Dear visitors to Berlin, dear Berliners,
Slowly Berlin is opening up again. Hotels, Museums, shops are allowed to open.
- Museums and galleries, parks and gardens are open again.
- Shops were officially allowed to open their doors since 9 May.
- Restaurants in Berlin will be allowed to reopen on 15 May, subject to conditions.
- Bars and pubs may open from 2 June from 6am - 11pm.
- Cinemas may open from 30 June.
- Open-air events such as concerts or film screenings with up to 200 participants are possible from 2 June.
- Starting on 23 May you are allowed to rummage on flea markets again.
- As of 25 May, selected outdoor swimming pools are opening (changing rooms and showers will remain closed).
- Hotels and guesthouses will be allowed to open from 25 May.
- Sightseeing tours by bus and boat are also possible again from 25 May - provided that the hygiene rules are observed.
- The Senate announced that sightseeing tours by bus and boat will soon be permitted again.
- However, you should continue to practice social distancing. As far as possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained.
- You may practice sports outside again, no contact, small groups.
- Church services may be held again from 30 May.
- Families and house communities may spend time outside together, but a minimum distance of 5 metres must be maintained between individual groups.
- Wearing a mouth-nose mask in public is strongly recommended, in public transportation it will be compulsory to wear a mouthguard from 27 April 2020, in retail outlets it will be compulsory to wear a mouth-nose mask from Wednesday 29 April. Children up to the age of six years are exempt.
- Private events and meetings up to 50 persons are permitted, if necessary for compelling reasons.
- Other indoor meetings are allowed up to 150 people from 2 June and up to 300 people from 30 June.
- Open-air events and meetings are permitted up to 200 people from 2 June, up to 500 people from 16 June and up to 1,000 people from 30 June.
- Congresses, trade fairs and special markets in closed rooms are allowed from 2 June with up to 150 participants, from 30 June with up to 300 participants.
- Large events with more than 1,000 participants are prohibited until 31 August.
- Social distancing will be in effect until 5 July.
- For the reopening of Berlin, we invite all Berliners* and day guests to experience more than 50 highlights in Berlin with our "Berlin WelcomeBackCard". Enjoy discounts of up to 50%.
+++ 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
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Restrictions on Public Life
This is allowed
- Shops may open to the public.
- Access to shopping centres (malls) must be regulated separately.
- Restaurants may open from 15 May onwards, subject to conditions.
- Hotels and guesthouses are open.
- Museums, memorials, libraries are open from 4 May 2020.
- Hairdressers may open again from 4 May.
- The outdoor areas of the zoological gardens and animal parks, with the exception of the animal houses, open to the public from 28 April.
- The Botanical Garden is allowed to open from 27 April and will announce the date on 27 April.
- Contactless sports on outdoor sports facilities is permitted.
- From 4 May, open-air church services and meetings with up to 50 participants are permitted.
- Playgrounds are allowed to be opened from 30 April.
These restrictions remain in place
- The meeting of large groups is still not allowed.
- Events with more than 1000 participants will remain prohibited until 31 August.
- Large events with more than 5000 participants are cancelled until 24 October.
- You should maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between two people in public.
- Families and house communities may sit together in the park, but a minimum distance of 5 metres must be maintained between individual groups.
- It is strongly recommended to wear a mouth-nose cover in public; in public transport, one must be worn from 27 April 2020, in the retail sector, the wearing of a mouth and nose mask will be compulsory from Wednesday 29 April. Children up to the age of six years will be exempt.
- 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.
- 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
- BVG service centres will close on 19 March. From 23 April the locations Alexanderplatz, Zoologischer Garten, Spandau City Hall and Marzahn will open. +++ Tickets can be purchased at all ticket machines or via the BVG Ticket-App. +++ Lost and found office in Rudolfstraße opens again from 24 April.
- Nextbike bikes are available free of charge for 30 minutes daily until May 17
- Theatres, operas and concert halls are closed until the end of the season
- 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)
- Schools will gradually reopen from 4 May.
What is closed? What is open?
- The controls at Germanys borders will be carefully loosened from 16 May and are expected to be completely lifted from 15 June.
- 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 9 a.m. to 3 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
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.