If the Stuttgart proposal passes, the unvaccinated will have to prepare for restrictions. Uwe Lahl (70, Greens), head of office at the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs, announces: “When 200 to 250 intensive care beds are occupied, we will consider introducing initial contact restrictions for unvaccinated adults.” These are measures already familiar from previous lockdowns, such as “allowing only two families to meet.”
In addition, the “2G” rule would apply to unvaccinated individuals if the number of COVID patients in intensive care units is 300 or more. This means that unvaccinated people would be denied entry to restaurants or concerts, even if their tests are negative.
CDU leader in Baden-Württemberg supports the idea
CDU leader in Baden-Württemberg Thomas Strobl (61) said in an interview with BILD am SONNTAG that the high incidence among the unvaccinated cannot be looked on idly: “If the disease spreads to intensive care units, one must act. It would then be a mistake to hold everyone jointly responsible, including the vaccinated – for this reason different rules apply for the unvaccinated than for the vaccinated.
100 patients in intensive care units
There are currently about 100 COVID patients being treated in intensive care units in Baden-Württemberg. The threshold that Lahl mentions can be reached within a week, according to the state health authority. At the peak of the second and third waves, more than 600 COVID patients were treated in intensive care units in Baden-Württemberg.
Support for the plan comes from Bavaria. Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (56, CSU) says it is necessary to start thinking now about future measures, such as limiting contacts, “to protect the health care system.” Virologist Klaus Stöhr (62) also sees the positives: “Finally, we would have crisis communication in which limit values and related restrictions are communicated in advance.”
Lauterbach is in favor, but criticizes too much interference in private life
Health expert Karl Lauterbach (58, SPD) is in favor of taking action for the unvaccinated, but criticizes that the legislation heavily interferes with private life. “We should only do this if the Hamburg option proves insufficient,” he says. Under Hamburg’s 2G rule, as of yesterday, restaurants or cinemas can voluntarily accept only vaccinated and recovered persons. According to a BILD poll, 56 percent of Germans would support this model for Germany as a whole, while 34 percent oppose it.
Medical advocate Dr. Britta Konradt (60) is skeptical of the plan’s implementation: “I think the state-imposed 2G regulation for restaurants or gyms is disproportionate.” A legal requirement for vaccination would be a prerequisite. Criticism is also coming from the FDP. “There are certainly milder measures than the now threatening universal contact restrictions for the unvaccinated, such as testing,” says Wolfgang Kubicki (69). “If the state does not use milder measures, it acts unconstitutionally.”