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Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Current Information from Heidelberg

We keep you up to date and offer you here current information, questions and answers about the topic "Coronavirus and the situation in Heidelberg". Good to know: Heidelberg is not classified as a risk area. The risk areas are always kept up-to-date by the Robert Koch-Institut

Heidelberg Tourism is looking ahead

Update: March 31, 2020

Heidelberg Tourism is in crisis due to the outbreak of the Corona Pandemic. A whole Industry suffers from existential fears. Reason enough for Mathias Schiemer, Managing Director of Heidelberg Marketing GmbH, to spread courage and optimism:

"We are already looking at what will happen after this exceptional situation. We are not only planning to catch up on our own events, but to make them even more attractive and larger. Heidelberg must stand together. We would like to return with amazing events, while at the same time helping hotels and restaurants that have experienced great hardship in these times. For example, it is conceivable to extend the duration of the Christmas Market or to have the region's largest fair, the Heidelberger Herbst (Heidelberg Autumn), combined with a wine festival either before or after the fair taking place.

It is our concern to be prepared for when Heidelberg will again be able to present itself to its guests as a romantic festival and science city — according to the motto ’Now more than ever!’”

City of Heidelberg supports cultural and social institutions as well as private individuals

Update: March 27, March

With a package of measures adopted on March 26, 2020, the City of Heidelberg is supporting Heidelberg institutions and private individuals in the corona crisis.

Cultural and social institutions in the city will benefit in particular from the temporary measures. The aim is to ensure the necessary liquidity.

The city of Heidelberg provides online information about its central aid measures for cultural institutions, social projects and private individuals.

Corona Baden-Württemberg emergency aid programme underway

Update: March 26, 2020

In Baden-Württemberg, the Corona emergency aid for freelancers, self-employed persons and small enterprises (SMEs) has been launched. Applications for emergency aid with one-off, non-repayable grants have been possible since March 25, 2020.

Emergency aid Corona Baden-Württemberg

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing has launched an emergency aid programme: Commercial enterprises, social enterprises and members of the liberal professions who find themselves in an economic situation that threatens their existence and suffer massive liquidity bottlenecks as a direct result of the corona pandemic will be supported with a one-off, non-repayable grant.

First point of contact in the region: the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Those affected in the metropolitan region are best advised to contact the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce and visit its website. There you will find information on the support programme, telephone numbers and the link to the applications:

New regulation of the state of Baden-Württemberg in force

Update: March 24, 2020

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Federal Government and the Länder agreed on new guidelines in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. The state of Baden-Württemberg immediately translated the guidelines into a legal ordinance that came into force on Monday, March 23, 2020.

The full text of the ordinance (PDF, 80.4 KB) provides detailed information.

Heidelberg Marketing cancels all Public Guided Tours

Update: March 23, 2020

Whether it's about the Walking Tour of the Old Town, City Tours or the Guided University Tour - Heidelberg Marketing has cancelled all public tours. This decision shall apply for the time being until April 19, 2020.

The federal government and the state governments decide on massive restriction of social contacts

Update: March 23, 2020

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the prime Ministers of the of the federal states agreed on new drastic measures in a telephone conference on Sunday, March 22, 2020. It comprises nine guidelines for restricting social contacts.

Essentially, a nationwide ban on contact for an initial period of two weeks and the immediate closure of restaurants and personal hygiene establishments will apply. There will be no curfew for the time being.

The wording of the nine-point plan can be found on the federal government's website.

Most of the points were already valid in Baden-Württemberg from March 21, 2020 and the following restrictions are new for the state: Essentially new applies here:

  • Crowds of more than two people (recently there were three) are no longer allowed. There are exceptions for families.
  • In public, a distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained.

In Baden-Württemberg, special attention should also be paid to the fact that the transit of persons from corona risk areas is prohibited.

Further, up-to-date information can be found on the portal of the city of Heidelberg: "Corona virus: the situation in Heidelberg".

Local public transport in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region significantly restricted

Update: March 23, 2020

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv) is following official recommendations to reduce its public transport services to around 50 percent and is restricting its timetable. A special timetable will therefore apply from Monday, 23 March 2020.

In principle, the new timetable will be based on the services normally offered on Sundays. However, the service will begin in the early hours of the morning throughout the country in order to bring commuters to work.

More information in the rnv press release "Coronavirus - Sonderfahrplan ab Montag, 23. März"

New general decree of the city of Heidelberg with more stringent measures

Update: March 20, 2020

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the city of Heidelberg issued a new general decree (PDF, 621.8 KB) to contain the Corona pandemic. The official decree comes into force on Friday, March 20, 2020 and replaces the old general decree of March 16, 2020.

The new general ruling goes beyond the measures of the state government of March 17, 2020. There are further important consequences for public life:

Groups over five are now prohibited

For example, the city of Heidelberg prevents gatherings of more than five people in public space. Schoolyards and green spaces are mentioned as examples. If less than five people gather, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres should be maintained.

