Dear visitors to Berlin, dear Berliners,
The Robert Koch Institut rates the risk situation high in Germany.
That means, that in the next days, weeks and maybe even months our everyday life will change. On 16 March, the German Federal Government and the heads of government of the federal states adopted guidelines for further restricting social contacts in the public sector in view of the corona epidemic in Germany.
- Currently, meetings of more than two people are not allowed. As far as possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained.
- The measures currently apply until 19 April 2020.
- Violations are punishable by a fine. You can find the catalogue of fines on the portal of the city of Berlin.
+++ The guidelines of the Robert-Koch-Instituts are considered the benchmark. +++ Please use those guidelines as a basis for your personal planning. +++
The most important current information on the situation in Berlin
Neighbourhood assistance in Berlin
Restrictions on Public Life
- You have to stay in your accommodation and need certain reasons to leave, including visits to the doctor, shopping, visiting old and sick people, sports and exercise in the fresh air, working in the allotment garden, walking with animals or making necessary appointments with authorities, courts.
- You should maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between two people in public.
- Recreation breaks are permitted while maintaining the minimum distance.
- Citizens are urged to "generally refrain from private travel and visits, including by relatives". This also applies within Germany and for day trips for day tourists.
- From Wednesday 18 March, metro buses and trams will run every ten minutes (M5 and M6 continuously every 10 minutes, lines 16/18 and 37/67 will be discontinued), buses will no longer operate for school trips, a 10-minute interval is planned +++ From Monday 23 March, the metro will run every 10 minutes +++ U55 will be discontinued
- The S-Bahn S26, S45 and S85 will be discontinued indefinitely from Saturday, 21 March +++ Passengers can take the S1, the S25 and the S8 instead +++ Alternatives for the S45 are the S9, the S46 and the Ringbahn S41/42 +++ Additional trips on the S1, S3 and S5 lines will be suspended
- Nextbike bikes are available free of charge for 30 minutes daily from 17 March to 19 April
- Cinemas, theatres, operas, concert halls, museums and similar institutions
- Clubs and bars, amusement parks, dance halls, fairs, exhibitions, special markets, amusement arcades, casinos, betting shops and similar businesses
- Trade fairs, exhibitions, cinemas, amusement parks and providers of leisure activities (indoor and outdoor)
- Zoo Berlin and Tierpark Berlin are closed, the animals are taken care of.
- Schools are closed +++ music schools and Volkshochschulen (adult education centers) are closed +++
- Sports activities on and in all public and private sports facilities, swimming pools and fitness studios are suspended.
- Restaurants may only offer food and beverages for delivery or take away from 22 March on.
- Many shops are closed
- Expressly not to be closed and allowed to be open on Sunday: Food, Beverage and Grocery stores (there will be Sunday opening hours) +++ Delivery services +++ Pharmacies and drugstores +++ Gas stations +++ Banks and Sparkassen +++ Post offices +++ Dry cleaners and laundries +++ Newspaper Stands and Bookstores +++ DIY stores, garden centres +++ Pet supplies stores and wholesale.
What is closed? What is open?
- EU imposes 30-day entry ban for non-EU citizens from 18 March
- Airports are accessible, traffic is restricted +++ Restrictions for shops, public facilities, museums and events
- Persons arriving in Berlin by plane from abroad are obliged to go directly to their home immediately and to stay there permanently for a period of 14 days after their return.
- FlixBus suspends all national and cross-border connections from and to Germany
- The city tickets "Berlin WelcomeCard", "Berlin WelcomeCard all inclusive" and "Berlin City Tour Card" cannot be booked up to and including April 19. +++ This also applies to all other admission tickets and tickets for sightseeing.
- Changed opening hours at Berlin Tourist Info:
- Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz: daily 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Central station: daily 10 to 14 o'clock
- Airport Tegel, main hall: daily 10 to 14 o'clock
- This Berlin Tourist Info will be closed from today until April 19th:
- Brandenburg Gate, southern gate house
- Europe Center
- Tegel Airport, Terminal A (Gate 1)
Information sources, that offer advice for dealing with the Corona crisis
For the next few weeks and maybe month we all have to limit our social contacts and spend a lot of time at home. Many adults are working in the home office, school children will expect new worksheets in their inbox every morning, perhaps one or two digital lessons. Many institutions, organisations and companies have already provided special offers to better meet the challenges of this time. Because we love Berlin, we will also be sending you a few rays of hope and inspiration from the City of Freedom in our visitBerlin-Blog over the next few days and weeks. Our city has already survived many crises. This time, too, it will continue!
We will keep you up to date to the best of our knowledge.
#stayhome #staysafe #flattenthecurve #FromBerlinwithLove
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Berlin visiors who believe they may have contracted the virus can find more information on the websites of the Robert-Koch-Institut. You can also contact the hotline daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at (030) 9028-2828.