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Corona warning light: Situation and current measures in Mainz

Last update: May 8, 2021 9.25

Since 24 April 2021, 00:00, the regulations of the "Bundesnotbremse" apply to Mainz due to the current infection situation in the state capital!

Background: If a district or a district-free city exceeds an incidence of 100, uniform federal measures will apply there in future.

The current situation in Mainz: Phase Red

Due to the current infection situation in Mainz*, the danger level red of the Covid 19-warning light** applies to the state capital. 

*current case numbers can be found on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Health and Demography of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate and on the website of the responsible health office in Mainz-Bingen:

Regulations of the "Bundesnotbremse"

Important: In the state capital Mainz, the seven-day incidence has exceeded the thresholds set in the "Bundesnotbremse for more than three days (100, 150 and 165).
Therefore, since Saturday, 24 April 2021, 00.00 hrs, the "Bundesnotbremse" from § 28b Infection Protection Act takes effect and the measures prescribed therein apply in Mainz.

Important Note: Due to the current infection situation, the regulations from an incidence of over 100 of the "Bundesnotbremse" apply to the state capital. The incidence must be below 100 for five consecutive working days in order for the administrative staff to discuss further relaxations. 

In cases where the measures of the Corona Control Legal Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rechtsverordnung) (CoBeLVO) or the general ruling of the state capital Mainz go beyond the regulations of the "Bundesnotbremse", these stricter rules also apply.
The mandatory masking zones for Mainz can be found in the current general ruling of the state capital (see below).


  • Contact restrictions for private meetings indoors and outdoors: Private meetings are restricted to the circle of members of one's own household with a maximum of one other person not living in the household. Children under 14 years of age are not included.

  • Curfew: A curfew applies between 10 pm and 5 am. Only those with a good reason - such as going to work, needing medical help or walking the dog - are allowed to leave the house. It will still be possible to jog or walk outside alone until midnight.

  • Retail: Retail shops in the Mainz city area can return to appointment shopping with current negative rapid test and mask from Monday, 10 May 2021.
    The following regulations apply:
    • Retail shops can open for individual customers for a fixed limited period of time after booking an appointment, if the number of customers present in the shop at the same time does not exceed one person per 40 square metres of sales area and they can keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from each other at all times.
    • Customers must have a recent negative rapid test result or be fully vaccinated or recovered.
    • In addition, the operator must collect the contact details of the clients, at least surname, first name, a secure contact information (telephone number, e-mail address or address) and the period of stay.
    • The collection of pre-ordered goods in shops is still permitted.

      In all cases, of course, the observance of appropriate hygiene concepts and the obligation to wear masks remain a prerequisite.
  • Body-related services - only in exceptions: Body-related services can only be used for medical, therapeutic, nursing or pastoral purposes. Exception: visits to the hairdresser and chiropody, but only if the clients can present a daily negative corona test - and of course only with a mask. Other body-related services are no longer possible.

  • Leisure and sports:
    • Gastronomy and hotel business, leisure and cultural facilities are closed. Gastronomic establishments are only allowed to sell outside. Exceptions: Outdoor areas of zoological and botanical gardens. They may be visited with a current negative test.
    • Sport: Professional athletes as well as competitive athletes of the federal and state squads can continue to train and also compete - as before without spectators and in compliance with protection and hygiene concepts.
      For everyone else, the rule is: sport only outdoors and alone, in pairs or only with members of your own household. Exception: Children up to 14 years of age can do contact-free sports outside in a group with up to five other children.

  • School: If the incidence is below 165 (currently the case in Mainz), alternate teaching takes place.

  • Daycare centres: If the incidence is below 165 (currently the case in Mainz), "regular operation under corona conditions" takes place in the daycare centres.

  • Home office: The employer must offer home office, unless there are compelling operational reasons to the contrary. With the inclusion in the Infection Protection Act, the home office obligation is strengthened. Employees now also have the duty to take advantage of home office offers if it is privately possible. 

General ruling (Allgemeinverfügung)

In principle, the Federal Protection against Infection Act (Bundesnotbremse) and the current Corona Control Legal Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rechtsverordnung) (CoBeLVO) applie. However, due to the current incidence value, further measures have been decided for the city of Mainz, which supplement or change the regulations in some points. The corresponding general decree of the state capital Mainz can be downloaded below. For the time being, it is valid until the end of 25.04.2021.

  • Obligation to wear a mask:
    In the pedestrian zones of the old town and on the square in front of the railway station, masks are still compulsory from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all days except Sundays and public holidays. 
    There is also an additional zone where face masks are compulsory on the bank of the Rhine. The obligation to wear face masks applies to the entire Rhine bank from the access road to the railway bridge (Südbrücke) at "Victor Hugo Ufer" to the turning bridge at "Zollhafen" at the end of Taunusstraße from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all days.

  • Sale of alcoholic beverages
    Street vending and yard sales of open alcoholic beverages remain prohibited.

The management unit of the state capital Mainz will continuously monitor further developments in the spread of coronavirus infections and adapt the measures decided accordingly (Allgemeinverfügung). The management unit will meet at close intervals for this purpose.

Corona Control Legal Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rechtsverordnung)

The Eightteenth Corona Control Legal Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (19th CoBeLVO) has been in effect since April 24, 2021. It is limited until May 23, 2021 (link to the entire 19th CoBeLVO below).

All measures and rules resulting from the 19th CoBeLVO can be found in detail on the Corona information page of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate under the item "What applies in the Corona spring?"(in German): www.corona.rlp.de

Important: Currently tightened measures apply to Mainz due to the incidence value above 100, including the obligation to wear a mask, which can be found in the current general ruling. This supplements or amends the regulations of the current Corona Control Legal Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Information on the corresponding general ruling can be found at the top of this page.

General notes

Employees of the Mainz city administration may also be affected by the effects of the current situation. Therefore longer processing times are possible. We kindly ask for your understanding.

The city administration asks to limit visits to the administrative buildings to what is absolutely necessary and to follow hygiene requirements during the visits. Meetings are only possible by prior arrangement. The colleagues in the individual offices can still be reached by telephone.

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