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Restrictions due to Corona - what is now allowed in Berlin - and what is forbidden

The corona restrictions in Berlin are being relaxed. Restaurants are allowed to open their outdoor areas right on time for Whitsun and cultural events can also take place outside. An overview of the rules.

The number of infections in Berlin is currently on the decline. In order to do justice to the current situation, the Berlin Senate has relaxed some time on May 11th from May 19th decided. These take effect when the seven-day incidence is below 100 on five consecutive working days - as stipulated by the federal emergency brake.

In addition, the Senate opened on May 18, 2021 Opening levels in 14-day steps communicated to the June 4th and 18th of June be valid. Whether these will actually be implemented in a regulation should be decided a few times in advance.

All current regulations as well as information on the easing steps are listed below. The Senate has also extended the period of validity of the Second SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Measures Ordinance [] until June 13, 2021.

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Contact restrictions

In public and private areas continue to apply Contact restrictions. The apartment or property should only be left for important reasons. Some of the good reasons include:
- Sport and exercise in the fresh air
- Way to school, daycare, work or volunteer work
- Appointments with courts and authorities
- visits to the doctor
- Purchases
- Caring for and looking after children with custody or access rights, relatives or animals
- Maintaining your own garden, for example in an allotment garden
- Retreat in places of worship

In public spaces outdoors members of one household may meet members of another household - the upper limit for this is a total of five people.Children up to 14 years do not count. The restriction does not apply to meetings of spouses or civil partners or to the exercise of custody and access rights.

Contact restrictions also apply no longer for vaccinated and convalescent people. This means that, for example, people who have been vaccinated and recovered are no longer counted at private get-togethers.

From June 4, ten people from three households should be allowed to meet outside. As of June 18, there will be three households without a person limit. Children up to 14 years do not count.

There are also rules for private indoor meetings. From 19 May onwards, members of the same household plus one other person can stay indoors together around the clock. (The ban on staying overnight does not apply.) Spouses or civil partners and persons for whom custody or access rights exist are excluded, as are those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.

From June 4, five people from three households should be allowed to meet indoors. As of June 18, there will be ten people from three households. Children up to 14 years do not count.

Communities of two permanent households are allowed to organize private childcare for children up to the age of twelve.

Public and private employers and employer are to it Committed, unbureaucratic Home office for office workers who carry out similar activities. A maximum of 50 percent of office workplaces are allowed occupied stay. According to the Senate, activities that have to be carried out in the workplace itself for compelling reasons are excluded. Employees now also have an obligation to take advantage of home office offers if it is privately possible.

All citizens are encouraged to meet before private meetings to be tested or to examine yourself with so-called self-tests to rule out a coronavirus infection. Everyone is held on to travel to do without - and to wear an FFP2 mask even at private meetings.


Compulsory tests and mandatory test offers

Employers are obliged to do so, at least twice a week one free rapid antigen test (Point-of-Care [PoC] antigen test) or those for Self application under the supervision to offer.

Employers must request a Certificate of the current test result issue that corresponds to the sample provided by the health administration.

The obligation to test does not apply to employees who have physical contact with customers if they:

- fully vaccinated and the second vaccination against Covid-19 is at least 14 days ago,

- from a Covid 19 disease recovered are and a vaccination received against Covid-19,

- have had Covid-19 in the past six months and recovered are.

The exceptions do not apply to Personnel in hospitals, medical practices and care facilities including outpatient care services.

If the regulation stipulates that a negative test is necessary, this also does not apply to children up to the age of 6.

Quarantine obligation

who positive on the Coronavirus must be tested quarantine- and further Test obligations progeny:

- At a positive PoC rapid test or self-test, which was carried out under supervision (at the employer or as part of an extended admission control), those concerned must PCR test immediately. The obligation to quarantine at home applies until the test result is presented.

- At a positive PoC self-testthat was not carried out under supervision, initially only the obligation to immediately apply Have a PCR test carried out. In this case, there is no quarantine requirement, but as a precaution, those affected should be in domestic isolation go.

- At a positive PCR test must the quarantine at home for at least 14 days must be complied with in consultation with the responsible health department. A negative corona test is required to end the quarantine.

