From Thursday (2 September), new regulations related to the coronavirus pandemic will apply in Bavaria: the requirement to use FFP2 masks will be abolished, general restrictions relating to social contact will no longer apply, as well as those concerning the opening hours of catering establishments and setting a maximum number of customers in stores.
In addition, according to a decision taken by the German government on Tuesday, the level of incidence will lose its importance as a criterion for implementing possible restrictions in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. If more than 35 new infections are recorded in a county or district city within seven days, the “3G” rule will be applied on a large scale in indoor areas: only vaccinated persons, recovered persons or persons with a current negative coronavirus test result will then be allowed access to many public and private facilities.
Specifically, this applies to events, sports facilities, gyms, cultural events, theaters, cinemas, museums, restaurants, hotels, universities, libraries, and recreational facilities of all kinds.
Exceptions to the “3G” rule apply, for example, to private premises, commerce and public transport – as well as to children not yet in school and students due to the fact that tests are regularly conducted in schools. In future, any tightening of the restrictions is to depend on the load on hospitals.
Söder: “New chapter” in the fight against coronavirus
Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) spoke of a “new chapter” in the fight against coronavirus. He ruled out the possibility of another lockdown during the fourth wave of the pandemic. He justified this on the grounds that 60 percent of people had already been fully vaccinated.
Shortly before school resumes after the summer break, it is already clear that in the future, students in Bavaria will no longer study in hybrid mode in the event of an increase in the number of infections. Instead, students will have to wear masks in the new school year – until further notice.
Clubs and discos will open in October
According to Söder, it will be possible to reopen clubs and discos from October. This is “certainly the most courageous decision,” the Bavarian prime minister said. Only people who have been vaccinated, cured or have a negative coronavirus test will be allowed in. However, a PCR test will be required, the result of a quick test will not be recognized.