Coronavirus – Current protective measures in Augsburg

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The current infection rate in Augsburg is now:

The 7-day infection rate in the Augsburg urban area is currently over 100: www.augsburg.de/fallzahlen

The “emergency brake” therefore applies.

In the private sphere, one household is permitted to meet one other person.

Retail outlets will remain closed, but you can order goods in advance by telephone or online and pick up via Click & Collect. Hairdressers, foot, nail and facial care businesses, flower shops, garden centres, nurseries and DIY stores may remain open.

Non-contact sports are permitted if carried out alone, with your own household plus one additional person.

A general curfew is now imposed in the urban area from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am.

School activities will again be restricted, and emergency care only will be available in day care centres. All information on school and day care activities is available here

The legal basis for the regulations based on the infection rate is the infection rate specified by the Robert Koch Institute.


Current protection measures and opening strategy – overview


Out-of-school education and lessons: no face-to-face events

  • Events where a physical (face-to-face) presence is required are prohibited (universities, music schools, adult education facilities).
  • Tests may continue to take place, and the Bavarian Infection Protection Regulations apply here.

In the workplace

  • A mouth and nose cover (mask) must be worn in workplaces and business premises; this does not apply if workers are able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres to others at the respective site or workplace.
  • Companies must utilise every opportunity to enable their employees to work from home.

Compulsory wearing of FFP2 masks

FFP2 masks must be worn at the following locations:

  • On local public transport and at stops and stations.
  • When shopping (in shops and in the adjacent car parks)
  • When collecting goods by Click & Collect (including from libraries and archives)
  • At weekly markets
  • In medical and dental surgeries and in other practices
  • During visits to residential homes and care facilities
  • In transactions with, or during the opening hours of the establishments and facilities of the city of Augsburg, e.g. in citizens’ offices
  • At religious services

The wearing of FFP2 masks is not mandatory for children under 15 years of age.

The following groups are entitled to free FFP2 masks:

  • Recipients of social benefits (e.g. unemployment benefits or welfare assistance). The masks will be sent out by post.
  • Relatives of persons who require care and support >> More info


Extanded obligatory wearing of masks
This applies to the metropolitan area of the city of Augsburg in the following public areas (>> see map):

  • City centre area, with Bahnhofstraße, Schaezlerstraße in the Königsplatz district, Königsplatz, Bürgermeister-Fischer-Straße, Moritzplatz, Maximilianstraße in the southern direction to Hallstraße or Heilig-Grab-Gasse, Rathausplatz, Karolinenstraße in the northern direction to Karlstraße/Leonhardsberg, Karlstraße, Ludwigstraße building nos. 2 to 12 or 1 to 7, Kleine Grottenau, Ernst-Reuter-Platz, pedestrian zone, city market, route from the City-Galerie to Maximilianstraße (Judenberg, Weiße Gasse, Vorderer Lech building nos. 2 to 22 or 3 to 19a, Holbeinplatz, Mittlerer Lech house numbers 44 to 52 or 37 to 53, Neuer Gang)
  • The area around Helmut-Haller-Platz
  • On the Hochablass-Steg
  • In all public play areas.

    Any persons walking, jogging or present in a zone where masks are obligatory must cover their mouth and nose.

    The mask requirement in all mandatory mask zones in Augsburg does not apply to:
     
  • Employees at their workplace where there is no customer contact and the required minimum distance from colleagues can be maintained. This also applies to employees in construction and trade craft businesses.
  • In cars or on motorcycles.
  • Children up to their sixth birthday.
  • Persons with disabilities.
  • Persons who have been medically certified so that wearing a mask is unreasonable – these persons must present the relevant certificate on request. In these cases, the certificate must state the health reasons that make wearing a mouth and nose cover impossible or unreasonable. This includes the specific diagnosis of a clinical condition.
  • Cyclists, pedelecs, e-scooters and Segway users on roads, designated cycle paths and cycle lanes separated from the footpath.

Consumption of alcohol

  • The consumption of alcohol is prohibited in all public areas where mask-wearing is obligatory.

What rules apply to religious services?

