Outdoor contact limits relaxed: these are Berlin’s new coronavirus rules

Outdoor contact limits relaxed: these are Berlin’s new coronavirus rules
Residents of Berlin enjoy the weather in the Kreuzberg district. dpa | Annette Riedl
Further relaxations of Berlin’s pandemic rules came into force on Saturday. Here are the details on what is now allowed and what isn’t.

As the 7-day incidence of infection in the German capital keeps falling (current level 5.1 infections per 100,000 residents) the city has taken further steps to make life more normal again. The following rules kicked in on Saturday July 3rd.

Contact restrictions

As of Saturday private meetings outdoors are now unrestricted in terms of number and number of households involved.

Private events (weddings, funerals etc) are limited to 100 people outdoors.

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But the restriction to a maximum of ten people meeting indoors from five households still applies.

Official events can now take place with up to 2,000 guests outdoors. In indoor areas up to 500 people are now allowed to enter.

Test obligations and contact tracing

Testing is now only mandatory for official events where more than 500 people are present.

At the same time, people visiting museums and galleries, libraries or shopping centres now no longer have to fill in their contact details.

Mask wearing

People keeping fit in gyms or other indoor sport or dance centres now only need to wear a medical mask rather than an FFP2 mask while working out or training.

The requirement to wear an FFP2 mask at an adult learning centre like a Volkshochschule has also been dropped. A medical mask also suffices here. Other such schools that this effects are music schools, driving schools and gardening schools.

People are also allowed to start attending college in person again.

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