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Corona: Hotels, cafes and restaurants open again - these rules apply

Hotels, restaurants and cafés are slowly allowed to reopen - but that does not mean normality, because different requirements apply. What does visiting restaurants look like now? The rules at a glance.

The corona rules for the hospitality industry are being relaxed nationwide. But anyone who goes to restaurants, cafés or hotels now has to adhere to a few rules. The reopenings in the hospitality industry come with some restrictions. Here you will find the most important questions and answers.

What can open where?

As of Monday, restaurants in almost all federal states will be open. Exceptions apply to Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt: In Bavaria, for the time being, only beer gardens and outdoor areas are allowed to open, in Saxony-Anhalt hosts need a special permit from the district if they want to open on May 18th.

Hotels and holiday apartments in Hamburg, Hesse, Saxony or Thuringia can already receive overnight guests again. From Monday on, this also applies to Bremen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein. For Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania there is still an entry ban until May 25th, but hotels and holiday apartments are open to overnight guests from the state from Monday.


In some countries, guests are initially only allowed to stay in holiday apartments, for example in Brandenburg. Accommodation should be available in all federal states by the end of May.

What do I have to consider beforehand?

If you want to go out to eat in Kiel, for example, you have to register in advance with an accompanying person with address and telephone number. In North Rhine-Westphalia, for example, there is no reservation requirement. Tucking in a mouth and nose protector won't hurt either.

In many restaurants, guests must first register on site. In Bremen, for example, this is compulsory, in Berlin there is only one recommendation. In many restaurants, guests are allocated seats. It is often only allowed to serve at the table. In many places, nobody is allowed to sit at the counters.

What about the distance rules?

Distance rules continue to apply nationwide. In the restaurant, tables and chairs usually have to be 1.5 meters apart. There are some exceptions, for example for couples. Contacts between employees and guests should also be limited to what is necessary when checking in to the hotel.

In many places, distance markings and partitions are intended to ensure regulated and safe guest traffic. In Hesse, the rule of thumb for bars is one person per five square meters. With an area of ​​100 square meters, only 20 guests can be catered for.

What are the hygiene regulations?

In some restaurants, for example in Rhineland-Palatinate or Brandenburg, guests have to disinfect their hands before entering the restaurant. In Rhineland-Palatinate, for example, used dishes have to be cleaned in a dishwasher at at least 60 degrees: The usual cleaning of glasses in basins with rinse and clear water in many pubs is not possible at first.

In Saxony, for example, menus must be washable. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, salt shakers must also be disinfected after use. Objects for general use such as salt shakers, pepper mills or cutlery vessels are not permitted in Hessen. Buffets are prohibited.

Where do I have to wear a mask?

Anyone who goes out to eat in Mainz must wear mouth and nose protection inside and outside; guests are only allowed to take them off while they are sitting at the table. The protection must be put on again when going to the toilet. Also in beer gardens and outside areas of restaurants in Bavaria the following applies from this Monday: Anyone who gets up has to put on a mask. Some of the employees are also required to wear mouth and nose protection. Elsewhere, only a recommendation applies.

Who can sit at the table with whom?

In most cases, due to the contact restrictions in force, only people from two households are allowed to sit together at the table - i.e. two families, couples, shared apartments or individuals. For example, there is no maximum number of people per table in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Many facilities are likely to be able to accept fewer guests than usual because of the distance requirement. In Schleswig-Holstein a maximum of 50 guests may stay in a guest room. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania a maximum of six people are allowed to sit at one table.

How full can the hotels get?

Here, too, it helps to take a look at the regulations of the individual countries. Hotels and holiday apartments in Schleswig-Holstein, for example, have no capacity limit. In Lower Saxony, where hotels are scheduled to open on May 25, an upper occupancy limit of 50 percent applies. There is also a staggered maximum occupancy in Saarland.

At what times are the restaurants allowed to open?

That too varies from country to country. In many places, restaurants are allowed to open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. North Rhine-Westphalia, for example, does not specify any requirements.

Are pubs, bars and shisha cafes opening again?

Many pubs and bars have to remain closed at the moment. In contrast to restaurants, cafés and pubs, North Rhine-Westphalia does not allow bars to reopen until further notice, as appropriate distance rules could not be adhered to.

Bars and pubs are also closed in Berlin. Smoking restaurants and shisha bars are also still not allowed to open. It is not yet clear when these establishments will be able to receive guests again.

Who can stay in the hotels?

There are no upper limits for many accommodations. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, for example, hotels are initially only open to locals; from May 25th, guests from other federal states will also be able to come. Until June, the houses there may only be used to 60 percent. In Saxony-Anhalt, too, holiday apartments have been able to open since Friday, but hotels should initially only open to guests from their own country on May 22nd. Shortly afterwards, visits from other regions should also be possible.


What changes in the range of hotels offered?

For example, some hotels do not want to make the beds in their rooms every day. In addition, in some hotels it should be indicated when a telephone, a remote control or a bathrobe has been disinfected.

Breakfast times are being extended in some cases. Indoor swimming pools or saunas are initially taboo in many hotels.

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