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New Year's Eve in Munich: These rules now apply – Corona easing surprised

As of today, new corona rules apply again in Bavaria. Despite contact restrictions, there is also an easing for New Year’s Eve.

Munich – The people in Bavaria have to be prepared for tougher measures to contain the pandemic – and that already before New Year’s Eve. From Tuesday, December 28th, new corona rules will apply in Bavaria.

Corona rules in Bavaria: New contact restrictions from December 28th

  • There is a maximum number of people for private meetings outside of the catering trade. Starting tomorrow, a maximum of ten people will be allowed to come together inside and outside. It doesn’t matter whether people are vaccinated or have recovered. Unvaccinated people are still only allowed to meet with their own household and a maximum of two other people. So as soon as an unvaccinated person is there, the contact restrictions for unvaccinated people apply. 2G plus is mandatory for private meetings in the catering industry. Those who have recovered and who have been vaccinated also need a current negative corona test.
  • There are no contact restrictions for children under the age of 14 . This time it is a matter of relaxation. Because so far only children up to twelve years and three months have been exempted from the contact restrictions in Bavaria. The Bavarian government would like to remain uniform nationwide this time. The age limit of 14 years will also apply to the 2G Plus and 2G requirements from tomorrow.
  • The previous ban on dance events is being expanded. From tomorrow on, dance events outside of clubs and discos will be prohibited – unless it is a sporting activity.
  • For large national cultural events and comparable events, a spectator ban will apply in the future. So far, this measure has only applied to national sporting events. Since then, there have been ghost games for the Bundesliga.

These corona rules apply on New Year’s Eve in Munich

Ban on alcohol in public places : Celebrating in public places and facilities is still prohibited. There is an alcohol ban on public traffic areas in city centers and “in other public places in the open air, where people are either in confined spaces or not only temporarily,” says the Corona regulation. The district administrative authorities determine which squares and streets this specifically applies to.

Ban on gathering in public places : For New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, people in Bavaria are prohibited from gathering and gathering in public places and their surroundings from December 31, 3 p.m. to January 1, 9 a.m. If more than ten people come together, the group must “disperse immediately” according to the Corona regulation. No big New Year’s Eve party is possible at popular places such as Odeonsplatz in downtown Munich. The district administrative authorities determine which squares and streets are actually involved here.

No fireworks and fireworks: The New Year’s Eve fireworks will not work this year either. The federal and state governments have again banned the sale of firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. “The situation in the clinics is still extremely tense. When shooting fireworks and firecrackers, there are unfortunately numerous injuries every year. We absolutely have to avoid that in order not to burden the clinics even further, ”said a spokeswoman for the Bavarian Ministry of Health. There have been numerous injuries from firecrackers in the past. In 2018, a nine-year-old was injured in his mouth by pyrotechnics in Augsburg.

Bavaria: Surprising Corona easing on New Year’s Eve

But there is also a relaxation of the corona measures on New Year’s Eve in order to be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve at least in a small circle in the catering trade. The curfew, which was previously between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., will no longer apply across Bavaria on December 31. The New Year celebrations in restaurants do not have to end two hours before midnight, as was previously the case. You could now “meet longer,” said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) after the cabinet meeting on December 14th.

For tourists, there is a tightening of rules at Bavaria’s borders for New Year’s Eve. Travelers have to be aware of this.

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