The Berlin government agreed to new Covid-19 measures that will go into effect on Wednesday. They include stricter rules on testing and masking, but avoid reverting to a tight lock.
Here is a guide on how you can go shopping in the capital.
Are the shops open and can I go to them?
Yes. Berlin recently allowed non-essential stores, such as clothing stores and toy stores, to reopen after closing with a “click and find” system. This allowed people to book an appointment to visit a store.
Instead of closing stores after Covid cases rose, Berlin decided to introduce new measures in a bid to keep stores open to customers.
So “click and meet” has now been replaced by “test and meet”.
It means you don’t have to book an appointment before heading to the main street. However, you will have to be armed with an updated negative coronavirus test result.
In addition to this, distance must be kept and only a few customers can be in a store at the same time. As of Wednesday, the use of FFP2 masks is required at all times (instead of just medical masks).
The Berlin government is urging department store and shopping center operators to set up test stations for visitors at the site.
Nils Busch-Petersen, managing director of the regional trade association, has already signaled the willingness of retailers to install test stations in empty store spaces or in parking areas, regional broadcaster RBB reported.
Do all stores require a negative test certificate to enter?
No. The test requirement does not apply to “basic supply locations”, ie supermarkets, butchers, bakeries, pharmacies, DIY stores, drugstores, Spätis (night shops), opticians, weekly open-air markets, service stations, bicycles and cars. repair shops, bookstores, and restaurant pickup and drop-off services.
The following tweet from RBB shows the stores that do not need a test to enter.
#SedanNeeds a negative one from now on #Coronatest to go shopping. Made at home #AutotestS are not enough. However, some stores are exempt from the rule. https://t.co/oopR55WKSe pic.twitter.com/cUFOUWusVT
– rbb | 24 (@ rbb24) March 31, 2021
Does the new mandatory Berlin test also apply to hairdressing and cosmetics?
Yes, for services related to the body, such as beauty salons and hairdressers in Berlin, you will have to provide a negative test that was carried out on the same day of your appointment.
The same applies to visits to cultural institutions such as museums and galleries.
Where and when can rapid coronavirus tests be performed in Berlin?
Is website lists all test stations and shows where you can book an appointment or queue for a test. There are about 160 different contact points, but the list is continually growing.
Not all test centers are open on Sundays and holidays. Pharmacies, for example, only offer tests within their business hours. Most other providers, including public ones, can be visited on Sundays and holidays, including Easter.
Everyone in Germany can take one test a week; however, a report in the Tagesspiegel on Wednesday he suggested that people in Berlin could get a free trial a day. We will notify you when we have more information about it.
Can I show a DIY test done at home as a test?
No. According to Berlin rules, a rapid antigen test performed by a professional at a test center must be used.
As an anecdote, some companies seem to be allowing people to take a self-administered test on the site that they can display. But it is not clear if this is officially allowed.
People are also encouraged to take a test run before a social gathering. Contact restrictions still state that two households can meet with up to five people present, not including those under the age of 14. Couples count as a home.
Is there an obligation to inform the authorities of a positive self-test?
No. However, anyone who performs a positive self-test should confirm it using a PCR test in the same way as a positive rapid antigen test and, as a precaution, self-quarantine at home until the result is available. .
Do I also have to submit a test result if an item is delivered to me outside of the store?
No, the trial obligation for stores only applies as soon as you enter the store. No test result is required for the delivery of goods in the open air. However, customers and store workers must wear a medical mask.
There are special rules for testing workers in customer service. You can check out our story below.
How are test results documented?
According to the federal Ministry of Health, each testing center must have a documentation system. After a quick test, the examined person receives a certificate indicating the result.
Similar certificates are kept by pharmacies and doctors’ offices. Test results are sent to those who have been evaluated by email or printed upon request.
Are vaccinated people exempt from mandatory testing?
No, currently vaccinated people are not exempt from showing a negative test.
Are people who have already contracted coronavirus exempt from mandatory testing?
No, people who have recovered from the virus are also not currently exempt from showing a negative test.
Should children be tested before entering a store?
Only children under the age of six do not have to submit a negative test, according to the broadcaster RBB.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism