In Saxony, unvaccinated people will have to stay away from the rest of society starting Monday. It is questionable whether this measure will actually help to control the pandemic.
Saxony introduces 2G rule
Saxony is introducing the 2G rule in various areas of public life from Monday. This is the main point of the new coronavirus protection ordinance that the cabinet decided on Friday in Dresden. This means that only people who have recovered or have been vaccinated will have access to the inner rooms of restaurants, discos and recreational and cultural facilities. There are exceptions for children, young people and people who cannot be vaccinated. These, however, will need a test. Large events such as soccer matches will also be affected. The 2G rule does not apply to retail or religious services.
Saxony’s health minister reports on dramatic situation
The situation in Saxony is dramatic, said Health Minister Petra Köpping (SPD). Experts have recommended that the government take immediate action. However, the new protective regulation is not an innovation in the true sense of the word.
Maximum guest limit at large events
Until now, the 2G rule for affected areas was only provided for when an overload level was reached – when 1,300 regular beds or 420 intensive care beds in hospitals were occupied by coronavirus-affected patients or when a hospitalization value of 12.0 was reached. The value indicates how many coronavirus patients per 100,000 inhabitants were admitted to a hospital in one week. This regulation has now been accelerated. In addition, FFP2 masks will now be mandatory on Saxony buses and trains, but not for schoolchildren.
The 2G rule will also apply to large events with more than 1,000 people – regardless of whether they take place indoors or outdoors. At the same time, this is linked to the maximum visitor limit. A maximum of 25,000 visitors at 50 percent occupancy is allowed. The only exceptions are Christmas markets. Schools and daycares will remain open even if overload levels are reached and originally planned alternate activities are eliminated. The requirement to wear masks will still apply to classes.
Employers to allow employees to work remotely
The regulation, which is effective on or before November 25, also includes new requirements for employers. It recommends that all employees work from home whenever possible. The twice-weekly testing requirement for employees with customer contact remains in place. In the future, all employees will be tested daily. In addition, stricter controls will be in place from now on.