The Federal Government informs about the Corona crisis

This is what the German government is doing to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Read in this ticker the most important facts about the current measures.


Bundespressekonferenz Corona

+++ Wednesday, April 1 +++

"It would be very bad if we relaxed the contact restrictions too early and had to row back later," explained Chancellor Angela Merkel after a telephone conference with the heads of government of the German states. That is why they had agreed to maintain the current contact restrictions.

Keep your distance - even over the holidays

In a joint resolution, the federal and state governments once again made it clear that the contact restrictions also apply to Easter. Thus it is stated: "Citizens are urged to keep contacts with other people outside the members of their own household to an absolute minimum, even during the Easter holidays, in accordance with the applicable rules". Merkel appealed to citizens to refrain from private travel and visits - including those by relatives.

Renewed assessment of the situation after Easter

On the Tuesday after Easter, the situation will be reassessed in order to decide on how to proceed, the Chancellor explained. The benchmark will be the assessment of the Robert Koch Institute and the epidemiologists.

+++ Tuesday, 31 March 2020 +++

There has been a sharp increase in notifications of short-time work. In March, around 470,000 advertisements for short-time work were received by the Federal Employment Agency nationwide. The simplified access to short-time work benefits is part of the federal government's immediate action program.

"Overcoming the Corona crisis will be a historic feat. We are exposed to this crisis - but not at the mercy of it," stressed Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil on Tuesday. "We have one of the strongest welfare states in the world and in good times we have built up reserves for hard times," Heil said. Further information on this topic is available from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

+++ Monday, March 30th +++

One week after the announcement of the extended guidelines for the protection against the coronavirus by the federal and state governments, government spokesperson Steffen Seibert explains: "The interim balance must clearly state: We need all measures undiminished. Therefore, everything must still be done to slow down the coronavirus on its way through Germany. "Let's stick to it! Let's go with it! This is vital in the truest sense of the word", said the government spokesman.


Good hand hygiene, adherence to coughing and sneezing etiquette and keeping your hands away from the virus are the most effective measures to protect against it. But wearing a mouth and nose protector can also be useful when people with acute cold and respiratory diseases are out and about in public places. This is because they can protect others from infection. The recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute point this out. So here it is primarily a matter of protection from others: the risk of infecting another person by coughing or sneezing is reduced.


For the first time, virtual general meetings of stock corporations are possible: The legal regulations on the capacity to act of companies, cooperatives, associations and condominium owners' associations came into force on 28 March 2020 and are valid until the end of 2021.


The way is clear for emergency aid from the federal government. Payments to small businesses, the self-employed, freelancers and farmers are to be made quickly and without red tape. "The budget funds of up to 50 billion euros made available by the Federal Government can be called up by the federal states as of this Monday," said Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier. "It is good that the Federal Government and the Länder are working so closely together so that the aid reaches those affected quickly," said Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.


According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 57,298 people in Germany have been proven to be infected with the coronavirus (as of 8:00 am). That is 4,751 more than the day before. The number of deaths rose by 66 to 455. 723,700 people in 177 countries are infected worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA). 34,018 people have died from the virus (as of 08:50)

+++ Sunday, March 29th +++

Germany supports France in the Corona pandemic. "I have agreed with my counterpart Florence Parly that our Air Force will bring seriously ill COVID19 patients from France to our Bundeswehr hospitals for treatment. Together we are stronger", Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced on Twitter.


The federal and state transport ministers want to ensure that truck drivers can eat, shower and go to the toilet at rest areas outside the currently permitted opening hours. The ministers agreed to this in a shift conference. "Right now, truck drivers are the heroes of everyday life. They do a huge job and have to be well looked after", said Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. Should problems arise, the drivers have a free hotline at their disposal: 0800 9 555 777.

+++ Friday, March 27th +++

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 42,288 people in Germany have been proven to be infected with the coronavirus (as of midnight). That is 5,780 more than the day before. The number of deaths has increased by 55 to 253.

+++ Thursday, 26 March +++

EU heads of state and government discussed the current situation of the corona pandemic in a European Council video conference on Thursday. "We are determined to meet this challenge together", Chancellor Merkel stressed. She particularly thanked the Commission for its courageous action.


The heads of state and government of the G20 countries have agreed to take joint action against the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. Together with international organisations, they want to "take all necessary steps to overcome this pandemic", the G20 declared by video conference after an unscheduled summit.


Federal Minister of Agriculture Klöckner believes that the supply of the most important foodstuffs in Germany is secured. "Basic foodstuffs are produced, processed and offered in sufficient quantities," she explained in a joint press conference with Federal Transport Minister Scheuer. There was no reason to hoard food even during the Corona epidemic, she said.

+++ Wednesday, March 25th +++

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has brought the supplementary budget to the German Bundestag. With 122.5 billion euros, the federal government wants to finance measures to deal with the corona crisis. The supplementary budget is part of the federal government's overall package on the corona pandemic, which it approved in the Bundestag on Wednesday.

+++ Monday, March 23rd +++

The German government has adopted a far-reaching package of measures to mitigate the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus. The Cabinet initiated emergency aid for micro-enterprises and solo self-employed persons. Clinics and practices will be strengthened, and access to short-time work benefits simplified. And the federal government is helping large companies with an economic stabilisation fund. Chancellor Merkel emphasized in an audio podcast that the federal government is doing everything it can to counteract the economic consequences of the corona virus.


