What will be possible again from tomorrow after the lockdown relaxations


The signs point to relaxation: After the federal and state resolutions, life in the corona pandemic will change for many people. In most federal states, sport, more contacts, shopping or visits to museums are possible again. Schools are also slowly returning to face-to-face teaching – but very different from region to region. The dpa has summarized the most important changes this Monday:


According to a federal-state resolution, ten people can do sport in the fresh air without contact if the incidence is below 50 – with a value of up to 100, at least five people from two households can do sport outside. Children up to 14 years of age can do sports outside in groups of up to 20. Here, too, most countries largely follow the decisions. Individual appointments for fitness studios can also be booked in Hessen. Berlin lowers the age limit for groups of children to 12. In Thuringia, the necessary incidence for this opening step has not yet been reached.


With a seven-day incidence of less than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week, retailers are allowed to set appointments; with an incidence of less than 50, they can open with a limited number of customers. The federal states implement this requirement either nationwide or differentiated according to regions. In Berlin, Baden Wuerttemberg, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse and Saxony, purchases can be made by appointment from Monday, in Saarland, depending on the area, with more customers than before. “Date shopping” is also possible in North Rhine-Westphalia – it was recently still open how to deal with regions with a low incidence.

In Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein, the regional figures decide whether retailers in some regions can do without appointments. In Thuringia, the opening of the retail trade has been postponed for the time being due to an incidence of over 100, but hardware stores will be able to offer appointment shopping from March 15.


According to federal-state resolutions, five people from two households should be able to meet again. The federal states will also implement this regulation from next week.


Similar regulations as for shopping also apply to the opening of museums or galleries. In most federal states, they are allowed to open under certain conditions from Monday or at least to assign appointments; in some states, the regional incidence remains the benchmark. In fact, it could take a week longer before the houses can organize the openings, as was heard from some federal states. In Saxony, this opening step should not take place until March 15. In Thuringia there is no talk of opening museums or galleries for the time being.


Hairdressers have been open since March 1st. Other so-called body-friendly services such as massages are to be allowed again under strict conditions from Monday. What exactly is meant can differ from country to country – mostly cosmetics, nail care, massage or tattoo studios are meant. If a mask cannot be worn continuously, it should be tested beforehand. In Thuringia, this step should not take place until March 15th.


Face-to-face teaching is slowly being ramped up again in schools. The countries proceed here very differently. In Berlin only the 1st to 3rd grades have been back in alternating lessons, from Tuesday the 4th to 6th grades will also come. In the elementary schools of the city of Bremen, face-to-face classes and alternating classes from the fifth grade onwards have been back on March 1st. The respective final classes should write exams in person. From March 15, depending on the local incidence, primary school students in Bavaria should be able to return to normal face-to-face classes – pupils at secondary schools can switch to alternate classes.

In Brandenburg, after the primary schools, secondary schools will also start alternating courses from March 15. In Hamburg, the attendance requirement for schoolchildren has been lifted so that parents can decide to keep their children in homeschooling. In Lower Saxony, primary school students and graduating classes will be required to attend again from Monday, as long as the region does not have a seven-day value above 100. On March 15, grades 5 to 7 and the 12th grade will return from homeschooling to the alternate model. In Rhineland-Palatinate, alternating lessons are being expanded to include grades five and six. In Saxony, elementary school students have been taking alternating classes since February, and the rest will follow from March 15. In large parts of Schleswig-Holstein, too, children and adolescents from grades 5 and 6 can return to face-to-face classes on Monday.

Further articles on the coronavirus

We have created a news blog. In view of the large amount of information, this provides an overview of the most important current developments.

+ Covid-19: Current figures on the coronavirus in Germany (as of March 7th)
+ Holidays: When is it possible to go abroad again? (As of February 26th)

Test and protection

+ Testing: This is how the new Corona self-tests work (as of February 24th)
+ Protection: The vaccination ordinance: who will be vaccinated first, who will be vaccinated later? (As of March 4th)
+ Vaccination appointment: how can I get vaccinated when and where? (As of 4.3.)
+ Vaccinations: What is known about the side effects of the corona vaccine (as of: 26.02.)
+ Astrazeneca vaccine: reports of side effects and acceptance problems – experts disagree (04.03.)
+ Protection: So it is about the development of vaccines against the coronavirus (status: 25.02.)
+ Change of strategy: are rapid tests the breakthrough in fighting pandemics? (As of February 16)
+ Sick people: New findings in the search for drugs (as of January 30)
Treatment: How does an antibody drug work and when does it make sense? (As of February 26th)

Contagion and Transmission

+ Virus variants: how dangerous are the new coronavirus mutations? (As of: 02/27)
+ Opponents of infection protection measures: What AfD and lateral thinkers have to do with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany (as of 02/09)
+ Transfer: What role aerosols play (as of January 22)
+ Excess mortality: how deadly is the coronavirus really? (Status: 05.02.)
+ Travel warning: The current list of risk areas (as of 02.03.)

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