Frankfurt COVID-19 restrictions can at times be difficult to come by in English.  With this in mind, we breakdown what we know about the latest restrictions.  The latest update is effective as of 19th of July as Frankfurt continues in level 2 with restrictions being loosened further.  Importantly the nation wide incidence is 13.6 and all Hessian districts are well below 50. 

Also, the vaccination strategy continues to forge ahead and continues to give us all hope!

The latest guidance from the government (as far as we can determine) is as follows:

Also, see here for a list of  Frankfurt Covid-19 test centres

Hessen Government announces further loosening of restrictions

On the 19th of July Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier and his deputy, Economics Minister Tarek Al-Wazir announced there would be further loosening of the restrictions.  However, the announcement does come with a ‘disclaimer’ that should numbers and infections take a turn for the worse restrictions may be reintroduced.

Also, Bouffier stressed the importance of people to get vaccinated and test regularly particularly now as many head off on holiday.

WHAT IS NEW?  For Hessen districts with an incidence rate less than 35

Events (from 25 people):

  • Events can once again take place with more participants without approval.
  • For events held inside, the limit will be raised from 250 to 750 participants.
  • And in the future, events held outside will be allowed 1,500 participants instead of the previous 500. Important to note, vaccinated and convalescents individuals are not counted in this number.
  • Larger events still require approval.
  • Also indoor events, will no longer require a compulsory test if there are no more than 100 participants (this number includes vaccinated and recovered people).
  • At folk festivals and similar events, the contact details only need to be recorded for gastronomic offers.

Hotels and overnight stays:

A valid negative test (vaccinated / recovered / tested) must still be presented on arrival for tourist overnight stays. However, the previous compulsory weekly test is no longer required for longer stays.

Gastronomy:

The obligation to test for indoor catering is lifted. However, it is mandatory to wear a mask up to the seat.

Libraries and Archives:

It is only necessary to wear a mask up to the seat.

Major events:

Hessen adopts the regulations for major events that have been agreed by the heads of the state chancelleries. According to this, 50 percent occupancy is permitted for audiences of 5,000 up to a maximum of 25,000 people.

Clubs / discos:

Furthermore, dance events in clubs and discos are only permitted outdoors. However, the access regulation will be relaxed. In the future, one person per 5 square meters will be possible. Currently it is one person per 10 square meters of event space.

If the 7-day incidence in a district or an urban district rises above 35, these relaxations no longer apply and the previous measures apply.

Level 1 and Level 2 explained

LEVEL 1

  • in effect in Frankfurt since 17th May 2021
  • incidence rate <100 for 5 consecutive days (Sundays and Public Holidays are not counted)

 

Level 2

  • Incidence rate <100 for 14 consecutive days or <50 for 5 consecutive days (Sundays and Public Holidays are not counted)

Previous Frankfurt COVID-19 Restrictions update:

Restrictions are implemented on the basis of the 7 day incidence rate.  If cities and districts exceed a rate of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over three consecutive days then stricter measures are enforced.  We will continue to show previous restrictions for reference below.

Schools, Daycare and kitas:

As of May 17th Hessen has announced a two step implementation plan

Step 1:  Daily incident rate <100 for 5 consecutive days

  • Grades 1-6 will return to campus on a daily basis with strict hygiene measures to be observed by the schools
  • Along with full time professional students Grades 7 and up will return to campus on an alternating basis
  • However, graduating classes will return full time to face to face teaching
  • There is a compulsory COVID-19 tests twice a week for all students

Step 2:  Daily incident rate <100 for an additional 14 days or <50 for 5 consecutive days

  • Grade 7 and up will return to full time to face to face teaching
  • There is a compulsory COVID-19 tests twice a week for all students

The Daily incident rate will continue to be monitored and should they increase the following still applies

  • Daily incident rate <165 = continued hybrid learning continues (homeschooling and on campus learning)
  • Daily incident rate >165 = all face to face teaching to cease

** Please however, confirm with your individual school as they will receive direct instructions from the authorities

Restaurants will return to indoor dining, a reservation along with one of the following is required:

  • Negative test result within the last 24 hours
  • Vaccination pass showing the second jab was at least 14 days prior
  • Proof from the department of health stating you had COVID-19 within the last 6 months and are considered immune.
  • outdoor seating will no longer require Covid test however, it is still recommended

Coffee shops the following is required:

  • Registration inside cafe
  • Negative test result within the last 24 hours
  • Vaccination pass showing the second jab was at least 14 days prior
  • Masks
  • Social distancing
  • Proof from the department of health stating you had COVID-19 within the last 6 months and are considered immune.
  • outdoor seating will no longer require Covid test however, it is still recommended

Open again

  • gyms (strict adherence to hygiene rules)
  • fitness centres (strict adherence to hygiene rules)
  • pools (with limited numbers in place)

Retail trade:

  • All shops open with no limitation in square meters. Mask requirement.

