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Lockdown, contact restrictions and openings in Baden-Württemberg. What is open and what is not? What am I allowed to do and what not?

After twelve hours of deliberations, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country leaders agreed on new corona measures on March 22nd. The lockdown will be extended to April 18 in view of the further increase in the number of corona infections. From April 1st to 5th inclusive – from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday – public, economic and private life is to be largely shut down.

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Prime Minister Kretschmann at a government press conference on March 23, 2021 (Photo: SWR)

Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Kretschmann wants to clarify legal issues after the federal-state resolutions. It is not yet clear whether there should be a nationwide emergency brake.
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Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday become rest days once

This means that the same rules apply on both days as on Sundays and public holidays. Petrol stations, for example, may continue to open and certain companies may continue to work. Since, together with the Easter holidays, there is a total of five “quiet” days, the narrower grocery retailers can open on Holy Saturday.

Stricter contact restrictions at Easter

During this time, a maximum of five adults from two households are allowed to meet. Children up to 14 years are not counted; Couples are considered to be one household.

Churches should only offer Easter services online

Gatherings in public spaces are generally prohibited over Easter. Where outside catering is already open, it has to close again for these five days. In addition, churches and religious communities are asked to only offer online offers for believers at Easter. Vaccination and test centers, on the other hand, should remain open.

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Vacationers must be tested before they fly home to Germany

The Infection Protection Act is to be changed so that a general test before the return flight applies to travelers returning from abroad. The test should be a prerequisite for entering Germany. Even now, returnees from “high incidence areas” have to show a negative test before departure. Easter holidays should not be possible within Germany.

Merkel: Implement the emergency brake consistently

In view of the exponential growth in infections, Merkel and the prime ministers also agreed to consistently implement the emergency brake agreed at the beginning of March. This provides that the city and rural districts implement restrictions from a seven-day incidence of more than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, e.g. exit restrictions, stricter contact restrictions or the obligation to carry out daily rapid tests in areas where it is difficult to keep your distance or consistently wear a mask are.

The situation in your region: infection numbers and 7-day incidence

The figures are updated twice a day, until around 9:00 a.m. and around 6:30 p.m. Please pay attention to the update date of the displayed results of your search (“Stand:….“).

More analysis and data cards

Here you can find out the current situation in the intensive care units, compare the incidence figures of the federal states, see the age distribution of those who tested positive and receive information on the test strategy.

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Stuttgart, Mainz, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Trier

A computer animation of the coronavirus.  Behind it a fever chart.  (Photo: Getty Images, fotomay, Montage: SWR)
A computer animation of the coronavirus.  Behind it a fever chart.  (Photo: Getty Images, fotomay, Montage: SWR)

The corona virus is spreading in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. Here you will find all the figures and data on the current situation.
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What does the step regulation provide?

Specifically there is five concrete opening stepsconnected to an emergency brake. This should then be withdrawn when the new infections increase dramatically. The next opening step is possible after 14 days, provided that the number of infections remains stable or decreases. The orientation value is 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.

The planned opening steps in lockdown around the coronavirus, which the federal government has visualized (Photo: Federal Government)
The planned opening steps in lockdown around the coronavirus, which the federal government has visualized (Photo: Federal Government)

The federal and state governments have decided to take further steps to open the corona crisis. This is the rest of the timetable.



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Night curfew in hotspots

In counties that are considered a corona hotspot (where the seven-day incidence is over 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants), health authorities can set a nightly curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The prerequisite is that the responsible health department recognizes “a significant risk to the effective containment of the spread of the coronavirus“. In addition, the infection process must be “diffuse”; so it must be unclear where and why people become infected.

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