When shopping and on the bus & train, you must cover your mouth and nose with a so-called “medical mask” - including surgical masks and FFP2 masks. Cloth masks or scarves are no longer allowed for shops and public transportation. You also need to wear a mask in front of the shops and in parking spaces. If you do not wear a mask, you will have to pay a fine of at least 50 euros. Some cities also require you to wear a mask in certain public spaces and streets. At work, you must either maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between people or/and wear a medical mask.
Strict contact restrictions continue to apply. In private, you can currently meet people from only one other household, however, they may not be more than 5 people in total. Children under the age of 14 do not count. Couples count as one household- even if they do not live together.
If the 7-day incidence in your region rises to over 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, stricter contact restrictions apply. Then your household may only meet with a maximum of 1 person from another household at a time.
Furthermore, there may be some additional rules in your region. For example, compulsory masks for passengers in cars, mandatory rapid tests or (nightly) curfews. With curfew, all people should stay at home. You are then only allowed to leave your apartment for important reasons, such as shopping for groceries, work, doctor visits, etc.
In regions with an incidence rate of over 200 new infections per 100,000 population, there will be further restrictions, including restricting the range of motion to 15 km from your place of residence. In other words, you are only allowed to move within a radius of 15 km from your city or municipality if there are many new infections in your region. Visits to the doctor or commuting to work are still permitted as the regulation is primarily intended to prevent day trips.
In other regions, private travel and day trips are not prohibited. However, the government urges citizens to abstain from unnecessary travel. Overnight stays in hotels or holiday resorts are currently not allowed for tourists.
You must keep a distance of at least 1.50 meters from people who do not live in the same household as you.
Visiting retirement homes and assisted living facilities is possible. Visitors need to get a coronavirus test prior to the visit. In general, it is possible to get tested directly before visiting a retirement home or assisted living facility.
There may be some additional stricter rules in your federal state or region- for instance, there may be a (nightly) curfew. This means everyone must remain indoors, preferably at home, between specified hours. Leaving your place of residence is only permitted for urgent reasons, such as grocery shopping, work, doctor visits, etc.
To learn more about the current corona rules in your state /your city, check corona-was-darf-ich.de- the information is available in many languages.
Important: The police is tasked to enforce compliance with corona rules. Those who break these rules face a penalty which can range from a fine to a prison sentence.
Currently these regulations are valid until April 18, 2021.