Septebmer 22, 2020
Following a week-long stretch of rising COVID-19 incidence rates, the Munich city government instituted tighter restrictions with regard to public spaces.
New restrictions in Munich
- Masks are now mandatory in all areas of the old town, including the famed Marienplatz and other pedestrian zones.
- Small public gatherings, such as shopping outings or dining out, are limited to 5 people (reduced from 10) within the same household.
- Events such as weddings, funerals, birthdays, graduation ceremonies, etc. are limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors (reduced from 100 and 200, respectively).
Why the Changes?
The restrictions are in direct response to an increase of large parties being held in the city center. Though September traditionally marks Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest – which was cancelled this year – Munich authorities don’t want citizens and visitors to become complacent in the effort to limit the spread of the virus.
This attention to caution echoes guidance released by the Federal government. It is also important to note that mask-wearing and distancing restrictions remain in place throughout Germany.
USG personnel: follow local guidance
Though Munich is a popular destination for visitors from all over Germany and beyond, these changes are especially relevant for members of USAG Bavaria. Up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 guidelines can be found on the USAG Bavaria website.
For U.S. personnel in Germany, remember to always follow command regulations, which may be different than host nation policies, when it comes to travel.