Stay informed and up to date about the corona crisis. We are updating this page regularly with Covid-19 news for Berliners.

Latest Berlin updates

  • 24.06.2020: Koalition der Freien Szene is conducting a survey on perspectives, changes and necessities for members of Berlin’s independent arts community during and after Covid-19. The information gathered on how the pandemic has affected the community financially and artistically will help the Koalition der Freien Szene to work toward solutions. If you’re an independent arts professional in Berlin, participate in the anonymous survey by July 19, 2020!


  • 11.05.2020: A new corona grant package, Soforthilfe IV, is now available for culture and media companies with more than 10 employees. Such businesses that have been particularly hard hit by the Corona crisis can now apply for grants of up to EUR 25,000 via IBB.


  • 07.05.2020: From 9 May, private gatherings of members of two households will be permitted – if a minimum distance of 1.5 metres is maintained. This applies not only in public spaces, but also in the home or garden.



  • 21.04.2020: Starting next week, Masks/mouth and nose coverings are compulsory on buses, suburban trains and underground trains.


  • 17.04.2020: Art galleries, among other small businesses, in Germany are permitted to reopen from 20 April 2020.


  • 15.04.2020: Current social distancing measures in Germany have been extended to May 3, 2020.


  • 14.04.2020, 10 a.m: Applications for federal corona grants have reopened on IBB. It is possible to join the queue at any time.


  • 09.04.2020: IBB is taking an Easter pause. That means applications for federal corona emergency aid grants are on hold from today at 18:00 until 14.04.2020 at 10:00. During this time it is still possible to join the queue. The order of the queue numbers will be maintained, and if you have registered by e-mail when joining the queue, you will be notified when you can submit your application.


  • 08.04.2020: The elinor research project and network has initiated an art emergency aid (KunstNothilfe) action to support cultural workers with up to 1,000 EUR, provided that they are members of the Künstlersozialkasse. Donations are being accepted for this from people who want to support. No donation receipt is (currently) issued in order to facilitate fast and unbureaucratic assistance.


  • 07.04.2020: bbk berlin carried out an artist survey about Soforthilfe II — the emergency grant program of the state of Berlin, which could be applied to by freelancers and small businesses with up to 5 employees to compensate for income and be used towards living expenses. This program ended on 1 April 2020. The poll was used to gather info about how many artists received emergency funding and how many did not, in order to use this data as a tool for political negotiations. The results of that survey have been published on their website.


  • 06.04.2020: The Berlin Senate decided to transform the previous combined (state and federal) corona emergency aid program into a unified federal program. Freelancers and small businesses can apply for federal aid via Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) to cover professional/business expenses (material and financial, e.g., commercial rents or leases, leasing expenses, personnel costs for employees). The compensation of loss of turnover and fees for personal living expenses, health insurance premiums, etc. are not included. It’s possible to join the queue at any time.


  • 27.03.2020: The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has drawn up a law to provide easier access to social security and the deployment and protection of social service providers due to the corona virus (Sozialschutz-Paket). This means, among other measures, access to basic social security schemes will be temporarily eased — this is particularly intended to strengthen low-income families and self-employed individuals with no or few employees.


  • 27.03.2020: The Berlin Immigration Office has stated that residency permits will not be invalidated if, between 18th March 2020 and 17th June 2020, you draw short-term work benefits, SGB II (Hartz IV), SGB XII (social assistance) or AsylbLG (Asylum Seeker Benefits Act) benefits, as a result of financial hardship due to the corona crisis. This applies in spite of the conditional stipulation in your residency permit.

Resources for Berlin Freelancers

Important info

If you think you have been infected with coronavirus

According to the Federal Ministry of Health, if you have come into contact with someone who is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, you should stay at home, contact your local health office, get in touch with a doctor, or call 116117 — whether or not you have symptoms.

You can also call the Berlin hotline (030 / 90 28 28 28) for advice.

Social distancing rules

UPDATE: As of June 23, 2020 there have been updates regarding social restrictions in Berlin:

  • When in public, keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from others not living with you.
  • When sitting in parks, keep.a distance of 5 meters from others.
  • In general, try to minimize contact with others as much as possible.
  • From June 27, limits will be lifted on how many members of different households can meet.
  • Mouth and nose coverings are required on public transportation, in airports and train stations, and in grocery stores and other shops.

Note: From Saturday, June 27, Berlin will impose fines on those who do not wear masks or nose and mouth coverings while in the public spaces listed above. Fines will start at 50 euros.

Closed until further notice

  • Clubs
  • Theaters and concert halls
  • Saunas




The Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery:

Information on the coronavirus

Hotline: 030 / 90 28 28 28


Federal Ministry of Health:

Daily updates on the coronavirus

Hotline: 030 / 346465 100


National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds

Hotline: 116117


Federal Employment Agency:

Coronavirus – Current information


Senate Administration for Finance:

Compensation under the Infection Protection Act


For Creatives


Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen Berlin (bbk)

Corona Updates


Koalition der freien Szene

Offener Brief – Corona-Shutdown


German Federal Government:

Help for Artists and Creatives


Senate Administration for Culture & Europe:

Support measures for Berlin’s cultural and creative industries


Investitionsbank Berlin:

Support for Berlin enterprises


Künstlersozialkasse (KSK):

Current information on the effects of the corona pandemic


The German Federal Cultural Foundation:

Corona crisis – Information for supported projects



Corona – FAQ for Individual Freelancers


Creative City Berlin

Corona Crisis: Assistance for Artists & Self-employed Persons


Kultur Projekte Berlin

Corona Update

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