Soon the 2G rule in retail will only apply in three German states

More and more German federal states are moving away from the strict 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered) in retail. Its abolition has been announced by the following federal states: Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bremen.

From Saturday, the 2G rule will no longer apply in retail stores in Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

It will soon be possible to shop in the three states again without being vaccinated or treated for COVID-19, but in most cases the requirement to wear FFP2 masks will still apply.

In Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the new regulations will go into effect on Saturday. Bremen has not yet set an exact date, but wants it to happen later this week. The 2G plus rule, which requires people who have been vaccinated with two doses and those who have recovered to show an additional negative coronavirus test result, is to continue to apply in catering establishments, recreational and cultural facilities. Only those who have received a third, booster dose of the vaccine are exempt from this.

North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt continue to rely on the 2G rule in stores

Thus, at the moment, only three federal states have not yet abandoned the 2G principle in retail and have no plans to do so in the near future. These include: North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.

North Rhine-Westphalia has taken the most peculiar route: in this state, only those vaccinated and treated with COVID-19 will continue to have access to retail stores. But: as of Wednesday, February 9, only random checks for compliance with the 2G rule will be carried out anymore.

Previously, the departure from the 2G rule in retail has already occurred or been announced in these states:

Saxony loosened the restrictions on Sunday, February 6, and Hesse and Thuringia on Monday.

▶ On Wednesday, February 9, Szleswig-Holstein and Brandenburg will follow suit.

Berlin announced the abolition of the 2G rule in the retail sector “in the near future”. This is expected to take place in the third week of February at the latest.

▶ As a result of court rulings, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Saarland (in January) and Dolk Saxony (in December) had to abandon the 2G rule in stores.

Another meeting between Chancellor Olaf Scholz (63, SPD) and the prime ministers of the individual federal states is scheduled for February 16. It is possible that decisions will be made there on easing pandemic restrictions throughout Germany. Already during a video conference on January 24, representatives of the federal government and the governments of the individual German states agreed to develop a plan for easing restrictions that can be implemented at a time when overloading the health care system can be ruled out.


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