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Restaurants, bars and cafés

Rules and recommendations

All catering establishments can open under the conditions described below.

There are no longer any restrictions on opening hours. It is necessary to wear a respirator or other protective equipment without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (class FFP2 / KN 95) in the indoor and outdoor premises of the establishment. You can take the protective equipment off when consuming food and drinking. 


The operators must adhere to the following rules.

  1. Customers are seated so that there is a distance of a least 1.5 meters between them, except for customers sitting at one table.
  2. There may be a maximum of 6 customers seated at one table, except for members of the same household; if the table is long, more customers may be seated at it, so that there is a distance of at least 1.5 meters between groups of at most 6 customers, except for members of the same household.
  3. The operator must not allow a greater number of customers into the indoor premises of the establishment than the number of seats available to customers in the indoor premises.
  4. The operator must actively prevent people from congregating at a distance of fewer than 1.5 meters. This also applies to the waiting area of the business.
  5. Customers must be provided with disinfectant at the entrance.
  6. The operator must ensure that the surfaces and chair handles are disinfected after each customer and that the contact surfaces are disinfected regularly.
  7. Live music is permitted in restaurants provided that customers keep a minimum distance of 2 m from the designated performance area. Dancing is permitted for persons who have completed vaccinations, proof of illness, or a test up to 24 hours old prior to entry. Exceptions are made for weddings, civil partnerships, and receptions after funerals. The provision of wifi to the public is not prohibited.
  8. In the indoor space of the premises, it is necessary to ensure the maximum possible air circulation with the intake of outside air (ventilation or air conditioning) without air recirculation. In the case of air handling or heat recovery (without air recirculation), ensure that there is no contact between the outgoing and incoming air through the enthalpic moisture exchangers.
  9. The operator must ensure that customers are informed about the entry rules described below (vaccination/illness/test) at the entry.
  10. A customer (this does not apply to children under 6 years of age) may enter the garden and indoor areas of the dining facility as long as he/she does not have symptoms of covid-19 and can demonstrate, upon possible inspection by a health officer or police officer, that he/she meets at least one of the conditions described in the System O-N-T: Vaccination - Past Illness - Test. These conditions do not apply to catering services that are not open to the public.


When you are buying takeaway food, have your mouth and nose covered at all times - the use of a respirator without an exhalation valve in at least class FFP2 or KN95 is recommended, keep at least 1,5 meters of distance from other customers and restaurant staff, use disinfectant and prefer card payment.

Frequent questions about this topic

What conditions must restaurants follow to be allowed to be open under the exemptions?