Due to the Corona-pandemic North Rhine-Westphalia’s public life is still in some parts restricted, however most of the leisure time activities are already available again. In principle, you are advised to keep your distance and – especially where this isn’t possible – to wear a mask. Additionally you should wash your hands regularly. Furthermore and generally speaking you can get together in groups up to ten people, with close relatives or people from two different households. In areas with more than 50 new infections per 100.000 citizens within 7 days, stricter rules do apply. For example, outside of families or members of two households, only five people are allowed to come together in public.A current overview of all affected areas in Germany can be found here: www.experience.arcgis.com
Whether you want to visit a castle, an amusement park, a concert or a zoo or would like to go on a boat trip, must gather information on ticketing and further restrictions in advance of the visit. It is also advisable to book accommodation in hotels, pensions, youth hostels, holiday flats or campsites in advance. For those wanting to stop off in restaurants or cafés should get information on potentially updated opening hours. Basically, the curfew between 11 pm and 6 am in areas with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days must be observed.
Currently the hiking and biking possibilities in North Rhine-Westphalia are very popular, but thanks to the vast network of paths in #DeinNRW everyone will find enough space for a stress-free tour with enough distance to others. As there will be lots of traffic on well-known, popular routes, we advise the evasion to less known routes. Get some inspiration here. www.nrw-tourism.com/active
Those looking to join one of our popular events or festivals or to hurl into the nightlife must be laid off in many cases for the time being. Clubs are currently generally closed, events with more than 100 participants, both indoors and outdoors, are only possible with special permits that are subject to special hygiene and infection protection measures. Christmas markets are generally allowed to open.We recommend to get informed in advance to know which measures have to be followed by visitors.
Possible mask obligations will be checked, in order to protect everyone from infections. Please note: In areas with higher numbers of infections stricter rules may apply, e.g. wearing a mask for mouth and nose protection in heavily frequented areas such as pedestrian zones. The municipalities themselves determine the exact locations. Those not wearing a mask where it is obliged, e.g. in shops, must expect to be fined with a penalty of approx. 50 euros. On public transport you will even need to pay 150 euros. More over, you will need to pay 250 euros, if you write down wrong contact details.
If you have stayed in designated risk region 14 days prior to your entry to North Rhine-Westphalia, you must quarantine yourself for 14 days and inform the health authorities of your entry or fill in a so-called dropout card. Quarantine can be repealed in case you are able to prove a negative corona-test from either maximal 48 hours prior to entry or a test taken in North Rhine-Westphalia. Up to the receipt of the test results you are obliged to stay in quarantine. Anyone who notices symptoms within 14 days of entering North Rhine-Westphalia that could indicate a COVID-19 disease is obliged to inform the responsible health department.
To find out which country are designated risk region, please check the website of the Robert-Koch-Institute www.rki.de.
Current information on the corona-virus can be found on the website of North Rhine-Westphalia’s state chancellory www.land.nrw/corona (German only) or on the website of the Robert-Koch-Institute www.rki.de. For non-medical question you can reach the public hotline under +49 211 / 9119-1001.
All information is provided without warranty. The current corona protection regulations and entry regulations can be found on the website of the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Health under regulations: https://www.mags.nrw/coronavirus-rechtlicheregelungen-nrw (only available in German).
(As of 19. October 2020)