The closing period refers to the legally regulated periods during which pubs, bars, restaurants, discos, beer gardens, etc. are closed. The closure period is primarily used for noise protection. The law on blocking periods is regulated in the Ordinance on the Blocking Period (SperrV).
The following rules apply:
general closing time for restaurants and public entertainment venues
(places where theatre, film or dance events take place, for example) starts at 05:00 and ends at 06:00.
- The closing time for public entertainment venues in amusement parks, fairs, fairgrounds and fairgrounds as well as for other public entertainment venues where events in accordance with § 60a of the Industrial Code take place (e.g. the installation of gaming equipment) begins at 24:00 and ends at 06:00.
The closing time is
on the night of 1 January, on the Friday before Shrovetide until Ash Wednesday and on the night of 1 May.
: If there is a public need or special local conditions, the blocking period may generally be extended, shortened or lifted for all companies at municipal, district or administrative district level.
Exceptions for individual farms: If there is a public need or special local conditions, the blocking period can be extended or lifted for a limited or revocable period
for individual farms
. The lifting of the blocking period can be subject to conditions at any time.
For gambling halls within the meaning of § 33i (1) sentence 1 of the Industrial Code, the blocking time regulations of the Hessian Gambling Hall Act (4:00 - 10:00 a.m.) apply in principle, regardless of the question of whether the equipment installed therein offers profit opportunities. Please note the further regulations for public holidays there. Even for exceptions, the regulations of the Hessian Gambling Hall Act apply exclusively.