In the past two years, strict corona rules have applied at Easter. There was no festival, as many were used to. Most of the measures have now been lifted – but some will remain on the current public holidays.
After 2019, 2022 could be the first year in which the Easter holidays can be celebrated “normally” again. But although the corona rules were lifted almost everywhere at the beginning of April, some measures to protect against infection remain in place. What still applies over Easter?
Danger: The overview does not claim to be complete and was last updated on April 11, 2022. Different rules may apply regionally. In individual cases, always obtain information directly from the responsible authorities in your area.
Which corona rules remain in place?
Since the beginning of April, there have been significantly relaxed restrictions in almost all federal states – with the exception of Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Corona measures. Since then, the regulations have been divided into basic protection rules and hotspot rules.
Basic protective measures include, among other things, a Mask requirement in places with a particularly large number of vulnerable people such as in hospitals or care facilities. The obligation to wear masks in local public transport and the obligation to carry out tests in schools can also remain in place. For Easter, for example, this means that you must continue to wear a mask when traveling by train to see family.
The same applies if you want to visit relatives in the hospital or nursing home for a party. Easter shopping, on the other hand, can now largely take place again without restrictions. And going to restaurants and visiting many leisure facilities are again possible without restrictions such as 2G regulations.
The situation is different in the hotspots: where the number of infections is particularly high, the state parliament can pass stricter, locally limited regulations. Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have therefore each declared the entire federal state a hotspot, and stricter measures such as a mask requirement in shops continue to apply there.
And: The quarantine obligation for infected people or close contacts also remains in place. So if you get infected before Easter, you have to isolate yourself over the holidays.
What do the rules for Easter bonfires, church services and other events mean?
Thanks to the end of the Corona measures, larger events can also take place again without restrictions in most places. This also includes Easter bonfires, Easter markets and church services. Depending on the venue or organizer, however, access regulations may apply.
You should therefore find out in advance whether, for example, a mask is compulsory at your Easter bonfire or whether proof of vaccination or recovery or test proof is required. Unlike in the past two years, the probability of Easter events is again quite high.
In all cases, however, infected people or close contacts are not allowed to take part. They are still subject to a quarantine obligation over the holidays.
What should private Easter celebrations look like?
While many have spent the last two Easter celebrations alone at home, this year Easter celebrations with family or with neighbors, friends or colleagues are again possible.
For the most part, there are no more contact restrictions, so you can basically meet with as many people as you like. However, due to the persistently high incidence, you should make sure that you do not endanger anyone unnecessarily.
The only exception: If there are corona infected people or contact persons in your family or in your circle of friends, they must isolate themselves and may not come to family celebrations or invite them to their place.
How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from infection?
Even if most of the Corona measures have been lifted, the Pandemic not over. The incidences are still at a very high level and even the milder omicron courses can be dangerous for those who have not been vaccinated, those who have previously been ill or the elderly. That’s why you should pay attention to a few things when planning your Easter celebrations, even without strict measures.
If, for example, grandparents or other corona risk patients are invited to Easter brunch or holiday coffee, special caution is required. In all cases, it is advisable to ask guests to take a daily corona test in order to create more security. Depending on the event, wearing FFP2 masks can also make sense.
In addition, you should air the party room regularly, make sure that no one is sitting too close together and, depending on the weather, possibly even move the party outside. This way you can at least reduce the risk of infection.
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