Gastronomy only allowed as take-away service

The operation of catering facilities of any kind is prohibited. Restaurants as well as other catering facilities and staff restaurants and canteens may only be opened to the external public if a take-away service / take-away service for food and/or drinks is set up exclusively. Consumption in the restaurant or in the area of the external public is prohibited.

Other facilities must remain closed

In addition to the facilities mentioned in the state ordinance, the following facilities may no longer be opened to the public in Heidelberg:

  • senior citizens' meeting places,
  • Nail studios, tanning salons, beauty salons and similar establishments,
  • Information booths,
  • Camping and mobile home facilities.

Hairdressing establishments, on the other hand, are excluded from the scheme and do not have to close.

Baden-Württemberg has adapted its legal regulation against the spread of coronavirus

Update: March 18, 2020

The state government of Baden-Württemberg has adapted its legal ordinance on infection control measures. It is once again changing some details of the measures published on Monday, 16 March 2020.

The new regulations will apply from Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

To slow down the further spread of the corona virus, facilities and shops will be closed on a large scale. Details of what is still allowed to open and what is not, can be found on baden-württemberg.de.

The city of Heidelberg has also specified its general decree

According to the decree, Heidelberg is subject to a regulation that goes beyond that of the state:
"In principle, the operation of gastronomic establishments is prohibited. Ice cream parlors, bars, shisha bars, clubs, discotheques, pubs and similar establishments must be closed without exception. Exceptions are only made in Heidelberg for restaurants and bars that can only serve take-away food between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Any catering on site, indoors and outdoors, is prohibited."


KlangForum Heidelberg cancels events in Heidelberg

Uupdate: March 18, 2020

The concert organizer "KlangForum Heidelberg" has drawn conclusions due to the current situation and has cancelled the event „Digitale Klangästhetik“ on March 27, 2020 by "special newsletter". An alternative date is being sought for the project "Sternbild: Mensch V".


Digital launch event "International Weeks against Racism"

Update: March 18, 2020

Due to current developments, the "International Weeks against Racism" in Heidelberg are also cancelled. The series of events with more than 60 dates should be officially opened on Wednesday, 18 March 2020. However, the lecture planned for the kick-off event will take place online as a live online broadcast:

Michael Blume, Representative of the State Government against Anti-Semitism, will speak on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6 pm on the topic: "Hate on the Net - What we can do about it".

The digital offer comes from the Intercultural Centre (IZ), which coordinates the Weeks against Racism. The IZ transmits the livestream on Twitter: twitter.com/IZ_heidelberg.

You do not need to have a Twitter account to watch the live broadcast. Twitter users can comment on the livestream. The video will still be available on the platform later.

City of Heidelberg further restricts public offers

Update: March 17, 2020

The city of Heidelberg largely restricts public life in the city. The aim is to delay the spread of the coronavirus and thus protect in particular elderly people and people with pre-existing conditions.

From Tuesday, March 17, 2020, a decree of the state government and a general decree of the city of Heidelberg, among others, are closed: museums, theatres, houses of culture, educational institutions, youth centres, senior citizens' centres, municipal administration buildings, libraries, bars, clubs, discotheques, student union refectories and cafeterias, cinemas, swimming pools and indoor swimming pools, the castle, the mountain railway, the zoo, playgrounds, sports fields and sports facilities, fitness studios as well as amusement arcades and brothels.

Restaurants are also affected by the far-reaching restrictions.
Restaurants are no longer allowed to serve guests in their rooms or outside. However, every restaurant may become a "take-away" location and serve people who bring their food home.

More information in the press release of the city of Heidelberg "Coronavirus: city further restricts public services - emergency care for children" of March 16, 2020

Monuments of the State Palaces and Gardens of Baden-Württemberg close

Update: March 16, 2020

The state of Baden-Württemberg has decided to close all state-owned castles, palaces, monasteries and jewels within Baden-Württemberg from Tuesday, March 17 to Sunday, April 19, 2020 inclusive.

The Heidelberg Castle is therefore also affected. The castle garden will remain accessible for the time being.


Tourist Information temporarily closed

Update: March 16, 2020

In order to counteract the spread of the corona virus, Heidelberg Marketing GmbH has decided to close the Tourist Information offices at the Main Station and Neckarmünzplatz to public traffic until Sunday, 19th April 2020. We can still be contacted by telephone on +49 6221 58 44444 and by e-mail at touristinfo(at)heidelberg-marketing.de.

Heidelberg University closes museum, "Students' Prison", assembly hall and unishop

Update: March 16, 2020

The University of Heidelberg will close the University Museum, the Studentenkarzer (Students' Prison), the Old Assembly Hall and the Unishop. The above-mentioned facilities will initially remain closed until 19 April 2020. Heidelberg University provides detailed information on its website about "Immediate Measures by the Universities of Baden-Württemberg".

Sightseeing tours with Cabriobus discontinued

Update: March 16, 2020

Please note: Due to the current situation in connection with the coronavirus, trips with the Cabriobus will not take place until further notice.

