone). A PCR test must not be older than 48 hours, a rapid test must not be older than 24 hours. A self-test is only sufficient if carried out under supervision, confirmed in writing (maximum 24 hours).

Which is also recommended

The state government recommends protecting yourself, such as keeping your distance from other people or generally wearing a mask indoors. Provides advice to recreational facilities or shops on hygiene concepts (e.g., disinfection). But none of this is more mandatory. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has also appealed to supermarkets and shops to impose the mask requirement themselves – they are free to do so as part of the house rules. But few have.

No more contact and access restrictions

The focus of Corona regulations in recent months has been the specifics on the maximum number of people you can meet, as well as restrictions on access to shops, restaurants, leisure facilities and much more (2G or 3G). All of these restrictions expired on April 2nd without exception, as well as any maximum limits for the number of visitors or partial bans on the sale of alcohol. General closures of activities (e.g. of clubs and discos) are no longer possible.

What applies in the workplace

A 3G rule applied in many businesses until March 20. Only those who had been vaccinated against Corona, recovered or tested negative for the pathogen could come there. This was lifted in mid-March, as was the requirement to allow employees to work from home and offer free corona tests. Now companies themselves have to define workplace hygiene concepts, but there are no guidelines for that.

The rules in schools and kindergartens

Even if there is al schools some hygiene rules, but in general school attendance is again possible without restrictions. The requirement to regularly test for coronavirus ceased to exist on April 30 and it is no longer necessary to wear a mask.

Also in the Nurseries, i.e. nurseries, nursery schools and after-school schools, there is normal operation; here, too, the obligation to test was canceled at the end of April. And then this is no longer the case: the closure of entire groups if more than one fifth of the children tested positive.

And what about hotspot shrinking?

So far there are none. In some areas, the state government could, if it wanted to and the state parliament agreed, enact stricter rules. This can be individual cities and districts or the entire country; Hygiene rules, distance rules, the requirement of a mask in other areas or access restrictions such as a 2-G or 3-G rule would then be possible there. According to the law, the prerequisite for this would be either that a new, more dangerous variant of the virus is in circulation or that “there is a risk of hospital capacity being overloaded in the respective local authority” due to the high number of new infections. The government argues that this is currently out of the question in Bavaria.

rules at the entrance

When entering Bavaria, the same rules now apply nationwide. According to this, anyone who enters from a so-called high-risk area or virus variant must register and possibly quarantine. However, since the beginning of March there are no more, as can be seen from the list of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

The legal bases

Most of the crown rules for Bavaria are contained in the 16th Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance (16th BayIfSMV), valid until May 28, 2022.

The legal basis is the Federal Infection Protection Act, which also regulates the obligation to wear masks on long-distance planes and trains.

The Bavarian Ministry of Health has its own general decree for quarantine and crown isolation.

Corona workplace regulations are listed in the Federal Government’s SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance (Corona-ArbSchV).

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