COVID-19 restrictions for lockdown can at times be difficult to come by in English.  With this in mind, we breakdown the latest restrictions.  The latest update comes as of yesterday, Wednesday 25th November.  Unfortunately as we all predicted, the restrictions will continue through December and potentially into January.

However, there is some sliver of a silver lining and restrictions will be loosened slightly in and around Christmas Day.  

Continue to be closed until Sunday 20th December

  • Restaurants, cafes, bistros, bars and pubs (delivery and take-away will still be available)
  • Gyms, Fitness studios, Swimming pools, Saunas
  • Museums, Castles and zoos
  • Theaters, Opera and Movie Theaters
  • Amusement parks
  • Spielhalle and Casinos
  • Hotels are closed except for those on emergency trips
  • Cosmetic studios, Massage Studios and Tattoo Parlours
  • All public events (both inside and outside)

Will remain open

  • Hair Salons and Barbers
  • Supermarkets, stores and markets (strict limits of customers in the store. 1 customer for each 10sqm)
  • Schools, kindergartens and Kitas
  • Religious services (masks must be worn)

Business Support

  • financial aid attune to 17 billion Euros will be extended into December for businesses affected by lockdown

Also Mask rules that remain in place

  • Masks are required in all stores and on all forms of public transportation. Also those who are not wearing a mask and those who are not wearing it correctly (Both nose and mouth must be covered) will be fined 60€.

  • Additionally, masks must be worn outside all shops and in car parks
  • Also mask checks on public transport will be stepped up


  • During the winter months it will only be possible to book the window seat
  • Groups travelling together can sit adjacent to one another
  • Additional carriages will be added in order to accommodate travellers and the increased social distancing on trains

Private Socialising and Events:

  • Private events outside of your own home are not allowed

  • Get togethers are restricted to up 2 households with a maximum of 5 people (Children up to the age of 14 are excluded from this restriction.)

  • People are encouraged to have as little contact with people outside of household as possible
  • Social distancing must be practiced when meeting others

Christmas and New Year Restrictions: 23rd December – 1 January

In light of wanting to loosen the restrictions over Christmas people are asked to be responsible now.

  • any number of households (close family and friends)will be allowed to meet.  However, a maximum of 10 people is allowed with children up to the age of 14 excluded from this restriction.
  • before any of these larger gatherings people are encouraged to isolate .  This will help minimise the risk of transmitting the virus.

Please note areas in the city where masks are mandatory AT ALL TIMES

COVID-19 Restrictions for lockdown

Test Centres:

“Festplatz am Ratsweg“

Drive/walk through test centre just near the Eisporthalle.  The test center is accessible for pedestrians and cyclists, motorists and motorcyclists.  You can remain in your car while they swab your throat.

  • Where:  Am Bornheimer Hang, 60386, Frankfurt am Main
  • Cost:  €69 payments can only be made with EC, Visa and Mastercard.
  • Opening Hours:  Monday – Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-2pm
  • Good to know: preregistration is required
Frankfurt Airport:  The Centogene Test centre
  • Where:  between Terminal 1 and the national long-distance train station (ICE train station).
  • Cost:  €59 (standard processing) €139 (express processing)
  • Opening hours:  Monday-Sunday 6am-7pm
  • Good to know: pre-registration on centogene website is required
  • Important:  Returning Travelers from High-risk Regions (as indicated by the RKI) RT-PCR Test: No charge for up to 2 tests within 10 days of the return date

Finally, you may also find the following helpful:

To conclude restrictions are open to change at any time so please continue to stay informed!