The Berlin Senate today decided to extend measures to contain the coronavirus. The SARS-CoV-2 Containment Measures Ordinance has been extended up to, and including, April 19, 2020. The new ordinance goes into effect April 3, 2020.
In a special session, the Berlin Senate agreed upon the following amendments to the ordinance:
- It is not permitted to conduct commercial excursions and sightseeing tours
- Proprietors of vacation rental apartments are prohibited from offering accommodation to tourists
- Company cafeterias, as well as Bundeswehr and police cafeterias, may only be opened if appropriate precautions in terms of hygiene, access control, and minimum distances are kept
- It is permitted to open dry cleaning stores, as well as laundromats
- Sports and outdoor activities remain permitted for individuals alone, with members of the same household, or with one other person, while gatherings are prohibited. For the activities described in paragraph 3 i, it is permitted to rest on immovable seats if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters is respected; in parks and open spaces, a minimum distance of 5 meters has to be respected. Barbecuing and selling unpacked meals is not permitted (takeout and delivery only). Access restrictions may be imposed to avoid overcrowding of parks and green spaces
- The same regulations that apply to schools also apply to academic exams
- The obligation to carry an ID (§ 17) has been suspended
- Individuals arriving at Berlin Tegel airport “Otto Lilienthal” from outside the Federal Republic of Germany, possibly after changing planes at an airport within Germany, or entering the metropolitan area of Berlin after arriving at Schönefeld airport, are obliged to proceed to their apartment or accommodation right after entry and to stay there for a period of 14 days after their return
Furthermore, the Senate has also passed a catalogue of fines today for the penalization of violations of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) in conjunction with the SARS-CoV-2 Containment Measures Ordinance, based on a submission by the Senator for Health, Care, and Equality, Dilek Kalayci.
The aim is to provide regulatory authorities with guidance for fining infringements in individual cases. Fines are indicated in ranges, e.g. illicitly opening a restaurant will cost the operator between 1,000 and 10,000 euros. Individuals staying outside their home or accommodation without a valid reason risk a fine of 10 to 100 euros. Fines for offering accommodation to tourists range from 1,000 to 10,000 euros.