(Potsdam) In the fight against the coronavirus, the Brandenburg state’s Health Minister Ursula Nonnemacher and Interior Minister Michael Stübgen explained the catalogue of fines which entered into force on Thursday, April 2. It will be used to fine violations of the Containment Measures Ordinance; the legal basis for this is the Infection Protection Act.
Health Minister Nonnemacher said, “Most of our citizens realize that the drastic restrictions of public life are necessary in order to slow the spread of the dangerous coronavirus, and are complying with them. We must not accept that a few irresponsible individuals are jeopardizing this goal with their reckless behavior. Those who do not adhere to the provisions set forth in the Containment Ordinance now face severe penalties.”
Interior Minister Stübgen said, “It is a difficult adjustment for all of us to change our lives this drastically from one day to the next and to comply with contact restrictions. However, most people have made that adjustment and do respect social distancing rules. I want to explicitly thank everybody for that. Public order offices (“Ordnungsämter”) and police are enforcing the Containment Ordinance, and there are only a few who still refuse to follow the rules. The catalogue of fines now shows how expensive irresponsible infringements can become. Everybody should realize that we are going to consistently react to these violations. I therefore want to call on everyone to be reasonable, especially as we are approaching the weekend: Stick to the rules, this is about your health!”
Violations of the provisions of the Containment Ordinance constitute administrative offenses, with fines ranging from 50 to 25,000 euros. For instance, hosts holding public or non-public events or gatherings despite the restrictions can face fines ranging from 500 to 2,500 euros. Participating in such events risks a 50 to 500 euro fine. Opening a retail store that is not officially exempt from closure to the public can be punished with a fine ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 euros. Repeated violations in particular can be fined up to 25,000 euros. All administrative and urban districts are to apply the catalogue of fines in case of violations and determine the amount of the respective fine in each case.
The catalogue of fines was published on April 1, 2020 in the Brandenburg Official Journal and enters into force on the day following the publication. It is also available for download here (in German): https://bravors.brandenburg.de/br2/sixcms/media.php/76/Amtsblatt%2013S_20.pdf