Hair salons and barbers

  • Negetive Covid test is no longer required

Previous incidence rate requirements

Click and Meet (incidence rate <100)
  • Negative test result within the last 24 hours
  • Vaccination pass showing the second jab was at least 14 days prior
  • Proof from the department of health stating you had COVID-19 within the last 6 months and are considered immune.
Click and Collect (incidence rate >150)
  • Retail (click and collect is permitted)

Clubs / discos:

  • Open in the outdoor area with conditions – including compulsory testing, people restriction.

Public Nightly Curfew

The nightly curfew has been lifted!

Frankfurt COVID-19 Restrictions for Private and Public Gatherings

  • As of May 22nd, private meetings of up to 25 people will have no restrictions
  • Event rules apply from 25 people.
  • Public Gatherings. Under strict hygiene requirements with a maximum of 100 people (unvaccinated).  Personal Contact data capture (if possible electronically) and daily current negative covid test.

Travel Restrictions

As it stands health ministers agreed on June 16th that travel restrictions/rules will remain in effect until September 2021.  What this means:

  • The obligation to register (digital entry registration) and the general obligation to test air travellers before departure are adhered to.
  • Proof of recovery or vaccination are also sufficient as proof, provided that the entry does not come from a virus variant area.
  • RKI website provides the data on the classifications on risk areas (a pdf is provided in English at the top of the page)

Entry from a virus variant area:

  • a quarantine of 14 days applies without the possibility of free testing.

Entry from risk areas:

  • Anyone returning from risk areas has to be in quarantine for ten days, unless one actively proves a negative test result.
  • Anyone entering from high-incidence areas must be in quarantine for ten days, and free testing is possible at the earliest five days after entry.
  • As a general rule, travellers returning to Germany must go home immediately – or to some other accommodation at their destination. And isolate themselves immediately after their arrival.

Hotels and overnight stays

  • Open again with conditions, including compulsory testing once a week, distance and hygiene rules.

Religious services

  • Religious services are strongly recommended to be online.
  • Singing is not allowed

Citizens arriving from COVID-19 variant areas

  • Anyone arriving from  areas and countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants must immediately enter in 14-day quarantine
  • It is not possible to end quarantine by having a negative test
  • A corona vaccination or illness does not exempt one from entering quarantine

To find a list of countries affected check out RKI website (English version available in PDF)

Mass COVID-19  Testing Drive

So, as we all know many countries have been implementing mass testing for quite some time now!  Why it has taken Germany so long to get on the band wagon is anyones guess.  Importantly though they have now!  The German Health minister announced that the government had manage to secure around 200 million self-tests and 800 million rapid tests.

In Germany every individual will be entitled to a weekly test administered by a professional from either a test centre, medical practice or place of work.  Schools and day cares/kitas are of particular focus as the country drives toward getting students back into the classrooms!  The in’s and out of this is yet to be seen.

In Hessen citizens are entitled to one free COVID-19 test a week.  Importantly you can find your closest test centre here.  Input your postcode or area and it will give you a list of centres.

UPDATED MASK RESTRICTIONS:

The government have updated the restrictions applying to the type of masks that are now required.  Medical masks (ie. FFP2, KN95 or general medical/surgical masks) when on public transport, hair salons and barbers and in stores and pharmacies etc.  Also, medical masks are required in church services and at funerals

Also, be aware of the 7 common mistakes people make when wearing a mask

Masks no longer needed:

  • in the open air

Also Mask rules that remain in place

  • Masks are required in all stores and on all forms of public transportation. Also those who are not wearing a mask and those who are not wearing it correctly (Both nose and mouth must be covered) will be fined 60€.

  • Mask compulsory (med. Masks) indoors up to the seat ie in restaurants and coffee shops

Trains

  • During the winter months it will only be possible to book the window seat
  • Groups travelling together can sit adjacent to one another
  • Additional carriages will be added in order to accommodate travellers and the increased social distancing on trains

Finally, you may also find the following helpful:

To conclude Frankfurt COVID-19 restrictions are open to change at any time.  So please continue to stay informed and always double check details!