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Coronavirus: latest information and updates in English

On this page, we provide you with relevant information about the coronavirus in English and keep you up to date about developments in Landau.

If you need information in another language, the Integration Commissioner of the Federal Government offers information on the virus in several languages on its web page beside English:

Türkçe | Polski | Français | Italiano  | ελληνικά | Hrvatski | Română | Български | فارسی | 中文语言 | عربيEspañol | Tiếng Việt | Shqip | Русский | ትግርኛ | Česky

Furthermore, the Coordination Office for the Mediterranean of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published a leaflet that has been translated into 26 languages. You can find it here. The available languages are:

Amharic, Arabic, Bambara, Bengali, Chinese, Edo, English, Esan – Ishan, French, Fula, Hausa, Igbo, Italian, Kurdish Sorani, Mandinka, Pachtou, Pidgin, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Soninke, Spanish, Tigrinya, Urdu, Wolof, and Yoruba.

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The federal and state governments have decided to further ease restrictions due to the fight against the corona virus, including opening up the catering sectors. Restaurants and co. may reopen from Wednesday, May 13.

!!! The new Corona Control Ordinance of the state Rhineland-Palatinate can be found on www.corona.rlp.de/de/service/rechtsgrundlagen or HERE !!!

Please also note: From Monday, April 27th, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate makes the wearing of masks that cover nose and mouth in shops and public transport compulsory. Please find further information here.

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General information

You can find a lot of information in English on the web page of The Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit) about what you need to know about the virus itself, the outbreak in Germany and what you can do to protect yourself and others.

Further helpful links include:

Please also take note of the following behavioural guidelines from the health authorities:

  • Wash your hands. Hands are the most common transmitters of contagious infectious diseases. Therefore: Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (at least 20 to 30 seconds), then dry them carefully. More important than the water temperature is the duration of hand washing and the thorough soaping of the hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Observe common etiquette when coughing and sneezing. Simple hygiene rules protect others from infection: When sneezing and coughing, do not hold your hand in front of your mouth and nose, but sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm or, even better, into a handkerchief. Keep a distance of at least one meter from other people and turn away. Then wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugging someone.
  • Keep your distance from sick people. Avoid close physical contact, wash your hands thoroughly after contact with sick people and refrain from shaking hands in case of illness.
  • The public health department recommends that you consult with your employer regarding the possibility of minimizing the risk of infection, also in relation to the flu epidemic, by working from home, for example.

You can download the information sheet "Top Ten tips for hygiene" here. It is also available in French, Turkish, Arabic and Russian.

Furthermore, Landau and the district Südliche Weinstraße have jointly set up a telephone helpline for its citizens. The helpline can be reached on 06341-940 555 during the following times:

Mon – Thu:
8.30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

8.30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): You ask, we answer!

We are currently receiving many enquiries. Frequently asked questions will be answered here.
The FAQ can be downloaded here.

What facilities are open?

Under the condition that the hygienic requirements are met, the following facilities are open:

  • Retail business for groceries and beverages, drug stores
  • Stalls at the weekly markets
  • Retail points of sale with a sales area of less than 800 square metres
  • Pharmacies, medical supply stores
  • Petrol stations and car wash sites
  • Banks, saving banks, post office
  • Dry cleaners, self-service laundries
  • Book stores
  • Libraries and archives (Please note: the municipal archive of Landau is still closed.)
  • Newspaper stands
  • Hardware stores, gardening stores, & pet supplies stores
  • Wholesales
  • Restaurants, dining halls, cafeterias, canteens, cafés, and similar establishments (both indoor and outdoor catering),
  • Ice cream parlours and similar establishments (both indoor and outdoor catering),
  • Vinotheques, tasting rooms, and similar establishments,
  • Bars, pubs, and similar establishments,
  • Outdoor areas of zoological gardens, animal parks, botanical gardens and similar facilities with extensive park-like character (Landau Zoo is currently still closed.)
  • Public and private outdoor sports facilities
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Hairdressers, foots care parlours, beauty salons, nail studios, piercing studios, tattoo studios, massage parlours, and similar establishments,
  • Memorials, monuments,
  • Driving schools (including driving school examinations on the premises of the Technischer Überwachungsverein - TÜV), adult education center and other non-school-related educational establishments,
  • Betting shops, internet cafés, and similar establishments,
  • Hotels, boarding houses, holiday homes, camping sites and similar establishments (as long as they have their own sanitary facilities).

Pick-up and delivery services as well as the street sale of food and drinks are allowed.

What facilities and businesses are closed?

Closed to the public are:

  • Clubs, discos, shisha lounges, and similar establishments,
  • Theatres, opera houses, concert halls, and similar establishments,
  • Trade fairs, exhibitions, cinemas, leisure parks and providers of leisure activities (indoor and outdoor), amusement arcades, casinos, and similar establishments,
  • Swimming and fun pools, gyms, saunas, thermal baths, solariums, spas, wellness centres, and similar establishments.