Religious services in churches, synagogues and mosques that are open to the public and meetings of other religious communities are permitted under the following conditions:

  • In buildings, the maximum number of participants will be determined by the number of available seats or places where a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other seats or places can be maintained.
  • A minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between persons who are not in the same household.
  • Visitors must wear an FFP2 mask.
  • Congregational/communal singing is prohibited.
  • An infection protection concept for religious services or meetings must be implemented.
  • If no infection protection concept has been submitted, religious services with an anticipated attendance of more than 10 participants must be registered with the responsible district administrative authority at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Religious services and meetings of religious communities that are similar to large events are prohibited.
  • Participation in religious services and meetings of religious communities where the number of participants is expected to fill the space to capacity, is only permitted on prior arrangement.

What rules apply to funerals and burials?

The regulations for religious services also apply to funeral ceremonies, funeral prayers, blessings, farewells and burials at the grave. Private memorial services after burials are limited to the applicable personal contact restrictions.


Questions and answers on the coronavirus vaccination


How do I make an appointment at the Augsburg vaccination centre?

  • By telephone on 0821 789 868 94 (city of Augsburg vaccination centre hotline, available from Monday to Friday, 8.00 am to 4.00 pm)
  • Online: www.impfzentren.bayern

Is vaccination compulsory?

No. Vaccination is voluntary, but the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends a coronavirus vaccination, as it will protect you against the illness and will also make an important contribution to containing and ending the pandemic.


Who can I contact if I am not sure if I should be vaccinated?

The quality, effectiveness and safety of vaccines are subject to strict standards in Germany and Europe, and this also applies to the coronavirus vaccination. You can discuss the vaccination with your family doctor, or call 0821 789 868 94 for more information. Moreover, an informative discussion with the vaccinator will also take place during the appointment prior to the vaccination itself. You will only be vaccinated after you have given your written consent.


Where is the Augsburg vaccination centre?

  • By public transport: Tramline 3, stop Fujitsu/Bischofsackerweg. The centre is only 300 metres from the stop, is clearly signposted and accessible for disabled persons.
  • By car: Access from the B17 and Haunstetter Straße is signposted. The centre has 100 parking spaces.
  • You can also use local taxi services to travel to and from the centre. Your health insurance company may cover all or part of the cost.

What documents must I take with me to the vaccination appointment?

  • Appointment confirmation (you will receive this by post and/or email after you have made an appointment)
  • Valid personal ID
  • Vaccination card (if available)
  • Important medical documents; e.g. heart disease record card, diabetic passport or list of medication (if available).

Based on the current knowledge, prior evidence of a negative test result is not required. However, people who have tested positive are asked to expressly state this when making an appointment.


What is the procedure for vaccination?

Your vaccination authorisation will first be checked at the vaccination centre, and the medical staff will check your data. You will also be asked to complete an information sheet. A doctor will discuss your medical history with you and provide detailed information about the vaccination. You will be vaccinated after you have signed the consent form. You will then spend roughly half an hour in an observation room to enable the medical staff to monitor your medical condition. You will then be able to return home.

The vaccination will be entered on your vaccination card (if available). If you do not have a vaccination card, you will receive a vaccination certificate.

Please note that you will need to have a second vaccination within three weeks, and will not be fully vaccinated until two to three weeks after your second vaccination. You can find out how to make the second appointment when making the first vaccination appointment (online or by phone).

To protect other persons, please follow the “AHA” (or DHM) rules: “Abstand, Hygiene, Alltagsmaske” / “Distance, Hygiene, Mask”.



Corona can affect all of us

Infection can occur anywhere and anytime. Even unnoticed. Nobody should feel ashamed of having contracted coronavirus.
What you should never do is conceal an infection or fail to inform persons with whom you may have come into contact while infected. This accelerates the spread of the virus and is one reason why we have to restrict normal life in Augsburg with measures including the compulsory wearing of masks and curfews.