All contact with people outside the household is prohibited during the quarantine.

Will the Quarantine obligation not complied with or no PCR test carried out after a positive PoC test is a threat fine of at least 1,000 euros.

Quarantine regulations for the districts can be found here [].

Contact person quarantine

Of the Separation obligation due to close contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19 freed are:

- people who are fully vaccinated,

- People who have recovered from Covid-19 disease and who have received a vaccination against Covid-19,

- People who have had Covid-19 in the past six months and who have recovered.

Exceptions apply to virus variants, if symptoms are present and in the hospital sector. For the care sector, if the vaccination rate is high, there are further exemptions from the obligation to separate.

Exit restrictions

From May 19, the strict nighttime contact and exit restrictions will be lifted. Then the contact restrictions listed above apply all day.

Mouth and nose protection

The Mask requirement (everyday mask or medical face mask) in public spaces wherever the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be observed, for example in queues or in parking lots. Also in shopping streets and other busy streets and squares. These include the old town of Spandau, Hackesche Markt, Kottbusser Tor, Bergmannstrasse, Kurfürstendamm and the Lustgarten. In addition, the mask requirement applies to all events - except for those that are carried out exclusively using vehicles. You can find an overview of all places that require a mask here [].

Cyclists are of it except.

Wearing one FFP2 mask without a valve (or comparable mask) mandatory in the following places, where Children and adolescents between 6 and 14 years old here one medical face mask can wear:

- Supermarkets and shops for customers

- Businesses for customers

- Bus, subway, S-Bahn, tram and ferries for passengers

- Long-distance buses, long-distance and regional trains for passengers as well as at train stations, airports and ferry terminals for passengers

- Taxis, (charter) buses and other vehicles

- Medical practices for visitors and patients

- Hospitals and care facilities for visitors and patients who receive visitors

- cultural institutions and libraries for visitors

Wearing one medical face mask (OP mask, KN95 mask without valve or FFP2 mask without valve) is mandatory in the following places:

- Supermarkets and shops for employees

- Businesses for the staff

- Restaurants for employees and guests who are not at their place, including the outdoor areas

- vocational and general adult education

- Bus, subway, suburban train, tram and on ferries for staff

- Long-distance buses, long-distance and regional trains for the staff as well as at train stations, airports and ferry terminals for the staff

- Medical practices for the staff

- Indoor sports facilities (not while exercising)

- In school buildings. The mask may be taken off outdoors on the school premises if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters is maintained and

- in the case of private journeys for people from another household (the drivers themselves are excluded) and

- at church services and religious events

- during demonstrations.

An obligation to wear a medical face mask also applies in Office and administration buildings: The mouth and nose cover must always be worn when you move away from your desk, i.e. when going to the toilet, to the exit, to the canteen, in the elevator and when the minimum distance cannot be safely maintained. There is no need to wear a mask when working at the desk.

For Needy the Senate provides a contingent of masks that are distributed by the districts.

Anyone who violates the mask requirement is taking a risk fine between 50 and 500 euros.


The Classroom teaching in schools only takes place to a limited extent. At the Berlin schools, alternating lessons are offered at half class size and school-guided learning at home. Lessons take place either daily for at least three hours or alternating between days and weeks. Examinations and exams are allowed to take place. The Compulsory presence remains exposed.

At a Incidence over 165 in Berlin as a whole on three consecutive days there is no longer any classroom teaching in schools. Possible exceptions:

Graduating classes of schools and vocational schools, grade 6 and special needs schools. Emergency care is offered for grades 1 to 6 if at least one parent works in systemically relevant professions or is a single parent. Emergency care also applies to socially disadvantaged pupils and pupils who are at risk of achieving their educational goals.

There has also been one since April 19 Compulsory test in schools. In Berlin, all students and all employees who are in regular contact with the students are tested twice a week, either at school or at home, with a subsequent submission of a corresponding self-declaration to the school management. Vaccinated or recovered pupils or teachers can also take part in face-to-face classes in schools without being tested twice a week.

You can find more information on the test strategy in schools here [].

