Incidence-based Tier System: Current Regulations in Cologne

[Valid from 01/10/2021]

With the new Corona Protection Ordinance of  01 October, 2021, a new access system applies in North Rhine-Westphalia, which provides for different access restrictions based on the current seven-day incidence rate [DE].  Please note: The general protective measures, such as the obligation to wear a face mask, remain unaffected by the changes.   The following regulations apply for events in Cologne:   Seven-day-incidence rate: >35 If the 7-day incidence rate is 35 or above for five days in a row, the following ...

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[Valid from 01/10/2021]

With the new Corona Protection Ordinance of  01 October, 2021, a new access system applies in North Rhine-Westphalia, which provides for different access restrictions based on the current seven-day incidence rate [DE]. 

Please note: The general protective measures, such as the obligation to wear a face mask, remain unaffected by the changes.

 

The following regulations apply for events in Cologne:

 

Seven-day-incidence rate: >35

If the 7-day incidence rate is 35 or above for five days in a row, the following applies:

  • Access only for immunized and tested persons at events
    • indoors;
    • outdoors with more than 2,500 active participants at the same time, where it is expected that a minimum distance of 1.5 meters is maintained;
    • with gastronomic offer in indoor rooms;
    • with overnight accommodation in a lodging establishment, whereby a negative test must be submitted by non-immunized persons upon arrival and again after every four days thereafter.
  • PCR test obligation or obligation to present a rapid antigen test which was carried out no longer than six hours prior to the event for non-immunized persons:
    • in Clubs, discotheques and similar establishments and dance events including private parties with dancing.

Seven-day-incidence rate: < 35

The restrictions mentioned above will be waived as soon as the 7-day incidence is below the value of 35 for five consecutive days.

Find out now about the current incidence rate in Cologne here.

Find out what to consider before, during and after an event in times of Corona here.

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Do different regulations apply for vaccinated or recovering persons at events?

According to the Federal Infection Control Act, vaccinated and recovered (hence, immunized) persons are considered equal to those who have tested negative for Corona. In cases where a negative Corona test certificate is required, it suffices that immunized persons present proof of immunization (i.e. of full vaccination or a Corona infection that was determined at least 28 days but not more than six months prior to the event).

What does "tested" in the context of the 3G-status mean?

In order to participate in an event or take up an offer, proof of holding 3G-status is necessary in Germany. If you are not immunized - i.e. vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 not longer than six months ago - you need to provide a negative test result. The Corona test must be performed with a testing procedure that is in accordance with the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance. The negative result must be confirmed in writing or digitally by an officially acknowledged test center. Depending on the offer you wish to take up, there are different requirements to the test certificate that is to be presented (PCR or rapid test).