June 12, 2020
Germany has extended social distancing guidelines until June 29.
The nuts and bolts of what distancing entails has not changed. When in public, people are required to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, or approximately five feet, away from non-family members. Anyone over the age of six must wear a mask.
Distancing rules remain in effect as German states begin to gradually reopen their economies. Some notable changes that are important within the context of distancing include:
- It is now permissible for up to 10 people or members of two households to remain in public areas.
- Small public gatherings for events are being allowed. In Rheinland-Pfalz, events for up to 75 people indoors and 250 outdoors may be held. Similar guidance exists for Baden-Würtemburg. In Bavaria, beginning June 15, cultural events for up to 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors may be held.
- With regard to public transportation, access to buses and trains will still be limited to ensure distancing. Online reservations are strongly encouraged.
As with the easing of travel restrictions, German officials warn that this isn’t a return to normal. People are still strongly encouraged to limit movements outside their homes and avoid contact with others.
USG employees: check for further guidance
For U.S. government employees, including service members, remember to always follow command regulations, which may be different than host nation policies. More information is available from Ramstein Air Base, USAG Bavaria, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz, USAG Stuttgart, and USAG Wiesbaden.