The KfW Special Programme 2020 is launched: It supports companies that have temporarily run into financing difficulties due to the corona pandemic. Small, medium-sized and also large enterprises can now submit applications through their main bank. Disbursements will be made as quickly as possible, and the funds for the Special Programme are unlimited. The EU Commission approved the German aid programs yesterday.


Due to the corona crisis, many people currently are unable to work, for example in the catering or retail sectors. At the same time, up to 300,000 workers are missing in agriculture. An online platform is now establishing contact between farmers and citizens in order to place them for planting and harvesting work in agriculture - a joint initiative of the Bundesverband der Maschinenringe e.V. and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.


+++ Friday, March 20th+++

"It depends on each individual", government spokesman Steffen Seibert appealed to the people. Thanks to the millions of people who comply with the restrictions - out of civic spirit, reason and charity, Seibert stressed. He appealed to everyone else: "Take the situation seriously! It depends on each individual! The Federal Government emphasizes: The fewer people come into contact with each other, the more difficult it is for the virus to spread. It is important that we reduce personal contacts in order to flatten the infection curve. For this purpose, it referred to the campaign #WirBleibenZuhause.

+++ Wednesday, March 18th +++

Chancellor Merkel addresses the citizens of Germany in a speech. "It is serious. Since German reunification, no, since the Second World War, there has not been a challenge to our country that depends so much on our joint solidarity," the Chancellor emphasized.


From March 20 to 22, 2020, various social organisations are organising a hackathon on the initiative of tech4Germany together with the German government. The aim is to master the challenges arising from the corona crisis together with new solutions. Until Friday morning, all citizens and ministries can submit their "challenges" and problems for which they would like to have a solution. These will then be worked on virtually in groups during the hackathon.


To ensure that holiday planes may continue to land and German travellers may return, the Federal Ministry of Transport and the federal states have agreed maximum flexibility for exceptions to the ban on night flights. Deutsche Bahn supports the Federal Government in the repatriation of travellers from abroad. Airline boarding passes serve as train tickets for onward travel to the actual destination airport in the home country. If the return flight does not make it to the set destination, DB will provide free transportation within Germany. "We want german tourists to return home quickly and safely", said Federal Transport Minister Scheuer.


The German government has provided up to 50 million euros to enable German travellers stranded abroad to return to Germany in the next few days. The Federal Foreign Office is providing information on the repatriation operations and also on the subject of worldwide travel warnings in the form of an FAQ.

+++ Tuesday, March 17th +++

„We will do everything we can to enable the thousands of German travellers who are stranded abroad to return to Germany in the next few days, “ emphasized Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The Federal Government has made up to 50 million euro available for this purpose.

In addition, the Foreign Office is warning against unnecessary tourist trips to foreign countries worldwide. In many countries, severe and increasingly drastic restrictions on international air and travel are to be expected. Drastic restrictions on worldwide entry restrictions, quarantine measures and public life are also to be expected. The risk that travellers will not be able to make their return journey due to the increasing restrictions is currently high in many destinations.

The Foreign Office provides details here. Advice and information is available around the clock via the hotline of the Federal Foreign Office: +49 30 1817 3000.


In order to interrupt chains of infection on long journeys to Germany, cross-border travel will be restricted. Particular attention is being paid to the unrestricted maintenance of freight traffic. „Many people are doing extraordinary things to ensure that our supplies function, “ says Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer.

+++ Monday, March 16th +++

The Federal Foreign Office advises against unnecessary travel abroad. The risk for travellers that they will no longer be able to make the return journey due to increasing restrictions is currently too high in many destinations.

+++ Sunday, March 15th +++

In order to contain the coronavirus, the Federal Government temporarily restricts cross-border traffic from France, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Denmark. Goods traffic remains possible, and commuters can also enter the country. This was announced by Federal Minister of the Interior Seehofer.

+++ Friday, 13 March +++

On Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with representatives of business associations and trade unions about the effects of the coronavirus. She said before the meeting that the federal and state governments were willing to "do everything that is necessary and that Germany needs in order to get through this crisis as well as possible".


Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier have presented a comprehensive package of measures to cushion the effects of the corona virus. They announced an unlimited credit program for companies.

The aid package is also intended to benefit the cultural and creative industries, emphasised Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters. According to Grütters, the industry has been hit particularly hard and in some cases existentially by event cancellations and order cancellations. The federal and state governments are working on further assistance for the cultural industry.


The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology offers information and support for companies with regard to the effects of the coronavirus. For business-related questions about the coronavirus, the Ministry has set up a hotline that can be reached at 030-18615 1515.

+++ Thursday, 12 March +++

The Chancellor and the heads of government of the Länder passed several resolutions on Thursday evening: Thus, as far as medically justifiable, all plannable admissions, operations and procedures in all hospitals are to be postponed indefinitely from Monday onwards. With this measure, hospitals should be able to concentrate on the expected increase in demand for intensive care and ventilation capacities for the treatment of patients with severe respiratory diseases caused by Covid-19. Chancellor Merkel also called for social contacts to be avoided wherever possible.

+++ Wednesday, March 11th +++

The Chancellor has called on the population in Germany to show solidarity in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. It was a matter of gaining time and not overburdening the health system, Angela Merkel said. This would protect the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. She thanked all those who are already "very, very hard pressed" by their efforts against the virus. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn emphasized that it is important that all citizens give up a piece of their everyday life in order to protect themselves and others.