Oral, written and practical exams are possible in presence form - in compliance with the distance and hygiene regulations. Class work and exams are not permitted, the only exceptions are transition and final classes.

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Universities and colleges

To the Berlin universities face-to-face lessons are suspended. Scientific libraries may only offer online services and loan operations. The libraries should be contacted directly to find out how the loan of reference collections is handled.

The Public traffic at the universities set.

One-to-one tuition is excluded for everyone who would like to start a corresponding degree in 2021, prepare for an examination in a corresponding subject, or take part in corresponding national or international competitions.

Exceptions also apply to the teaching areas where no digital format is possible: Laboratories, medical-clinical teaching and art. Already planned attendance exams, including entrance exams, as well as for practical formats that are absolutely necessary, may also be carried out. This also applies to medical internships at the Charité that cannot be postponed.

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 25 people in one room. Participation is voluntary for students. If you do not participate, you will not suffer any disadvantages.

For Theses and term papers the processing times will be extended to May 31, 2021 or comparable arrangements will be made. University employeeswhose activities do not necessarily require a presence on campus, should work in the home office as much as possible. Students who have to take a final examination can have the examination deferred by submitting an application to the university management.

From June 4th, libraries will open, PC pools and work rooms will be used, and face-to-face events in small groups at universities with a hygiene concept will be allowed. From June 18 - according to the plan - examinations and courses at universities in presence with testing and hygiene concept are allowed.

Daycare centers

Berlin daycare centers are located in so-called "restricted normal operation". All children receive childcare for at least seven hours a day. The supervision must take place in fixed groups.

children with a cough or runny nose (even without a fever) are in daycare centers in Berlin not supervised. Unless a daily corona rapid test shows a negative result. Such a test can also be carried out as a self-test in the daycare center.

Employees with contact with children have to respond to the coronavirus twice a week testing to let.

Driving schools, community colleges and other educational institutions

Driving, boat and flight schools and similar facilities may only be visited by customers who tested negative are. Since the opening, the companies have had to offer their staff regular test offers.

Adult education centers as well as other institutions of general adult education, Music schools, Youth art schools, youth traffic schools, gardening schools and free institutions within the meaning of the School Act are allowed to conduct face-to-face classes again. A negative test is always a prerequisite.



Visiting retail stores is linked to the submission of a negative corona test. Shops with an area of ​​up to 800 square meters are likely to allow one customer to enter for every ten square meters of shop space without prior appointment. For larger shops, the rule of 20 square meters per customer applies.

Without a test
may be entered: Basic supply shops such as supermarkets, drugstores, flower shops, garden centers, baby stores, wholesalers and gas stations. Also Weekly markets may be visited regardless of the range without a negative test.

The obligation to test does not apply also for people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or who are considered to have recovered from a Covid-19 illness - upon presentation of the relevant evidence.

In the interior of shops and service providers, customers must always have a FFP2 mask wear. So-called surgical masks are not sufficient.

In the case of low incidence figures, compulsory testing and contact tracking for the entire retail sector will be dropped from June 18.

Gastronomy and personal care

Hairdressers may be reopened since March 1, 2021 subject to the following special hygiene and protective measures: Customers may only be served by prior appointment; a safety distance of two meters must be ensured between the customer seats, within which no customers are allowed to.The service providers must also ensure that contact tracking can take place. Waiting customers are not allowed to stay within the operating rooms; the other general hygiene and protection regulations previously set out in the ordinance continue to apply. Customers must also have a updated dailyshow a negative corona test, which is not older than 24 hours.

Berliners no longer need a corona test when visiting the hairdresser if they have full vaccination protection or have recovered from Covid-19 disease more than six months ago and have received at least one vaccination against Covid-19 or recently Covid-19 were sick and have recovered.

Restaurants may from May 21st their Outdoor areas Open to the public in compliance with strict hygiene regulations. The visit is only permitted to people who have a current negative corona test or one Vaccination or recovery certificate can submit. They are also allowed to sit at one table no more than five people from a maximum of two households sit together. Children under the age of 14 as well as vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted. Operators are obliged to create a protection and hygiene concept that includes the Contact tracking, the regulation of the number of guests as well as the observance of the distance and contact rules.

