Background: which countries tighten which measures

Because many citizens are still not adhering to the requirements in the fight against the corona virus, many federal states are going a step further and imposing stricter measures. An overview.

In Bavaria Prime Minister Markus Soder (CSU) ordered the most far-reaching measures to date nationwide. People should only leave the house to go shopping, to the doctor, to work and at most together with their own families. Restaurants and beer gardens must remain closed. Take-away offers are still allowed. Local, hairdressers and hardware stores have to close.

There are also restrictions in the medical field: Physiotherapy may only take place in a medical emergency, logo or occupational therapy practices must remain closed. For hospitals, old people’s, care and handicapped facilities – with a few exceptions – entry is prohibited. The measures are initially in force for two weeks.

The Saarland imposes similar measures as Bavaria. If you want to leave your own house or garden on Saturday, you basically need good reasons, said Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU). Such reasons include going to work, shopping or going to the doctor. It is also allowed to support family members, to see one’s children, to do sports alone or a maximum of five people with an appropriate safety distance or to visit churches, mosques or synagogues individually. Here, too, the restrictions initially apply for two weeks.

In Rhineland-Palatinate There is no curfew, but gatherings of more than five people are prohibited after midnight. Restaurants and pubs will also have to close to the public – but the sale of take-away remains allowed. The state is also closing thermal baths, solariums, driving schools and libraries. The controls on the border to the French risk area Grand Est are tightened. Commuters from France can continue to drive to their workplace in Rhineland-Palatinate, but are no longer allowed to get out on the way.

Similar restrictions apply to Baden-Wurttemberg. A maximum of three people may gather here in public space – families are excluded. Restaurants and pubs have to close – but takeaway sales continue. The transit of people from Corona risk areas will be further restricted or even prohibited entirely.

Also Hesse further restricts the freedom of movement of citizens: restaurants and pubs are being closed in the fight against the spread of the corona virus. In addition, the state government decided to lower the upper limit for gatherings from 100 to five people. A possible tightening of exit restrictions is also to be avoided in Hesse. That was the last possible measure, it said.

Hamburg also issues more far-reaching restrictions. All restaurants will be closed and gatherings of more than six people will be prohibited, said Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) after a Senate meeting. Exceptions apply to delivery services as well as families or groups of professionals. 

In Saxony "larger gatherings" are forbidden. This is what Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) said. However, the term is not precisely defined. "Those who live together, who are a family, should continue to move together in the future," said Kretschmer.

Lower Saxony has so far waived stricter exit restrictions. Currently, a maximum of ten people are allowed to gather, said Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD). It should stay that way for the time being. However, there should be group-related adjustments. However, restaurants and pubs must also close in Lower Saxony.

Just like Lower Saxony is also prohibited Bremen all restaurants and pubs to host customers in-house. The restaurants are allowed to continue selling food. For the time being, there are no stricter exit restrictions.

See that too Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania so far, but the gastronomy has to close just like in many other federal states. On Saturday evening, 6 p.m., restaurants in the country are closing. This was announced by Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) after a consultation with the tourism industry and the hotel and restaurant association in Schwerin.

Berlin Governing Mayor Michael Muller has announced that the capital will also face tougher restrictions to contain the coronavirus crisis. The Senate should prepare for restaurant closings, he said in the RBB. So far, these places have to close at 6 p.m. In the future, there should then only be pick-up and delivery services. Meetings should also be restricted further, announced Muller.

In all other federal states – North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt – The previously decided distancing measures will remain in force, but will not be tightened for the time being. However, several prime ministers pointed out that this could change if citizens do not adhere to the conditions already imposed. On Sunday, the country leaders will discuss further steps with Chancellor Angela Merkel.