What about health care facilities? Are they still open?

All health care facilities will stay open as long as hygienic requirements are being considered.

What are these hygienic requirements that have to be considered?

The manager of a shop has to  make sure that the required hygiene measures, such as the provision of disinfectant and protective screens for cashiers, are met. He or she must ensure that crowds of people in front of or inside the establishment are avoided and that there is no more than one person per 10 square metres of sales area in the establishment. If the total sales area is bigger than 800 square metres, no more than one person per 20 square metres is allowed. The minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be able to be kept in the facility. In addition, the staff of the facilities/shops as well as customers and visitors must wear a mouth-nose cover - this also applies to queuing in front of the facility. Employees are not required to wear a mouth-nose cover if other suitable protective measures are taken, in particular protective screens, or if no customers are present.

What hygiene rules apply when attending services of communities of faith?

When attending services, distance regulations and the wearing of masks are mandatory. The maximum number ofparticipants is one person per 10 square metres of floor space. It has to be ensured that chains of infection can be traced quickly and completely for a period of 21 days. No objects may be accepted and passed on. The clergy, as well as lecturers, prayer leaders, cantors, pre-singers and precentors are exempt from the obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover, subject to additional safety measures, such as keeping a greater distance, or transparent partitions. The use of a choir and an orchestra is prohibited. The use of congregational singing should be avoided. Services in closed rooms should not exceed 60 minutes.

May I still leave the house?

Yes, you may still leave your house. But you are only allowed to be in public spaces alone, with members of one's own household, or amongst members of one's own household with one or more persons from one other household. A minimum distance of 1.50 metres must be kept to all other persons.

Do I have to wear a mouth-nose-cover / mask when I leave the house?

Wearing a mouth-nose cover / mask is not necessarily compulsory when leaving the house, but it is compulsory when using public transport, for example in buses, trains, in train stations and at bus stops, and when shopping. This also applies to visits to the hairdressers, weekly markets, banks and savings banks, waiting rooms, dry cleaners et cetera - basically everywhere where the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

Please find further information here.

When is it compulsory to wear a mouth-nose-cover/mask?

When using public transport, i.e. in buses, trains, in railway stations and at bus stops, and when shopping, the wearing of a mouth-and-nose cover/mask is mandatory. This also applies to visits to the hairdressers, weekly markets, banks and savings banks, waiting rooms, dry cleaners et cetera - basically everywhere where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

Can I put a scarf over my mouth and nose instead of a mask?

Yes, the obligation to wear a mask is also fulfilled by anyone who wears a self-sewn mask or covers his mouth and nose with a scarf or cloth.

Does my child have to wear a mouth-nose-mask?

No, children up to the age of six years are excluded from the obligation to wear a mask.

For health reasons I cannot wear a mouth-nose mask. What shall I do?

The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to people who cannot be expected to wear a mouth-nose-cover because of a disability or for health reasons. The health restrictions must be proven by a medical certificate.

I don't have a mask yet. Where can I get one?

There is now a wide range of masks available online and offline, especially so-called "community masks", i.e. reusable fabric masks. In Landau, they are available in many shops. Alternatively, there is the possibility to get self-sewn masks via the "Landauer Maskenbörse" (only available in German!).

How do I clean my fabric coronavirus face mask?

In order for a mouth-nose-mask to protect against infection, it may only be worn once for a maximum of three hours. Then it must be cleaned either by ironing it thoroughly and hot, washing it in the washing machine at a temperature of at least 60 degrees Celsius. You may also heat it in the oven at 80 degrees Celsius for five minutes.

Will people not wearing a face mask be punished?

Violations are punished with a fine of 10 Euros. If employees of open shops or facilities do not wear mouth-nose-masks, this is to be punished with a fine of 250 Euros for the shop managers, unless other protective measures are taken, in particular separating screens. In addition, in the event of violations , people can be sent off the premises.

Are car and bike workshops still open?

Repair shops for cars and bicycles are open for repair services as long as protective measures can be guaranteed.

I suspect I have been infected with coronavirus. Where can I be tested?

Together with the districs of Germersheim and Südliche Weinstraße, the city of Landau has set up a Diagnosis Center at Alfred-Nobel-Platz in Landau. People with well-founded(!) grounds to suspect an infection can get tested there. This testing station is operated in the form of a "drive-through".

Anyone wishing to be tested needs have a referral (a so-called “Laborüberweisung” in German) from a doctor. Please note: Before visiting your doctor, call her or him first and register by telephone. The referral has to be picked up from the doctor’s by a person without any symptoms. Alternatively, if you show symptoms such as coughing, fever or respiratory distress, you can contact the 24-hour hotline of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on 0800 99 00 400. In the event of a justified suspicion, they can also initiate further diagnosis and treatment.