Indoor catering may not be opened to the public. However, restaurants are allowed to use food and drinks Collection and delivery, but do not offer indoor seating or standing. Appropriate precautions must be taken to avoid crowds for collection. Customers are obliged to wear a medical face mask (surgical mask, Kn95 or FFP2 mask without valve) when collecting indoors.

From June 18, indoor catering is to be allowed with limited people, with reservation and testing requirements.

From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. may no alcohol be sold, served or given away. The consumption of alcohol in green spaces and parking lots is not permitted until June 13, 2021.

Canteens must remain closed to the public. Food and drinks may only be offered to take away. If the workforce cannot be adequately supplied in this way, food and drinks may be consumed on site in exceptional cases, provided that hygiene rules and minimum distances are observed.

The Registration is still required, even if a lot, such as catering in a restaurant, is no longer possible. (In the end, guests in the indoor and outdoor areas had to enter their contact details in lists so that health authorities can trace possible chains of infection. Guests were obliged to provide complete and truthful information about their presence. Otherwise, both guests and innkeepers were threatened with a fine. )

Body-hugging services - as in hairdressing salons, solariums, cosmetic salons and similar facilities - is allowed. An appointment must be made and an FFP2 mask must be worn on site. The mask may be removed for facial treatments. In addition, customers must present a negative corona test result, proof of a complete vaccination or proof of recovery. In the case of services that are close to the body and are necessary for medical, therapeutic or pastoral reasons, there is no obligation to test.

Prostitution remains prohibited. From June 18, sexual services without intercourse should be allowed. Prostitution centers and prostitution agencies require a hygiene concept. Appointments and mandatory tests are also required.

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Culture, leisure, events

From May 19th are again outdoor cultural events as well as outdoor leisure and entertainment events 250 people maximum allowed. In particular, permanently assigned seats or negative tests for events without fixed seats are specified as a protective and hygiene measure. If visitors are not in their seat, they must wear a medical face mask.

From June 4th, outdoor events for up to 500 people are allowed. From June 18, outdoor events for up to 1,000 people are permitted. If there are 250 people, a test is generally mandatory. If it is lower, it depends on the hygiene concept.

For public events in closed rooms The limit of 20 people present at the same time applies until June 13, 2021. For events with more than five people, everyone involved must have a current negative corona test, a complete Vaccination or convalescence certificate submit. These stricter regulations for gatherings also only apply if compliance with distance and hygiene rules can be guaranteed. In addition, all indoor spaces must be well ventilated. Guests must provide their contact details. The operators are obliged to destroy this data after four weeks.

From June 4th, events in closed rooms for up to 100 people are allowed. As of June 18, 200 people are allowed. A test is compulsory from eleven people. Exceptions with more people are possible, for example in the case of mechanical ventilation and according to the general hygiene concept of culture.

From May 19th Cinemas, theaters, opera houses, concert halls and cultural venues in public and private sponsorship for visitors open outdoors, as well Museums, galleries and memorials if an appointment is booked in advance and the test result is negative.

From May 21st, city tours and trips on the excursion steamer in Berlin will be possible again, insofar as the seven-day incidence in Berlin is stable below 100 by then. Here, too, an appointment must be booked in advance and a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovery must be available.

The Outdoor facilities of the zoo and zoo are open to the public without a test requirement. Outside, visitors must wear at least one medical face mask. The interior areas of the zoo, animal park and botanical garden open with reservations and tests. The number of visitors must be regulated and an FFP2 mask without a valve is required to enter the closed rooms.

So-called amusement facilities may not be opened to the public. Here, for example, the Senate mentions "Amusement parks, Establishments for leisure activities as well Gambling halls, Casinos, betting agencies and similar businesses ". From June 4th, outdoor leisure activities such as climbing forest etc. are permitted. A reservation and test requirement is required. From June 18th, outdoor leisure activities are then without appointment booking and test, provided that a hygiene concept, In addition, indoor leisure activities with appointment booking and compulsory testing are possible.

Clubs and discos are still not allowed to take up their regular offer. That means, the organization of dance pleasures is still forbidden.

