Regulations in Hamburg valid from
Valid from 25 September to 23 October 2021

Indoor events

In enclosed spaces with fixed seating, up to 100 participants may be present; in enclosed spaces without fixed seating, the number is reduced to 50 persons.

Outdoor events

Outdoors with fixed seating, up to 500 participants are permitted; without fixed seating, up to 250 persons may attend.

With an amendment to the Hamburg Corona Regulation, the Hamburg Senate has decided on the option for two-G offerings. Since 28 August 2021, most public facilities have been given the option of offering offers exclusively to vaccinated and convalescent persons and are thus exempted from certain requirements of the Hamburg SARS-CoV-2 Containment regulation.

Insofar as the organiser ensures, in accordance with the two-G access model pursuant to § 10j of the current regulation, that only persons are present during an event who have proof of coronavirus vaccination (two weeks after the last vaccination) or proof of convalescence (valid until 6 months after convalescence) or who have not yet reached the age of 18, the following requirements apply exclusively:

1. The general hygiene requirements according to § 5 of the current regulation must be observed. However, the distance requirement does not apply.

  • However, it is pointed out that the specifications according to § 5 (2) of the regulation continue to apply, according to which the employees have to comply with the general occupational health and safety regulations of the accident insurance institution or the tradespeople have to comply with the applicable regulations of the employers’ liability insurance association.

2. A protection concept must be drawn up in accordance with § 6 of the current regulation.
3. The contact details of the participants according to § 7 shall be collected.
4. The upper visitor limit according to § 9 (1) of the regulation is waived, provided that the requirements of the two-G model according to § 9 (3) of the regulation are ensured.

Errors and omissions excepted. For further information:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a larger event also take place?

Upon request, in special individual cases, and in deviation from paragraph 1, sentence 1, a higher number of participants can be approved by the competent authority for events if, in addition to the requirements of paragraph 1, sentences 2 and 3 of the current ordinance, the following conditions are met:

1. the event location has secured entrances and exits that allow for equalization of visitor flows through segmentation at entry and exit,

2. the protection concept pursuant to paragraph 1, sentence 2, number 2 of the current ordinance must describe in particular the arrangement of seating and standing areas, the equalization of visitor flows by means of segmentation at entry and exit, the sanitary facilities and the general hygienic precautions,

3. enclosed rooms must have ventilation systems that significantly reduce the risk of infection with the coronavirus in accordance with the current state of the art; compliance with the state of the art in this area is presumed if the relevant recommendations of the Federal Environment Agency and the generally recognized rules of technology are demonstrably observed in each case,

4. the implementation of the event is justifiable from the point of view of infection protection, taking into account the current epidemiological situation.

Does the required physical distance of at least 1.5 metres between any two persons also apply to (indoor/outdoor) events?
Persons must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from each other in public places (distance requirement). The distance requirement does not apply

1. to members of a common household,
2. to persons between whom there is a custody or contact relationship under family law, or
3. in the case of meetings with members of other households;

the exceptions to the distance requirement pursuant to numbers 1 to 3 shall apply in the case of meetings of members of a joint household (number 1) with persons pursuant to number 2 or number 3, however, only to the meeting of up to ten persons in total; children of these households up to the age of 14 shall not be counted; the distance requirement shall furthermore not apply if compliance with it is not possible for factual or legal reasons.

Does my scheduled event have to be formally approved by local authorities?

No, there is no need to seek formal approval for your event.

However, the organiser/host of the respective event must ensure in close liaison with the location (i.e. the event venue, hotel, open space operator, or similar) that all measures and requirements set forth in the Hamburg Senate’s regulation are implemented in full [cf. §9, para. 2].

Do I need to have my planned event approved?

No, a separate permit is not necessary. However, the organiser or organiser of the respective event must ensure in close coordination with the “location” (event location, hotel, open space operator or similar) that all measures and regulations from the FHH ordinance are fully implemented [see §6].

Can I provide catering services as part of my event?

Yes, you can.

If you provide catering services as part of your event, you are required to observe the following:
– the rules regarding the number of persons allowed on-site, and
– the general rules of hygiene.

Catering staff who are in contact with guests are also required to wear mouth and nose protection. All staff must be regularly instructed regarding any additional hygiene measures that may apply. Moreover, provisions must be taken to ensure that all members of staff have the opportunity to wash and disinfect their hands several times a day.

Which contact data of event participants am I required to collect?

According to the current regulation, the following applies:

  • as contact data, the name, address and a telephone number must be provided in full and accurately, and the contact data provided must be recorded,
  • the contact details must be recorded in text form, stating the date and time of entry, and kept for four weeks (retention period); it must be ensured that unauthorized third parties cannot gain knowledge of the contact details,
  • the contact data shall be handed over to the competent authority upon request for the purpose of tracing infection chains or verifying compliance with the obligations under points 1, 2, 4 and 5,
  • the records of the contact data shall be deleted or destroyed after the expiry of the retention period,
  • the use of contact data for purposes other than those specified in this provision and their disclosure to unauthorized third parties shall be prohibited.

The obligations under sentence 1 may also be fulfilled by using suitable application software by means of which contact data as well as the date and time of collection are recorded on a program-supported basis; the software must enable transmission to the competent authority for a period of four weeks. It is recommended that application software be used for contact tracking.

The person required to collect the data must check whether the contact data provided are complete and whether they contain any obviously incorrect information (plausibility check); if application software is used in accordance with § 1, sentence 2, the obligation to perform a plausibility check is fulfilled by the person required to collect the data ensuring that the software is used correctly when recording the contact data. Insofar as contact data is provided to the person obligated to collect the data, the visiting or participating person is obligated to provide complete and truthful information.

Are participants required to wear a mouth and nose mask?
At events, all persons present in enclosed spaces are required to wear a medical mask in accordance with § 8, with the proviso that the masks may be removed during speeches and presentations by the speakers or persons giving presentations, as well as during the consumption permitted under sentence 3.
What happens if the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg imposes further restrictions?

As soon as there are any changes with regard to the current regulation, these will be taken into account immediately.

We therefore recommend that you review the information provided on a regular basis to ensure that you are up-to-date. Furthermore, we strongly recommend that you maintain close contact with the event location/the hotel at your destination.

Are there any specific restrictions on incentive travel, and where can I find relevant information?
The requirements and provisions set forth in the regulation (especially the physical distance and hygiene requirements) also apply to incentive travel/events.

As local, structural and organisational features can play a decisive role for each organiser, we recommend that you contact your incentive operator to discuss any specific requirements to be considered.

Do participants have to get tested?
In the case of indoor events, admission may only be granted upon presentation of a negative coronavirus test certificate in accordance with § 10h.

Further links and information

General Corona FAQ – the most important questions and answers about the corona virus in Hamburg. These FAQs are updated daily.

Information from the Federal Ministry of Health

To the latest information about the coronavirus

Information from the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA)

To the frequently asked questions about the coronavirus

Information from the Hamburg Authority for Health and Consumer Protection

To the information about the coronavirus

Information from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)

To the frequently asked questions about the coronavirus

Information from the World Health Organization (WHO)

To the frequently asked questions about the coronavirus
On the rules of conduct for dealing with easily transmitted infectious diseases

Supplementary notes

We recommend that you follow the usual behavioral instructions to avoid infection with infectious diseases. We also recommend that you only obtain information from reputable sources, official agencies and federal authorities.