What is also important: on the referral, a phone number or e-mail address has to be noted. Please note: only those who have returned from a risk area AND show symptoms, or who have had proven contact with a person tested positive for the coronavirus - for at least 15 minutes and at a distance of less than two metres – will be tested at the Diagnosis Center. Persons who cannot drive to the test station by car are asked to dial 116 117 and then receive a home visit.

In order to relieve the burden on general practitioners in the current corona crisis, a corona clinic supplements the drive-through diagnostic station of the city of Landau and the district of Südliche Weinstrasse at Alfred-Nobel-Platz in Landau. The clinic will be used to treat infectious respiratory diseases where a corona infection (even a vague one) is suspected as well as for patients who have already tested been positive or who are suffering from Covid-19. Appointments for the corona clinic are made by the family doctor's practice.

Are hotels still open?

Yes, if the hygiene requirements are kept, hotels, guesthouses, inns, guest houses and similar establishments, holiday homes, holiday apartments, private accommodation and similar establishments, youth hostels, recreational, holiday and training homes, holiday centres and similar establishments, as well as camping sites, caravan sites, and similar establishments (provided that the camping units, caravans and similar establishments have their own sanitary facilities) are reopened for tourist purposes again.

Am I allowed to use public transport?

Yes, but a distance of at least 1.50 metres from other people must be maintained. In addition, it is necessary to wear a mouth-nose cover. This applies not only in buses and trains, but also in the associated facilities such as in stations and at bus stops.

Can I still ride a bike, jog or go for a walk?

Yes. Sports, walking and exercising outdoors are still permitted, but only alone, with members of one's own household, or amongst members of one's own household with one or more persons from one other household. Please keep your distance – at least 1.5 metres!

Can I still walk my dog?

Yes, that is of course still possible - if you do it alone, with members of one's own household, or amongst members of one's own household with one or more persons from one other household. Please keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters to other people.

We're moving houses. Can I still do that?

We recommend avoiding any gatherings of people and would therefore recommend postponing any moves if possible. However, should the move be really necessary, we ask you to reduce the number of helpers to a minimum and to stick to the known safety measures (distance, masks, gloves, hygiene etc.).

My partner does not live with me. Am I still allowed to visit her/him?

We can understand and comprehend that you wish to be with your partner. If you do not want to avoid the visits, try to limit the stay to only one of your homes in the next days or weeks.

My partner and me, we are separated with kids. What shall we do?

Families where the parents are separated parents and the children are at home with both parents alternately in terms of space and time, can continue to maintain their usual routines. This includes, for example, trips and journeys with their children to the home of the other parent. It is also possible for the parent who lives somewhere else to have contact with his or her children. Please make sure to observe the hygienic regulations and stick to them as strictly and consistently as possible. Physical proximity should also be kept to a minimum.

Can my child do the shopping?

In general, you should make sure that your children have as little outside contact as possible. So better go to the stores yourself and do not send your children.

Can I still receive private visitors?

Social contacts should be avoided unless they involve care or medical treatment.

Is it true that only cremations are allowed?

Cremation is currently a sensible recommendation, but burials are still allowed.

Is it still allowed to go to the cemetery?

Yes, but only alone, with members of one's own household, or amongst members of one's own household with one or more persons from one other household. Please keep your distance of at least 1.5m to other visitors. The funeral halls are closed.

At funerals, the spouse, life partner or the fiancé(e) of the deceased, as well as first-degree relatives of the deceased and persons of one other household may be present. In addition, other persons may also participate, if it is ensured that no more than one person per 10 square metres of room area is present.

Can I still view properties?

As a real estate agent, you may still enter properties that are for sale or rent (e.g. to make a film or take photographs). Viewings are generally permitted, but try to keep the duration to a minimum and pay attention to the necessary hygienic measures. The estate agent and one other person or one couple may be present at each viewing.

Is it recommended to pay cashless?

Pens for signing or card readers with PIN entry may be more contaminated than cash. If cashless payment is not possible without contact to any devices, it is recommended that you wash your hands immediately afterwards or, if possible, sanitize them.

May I go into the forest and may I drive my car to a distant forest area to go for a walk?

We strongly recommend that you limit the radius to your own area and the surrounding area - although there is no such requirement. Please note that going for a walk is only allowed alone, with members of one's own household, or amongst members of one's own household with one or more persons from one other household. When out for your walk, do not stop to chat with others - even if you keep a safe distance.

Can I train/exercise in a group or club?

Yes, training in amateur and leisure sports is permitted outdoors. For this purpose, the use of outdoor facilities and sites, with the exception of swimming pools and fun pools, is permitted provided that the required hygiene and safety measures are followed and the owner of the facility or site has expressly agreed to an opening. Individual outdoor sports, such as rowing, sailing, tennis, air sports, athletics, golf, riding and similar sports, in which the ban on contact and the minimum distance can be followed, are also permitted for leisure and training purposes.

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