As of today, Friday the 15th of May, 2020 – Cafes and Restaurants are allowed to open again to the public after the lock-down imposed due to the novel Corona virus. There will be some strict new rules for the hospitality industry but Berliners are looking forward to getting out to support their local cafes and restaurants again.

Here is an overview of the new rules imposed on the hospitality industry.

Cafes and Restaurants are allowed to open between the hours of 6am and 10pm, as long as they serve food and drinks made on site.

Tables must be at least 1.5 meters apart.

Guests at one table must be from the same household or max. from 2 households – there is no limit to how many people this includes.

There is no requirement to wear a mask, but wait-staff will be required to wear a mask when serving.

You may be required to leave your name and phone number, it is not mandatory but it has been recommended by the Senat that establishments find a way of being able to trace guests if necessary. This data must be deleted after 4 weeks, it serves to help track and trace chains of infection if needed.


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