If you were in contact with a person with coronavirus:
Inform the health authorities
• Monitor your health status daily
• Comply with the respective hygiene rules
• Enter quarantine for a period of 14 days after close contact
• Contact a doctor if symptoms occur. In an emergency, call 112

The following applies once you have tested positive for coronavirus:
• Stay at home for a minimum period of 10 days. 
The health authorities will inform you when your quarantine has been lifted. Please isolate yourself as much as possible from people who live in the same household as you.
Inform the health authorities
• Notify any persons with whom you have come into contact
• Observe the hygiene rules
• Contact your family doctor if you have symptoms that require treatment. In an emergency, call 112.


Basic information on the school year 2020/2021

Please click here for further information on the school year 2020/2021.


Information for returning travellers

  • Persons who have visited a high-risk area within a period of 10 days before entering Germany must remain in quarantine for 10 days.
  • Persons from other households are prohibited from visiting during this quarantine period.
  • Travellers will be subject to mandatory >> electronic registration upon entry.
  • The quarantine period may be reduced to 5 days if the person entering Germany was tested negative for coronavirus at the earliest 5 days after the date of entry. The minimum quarantine period is 5 days. You must be able to submit the negative test result to the city of Augsburg upon request.

What to do in case of suspected infection

Anyone who shows symptoms of the illness should report to the general practitioner or the emergency services by phone and do not come to the practice or emergency room unannounced. 

If symptoms arise including fever, sore throat or cough:

  • Stay at home and telephone your family doctor
  • Call 116117 outside normal consulting hours
  • Call 112 in an emergency (e.g. breathing difficulties)

You can be tested for example in the testing centre in the Augsburg Messe venue. You must make an appointment beforehand: augsburg.de/testzentrum.

General Advice:
City of Augsburg Citizen’s Hotline 0821 324-4444
The citizen’s hotline is available from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 5pm and Sundays/Holidays from 10am to 3pm. If all lines are occupied: Please try calling again.

Coronavirus hotline in Bavaria: 09131 6808-5101
 


How can I protect myself and others from coronavirus?

Each and every one of us can protect ourselves and others and help slow the spread of coronavirus.

The COVID-19 virus is highly contagious and the effects are mild in 4 out of 5 cases. However, 1 out of 5 people will become seriously ill, and the elderly and those with underlying health conditions in particular will require a long period in intensive care, and may even die from the virus.

There is currently no vaccination available and no specific treatment. Therefore, all measures must be aimed at slowing the spread of the disease.

#flattenthecurve: the responsibility for this lies with the authorities, employers and all of us! Each of us can now help to flatten the curve and slow the spread of coronavirus; this is how we can protect ourselves, our loved ones, the elderly and the sick (photo and sources: Epidemiological Bulletin 12 | 2020, RKI).
 


What we should all do now

  • Ventilate rooms regularly.
  • Cancel or postpone any unnecessary journeys.
  • Avoid gatherings of people and reduce private contacts to the bare minimum, use methods that do not involve direct personal contact (telephone, Internet etc.).
  • Spend more time at home.

You won’t have to miss out on your walks, jogging, hiking or cycling of course, but it is important to remain a distance of 1-2 metres from other people.

  • You can certainly still go out shopping or visit the doctor.
  • Cancel social gatherings/activities (clubs, sports groups, larger private parties).
  • Avoid greeting rituals that involve close contact (kissing, shaking hands).
  • Provide help to at-risk groups with assistance through family and your neighbourhood, please also extend active offers of help.
  • Maintain a sufficient distance when talking to people.
  • Observe the hygiene rules.
    - Basically, the following applies: where possible, maintain a minimum distance of 1-2 metres away from coughing and/or sneezing persons.
    - Observe the correct hand hygiene (thorough hand-washing with soap and water).
    - Maintain coughing etiquette (e.g. cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue or your elbow).

These recommendations also apply at work:

  • Remain at a distance when talking to people.
  • Ventilate rooms regularly
  • Use your own pens and avoid shaking hands.
  • It is advisable to cancel or postpone any unnecessary (business) trips or to conduct the meetings via videoconference.
  • Stay at home if you are infected.

Many employers have already started offering their employees home office solutions.

 

Preventing infections


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