Local coronavirus restrictions on movement explained

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

This article has been updated to reflect rules the movement restrictions announced December 11, 2020, and the most recent lockdown extension/rule changes from early January 2021. The rules are subject to change, and if changed, will be updated as soon as feasible. This information is provided as a courtesy to the Stuttgart military community and is not authoritative.

The state government of Baden-Württemberg introduced new restrictions on movement which went into effect on December 12, 2020, and impact the USAG Stuttgart community. On January 5, 2021, these conditions were extended until January 31.

Lockdown in Baden-Württemberg from December 16 to January 31

Contact restrictions

Effective January 11, limits on gatherings have been further restricted: A household can now only meet with one other person from a different household. This replaces the previous rule of no more than five individuals from up to two households.

Update: Children 14-years-old and under are not currently counted as part of the limits on gatherings.

An earlier version of this page, and news reports summarizing the outcome of the federal/state discussions on January 5, reported that there would be no exceptions for children under the new rules taking effect January 11, but the state of Baden-Württemberg subsequently announced that children would not be counted.

Maximum of five individuals from up to two households. Children up to and including the age of 14 are not counted.

Going out restrictions | Curfews
Through at least January 31, you must have a compelling reason to leave your home.

At night (8pm to 5am):

  • To engage in occupational activities; going to or from work (carry your U.S. Forces ID card at all times)
  • Use of medical and veterinary services
  • Taking care of animals, such as walking your dog
  • Accompanying individuals in need of support and minors, custody and contact rights.
  • Accompanying persons who require assistance (children, the elderly, or sick)
  • Attending religious services

During the day (5am to 8pm), in addition to the above:

  • Going to school, childcare centers, and extracurricular activities
  • Visiting retail establishments for essential items
  • Making use of essential services
  • Sport and exercise in the fresh air exclusively on your own, with members of your own household, or with no more than one other individual not living in the same household

Police are enforcing the regulations and, if stopped, you must be prepared to explain where you are going and when you will return home.

Note: According to a statement by the Baden-Württemberg Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann on January 5, the state will not immediately adopt a travel restriction of 15km from COVID-hotspot counties (with a 7-day-incidence of over 200). The proposal was reported by the media in coverage of the January 5 federal/state leader conference.

Alcohol Ban
The public consumption of alcohol drinks is banned statewide from December 16, superseding the ban previously instituted in Stuttgart.

Closure of most local economy Retail Stores (December 16-January 31)

Masks should now be worn not only inside stores and malls, but also within their parking lots.

Locally, the following types of stores will remain open during the day.

  • Grocery stores
  • Weekly markets for food
  • Pharmacies, health food stores, medical supply stores, and drugstores
  • Gas stations, car repair shops, and bicycle repair shops
  • Banks and post offices
  • Dry cleaners and launderettes
  • Pet supply stores
  • Christmas tree sales
  • Restaurants may offer take-out and delivery service only

On January 6, the state announced that retailers, including those not selling everyday “essential” items, will be able to open and provide an “order online, pick up in store” service, with pickup times arranged in advance, in addition to making deliveries.

On post Retail Services

  • AAFES food trucks – Visit the Exchange’s Facebook page to find truck times and locations.
  • AAFES Main Exchange (PX), shoppettes, and gas stations remain open with existing COVID mitigation strategies in place.
  • Barbershops and beauty shops are currently closed (December 16-January 10th).
  • Commissaries remain open with existing COVID mitigation strategies in place.
  • Family & MWR Facilities – Visit the FMWR website for current services and hours and like their Facebook page for the latest updates.


Mask Requirements

Masks must be worn throughout the state in areas dedicated to pedestrian traffic, such as pedestrian zones and marketplaces, and anywhere open to the public where minimum distancing cannot be reliably maintained.

They must be worn in public transit (both inside vehicles and at stations/stops) and inside shops and shopping centers, as well as in their parking lots.

The requirements apply to everyone over six years old. In the absence of a mask (for example, if you’ve forgotten one), a scarf or similar facial protection is permitted, as long as the mouth and nose are covered.

Mask zones are now in effect in the city centers of several local municipalities, where pedestrian traffic is highest and distance is more difficult to maintain.


In Stuttgart, there is a mask requirement in the city center (within the “City Ring”) for anyone over six years of age, including Schlossplatz, Marktplatz, and Königstrasse – essentially, the busiest part of the city, where sufficient distance from other people cannot always be maintained. Wearing a mask is mandatory at public events throughout the entire city, as well as at weekly markets and places they are already required, such as shops and restaurants. The mask is not required when eating, drinking, jogging, or biking.

The red box shows the “City Ring” area of downtown Stuttgart.


The above map shows the area in which a mouth-and-nose cover must be worn in the city of Ludwigsburg.

Collection of personal data for contact tracing

Applicable during non-lockdown periods

Visiting restaurants, museums, and similar places typically requires providing personal data such as name, address, and phone number/email address to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak at that time and location.

Individuals who refuse to provide this information will be denied entry to the location, and providing false information is punishable by a fine.

Data protection laws require this information to be strictly safeguarded and used for the sole purpose of providing information to the public health department or local police authority in accordance with legal requirements in the event of an outbreak. The data is stored for four weeks and then deleted; the law requires that unauthorized persons do not have access to the records.