Now the emergency brake is taking effect: All regulations at a glance

While the individual federal states are currently designing many corona measures individually, for example closing schools and reopening a week later, corona infections continue to rise despite progress in vaccination and contact restrictions. The federal government is calling for uniform rules on lockdown, easing and emergency braking. As of today, the federal emergency brake is part of the Infection Protection Act – the federal government is in charge from now on.

The Bundestag has approved the Corona emergency brake as part of the Infection Protection Act.

Federal emergency brake at a glance: rules and measures

As before, the Corona emergency brake should continue to take effect from an incidence of 100 on three consecutive days. However, schools and day-care centers only close at a value of 165. The previous wording of the draft law provides for the following rules and measures:

Restrictions in day care centers and schools

  • Corona self-test twice a week.
  • Schools and day care centers are closed if the incidence is over 165,  emergency care is still possible.
  • Face-to-face classes: Exceptions for final and Abitur years are possible.

Contact restrictions and curfews

  • Members of a household are only allowed to meet with one other person from another household.
  • A maximum of five people are allowed to meet. Children under the age of 14 are not counted.
  • Up to 30 people may be present at funeral services.
  • In affected districts and urban districts, the curfew applies from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Exceptions as before only apply with justification for medical emergencies, professional reasons or the care of animals.
  • Walks and jogging are possible until midnight.

Shops and retailers have to close

  • Retail and shops must remain closed if the incidence is over 100.
  • “Click & Meet” with compulsory testing up to an incidence of 150 is still open. From an incidence of 150, the “Click & Collect” system takes effect.
  • Grocery stores and beverage markets, as well as health food stores, pharmacies, drugstores and petrol stations will remain open.

Leisure facilities are also closing

  • Swimming pools, zoos, cinemas, museums and theaters will be closed. Clubs and other cultural offerings are also not allowed to open.

Gastronomie – Nur “To Go”

  • Restaurants and company canteens remain closed to customers.
  • Take-away of food and drinks is still possible.

Holiday trips not possible

  • Holiday trips within Germany are not possible.
  • Overnight stays for tourist purposes are prohibited.

Sport is only possible to a limited extent

  • Sport or training in groups is strictly prohibited.
  • Individual sports may be practiced alone, in pairs or with people from your own household.
  • Professional sport continues to take place without an audience.
  • Children up to the age of 14 are still allowed to play sports in groups.

Services close to the body – only in exceptional cases

  • Services close to the body should only be used for medical, therapeutic, nursing or pastoral purposes.
  • Exception: visiting the hairdresser, but only if the customers can present a daily negative  corona test  – and of course only with a mask.
  • Other body-related services should no longer be possible.

Home office is mandatory if possible

  • The obligation to work from home should also be anchored in the Infection Protection Act, regardless of the incidence.
  • In companies where home office is not possible, a test offer must be available.


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