Corona in the Hanover region

Which rules apply to whom, where you can get vaccinated and tested

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Lower Saxony's corona rules will largely remain in place until April 2nd. The state is thus using an exception to the new Infection Protection Act that was passed by the Bundestag and Bundesrat on March 18. However, from March 20th, contact restrictions for unvaccinated people and upper limits for events will no longer apply.

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By topic: Rules in the Hannover Region from 20 March to 2 April

The new Corona Ordinance of Lower Saxony retains many rules to combat the Covid19 pandemic. However, due to federal legislation, there are also changes from 20 March: In future, employers will decide for themselves whether masks are compulsory in the workplace, 3G or home office, the upper limits will no longer apply at events and no contact restrictions will apply to unvaccinated persons either.

The Hannover Region includes: City of Barsinghausen, City of Burgdorf, City of Burgwedel, City of Garbsen, City of Gehrden, City of Hannover, City of Hemmingen, Municipality of Isernhagen, City of Laatzen, City of Langenhagen, City of Lehrte, City of Neustadt am Rübenberge, City of Pattensen, City of Ronnenberg, City of Seelze, City of Sehnde, City of Springe, Municipality of Uetze, Municipality of Wedemark, Municipality of Wennigsen, City of Wunstorf.

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Corona-Regeln bis 2. April

masks

  • The obligation to wear a mouth-and-nose cover in closed rooms that are accessible to the public or as part of visitor and customer traffic continues to apply. An FFP2 mask is required in all shops, as well as in local and long-distance public transport and in physical services such as hairdressers and medical practices. In restaurants, cinemas/theatres, clubs/discotheques and at trade fairs and special markets indoors, FFP2 masks are compulsory up to the seat.
  • For large events with more than 2000 people, the mask requirement also applies indoors if the hall is fully occupied and not according to the checkerboard pattern.
  • In a school building, every person must wear a medical mask during school operations. Elementary school students are allowed to take off the mask in place.
  • An FFP2 mask must also be worn at open-air gatherings.
  • Children up to and including 5 years of age and persons exempted by a medical certificate are still exempt from the mask requirement. For children from six up to and including 14 years, an everyday mask is sufficient, except in schools.
  • A mask does not have to be worn at weekly markets.

2G rule

  • Access only for those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated, distance and masks are compulsory.
  • Children and students up to the age of 18 are exempt from the rule.

2G+ rule

  • Access only for those who have recovered and vaccinated with negative test evidence (2G+), distance and masks are compulsory.
  • Those who have been vaccinated three times (completely vaccinated + booster vaccination), those who have recovered within the first 3 months after illness, those who have been fully vaccinated within the first 3 months after the 2nd vaccination and those who have recovered with an additional vaccination do not have to submit a test.
  • Owners of catering establishments and organizers can do without additional tests if only 70 percent of the capacities are used. Then 2G instead of 2G+ applies in these facilities.
  • Children and students up to the age of 18 are exempt from the rule.

3G rule

  • Access or use of services is only possible for those who have been vaccinated, who have recovered or who have been tested. Distance and masks are mandatory.
  • The obligation to test does not apply to children and young people up to the age of 18 and adults with contraindications.

test obligation

  • At the workplace for unvaccinated people, provided that the employer specifies this.
  • In schools, (self-)tests are required for students three times a week. After the Easter holidays, daily testing will be compulsory again from April 20th to 29th. After that, the obligation to test expires.
  • Children in day care centers must be tested three times a week before going to day care – alternatively one parent.

entry

  • For travelers from abroad, the 3G rule applies from the age of 12 – regardless of the means of transport.
  • Anyone who comes from high-risk areas and has not been fully vaccinated or recovered must be in quarantine for ten days and can only get out of it five days after entry with a negative test at the earliest. Children under the age of twelve can test themselves directly from quarantine when they return; children under the age of six are not required to be in quarantine.
  • When entering from virus variant areas, a 14-day quarantine obligation applies.

Meetings and private parties

  • There are no more contact restrictions.
  • 3G applies to more than 50 people.

gastronomy

  • The 3G rule applies indoors.
  • Except when sitting, an FFP2 mask must be worn indoors.

Clubs, discos and shisha bars

  • The 2G+ rule applies indoors and outdoors, including for young people under the age of 18.
  • An FFP2 mask must be worn except when sitting.

shopping

  • Trade is open, an FFP2 mask must be worn.

Hairdressers and other body-related services

  • An FFP2 mask must be worn .

