Host Nation Coronavirus Guidance

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

The USAG Stuttgart Community Relations Division and Host Nation Relations Advisor coordinate with the state of Baden-Württemberg for the latest on host nation coronavirus regulations and information.

This information is provided as a courtesy to the Stuttgart military community.

Click here to view the September 30 update of the state coronavirus regulation.

Changes/updates as of September 30:

  • Existing rules have been extended through November 30
  • A mask requirement applies to customers in pubs, restaurants, bars, etc., when they are not at their seat, for example on the way to the table on arrival or walking between the table and the restroom. (Note: this was already commonly practiced in many restaurants and bars, but has now become law)
  • A mask requirement now also applies to theme parks and amusement facilities in closed rooms and waiting areas
  • Masks must be worn at all wholesale markets, weekly markets, special and annual markets which take place in closed rooms
  • Anyone who cannot wear a mask for health reasons must prove this with a medical certificate
  • Customers will be denied access to facilities or stores if they refuse to abide by the mask requirements or provide required contact information
  • Law enforcement agencies will be able to impose fines for providing false information on providing false information on contact tracing registration forms
  • Changing limits on event attendance based on local infection rates
    • In regions severely affected by the coronavirus (i.e., counties in excess of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days), only a maximum of 50 people will be authorized to gather and participate in celebrations in public places. A limit of no more than 25 persons will be authorized for celebrations at home.
    • If more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants would be detected within seven days, then no more than 25 participants should attend events in rented or public spaces, and then it would be strongly recommended that no more than ten people attend celebrations in private places.
    • Infection rates for counties throughout Germany is available through the interactive dashboard of the Robert Koch Institute.

Remaining the same:

  • Gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited unless related family
  • Dance events (in clubs, discos, and events where he essential element is the dancing of the crowds) remain prohibited
  • Events with more than 500 participants remain prohibited
  • Distance of 1.5m should be maintained wherever possible, and the mask obligation must be observed where required (e.g., in shops and restaurants)

Collection of personal data:

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 now 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.