A new system for assessing the infection incidence has been in place since 12 September 2021.
The "seven-day incidence" is no longer the only decisive factor in view of the increasing vaccination rates. There are now three headline indicators which can be used to determine appropriate action.
The "Seven-day incidence" key indicator shows how quickly the virus spreads. "Seven-day incidence" means the number of new infections with the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus per 100 000 inhabitants within seven days for each administrative district and each urban district.
The "Seven-day hospitalisation incidence" key indicator shows how many critically ill patients were newly admitted as inpatients within a period of seven days.
The "Share of intensive care beds" key indicator measures the burden on the health care system. It is determined by the percentage share of intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in the intensive care bed capacity within the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The state government does not envisage further lockdown as a protective measure: shops, restaurants, hotels, theatres and cinemas will remain open. Instead, entry of non-immunised people is gradually reduced as the number of infections increases in order to prevent overloading the health system. The "2G+" rule applies to many activities and events in Rhineland-Palatinate for this purpose: considerable normality remains for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. Unlimited meetings, to which a certain contingent of non-immunised people can be added, will be possible for these groups. Those who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered must be tested beforehand. The permissible number of tested, non-immunised persons depends on the current infection situation.
In general: Children up to and including 11 years of age are not taken into account when determining the number of persons and do not require proof of testing.
If at least two of the three key indicators exceed one of the following value ranges in a district or an urban district on three consecutive working days (without interruption by Sundays and public holidays), a warning level according to the following overview applies from two days later.
If warning levels 2 or 3 are declared, stricter regulations apply in particular to gatherings and events and also to gastronomy and sports. Stricter regulations solely linked to exceeding a certain 7-day incidence no longer exist.
Every vaccination protects lives at the same time as our regained freedoms. Rhineland-Palatinate is making good progress with vaccinations, but the vaccination rate still needs to be increased to combat the pandemic. The state government is counting on a mobile vaccination programme covering as much of Rhineland-Palatinate as possible. Adults, as well as children over 12 years of age, have the opportunity to be vaccinated in many general practices, during special vaccination campaigns or in the vaccination bus.
Every German citizen has now received an offer of vaccination. The federal government has therefore revised the test ordinance. The free citizens' tests in Rhineland-Palatinate has ended.
More information on quarantine and entry rules can be found on the Federal Government website:
The 28th Rheinland-Pfalz host nation ordinance is in effect and applies throughout Rheinland-Pfalz. A summary of key changes are below:
1) Replacement of previous warning level system: The previous warning level system based on the three leading indicators "7-day incidence", "7-day hospitalization incidence"(related to a service area) and "share of intensive care beds" (percentage share of intensive care beds occupied with COVID-19 patients in RP) will not be continued. Instead, only the state-wide "7-day hospitalization incidence" (=number of newly admitted hospitalization cases with COVID-19 diseases per 100,000 inhabitants) is now the benchmark for the respective protective measures.
2) Mask obligation for employees of facilities: The previous possibility for employees of facilities to waive the wearing of a mask with a daily updated test is restricted: The obligation to wear a mask will only be waived for the above-mentioned employees if they have been vaccinated or have recovered (without having to present a daily test).
3) Changes in the obligation to test: The obligation to test, stipulated at various sections in the ordinance can now only be fulfilled by carrying out a (professional) rapid test by trained personnel (and no longer a self-test carried out under supervision) or by a PCR test.
Exceptions (self-tests under supervision possible for):
-Testing of children and adolescents up to and including 17 years of age
-Testing of employees and employers
4) Introduction of 2G rule: Access to many areas of social life is now only permitted for persons who have recovered or have been vaccinated. Exceptions to this exist, on the one hand, for persons who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical reasons (a qualified medical certificate must be presented) and, in general, for children and adolescents up to and including the age of 11. Unvaccinated children 12-17 will need to provide a negative test.
To view a listing of how warning levels impact daily life for unvaccinated, click here.
Rheinland-Pfalz COVID-19 Website
Rheinland-Pfalz COVID-19 Info in English