Ban on Entering and Gathering

In a new general decree, the city of Jena prohibits all organized events and other gatherings from Saturday, 21 March 2020. This applies to both open-air and indoor events. Planned or random gatherings in parks, woods, squares and other public areas are also prohibited. Exceptions are funeral ceremonies and weddings, which may take place under certain conditions.

No entry into public places – with exceptions

In addition, entering public places is prohibited. This includes in particular streets, paths, sidewalks, squares, public green spaces, parks, car parks and wooded areas within the area of responsibility of the city of Jena. Exceptions are permitted if public places in the open air are to be entered alone, in pairs, with persons living in the same household or with pets, for example to go to work, to buy food or to provide medical care. In such cases, care must be taken to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to other people. In the case of controls by the police and the municipal enforcement service, the reasons for entering must be made credible.

Business remains closed with exceptions

All shops are closed, but with the following exceptions: Food (e.g. supermarkets, bakeries, butcher's shops), weekly markets (for food, not household items), pick-up and delivery services, beverage markets, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drugstores, opticians and hearing aid acousticians, petrol stations and car parts sales outlets, banks and savings banks, post offices, dry cleaners and laundries, newspaper and tobacco shops, DIY, horticultural and pet supplies markets, wholesale. Sunday sales are permitted in these areas from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and special hygiene and distance regulations apply.

Craft trades and services permitted with exceptions

Craft and service activities will continue to be permitted, but the special hygiene and distance regulations will also apply. Not permitted are household-related craftsman services (except compulsory emergency repairs), human services (in particular hairdressing and barber shops, tattoo, piercing and cosmetics studios, nail or foot care, massage and other wellness studios and similar services) as well as physiotherapy, ergotherapy and speech therapy measures, unless they are prescribed by a doctor and are medically necessary. The operation of hotels, pensions, hostels and similar establishments is prohibited.

Facilities closed

In the area of Jena, the operation of all facilities that do not serve necessary activities of daily life, but for leisure activities, is prohibited. This includes in particular:

  • Restaurants, catering establishments, catering areas of tourist accommodation establishments, canteens, cafeterias (including company canteens), ice cream parlours and similar establishments,
  • Bars, cafés, clubs, discos, pubs and similar establishments
  • Theatres, philharmonic halls, museums and similar institutions,
  • Fairs, exhibitions, cinemas, leisure and animal parks and providers of leisure activities (both indoor and outdoor), special markets, amusement arcades, casinos, betting shops and similar facilities,
  • Prostitution, brothels and similar establishments,
  • sports activities on and in all public and private sports facilities,
  • Swimming pools, fun pools, gyms and similar facilities,
  • all other retail outlets not mentioned elsewhere in the General Provisions, in particular outlet centres,
  • Playgrounds (outdoor and indoor playgrounds).

Excluded from this is the supply of food and beverages for take-away or delivery in accordance with the 7 percent rule in the VAT law. Food and drink may not be consumed on site; in particular, the formation of groups at the point of delivery must be prevented. The following facilities are closed in the entire city area of Jena:

  • Meetings in clubs and other sports and leisure facilities as well as the perception of offers of the adult education centre, music schools and other public and private educational institutions in the extracurricular sector as well as coach tours,
  • Meetings in churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith communities,
  • Facilities, offers and measures for families in the sense of § 16 SGB VIII and for young people in the sense of § 11 SGB VIII,
  • Facilities for open senior citizens' work,
  • Measures in multi-generation houses,
  • Counselling centres and women's centres.

Telephone and electronic accessibility can be maintained; in particular, the possibility of short-term consultations via online and telephone should be ensured for counselling centres. The possibility of immediate counselling for pregnant women should continue to be ensured. Here too, counselling by telephone or by using digital media is preferable. Where this is not possible, particularly because technical facilities are not available, and therefore counselling sessions are held in person, the special hygiene and distance requirements must be observed.

Violations of the provisions of the order are threatened with the application of direct coercion.

General ruling of the city of Jena of 20 March 2020 (German)

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