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  1. Hallo folks,   I’m posting here in the hope that those of you with a more thorough understanding of German bureaucracy, particularly Jobcenter related themes, might be able to help me out. So, I recently, quite stupidly I will add, told my employer I did not want to renew my Festangestellte contract (due to expire at the end of April) as I planned to find a new job. They offered me the opportunity to stay on as an Aushilfe, although nothing has been signed yet. Then Corona blew up and I realised I had made a mistake. I asked whether I might still be able to take the permanent contract (Festangestellte) but I heard back from them today and they’ve decided not to offer it to me.   Due to the likely implications of coronavirus, not having social security benefits terrifies me a wee bit. Does anyone know if I would be entitled to any sort of help from the Jobcenter, seeing as I’ve recently been denied a renewal of my contract? If they hadn’t offered me the possibility to stay on as an Aushilfe, I would be due to be employed soon. With the current situation, the income I would earn as an Aushilfe would not be enough to survive. I work in a cafe, so in the coming weeks/months they’re likely to either not require so many staff, or be closed entirely. Which would render me completely without income. Though I haven’t even signed the Aushilfe contract yet, making my circumstance even more uncertain.    I might add that I’ve only worked 6 months in Germany on a permanent contract and then 4 months as an Aushilfe previous to that, with the same employer. That leaves me either 2 or 6 months short of qualifying for Hartz IV, if my understanding of the requirements are correct and indeed still correct during the current coronavirus crisis.    Thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to shine some light on my situation.
  2. Does anyone have experience or an understanding of whether it's possible to cross the Swiss-German border with a D visa without a residence permit during the coronavirus restrictions?   My contract as a Research Assistant at a German university started last month, and I am attempting to move to Berlin. I hold a D visa that would allow me to obtain a Blue Card once I register in Berlin. I'm a non-EU national holding a B Permit in Switzerland.   Thank you!
  3. Dear all, I have an appointment to do the Abmeldung March 27 here in Cologne. The plan is to leave the country end of April. I am wondering if public institutions or city hall will be closed because of measures by the government to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. Should I just do the Abmeldung already? Your thoughts. Thank you!  
  4. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    Berlin is known for its nightlife and the longterm effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its culture could be devastating. Most nightclubs have been shut and many won’t survive longterm closures. Many places are already threatened by gentrification and this could be disastrous for Berlin. Iconic queer club and music venue SO36 has already posted on social media that they won’t last beyond one month of being closed. I’m sure we’ll also loose bars, independent cinemas, etc if this drags on even if they don’t close. I hope the government will help independent businesses out with loans, etc and I would urge people to support venues they care about via crowdfunding.  
  5. 13.3: Administrative staff of the state capital Mainz decides on further measures to protect against coronavirus infections Schools and childcare facilities will remain closed until 19 April 2020. Events with more than 75 people present are prohibited. The administrative staff of the state capital Mainz met today with the head of the responsible health authority Mainz-Bingen and decided on further measures to protect against coronavirus infections. They will apply from Monday 16 March 2020 until 19 April 2020 inclusive (end of the Rhineland-Palatinate Easter holidays):     All schools, daycare centres and after-school care centres will be closed. Affected parents are asked to organise child care themselves, for example through relatives or friends. Emergency care will be set up for parents who work in professions that are critical for the care of the population (e.g. medical staff, fire brigade) and who cannot organise alternative care.     Events with more than 75 people present will be prohibited.     The Mainz weekly market, which serves the population for the supply of fresh food, will take place as usual on Tuesdays and Fridays. The weekly market on Saturday will be spatially equalized and will also take place on Liebfrauenplatz.     All municipal administrative buildings will be closed to the public. In urgent cases, e.g. when appointments cannot be postponed, it is possible to make an appointment by telephone.     City events and committee meetings that are not absolutely necessary will be cancelled. Appropriate information will be announced in good time.     The Peter Cornelius Conservatory will be closed.     Funeral ceremonies in the funeral halls of city cemeteries are limited to a maximum of 30 people.     The youth centres will remain closed and all events planned there will be cancelled.     The Gutenberg Marathon is cancelled.     The Dirt Way Day will be cancelled.     Already from Saturday, 14 March 2020, all public sports facilities will be closed. The Taubertsbergbad will also be closed. The top priority is to slow down the spread of the virus. All federal, state and local measures are aimed at this. An overtaxing of the health system must be prevented. The administrative staff of the state capital Mainz will continuously monitor further developments in the spread of coronavirus infections and adapt the measures adopted accordingly. The administrative staff will meet at close intervals for this purpose.  
  6. State police (LKA) in Lower Saxony are warning of fake shops offering face masks, disinfectant, etc.   If you get spam from a company claiming to be (or anyone else), ignore it. In the case, the scammers stole the name from a real company in Wolfsburg, but they're just trying to get you to send them money. Don't be fooled.