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Corona warning light: Situation and current measures in Mainz

Last update: 22 October 2020, 9:15

Generally the current Corona Control Legal Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (CoBeLVO) applies. Depending on the level of infection, additional measures will be decided on the basis of the Rhineland-Palatinate warning and action plan for Mainz.

The current situation in Mainz: Phase Red

The warning and action plan RLP has three stages:

  • Yellow: The critical level of 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded on more than 5 days
  • Orange: the critical level of 35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded on more than 5 days
  • Red: the critical level of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded on more than 5 days

In the last days, the critical level - i.e. the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week - in the state capital of Mainz was over 50. Based on the Corona Warning and Action Plan for Rhineland-Palatinate and the decisions of the management unit of the state capital of Mainz, the red phase of the Covid 19-warning light thus applies.


Current measures for the city of Mainz

With the reaching of the danger level red the following measures were decided for the city of Mainz, which supplement the current regulations of the Corona Control Legal Regulation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (CoBeLVO) and which apply to the city of Mainz up to and including November 6, 2020.
The corresponding general ruling can be found as link further down on this page (in German):

  • Outdoor events are now only permitted with up to 100 people present at the same time. 
  • Events in closed rooms are only permitted with up to 50 persons present at the same time, observing the general safety measures. The possibility of an increased number of persons at events with fixed seating has been removed.
  • Private events, for example weddings or birthdays, are only permitted with up to 10 persons present at the same time, even in rented/provided rooms or areas.
  • Mandatory wearing of face masks in schools: At all schools in Mainz a mask obligation applies during the entire school time, including the lessons. Exceptions are elementary school, the primary level at special schools as well as schools with a focus on holistic development or motor development.
  • Restaurants, e.g., pubs, canteens, hotel restaurants and bars, ice cream parlours, are prohibited to serve alcoholic beverages or to give them away on any day of the week between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • The same applies to gas stations, kiosks, retail stores and supermarkets. These are also prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages on any day of the week between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Restaurants are not allowed to offer buffets.
  • Opening hours of the gastronomic facilities are limited to the period from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on every weekday. Food and beverages are consumed exclusively at tables. Bar and counter areas can be opened for the sale and distribution of food and beverages; however, these areas are closed to guests. Free choice of seats by guests is not permitted. A maximum of five persons from different households or the members of two households may sit at a table.
  • Staying in public areas is only allowed with a maximum of 5 persons or two households.
  • Sports during outdoor training: Joint sports training in fixed small groups of up to 20 people in total is permitted on outdoor sports facilities. Competitions are still permitted. Showers and changing rooms that are not spatially separated may only be used by one person at a time. Spectators are not allowed.
  • Indoor sports activities: Joint sports training is permitted in fixed small groups of up to 5 persons inside sports facilities. Competitions are still permitted. Showers and changing rooms that are not spatially separated may only be used by one person at a time. If there is no fixed small group, the distance requirement according to § 1 para. 2 CoBeLVO applies. When training with more than 5 persons the limitation of 1 person per 20 sqm area must be maintained. Spectators are not allowed.
  • Excluded from the restrictions are training and competitions in elite and professional sports. This includes:
    • Olympic and Paralympic national squad athletes (Olympic squad, perspective squad, junior squad 1), who train at federal bases, recognized state training centers and state bases
    • professional teams of the 1st and 2nd national leagues of all sports and
    • economically independent, club- or association-independent professional athletes without federal squad status
  • In gyms and similar facilities, showers and changing rooms that are not spatially separated may only be used by one person at a time. Group courses may only be held in these facilities with a maximum of 5 persons (plus trainer).
  • In dance studios and similar facilities, showers and changing rooms that are not spatially separated may only be used by one person at a time. Group courses may only be held in these facilities with a maximum of 6 persons (plus trainer).
  • When using indoor swimming pools, the limitation of persons applies with the proviso that the number of persons present at the same time is limited to one person per 20 square meters of sales or visitor area. In order to guarantee the control of access and to maintain the distance requirement, the operators of indoor swimming pools must organize the pool operation in such a way that fixed time periods (time slots) are available for pool guests. Showers and changing rooms that are not spatially separated may only be used by one person at a time.
  • Wellness offers / sauna operation: The number of persons present at the same time is limited to one person per 20 sqm sales or visitor area.
  • Casinos, amusement centers, betting centers as well as Internet cafés and similar facilities: The number of persons present at the same time is limited to one person per 20 square meters of sales or visitor area. Opening hours are limited to the period from 6 a.m. to 11. p.m.
  • Mandatory wearing of face masks in places of cultural institutions, such as cinemas, theaters, concert halls, cabarets and similar institutions, in churches and church services/meetings of religious or denominational communities, as well as in public adult education, vocational training or further education and in private educational institutions
  • The number of persons present at the same time is limited to one person per 20 square meters of sales or visitor area in indoor swimming pools, wellness and sauna facilities, museums, exhibitions, galleries and similar facilities, as well as memorials and similar sites.
  • Fairs and similar establishments, as well as flea markets, special markets and similar markets where different goods are offered, are prohibited. This does not apply to weekly markets.
  • Brothels and prostitution: An exemption from the continuing ban on prostitution can be granted if there are factual indications that the duties and requirements laid down in § 6a of the 11th CoBeLVO are fulfilled and an individual hygiene concept is presented.

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. Since March this year, the staff has been meeting regularly one to three times a week.


Supplementary Information

  • St. Martin's parade: Regardless of the measures prescribed by the general ruling (Allgemeinverfügung), the management unit of the state capital of Mainz appeals to the organisers of St. Martin's parades or "lantern parades" to not carry them out this year due to the very dynamic infection incidence and the very high infection rates, especially as this would be very difficult under the current regulations.
  • "Outdoor sports facilities" such as municipal soccer fields, basketball courts, boules courts, etc. within the city area may only be used by a maximum of five persons or a maximum of two households at the same time (in accordance with the regulations for staying in public areas).
  • All barbecue areas and water playgrounds remain closed until further notice.
  • The Krempelmarkt 2020 (flea markets) are cancelled.
  • Only a limited number of people can be present at weddings. Detailed information can be found in the FAQs under "Questions about services and facilities of the city administration" ("Fragen zu Dienstleistungen und Einrichtungen der Stadtverwaltung", information in German).
  • Parental payments were partially suspended: Detailed information on the fees for daycare centers, crèches and after-school care can be found in the FAQs under "Questions about childcare" (Fragen zur Kinderbetreuung", information in German).
  • At the public order office, a citizens' hotline was set up on the subject of coronavirus: Citizens and businesses can contact the administration with questions concerning the currently valid legal decree of the state. Specifically, this concerns, for example, the topics of contact ban, events, regulations for trade and catering and etc. Further Information (in German)

General ruling (Allgemeinverfügung) and further information

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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