In Hesse, all retailers up to supermarkets can now decide for themselves whether they apply the 3G principle (vaccinated, tested, cured) or the 2G principle – until now, no access restrictions were applied to supermarkets in order to ensure a basic supply for all.
The Hessian Chancellery confirmed in an interview with BILD that the “2G option model” also applies to food retailers.
This means that supermarkets in Hesse can now ban unvaccinated people from buying food and only allow vaccinated and cured people to buy food. In extreme cases, unvaccinated people would have to find ways to get food, send friends or relatives shopping – or get vaccinated anyway.
The government of Hesse hopes that everyday stores will not take advantage of this rule
Apparently, the state government itself knows how dramatic the effects of a 2G regime in supermarkets would be – and hopes that stores will not implement it.
“We assume that this option will rather only be used on particular days and that daily supply stores will not use it,” said Minister-President Volker Bouffier (69, CDU). “But this also means that distance and mask requirements will still apply if 2G is not used.”
In the culture, catering and event industry, the possibility of 2G has been around for some time. And it’s even encouraged: those who only allow vaccinated and treated people into their premises or stores can waive the distance and mask requirement.
The new coronavirus regulations in Hesse also provide for the abolition in retirement homes and nursing homes of the automatic ban on entry to the entire facility in the event of a single case of infection.
Regular coronavirus testing for unvaccinated hospital staff
In addition, the new regulation states that unvaccinated hospital staff must be tested twice a week for coronavirus. In schools, the rule is: a mask at the bench and daily testing as soon as a student tests positive on a rapid test, such as another student – not until confirmed by a more precise PCR test.
With the end of free testing for coronavirus, Bouffier urged many citizens to get vaccinated against the virus: So far, Hesse has come through the fall well, he said. “Nevertheless, we must not become careless. The greatest protection is provided by vaccination. And still in an uncomplicated, unbureaucratic and free way.”