Anniversary weekend of the Hölderlin Year cancelled

Update: March 13, 2020

The city of Heidelberg has cancelled the anniversary weekend of the Hölderlin Year from 20 to 22 March 2020. Events were planned around the Old Bridge in Heidelberg's Old Town and on the music freighter of the Beethoven Anniversary Society (BTHVN2020 Musikfrachter).


Heidelberg Shopping Night postboned

Update: March 13, 2020

Due to current developments, the city marketing association "Pro Heidelberg" has decided to postpone the "Shopping Night" planned for April 4, 2020. A replacement date has not yet been set.


City cancels Heidelberger Frühling and closes theaters

Update: March 13, 2020

In order to delay the spread of the coronavirus and to protect risk groups in particular, the city of Heidelberg has cancelled the international music festival Heidelberger Frühling and closed the city's theatre with immediate effect. This was announced by the city administration in a press release "Coronavirus: bundle of measures by the city of Heidelberg" on March 12, 2020.

According to this, the theatre will remain closed from March 13 to April 19, 2020, and the music festival, which was to take place from March 21 to April 24, 2020, will also be completely cancelled. Tickets already purchased will be fully refunded, the organizer of the Heidelberg Spring announces on its website: www.heidelberger-fruehling.de.

Carl Bosch Museum temporarily closed

Update: 13 March 13, 2020The Carl Bosch Museum is also making a contribution to curbing the spread of the coronavirus. The museum will therefore remain closed until further notice.


Heidelberg half marathon cancelled

Update: March 13, 2020

The "SAS Half Marathon of TSG 78 Heidelberg" on April 26, 2020 will not take place. More information on the website of TSG 78 Heidelberg.

Events in the Friedrich-Ebert-Haus cancelled

Update: March 13, 2020

In view of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the Foundation Reichspresident-Friedrich-Ebert Memorial has decided to cancel all events (lectures and guided tours) until the end of April 2020. Lectures will be made up for, if possible.


Baden-Württemberg prohibits major events by decree

Update: March 12, 2020

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Health has banned events with more than 1,000 participants because of the coronavirus. The spring festival in Stuttgart is also cancelled.

On Wednesday, 11th March 2020, the supreme health authority issued a decree to the health authorities to advise the local police authorities on major events. According to the decree, major events in the state with more than 1,000 participants will be banned. The decree is effective immediately and is not limited in time.

Further information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Bus sector: measures in international transport

Update: March 12, 2020

The bus industry has taken the initiative to contribute to the fight against coronavirus. The International Bus Tourism Association (RDA) provides information on measures to be implemented.

According to this, bus companies are obliged, by order of the Federal Ministry of Health, to hand out an appropriate information sheet on the rules of conduct to travellers on arrival in Germany for every trip from the Italian Republic. Rules of conduct to prevent the illness or behaviour to be followed in case of symptoms of the illness.


The "Haus der Astronomie" is closing for visitors

Update: March 11, 2020

In the "Haus der Astronomie" on the Königsstuhl in Heidelberg, the visitors' service will be stopped as a precautionary measure on Monday, March 16, 2020 due to the current corona situation.

The events for the Astronomy Day on March 28, 2020, will therefore not take place, but will probably be scheduled in autumn.


Heidelberg summer day parade (Sommertagszug) cancelled

Update: March 10, 2020

On March 22, 2020, the popular summer day parade was scheduled to pass through Heidelberg's Old Town. Due to the current danger of infection with the corona virus, the organizer Heidelberg Marketing has cancelled the parade.

"It's not easy for us to cancel just this lovely traditional event for families and children. But our responsibility towards the population and our guests weighs more heavily at the moment," says Mathias Schiemer, Heidelberg Marketing Managing Director, explaining his decision to cancel the summer day parade this year.

Neckarsteig opening hike postponed

Update: March 10, 2020

The Neckarsteig opening hike announced for March 28, 2020 will be postponed due to the current situation. It is planned to carry out the hike in autumn as a final hike.

"For the protection of all participants, but also for the protection of all those involved, we regard this as a correct and consistent measure", the Neckarsteig office announced. At the moment, it would not be possible to spend a convivial and carefree time on the Neckarsteig while following the hygiene recommendations.


Frequently asked questions and answers – Status March 10, 2020

Do I take a risk with a trip to Heidelberg?

According to the health authorities, Heidelberg is not classified as a risk area at the moment. There are also no travel restrictions. Please also contact the responsible authorities in your home country for up-to-date information from the local health authorities.

Is the arrival and departure currently restricted?

No, it is not. There are no restrictions on public life at the moment. This applies in particular to long-distance and local transport to and from Heidelberg.

Can I use public transport in Heidelberg? What happens with tickets that have already been issued?

Yes. There are currently no restrictions on local public transport. Should there be any changes, we will inform you as soon as possible. Issued tickets can still be used regularly.

Attention: The mountain railway will not be in operation until 22 March 2020 due to the annual inspection.

City of Heidelberg: Questions and answers about the coronavirus

The city of Heidelberg provides current and detailed information about the situation in Heidelberg regarding the coronavirus. Among other things, it offers an overview with "Frequently Asked Questions and Answers" on its website, which is constantly updated.

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