Step by step leisure travel and activities will be possible again in North Rhine-Westphalia. The NRW state government has introduced extensive alterations to restrictions amidst the Corona-Crisis. Hence from 11th of May on some touristic providers, such as the excursion cruise traffic, amusement parks, or bicycle rentals, among others can reopen.Restaurants will be able to receive guests again and the touristic exploitation of holiday apartments and houses as well as the touristic residence on camping sites will be allowed again. The cultural sector will also benefit from further alterations, following the reopening of museums. From the 11th of May on members of two households may meet in public space.
From the 18th of May on hotels may open for touristic purposes. For this, as for the gastronomy, there are strict requirements including binding hygiene concepts and the warranty of distance regulation and contact limitations. Moreover from Whitsun on thermal baths and swimming pools, leisure pools and wellness facilities may reopen, provided that they apply custom-fit infection protection concepts. The same goes for theatres, operas and concert halls, however bigger halls may only reopen for the next season in September. For all alteration steps distance and hygiene rules must be complied with. Hence face masks must be worn in many confined spaces such as the local public transport and shops. The public distance regulations of 1.5 metres continue to apply. (Updated: 08.05.2020)
Please note: The global travel warning is valid until June 14, making it temporarily prohibited to travel across borders. People who have been abroad for more than 72 hours must be quarantined 14 days after entering Germany. Only a few exceptions, such as for border commuters, are possible.