The loan operation of Libraries has been allowed since February 22nd. However, there may be restrictions on opening times and the number of locations. Since March 31, users must always wear an FFP2 mask when visiting libraries.

Private celebrations and events

At Indoor events with more than five people present at the same time, only those who can provide evidence of a negative test may participate. This also applies to party assemblies, assemblies of electoral groups, works assemblies or meetings of staff or works councils. The practice of religion as well as demonstrations and the activities of parliament, government and the administration of justice remain unaffected.

Marriages continue to take place, but are generally reduced to a minimum number of people. However, the specific handling can differ from district to district. The permissible number of participants in marriages and the regulations applicable to the individual marriage locations must therefore be requested from the respective registry office.

Burials and funeral celebrations are permitted outdoors with up to 50 people and indoors with up to 20 people. The persons required to carry out the funeral are not taken into account.

Vaccinated and recovered people are not counted when determining the number of people present at private events including funerals.

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Public transport and car trips

In all public transport exists since March 31st the Obligation to wear an FFP2 mask. Until then, surgical masks are also permitted. If possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters should be maintained. This also applies to ferries, airports, taxis, train stations and trains. Anyone traveling in buses and trains without mouth and nose protection must expect a fine (between 50 and 500 euros). Anyone who drives in a car with friends, acquaintances or other people must also wear a mask if the passenger lives in another household. Important: In all of these cases a medical face mask be worn.

In buses of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) is the Contact with the drivers to avoid. It is not possible to sell tickets on the bus.


The Exercise of sport is only allowed alone, in pairs or with members of your own household. this applies not for vaccinated and convalescent people. Also excluded from this rule are Children up to and including 14 yearsas long as they train in small groups contactless outdoors, as well as national and state squad athletes, professional athletes and professional athletes. In this case, the group may consist of up to five participants plus one supervisor. Vaccinated and recovered people are not counted here either.

Should the 7-day incidence be by May 21 are stable below 100, if the test result is negative, up to ten people over 14 years of age Doing sports outdoors together; compulsory testing does not apply to school-age children.

From May 19th is Children's sport Up to and including 14 years of age with up to 20 people outdoors again possible, including team and group training.

Amateur sport is under the above-mentioned conditions and in compliance with protection and hygiene concepts possible to a limited extent.

From June 4th, outdoor sports should be allowed in groups with no number restrictions. In addition, indoor sports are possible in groups of a maximum of ten people. There is a compulsory test for adults. Outdoor competitions are then permitted in non-contact sports with mandatory testing. Competitions for professional sports with spectators may also take place. There are personal limits and an obligation to test.

From June 18, outdoor sports in groups without a test and indoor sports in groups with no number restrictions are permitted. For sports in closed rooms in groups, a test is still required for adults. Then outdoor competitions may again take place in general sports activities with spectators. There are compulsory tests and personal limits. In closed rooms, competitions may take place in rooms in general sports activities without spectators. Here, too, upper personal limits and mandatory testing apply.

Beach and outdoor pools can be returned from May 19 after prior approval from the local health department to open. The operators must submit a usage and hygiene concept.

Indoor and swimming pools may only open the company for use by federal and state cadre athletes as well as for physical education in schools or in vocational training. There is currently no in the Corona step-by-step plans for Berlin schools School swimming intended.

Fitness studios remain closed.

From June 4, fitness, sports and dance studios should be allowed to open. Prerequisites are a person limit, appointment booking and compulsory testing.

Rehab sport is allowed. The medically prescribed sport is possible in groups of up to ten people; in justified individual cases, more people may participate.

Professional sporting competition operation in the Bundesliga and international leagues may take place, however, are Spectators prohibited.

Church services

In Berlin, both indoors and outdoors Church services take place, there are no upper limits for participants. However, the established hygiene and infection protection standards must be adhered to. To protect the participants, a hygiene concept must be implemented that corresponds to the general hygiene concept of the Senate Department for Culture. Church services with more than ten participants must be announced to the responsible public order office at least two working days in advance. Participants in church services must wear mouth and nose protection.

The Church singing is not allowed indoors. A 15-minute congregation singing with a medical face mask is possible in the open air.


