Local coronavirus rules explained

The flag of Baden-Württemberg flies above Villa Reitzenstein, the official seat of the state premier, in Stuttgart. Photo by Bardia Khajenoori, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs.

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

This page has been updated to reflect new regulations in Baden-Württemberg, effective September 16, 2021.

This information is provided as a courtesy to the Stuttgart military community, focusing on the most relevant aspects to our community, and is not authoritative. For full, official details in German, see the Corona Ordinance page on the state government website.

The state of Baden-Württemberg has issued an amendment to its main coronavirus ordinance, effective September 16. The amendment establishes a three-level system of restrictions based on hospitalization rates and available beds in intensive care units in the state. This is comprised of a baseline level, a warning level, and an alarm level. The baseline level, which is effectively the 3G (vaccinated, recovered, or tested) rule introduced on August 16, applies when neither the warning nor alarm level apply. At the warning and alarm levels, PCR tests replace rapid antigen tests, or access is limited to vaccinated and recovered persons only, depending on the sector. Current rules for mandatory wear of a medical mask remain in place (e.g., when shopping, in public transit, etc.).

List of sectors/activities and requirements by level, currently available only in German

This replaces the previous system, which consisted of a four-stage set of regulations which were determined by a community’s seven day incidence rate. Previous rules regarding mandatory mask wear in public spaces remain in place.


A selection of major areas in which the rules are applied:

  • Indoor dining
  • Body-related services (e.g. hairdressing salon, chiropody or nail salon)
  • Indoor sports (e.g. gyms, swimming pools or sports halls)
  • Indoor events (e.g., concerts, theaters, movie theaters)
  • Outdoor events with more than 5,000 visitors or when the minimum distance cannot be maintained
  • Hotels and other accommodation – a test on arrival and then every three days during the stay
  • Indoor leisure parks, zoos and other recreational facilities
  • Sauna, solarium and similar facilities
  • Galleries, museums, memorials, as well as archives, libraries and bookstores
  • Nightclubs (the only testing option for nightclubs is a PCR test no older than 48 hours; rapid tests do not apply)

Contact restrictions are not in effect at the baseline level, but apply to non-vaccinated or recovered persons above 17 years old at the warning or alarm levels.

Warning Level: The warning level applies when the statewide hospitalization seven-day incidence (7-D-I) reaches or exceeds 8 for five consecutive days or the statewide number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs reaches or exceeds 250 on two consecutive days. In the warning level, non-immunized people require a PCR test where a rapid antigen test would have previously sufficed.

Private gatherings and events are limited to one household plus five other people. Vaccinated and recovered people, children up through age 17, and people who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons do not count against the total number of people.

Alarm Level: The alarm level applies when the statewide hospitalization 7-D-I reaches or exceeds 12 for five consecutive days or the statewide number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs reaches or exceeds 390 on two consecutive days. At the alarm level, with some specified exemptions, only vaccinated and recovered people are allowed access to or participation in specified locations and events (the so-called “2G Rule”).

Private gatherings and events are limited to one household and one additional person; the exemptions in the warning level continue to apply.

Exceptions to PCR Test and 2G rule requirements: There are exceptions to the PCR test and 2G Rule requirements. Children up to five years old, children up to seven who have not yet begun school, and schoolchildren in schools undergoing regular testing are exempt from the PCR test and 2G Rule restrictions. Persons up to 17 years old who are no longer in school, people who have a doctor’s certification that for medical reasons they cannot be vaccinated, persons for whom the Standing Immunization Commission (STIKO) has not issued a vaccination recommendation, and pregnant or nursing women are exempt from the PCR test and 2G Rule restrictions, but they require an antigen test where the PCR test requirement or 2G Rule would apply.


A medical-grade mask that covers your mouth and nose is required to patronize off-post retail stores in the state of Baden-Württemberg, effective January 25.

Children five-years-old or younger are exempt from the mask requirement. Masks should be worn not only inside stores and malls, but also within their parking lots.

Non-medical masks are still acceptable for use on post when required, except where stated otherwise (e.g. during appointments in barbershops and beauty salons, when a medical mask is required). Specifics on mask policy are available here.

New requirements for proof of vaccination and/or testing when entering Germany (effective Aug. 1, 2021)

Travelers aged 12 or older who are entering Germany from a foreign country must be able to show proof of being tested, fully vaccinated, or recovered, effective August 1.

The requirement applies regardless of the form of transportation (including, but not limited to, airplane, train, or private car) and whether or not the previous stay was in a high risk area. Although not all travelers will be asked to show the documentation, it is necessary to have it — Polizei are conducting spot checks in border areas, and not having the required documentation may result in denial of entry to Germany and/or fines.

Tests may be PCR (no older than 72 hours before entry into Germany) or rapid antigen (no older than 48 hours). Results must be in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish.

Proof of recovery must be no older than six months.

Travelers who have spent time in high risk areas must complete online registration (the “Einreiseanmeldung”) before returning to Germany and must follow any applicable Host Nation and garrison quarantine and testing policies. All travelers entering from an virus variant of concern (VoC) area must be tested, even if they are fully vaccinated or recovered.


EU Digital COVID Certificate

Your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record can be turned into a digital certification of full vaccination valid (where proof of vaccination or testing is required) across Germany and the EU.

Click here for details.


Mask Requirements

A medical-grade (surgical, FFP2, N95, KN95) mask that covers your mouth and nose is required to patronize off-post retail stores in the state of Baden-Württemberg, effective January 25. Effective May 26, medical masks or FFP2/N95/KN95 masks are required on public transportation when a community’s incidence rate exceeds 100 for several days and an “emergency break” is in place–otherwise, any medical grade mask is sufficient. Fully vaccinated or recovered people are currently not exempt from the mask wear requirement.

Children five-years-old or younger are exempt from the mask requirement.

Non-medical masks are still acceptable for use on post for those who are not fully vaccinated, or where masks continue to be required. Specifics on mask policy are available here.

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

Effective March 29, occupants of private vehicles must wear surgical or FFP2/KN95/N95 masks if someone not of the household is in the vehicle.


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.