Libraries will go out of business


According to the latest report from the cabinet meeting (April 7th, 2021), from April 12, 2021, bookstores will again be treated like other retail stores and are therefore only allowed to open according to the phased plan depending on the incidence.

Irrespective of the incidence, only the shops listed in the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance in sentence 2 may open; the number has decreased.

According to the current state of knowledge, libraries will continue to be open regardless of the incidence. If anything changes, we will of course inform you immediately.

The updated 12th Infection Protection Ordinance continues to apply (new period of application from April 12th to May 9th, 2021)

Here in particular
§ 22
Libraries, archives
Libraries and archives can be opened under the conditions of § 12 Paragraph 1 Clause 4.
(i.e., according to the current status, libraries are still treated in the same way as the stores that are permissible to be opened regardless of incidence according to sentence 2 and the criteria mentioned in this regard apply)

These are:

  1. the operator must take suitable measures to ensure that a minimum distance of 1.5 m between the customers can generally be maintained;
  2. the operator must take suitable measures to ensure that the number of customers present in the shop at the same time is not higher than one customer per 10 m² for the first 800 m² of the sales area and an additional customer per 20 m² for the part of the sales area exceeding 800 m²;
  3. In the sales rooms, on the sales area, in the entrance and waiting areas in front of the sales rooms and in the associated parking lots, the mask requirement applies to staff and FFP2 mask requirements apply to customers and their companions; As far as a reliable protection against infection is guaranteed by transparent or other suitable protective walls in the checkout and counter areas of shops, the mask requirement does not apply for the staff
  4. the operator has to work out a protection and hygiene concept for customer traffic and present it to the responsible district administrative authority upon request.

Section 22 enables libraries to be opened in the sense of an optional provision. The following applies: no library has to open, there is only the possibility. You can also offer Click & Collect.

The planned further opening steps will remain suspended until April 26, 2021.

The chairman of the Bavarian Library Association (BBV), MdL Dr. Gerhard Hopp, welcomed in a press release following today's meeting of the Bavarian Cabinet that libraries, libraries and archives will remain open regardless of the incidence. Thanks go to the responsible art minister, Bernd Sibler, for their support. "This is a very important contribution to continue supporting families, students and schoolchildren in these weeks," says Dr. Hopp pleased.

“I am convinced that our libraries in Bavaria will continue to deal responsibly with the opening and will offer their valuable service for users under strict hygiene requirements, which are met with great commitment by the staff in the facilities. They deserve special thanks for their commitment, ”emphasized the chairman of the BBV. According to Dr. Hop an important social role too. “Libraries and libraries as well as our archives are educational institutions, places of science and culture. They have an extensive range of media available for information for school, study and work. They are also educational institutions and partners for lifelong learning. They promote knowledge and social integration. They strengthen the reading, information and media skills of their users through appropriate measures and through cooperation with day-care centers, schools and other educational institutions. With the opening, the Free State of Bavaria is making an important contribution to maintaining cohesion in the pandemic, ”affirmed BBV Chairman Dr. Hops

Additional Information:

Report from the cabinet meeting on April 7th, 21st

Updated 12th infection protection measure ordinance (new validity from April 12th to May 9th, 2021)

Opening planning as of 7.4.21 (