2020-2021-2022 Covid-19 Restrictions

Big changes! Beginning Sat. 2 April, most Covid rules have ended in the state of Hessen. If you live in another state, this may not apply.

Masks are still required on public transportation, but no where else except hospitals and other medical institutions. Restaurants can choose to require them while walking to your table.

You no longer have to show your vaccine status to enter restaurants, museums, the Zoo or the Palmengarten. No more 2G, 2G+ or 3G.

Stores are recommending that customers still wear masks and keep a distance and their cashiers may still be working behind plastic shields. Restaurants may or may not ask employees to wear masks.


Beginning Friday, 4 March, the 3G rules are now in effect for restaurants – 3G means either fully vaccinated, recovered, or tested.

The Palmengarten, Zoo, and Museums are all 3G as of 4 March


From 7 Feb. until 6 March 2022, the city of Frankfurt and all of Hessen have a few Covid rule changes.

2 G is no longer required in any store

FFP2 masks are required in all stores, including grocery stores. No more plain medical masks in storess.

Medical masks are still fine for restaurants, public transportation, churches, museums, etc.

Masks are no longer required to be worn on the street in downtown Frankfurt and the city had lifted the prohibition on drinking alcohol in public places.

Public transportation is still 3 G, but any medical mask is ok.

Restaurants, Museums, Zoo, and Palmengarten are still 2G+

(2G is vaccinated or recovered)

(2G + is vaccinated twice or recovered, plus either a booster or a test less than 24 hours old)

(3G is vaccinated, recovered, or tested)


Covid is still with us and beginning Sat. Jan. 8, 2022, we have some new regulations in Frankfurt. Wiesbaden is following the same regulations as both are considered Hot Spots.

Masks are required on all of the inner-city streets, alcohol consumption is forbidden in public in most of the inner city..

Restaurants, Museums, the Zoo, the Palmengarten, the Alte Oper, all require 2G +, but this time a booster is considered the plus as well as a test. So, if you have a recent booster, you do not need to present a test too.

All events that are outdoors, require 2 G. (vaccinated or recovered)


Beginning Sunday, 5 Dec. all stores, restaurants, and events require 2G. (this does not include groceries or pharmacies) 2 G means vaccinated or recovered.

Masks in the city are required again on these streets, Mon-Sat. from 10:00-21:00:

Zeil, Hauptwache, Konstablerwache, Liebfrauenstr. Liebfrauenberg, Ziegelgasse, area aroun the Klein Markt Halle, Neue Kräme, Paulsplatz, Römerberg, Große Bockenheimerstr. (Fressgasse) Goethestr., Schillerstr. Kaiserstrasse, Biebergasse, Leipzigerst. from Adalbertstr. to Basaltstr., Bergerstr. from Bornheimer Fünffingerplätzchen (Ringelstrasse) to Höhenstrasse, in Höchst the Königsteiner Str. from Kasinostr., Dalbergkreisel to Bolongarostr.


Frankfurt and much of Hessen are seeing the numbers increase a lot. So a few changes will go into effect starting Wed. 1 Sept. 2021

  • Outside dining as well as indoor dining, will need a negative test, showing your vaccine QR code, or your Dr. attest that you have had Covid in the last 6 months.
  • The same goes for fitness studios, swimming pools, or anything that has close body contact


Regulations about number of people meeting have been lifted as long as the group is less than 25 people.

Stores still require masks, but controlling numbers of people in the store will end.

Hotels can open 100%, but guests will still be required to have 1 test per week

Outdoor dining only needs to have contact details.

Indoor dining still needs full vaccination document or a recent negative test

Pools will still need to limit their numbers

Fitness centers and gyms need to simply follow correct hygiene procedures

Sport teams can meet.


More good news was announced on Fri. 11 June 2021, because the incidence level has stayed below 50 for 7 days!

Masks do not need to be worn in the inner city or shopping streets.

Wine and Beer may be sold for consumption at the Farmers Markets starting Sat. 12 June.

The alcohol purchasing ban from midnight to 06:00 has been lifted.


Hooray, the incidence level has stayed below 100 for 14 days so many of lockdown regulations are being lifted in Frankfurt and many other cities and regions on Monday, 7 June.

Beginning 7 June, 2021 in Frankfurt:

Retail stores will be open to all, masks still required

Outdoor dining is open to everyone. Indoor dining still needs a negative Covid test or your vaccination document.

Personal services like hair salons, barbers, nail salons, etc. are open, tests are not required, masks are required.

Outdoor pools will be open: Silobad, Brentanobad, Freibad Hausen, Freibad Eschersheim, Freibad Nieder-Eschbach, Freibad Riedbad Bergen-Enkheim and Stadionbad. Reservations needed as numbers are limited. Pools will shut down for cleaning & disinfecting from 14:00-15:00.

All schools will be open, for all grade levels

Groups of 10 people + anyone who is fully vaccinated or has a negative Covid test are ok.

2 households can be together.

Vaccines are now available to anyone, either by registering online or getting one from your GP or Work Physician.

Masks still need to be worn on the busier shopping streets.

• Berger Straße
• Schweizer Straße & Schweizer Platz
• Leipziger Straße
• the Zeil
• Goethestraße
* Wallanlage
• Oeder Wegs from the Anlagenring to Glauburgstraße,
• Neuen Kräme
• Königsteiner Straße between Bolongarostraße and Kasinostraße,
• Braubachstraße
• Münchener Straße
• Kaiserstraße

Sports are allowed in groups of 10, hygiene concepts should be followed.


