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Covid Guidelines Update

What applies nationwide in Germany from April 2?

From April the 2nd all nationwide restrictions (3G, 2G+, 2G) are being removed and are being replaced with basic protective measures such as testing and mask rules in hospitals and retirement homes, and mask requirements on planes, buses and trains, at airports and at stations.

The federal government has left the state governments with the option of implementing the so-called “hotspot regulation” - in areas where cases of coronavirus remain high - to keep certain measures in place, including mask requirements, social distancing and 2G and 3G rules.

Below is a breakdown of what each state is planning in regard to COVID rules.

Rhineland-Palatinate (the state the Nordschleife is in)

Rhineland-Palatine will also scrap the most far-reaching coronavirus measures on April 3, with only basic protective measures remaining in place. Masks are, however, encouraged to help curb the spread of coronavirus and other diseases.

North Rhine-Westphalia

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the state government was unable to push through a motion to extend the coronavirus measures for an extra four weeks, and so, most protective measures will be scrapped this weekend. Only basic protective measures will apply from April 2.


Saarland is also ending all but basic measures in the state from April 2.


This week, the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg determined that it was not possible to implement the hotspot rule statewide. Instead, it will use the government’s basic protective measures from April 2, including mask requirements on public transport, in doctors’ offices and hospitals, and testing in schools and childcare facilities. All other measures will be dropped.


In Bavaria, the most far-reaching coronavirus measures are also being scrapped, with only the government’s basic protective measures being enforced. FFP2 masks will still be required on public transport and in medical settings (but not in shops), and testing will continue in schools and childcare until the Easter school holidays.


As of April 1, Berlin has already relaxed most coronavirus restrictions. The only exception is that a mask is still required when shopping, on public transport, at the doctors, and in hospitals and care facilities. Schools and daycare facilities will continue testing.


Brandenburg is moving to the basic protective rules only from April 3.


From April 2, only basic protective measures will be in place in Bremen.


The city-state of Hamburg has designated itself a hotspot area and so will keep some stricter coronavirus measures in place for the time being. This includes masks in public places and 2G plus rules in nightclubs.


Hesse is taking a more relaxed approach and will only enforce basic protective measures from April 2.

Lower Saxony

Restrictions are on their way out in Lower Saxony, where 3G rules in restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions will no longer apply from April 3. The obligation to wear a mask and get tested will only apply in some places, like medical settings and schools.


Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was the first German state to declare itself a hotspot region in its entirety. Basic protection measures like masks and testing will continue to apply for the time being, as will the previous 2G and 3G rules.


In Saxony, most restrictions will be lifted on April 3, with the exception of some mask-wearing rules.


The same is true in Saxony-Anhalt: apart from basic protective measures, all restrictions will be lifted on April 3.


Schleswig-Holstein is also taking the route of abandoning all but basic protective measures from April 3.


A move to extend protective measures in Thuringia failed in the state parliament, and so only basic protective measures will apply in the eastern state from April 2.

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