Culture/Leisure

  • Theaters, concert halls, cinemas are open, the 3G rule applies. Mask requirement (FFP2) except at the seat.
  • Zoos, animal parks, botanical gardens are open, 3G rule and mask requirement (FFP2) indoors.
  • Museums, galleries and exhibitions are open, the 3G rule applies. Mask requirement (FFP2) indoors.
  • Large events (more than 2000 people) are permitted. 2G applies indoors and outdoors. Indoors, FFP2 masks are also compulsory at the seat if the room is fully occupied and not according to the checkerboard pattern. If the organizers voluntarily apply the 2G+ rule, distance measures will not apply.
  • Trade fairs are permitted without limiting the number of visitors. 3G and a mask requirement (FFP2) apply except when sitting.

sports/swimming

  • Sports facilities are open to everyone. FFP2 masks except when exercising or sitting.
  • Saunas, thermal baths, indoor and fun pools are open to everyone. FFP2 mask except when exercising or sitting .

schools

  • testing three times a week. Only boosted students and teachers are exempt from the test requirement. In the event of suspicion (positive self-test), a five-day test is mandatory for all participants in a study group (including those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered). After the Easter holidays, daily testing is mandatory until April 29, after that the testing is no longer mandatory.
  • A medical mask must be worn in all school types in the building and also during lessons. Elementary school students can remove the mask in place.
  • School trips with overnight stays are not permitted until April 19th.

day-care centers / kindergartens

  • Mandatory tests three times a week for children over the age of three.
  • In individual cases, a person of legal age living in the child's household can provide proof of having carried out a test three times a week instead of the child being cared for if the child cannot be tested himself due to his developmental stage.

visits in homes and facilities
for the elderly and people in need of care/people with disabilities

  • only with negative test evidence and FFP2 mask

tourism

  • For accommodation in hotels or similar, 3G and FFP2 masks are compulsory indoors, except when sitting.

Note: Organizers have domiciliary rights and can demand further access requirements in deviation from the Corona Ordinance.

Rules in the Hanover region according to vaccination status from March 20th to April 2nd

It apply for all the current Mask and distance rules : An FFP2 mask is necessary in all shops, in local and long-distance public transport. In restaurants, cinemas, theatres, clubs, discotheques, at trade fairs and special markets and other indoor areas open to the public, the FFP2 mask requirement applies except at the seat. An FFP2 mask must also be worn for body-related services such as hairdressers and doctor's offices, as well as for open-air gatherings. Depending on the vaccination status, there are the following additional rules.

Unvaccinated from 18 years

  • are allowed to meet privately without restrictions.
  • do not need a negative corona test certificate when using buses and trains.
  • have no access to discos or clubs.
  • do not have access to major events.
  • need a negative corona test proof before entering the workplace, if the employer provides this.
  • need a negative corona test certificate to attend trade fairs.
  • need a negative corona test proof to visit catering establishments.
  • need a negative corona test proof to visit theatres, cinemas and museums.
  • need a negative corona test certificate to visit the zoo, amusement parks or animal parks.
  • need a negative corona test proof to use hotels or similar accommodation facilities.
  • have access to retail, hairdressing and other body-related services.
  • have access to sports facilities and swimming pools.

Fully vaccinated and recovered people

  • are allowed to meet privately without restrictions.
  • do not need a negative corona test proof before entering the workplace.
  • do not need a negative corona test certificate when using buses and trains.
  • have access to restaurants.
  • have access to theatres, cinemas and museums.
  • have access to the zoo, amusement parks or animal parks.
  • have access to hotels or similar accommodation facilities.
  • have access to fairs.
  • have access to major events, but require a negative corona test certificate.
  • have access to retail, hairdressing and body care services.
  • have access to sports facilities and swimming pools.
  • are exempt from quarantine as contact persons.

Fully vaccinated with booster vaccination

  • are allowed to meet privately without restrictions.
  • do not need a negative corona test proof before entering the workplace.
  • do not need a negative corona test certificate when using buses and trains.
  • have access to restaurants.
  • have access to theatres, cinemas and museums.
  • have access to the zoo, amusement parks or animal parks.
  • have access to hotels or similar accommodation facilities.
  • have access to fairs.
  • have access to major events.
  • have access to retail, hairdressing and body care services.
  • have access to sports facilities and swimming pools.
  • are exempt from quarantine as contact persons.

questions and answers

The federal government and the state of Lower Saxony set the framework for corona measures, and the Hanover region is responsible for their implementation. The current ones can be found on the region's website General decrees and ordinances of the Hanover region .

The answers to the most frequently asked questions arising from the regulations of the country Lower Saxony state government here . The federal government provides information on the Infection Protection Act on its website Corona question and answer page .

Past ordinances are in this one Chronicle of regulations to find.