The second phase of easing restrictions in Germany comes into effect today!

After months of coronavirus-related restrictions, further measures will be lifted in Germany from Friday (4.03.). In the restaurant and hotel industry, the 3G rule will apply in the future, according to which even unvaccinated people with negative test results will be allowed to enter restaurants. In addition to this, discotheques will be opened with the 2G plus rule. This means that people cured or vaccinated with two doses with a test or people vaccinated three times (then without a test) will have access.  Baden-Württemberg and Thuringia have already made these changes – in the other states the changes will now come into effect.

The German government decided in February on a three-stage relaxation

In mid-February, the federal and state governments agreed on a three-step relaxation plan. First, regulations on trade and private meetings were relaxed in mid-February. From March 4, the second opening step comes into force – including a return to the 3G rule in many areas. From March 20, “all deeper” measures are to be lifted.

Each state modifies the rules slightly

Two federal states have already taken a different route: In Baden-Württemberg, the rules for unvaccinated people were already relaxed on February 23, so nothing will change there on Friday. In Thuringia, 3G has been in effect in restaurants for several weeks, and clubs and discos can open from February 25.

Despite the joint decision of the federal and state governments, there are differences between the individual states. For example, 3G applies to overnight stays throughout the country. But in Schleswig-Holstein, for example, unvaccinated tourists must be tested in hotels every day, but only every three days in neighboring Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

New rules for events have also been in place since Friday. The federal and state governments have stipulated that larger numbers of vaccinated or cured spectators (2G) can be admitted to large events than before – indoors, the maximum number is 6,000 people and the maximum capacity is 60 percent. In the open, 75 percent of the maximum capacity and a maximum of 25,000 people can be used. However, the document from the federal and state authorities does not specify what exactly counts as a large event.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, for example, the 2G-plus rule will in future apply to events with more than 1,000 people, and masks will be mandatory. In Saxony, organizers of cultural and entertainment events with more than 1,000 people can choose between 2G and 3G. For the 2G rule, the rules in the resolution apply; for the 3G rule, a maximum occupancy of 50 percent of the seats applies.

There will also be convenience for vacationers returning from abroad

As of Thursday, no country has been declared a high-risk area with additional requirements such as quarantine on entry. However, as the Federal Ministry of Health stressed, the 3G rule still applies to all people entering Germany: anyone who has not been vaccinated or recovered must have a negative test result. This proof requirement now applies from the age of twelve, not six. As before, the federal police check them at the internal borders of the Schengen zone at random and at the external borders of the EU (especially at airports when entering from third countries) as part of the border police’s entry control.

source: businessinsider, insidegermany.co

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