While other countries are loosening their restrictions (like Denmark) or lifting them altogether (like the UK), the German federal government is planning tough new restrictions!
The Federal Ministry of Health sent its plan of restrictions for the fall and winter to the states on Tuesday. “In all probability, a lockdown as drastic as that of the second and third waves will no longer be necessary,” can be read in the document accessed by the editors of the German daily BILD.
This means that a light lockdown is possible, which, according to the document, is even planned.
German government wants to tighten restrictions from September
The German government wants to tighten restrictions for millions of citizens from the beginning/middle of September, regardless of the disease. Throughout Germany, visits to restaurants, hotels, private parties and hairdressers will then only be possible for people with a vaccination, recovery or test certificate.
The federal states will have to tighten regulations
This means that the federal states where it is currently possible to go to restaurants without a test would have to tighten the regulations (e.g. Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Bremen, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Saxony).
For the unvaccinated (there are currently 32 million of them in Germany), the situation can be even more difficult: Under certain conditions, they can no longer get anywhere!
Even with a negative test result. The German government wants that above a certain morbidity rate and hospital occupancy, unvaccinated citizens should not be allowed to go to restaurants, for example (the document reads: “Ausschluss von der Teilnahme nicht geimpfter Personen an Veranstaltungen und in der Gastronomie”, which means “exclusion of unvaccinated persons from attending events and catering”).
The so-called “3G” rule, which allows vaccinated, cured and screened people to participate in society, is to become a “2G” rule. This means that only vaccinated and cured people will have access – unvaccinated people are to be excluded, even if they have been tested.
Mandatory mask wearing to remain until spring 2022
By spring 2022, the obligation to wear a mask on public transport and in retail is to apply to all citizens, “including vaccinated and cured people”.