No funeral service without proof: German cemetery administration introduces 3G rule for funerals

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In Nuremberg, the 3G rule for funerals and funerals will apply from Tuesday, December 14th.

No funeral service: The city of Nuremberg’s cemetery administration will introduce a binding 3G regulation for funeral services and funerals from Tuesday, December 14, 2021, announced the city of Nuremberg. In all municipal cemeteries, only people who have been vaccinated, have recovered from Corona or have been tested can take part in a funeral service or burial.

Restrictions on funeral services and burials

In addition to proof of the respective status, participants must identify themselves with a photo document. The security service of the cemetery administration and a security service monitor compliance with the regulations on site, it is said. 

More on the new rule can be found here: “Restrictions on funeral services and burials

No funeral service if the family of the deceased is not recovered, vaccinated or tested

This is what the In all municipal cemeteries, only people who have been vaccinated, have recovered from Corona or have been tested can take part in a funeral service or funeral. 

▶ In addition to proof of the respective status, participants must identify themselves with a photo document. 

▶ Compliance with the regulations is checked on site by the security service of the cemetery administration and a security service. 

What effects does Corona have on funeral services?

It is important to observe the current requirements that are issued on the basis of the SARS-CoV-2 infection protection ordinances of the respective federal states. The regulations can change within a very short time. In addition, various cities or institutions such as churches and cemetery authorities can prescribe additional measures. At the moment we can summarize:


In almost all federal states, funeral ceremonies with several mourners can take place. Always under the condition that the minimum distance and the hygiene rules can be observed. Most regulations currently require the recording of guests’ contact details. 

Many regions and cemetery operators have opened the celebration halls / funeral halls / cemetery chapels, observing strict protective measures. To protect everyone present, we need to adjust our behavior during the funeral service:

  • No handshakes, no hugs
  • Keep your distance from other people (at least 1.5 meters)
  • When coughing and sneezing, turn away from others, cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your elbows
  • Wash or disinfect hands thoroughly
  • In some cases it is forbidden to display condolence lists in order to prevent several people from touching the same pen.

It is also possible to carry out burials and memorial services at a later point in time or to make up for a larger memorial service if you would like more creative freedom.


The funeral parlor commissioned by you will inform you about the currently applicable regulations and work with you to find good ways.

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