Hospitals and nursing homes

Access rights to clinics, hospitals and care facilities are significantly restricted. Patients and residents are obliged to wear an FFP2 mask without a valve or a medical face mask if they are not in their room or have visitors. Seriously ill and dying residents of care facilities are exempt from this.

Restrictions on visiting hospitals

Patients in hospitals may be visited by one person for one hour once a day, provided that the visitors do not show any Covid 19 symptoms. People under the age of 16, the seriously ill and dying patients may in principle be visited without restrictions.

Newborns and their mothers also have one-hour visitation rights per day by a single person. Siblings of the baby under the age of 16 are allowed to accompany the visiting person. Mothers who give birth may be accompanied by a person of their choice to the birth in a hospital.

There is no restriction on the right to visit for persons entrusted with pastoral care, notaries and persons necessary for legally required hearings.

As part of a risk assessment, the management of a hospital can decide on additional restrictions on visiting rights - such as a complete ban on visiting. The additional restrictions must be limited in time.

People with symptomsthat refer to Covid-19 are only allowed to visit in particularly justified individual cases and must obtain written approval from the hospital. Again, must be indoors Masks be worn. There may be certain demands on the type of mask used, depending on the station.

Hospitals are allowed to carry out plannable admissions, operations and interventions provided they still keep a contingent of places free for corona patients and the return to a crisis mode can be implemented at short notice at any time due to the worsening of the pandemic situation.

Restrictions on visits to care facilities

Residents of care facilities are allowed to daily visit Received provided that strict hygiene guidelines are followed and that they wear a medical face mask during the visit. Visitors must have one at all times inside the building FFP2 mask without exhalation valve wear. On the premises of the care facilities, visitors must wear at least mouth and nose protection. The use of an FFP2 mask without an exhalation valve is also recommended here. Furthermore, the visit is only permitted to people who:

- a negative POC antigen corona rapid test or

- a negative PCR test for the coronavirus

be able to show. The test result must not be older than 24 hours. For fully vaccinated people as well as people who have been infected with Covid-19 have recovered, the obligation to test does not apply if the relevant evidence is submitted.

Residents of fully inpatient and partial inpatient care facilities are allowed Daily visits by two people receive. The visitors do not have to belong to the same household. A third visitor is permitted as an accompanying person for visitors up to the age of 12. The same applies to visitors who need a constant companion.

The seriously ill and the dying can without restriction be visited. However, increased protective measures must be observed here. The right to visit for persons entrusted with pastoral care, for notaries and for medical and nursing care must not be restricted.

In addition, the following applies:

- Vaccinated and recovered employees in the care facilities only need to be tested twice a week.

- If there is a vaccination coverage of at least ninety percent among the residents in the care facility, residents no longer have to go into quarantine as part of a contact person quarantine.

The Test offer obligation for nursing staff for inpatient facilities during the period in which the respective nurse is assigned to the duty, once a day and for nursing staff in outpatient facilities regularly every two days, remains in principle. Exceptions apply to vaccinated and convalescent persons among the staff. These now only have to be tested twice a week.

For nursing staff, the stipulation applies that employees should only have contact with fully vaccinated or recovered people in the course of their work, as far as possible.

Events in care facilities

With a vaccination or recovery rate of at least ninety percent of the residents, strict requirements can be met community events will be held again. So are among other things theater performances, concerts and dance performances in closed rooms with up to 20 people allowed and singing together is also allowed.

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For demos there are no person limits, but they have to Hygiene guidelines be respected. The organizers must explain in advance in a concept how they want to ensure compliance with these rules. This concept is to be handed over to the competent authority on request. The applies Minimum distance of 1.5 meters among participants who do not live together in the same household.

A must for demonstrations Mouth and nose protection be carried, unless it is a car parade. But there are also participants here Motorcade exempted from the obligation to wear a medical face mask only if you are alone or with members of your own household in the vehicle.


Tourist overnight stays in hotels and other accommodation establishments are prohibited without exceptions.

From June 18, tourist overnight stays with a maximum of 50 percent occupancy should then be possible. There is an obligation to test.

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