Driving a car in corona times: what you should know

Are three people allowed in a car in Corona times? It depends on the number of households

How many people are allowed to ride in one car in Corona times depends from the applicable local contact restrictions from- these are based on the 7-day incidence value.

In case of a night curfew, as provided for by the Corona emergency brake, you are also not allowed to travel by car without a valid reason- in case of a control a fine is due.

If you are traveling with people from different households, you should all wear a mask in the car at night. A mask obligation applies so far only in Berlin, Hamburg, Saxonia and in the Saarland.

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How many people are allowed to ride in a car during the Corona pandemic?

If you drive your own car, you’ll be safe on the road during the Corona pandemic. Provided: you are alone in the vehicle. However, if you carpool with colleagues or neighbors, the risk of infection increases and the Corona rules also apply to driving. Therefore, you should find out beforehand what is and is not allowed when driving in Corona times, when you have to wear a mask in the car and what applies when driving a cab. Read the answers in this guide.

Corona: Driving a car with several people

At the beginning of the Corona pandemic in Germany, a strict Ban contact imposed: It was allowed to only two people from different households in the public space meet. The ban on contact also applied when driving a car. In the meantime, the lockdown decided by the federal and state governments has been extended several times. Since then 24. April 2021 applies new infection control law to fight the pandemic: The nationwide Corona emergency brake automatically takes effect when the incidence value per 100.000 inhabitants in a county or an independent city On three consecutive days to over 100 rises. The consequence are tightened contact restrictions and a night curfew, to reduce the infections.

The Corona rules existing in a region also affect car drivers. This applies depending on the incidence value:

7-day incidence is above 100 for three consecutive days:
The Corona emergency brake applies and one household may only with one more person from outside the household MEET. A maximum of five people are allowed come together. Children under 14 are not counted. In addition night curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m comply.
This means for driving in Corona conditions:
You are allowed to drive in addition to members of your own household one additional person in your car. During the nighttime curfew, you are also allowed to drive your car only for valid reasons staying outside your own home.

7-day incidence between 35 and 100:
If the 7-day incidence in a region is driving through a hotspot with an incidence below 100 for five consecutive days, contact restrictions are relaxed again and the night curfew will be omitted. The Corona rules and restrictions of the respective federal state then apply again. For most countries, this means that one’s household is not allowed to with one more household come together – maximum five adults (plus any number of children under 14).
This means for carpools under Corona conditions:
In addition to members from your own household, you may only share with persons from one more household be on the road.

Incidence rate below 35 new infections per week and 100.000 inhabitants:
Maximum three households with up to ten persons Are allowed to meet privately. Children under 14 years are not counted.
This means for driving under Corona conditions: You may take several people from your own household and from up to two other households carry in your vehicle.

Is driving a car allowed during curfew hours?

Since the introduction of the Corona emergency brake apply to a 7-day incidence of over 100 not only stricter contact restrictions, but there will also be a Night curfew decrees. If this applies to a county, people may be between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m no longer stay outside their home, garden or terrace. Unless they have a good reason. Such reasons are:

  • You must at night drive to work.
  • It is medical emergency.
  • You must Care for animals.
  • You care for a human being, who needs support.
  • They accompany a dying person.

Exceptions: The Corona emergency brake provides that until midnight it is still possible to, to go jogging or walking outside alone. In some states, such as Bavaria, this is also prohibited.

If none of the above reasons applies to you, you may in the period of curfew also do not drive a car. For example, if you are visiting a relative, do not wait until curfew to start the journey home. Also, if you start a trip in a county with an incidence below 100, you may drive during the nighttime curfew do not drive through a hotspot with an incidence over 100. If you are inspected with your vehicle and are late without good reason, a Fine due.

Violations of the Infection Protection Act costs vary from state to state. In Rhineland-Palatinate and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania you have to pay a fine of minimum 50 Euro count, in the Saarland up to 200 Euro and in Bavaria you even have to pay a toll for violations 500 euros.

Important: Find out about the current incidence value in the town or county where you are traveling with your vehicle, what contact restrictions are in place and whether a nighttime curfew is also in effect. Then you know how many non-household persons you are allowed to take with you and when you are not allowed to be on the road.

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