Because the incidence rate is staying low, many of the lockdown regulations will be lifted on 24 May, 2021. We will keep you up to date with the changes as soon as they go into effect.

Nightly curfew has been lifted in Frankfurt.

Beginning Mon. 24 May, outdoor dining in Frankfurt is once again possible. The same may hold true for other towns and cities depending on their incidence rate. Check websites or Facebook pages to see as they will make this public.

Rules for outdoor dining: Make a reservation. Show up with one of the following 3 things – Test result less than 24 hours. Vaccine pass that shows your 2nd vaccine was at least 14 days ago. Document from the health department that says you had Covid within the last 6 months and are considered immune.

As of 17 May, many areas of Hessen are starting to open up so check your city or town to see what the rules are as they may change on a daily basis as the incidence numbers stay down for 5-7 days in a row. Hessen Park, Rüdesheim Cable Car, & Eberbach Monastery have re-opened, the Saalburg Roman Fort reopens on 19 May, Glauberg Celtic World re-opens on 20 May. Castles like Burg Rheinfels are now open. Check websites to see if the castle you would like to visit is open.

2 households may meet + anyone else who is fully vaccinated or immune. Kids under 14 do not count

The Palmengarten is now open without presenting a test. The Frankfurt Zoo does not need a test, but you need a reservation.

Museum openings on are on a separate post.


Lockdown restrictions have been extended until 30 June, with changes going into effect on 23 & 24 April 2021

FFP2 masks are now required on public transportation, in hair salons, barbers, and foot care practices

Negative Covid tests, not older than 24 hours will be required at hair salons, barbers, foot care practices, Zoos, and the Palmengarten. Children under 6 are not required to have a test.

The Covid quick tests must be from official testing centers, not the quick tests that you do at home.

Nightly curfew is 22:00-05:00. Walks and jogging is permitted from 22:00-midnight. Essential workers are exempted from this curfew, going to and from their work place.

All tourist activities are closed

Fitness centers, gyms, pools, are closed

Museums will stay closed as of 29 March.

Zoos may stay open, but only the open-air sections. Entry is only allowed with a negative Covid test less than 24 hours old.

“Click and meet” at stores will no longer be possible starting 29 Mar. They will revert back to “Click and Collect”

Baumarkt are now “Click and Collect” only.

No public gatherings

Religious services should be online only, but this is not a must, only strongly suggested. Singing is not allowed

1 household may meet with 1 person from a 2nd household, children under 14 do not count in this maximum


Hair salons and Barbers may re-open on 1 March, 2021.
*Starting 8 March,

*Bookstores and Garden Centers may re-open.
*Retail stores (1 customer per 40sqm) with appointment-only visits. (this ended on 29 March)
*2 Households with a maximum of 5 persons may meet. (kids under 14 do not count in the total sum)
*Free tests are available at least once a week.
*Update, on 8 March, Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Museums may re-open with reserved entry only. Check websites for exact dates and to make your reservation
*Fitness studios may open with an appointment and 1 person per 40sqm

*By the end of March, beginning April, vaccines should be available from your GP

*If the infection rates increase over 3 days, the easing of the lock-down will quickly reverse.


Regulations as of 16 Dec. 2020

*Masks in stores and on public transportation will have to be either the medical masks or the FFP2 masks. Medical masks are widely available in stores. (Bavaria requires FFP2)

* All retail stores will stay closed.

*Stores and Farmers markets selling food are open, this includes drugstores like Rossmans, DM, etc.

*Restaurants, cafes, bistros are closed except for delivery and take out

*Private meetings in public are limited to only 1 person besides your own household. Children under 14 do not count. Recommended is to keep the number of persons (1-5) besides your own household to a minimum when meeting privately at home.

*Doctors, Dentists, Opticians, Hearing Aid Stores, Physical Therapy, Medical Foot Care, Logotherapy and Ergotherapy stay open.

*All events that are for entertainment purposes are canceled, both outside and inside. Private events outside of your own home are not allowed

*Gyms, Fitness studios, Swimming pools, Saunas will close. Sport Clubs/Verein may not meet to practice. Individual sports like Jogging or biking are allowed

*No consumption of Alcohol in public

*Theaters, Opera, Movie Theaters, Amusement parks, Spielhalle, Casinos will be closed.

*Hotels are closed except for those on emergency trips

*Hair Salons, Barbers, Cosmetic studios, Massage Practices, and Tattoo Studios must close.

*Religious services stay the same, masks must be worn, social distance must be kept.

*Museums, Castles, Zoos, and Animal Parks are closed

What stays open? Gas stations, Car and Bike Repair, Pick-up and Delivery Services, Banks, Post Office, Dry Cleaners, Laundromats, Newspaper Sellers, Animal Feed Stores.


In Frankfurt, these regulations went into effect 19 Oct.

Masks are required on all public transportation and all stations including underground stations, bus and tram stops:

* Sale of Alcohol from 23:00-06:00 is forbidden, beginning 19 Oct.

* Plastic, see-through chin masks (popular with servers) are not valid masks and will not be accepted as such.

* Masks will be required in the entire inner city area

*Important: At the Farmers Markets, no food may be eaten in the market area.

* Masks must be worn in Religious institutions, such as Churches, Mosques, Temples, Synagogues.

* Masks are required in all stores and on all forms of public transportation. Those who are not wearing a mask or who are not wearing it properly (nose not covered, for example) will be fined 60€.

* In cars, if there are more than 2 people from more than 2 households, masks must be worn.

* Those who work in day cares. kindergarten, or kitas, receive free testing every 2 weeks.