Corona regulation in Lower Saxony: New rules should apply from Wednesday

2G and home office obligation: The new Infection Protection Act is coming – and Lower Saxony wants to adapt its Corona regulation. When should the rules apply?

Update from November 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m .: Hanover – The new, tightened Corona regulation for Lower Saxony should apply from Wednesday. On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, the state government wants to present the changes at a press conference in Hanover. The State Chancellery announced on Monday.

State: Lower Saxony
Area: 47.614 km²
Population: 7.982 million (2019)
Capital city: 7.982 million (2019)

Corona regulation in Lower Saxony: the new decision should come into force on Wednesday

According to the draft, the 2G rule should apply to many events and locations (those present must be vaccinated or recovered) if a warning level applies in the district or city concerned. According to the invitation, Prime Minister Stephan Weil, Minister of Social Affairs Daniela Behrens, Minister of Education Grant Hendrik Tonne (all SPD) and Minister of Economic Affairs Bernd Althusmann (CDU) will take part in the press conference.

Advice on new corona regulation in Lower Saxony on Tuesday: Federal Council adopts new infection protection law

First report from November 19, 2021 at 1 p.m .: Hanover – The jumble about the new Corona rules is over: After days of dispute, the Federal Council passed the new Infection Protection Act on Friday. On this basis, Lower Saxony now wants to adapt its own Corona regulation as quickly as possible and introduce the 2G rule. “We envisage 2G nationwide from a hospitalization level of 3. We are currently at 4.7,” said Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) after the deliberations of the federal and state governments. The new rules should apply in the north as early as Tuesday.

Corona: Lower Saxony adapts regulation to the new Infection Protection Act – new rules from Tuesday

The state is reacting – like all other countries – to the rapid spread of the corona virus. For days the incidence value has reached new record levels, whether in Lower Saxony or Bremen. Against this background, the Bundestag passed a new infection protection law on Thursday with the votes of the traffic light parties of the SPD, FDP and the Greens, which the Prime Minister together with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) then discussed again in the evening and then in on Friday morning the state chamber had finally been adopted.

If Lower Saxony wants to miss a new corona regulation: Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD).

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The legislative package now provides the federal states with a new tool kit with which they are supposed to break the fourth corona wave. Among other things, the imposition of a nationwide 2G regulation is linked to the hospitalization rate, which has been used in Lower Saxony as a leading indicator for assessing the corona situation for some time. In various stages, the federal states can now deny access to certain areas to the unvaccinated. What exactly does the catalog of measures offer the federal states? Here is the overview:

Corona regulation: These rules should soon apply in Lower Saxony – an overview

  • Comprehensive 2G rules: It can be introduced from a hospitalization value of 3. Then only those who have been vaccinated and recovered will have access to leisure facilities, events, restaurants, body-friendly services or hotels. From a value of 6 onwards 2G Plus This means that those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered will also need a daily test.
  • Contact restrictions or Event bans are possible if the hospitalization rate exceeds the threshold of 9.
  • 3G in buses and trains: According to the will of the Prime Minister, this measure is to apply nationwide in the future. All passengers must then submit a negative test if they are not vaccinated or have recovered. The same should apply to taxi rides and domestic flights.
  • 3G in the workplace can also be introduced by the federal states. Office, workshop or other workplaces may only be entered by vaccinated, recovered or tested people. The employer would be obliged to monitor and document this. Failure to comply may result in fines. In addition, the expired Home office compulsory apply again.
  • Obligatory tests in nursing homes and old people’s homes: Both visitors and staff are required to submit a test every day. Unvaccinated nurses have to be tested, for vaccinated and convalescent people a self-test is sufficient.
  • Curfews, Travel bans and school and Business closures are no longer possible according to the new Infection Protection Act. However, Lower Saxony is considering at least tightening the corona measures in schools.

Corona numbers: Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn and RKI boss Lothar Wieler are sounding the alarm

Whether in their free time, during sports or at the hairdresser’s – against this background, the unvaccinated in Lower Saxony must now expect far-reaching entry bans. In view of the devastating situation, however, Prime Minister Weil defended the latest resolutions. The agreed set of instruments gives him a “good feeling” so that he may be able to break the fourth wave. He called on all federal states to pull together in combating the pandemic and now to quickly take and implement the measures.

When does the new Corona regulation apply?

The new Infection Protection Act has cleared an important hurdle: After a heated argument, the Bundestag and Bundesrat have passed the catalog of Corona measures. But when does the law come into force? In all likelihood, this will not be the case until Wednesday. This was confirmed by the spokesman for several federal ministries involved. Because before that, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) has to sign the law, draft it and publish it in the official gazette. Only then does it apply.

Before that, the federal states and the federal government had wrestled for a long time about the procedure. Above all, the Union criticized the traffic light partners’ legislative package as inadequate because it precludes a complete lockdown again. NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst threatened a blockade in the Federal Council on Thursday. But in the end the Union-led countries bowed to the pressure and let the law pass in the country chamber.

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How serious the situation is again was shown on Friday. The acting Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, raised the alarm at a joint press conference and did not rule out even stricter measures. “It’s ten past twelve!” Warned Spahn. “The incidence has increased fivefold within four weeks.” * Kreiszeitung.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

++ Transparency notice: This article was updated on November 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ++

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