Corona restrictions also remain in autumn and winter
How will the corona measures continue? Which ones can soon be eliminated thanks to the ongoing vaccination campaign and which ones will still be preserved? Jens Spahn and the Ministry of Health have now developed a package of measures that should bring us safely through autumn and winter. All under the motto “Flatten the curve 2.0”. RTL has the concept paper. Some restrictions will remain with us longer than many may have thought.
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Report: Mask requirement until spring 2022
Goodbye mask requirement thanks to vaccination? Most Germans have known at least since their own vaccination that this does not work out. Because a vaccinated person can still transmit the virus, we are still required to wear a mask for the time being. But how long?
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The Federal Ministry of Health has now issued an assessment and it is tough. The experts in the ministry are assuming that the mask requirement will remain in place until “spring 2022” – especially in local and long-distance public transport as well as in retail. And that also applies to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.
Hotel overnight stays and indoor catering only with corona test
And the paper has another hammer ready: Vaccination and testing have a high probability of preventing people with a high and thus infectious viral load from entering a room, according to the report. “Therefore, regardless of the incidence, from the beginning / middle of September 2021, participation in certain events throughout Germany should generally only be possible if the 3G rule (3G: vaccinated, recovered or tested) is complied with.”
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In plain language: everyone who does not want to be vaccinated will continue to have to go to the test station regularly if they want to take part in certain activities. Examples are indoor catering, hotel accommodation, body-hugging services, sports and indoor events, and large indoor and outdoor events. And according to the concept paper, testing will no longer be free. (Exceptions apply to those for whom there is no unrestricted vaccination recommendation.)
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The measures from the paper that RTL has at hand, here again in a compact overview:
- Vaccinate! Here the ministry refers to the recently decided offers for child vaccinations and booster vaccinations. In addition, low-threshold vaccination offers “Vaccination to Go” are planned.
- AHA + L remains: Anywhere where many people meet in closed rooms, whose vaccination status is not known or where particularly vulnerable groups meet. the Mask requirement should also until spring 2022 in local and long-distance transport as well as in retail, regardless of whether someone is vaccinated or not.
- Quarantine: Infected people must continue to be in quarantine, as well as close contacts and people entering from certain risk areas. The quarantine obligation does not apply to vaccinated and convalescent people, even if they are infected with the Delta variant.
- Testing: In daycare centers and schools – and despite the high level of vaccination in old people’s homes – tests should continue to be carried out on a regular basis. Free citizen tests will no longer be available from mid-October, because everyone got a vaccination offer. Free tests should only continue to be given to people for whom no general vaccination recommendation applies. For example, for pregnant women or under-18s.
- 3 Gs are the door opener: Regardless of the incidence, participation in certain events should be adjusted to the 3-G rule from the beginning / middle of September. Only those who have been tested, vaccinated or recovered are allowed to spend the night in the indoor restaurant, hotel, use body-friendly services, do indoor sports or take part in major events.
- More restrictions on the unvaccinated: Unvaccinated people must expect different rules to apply to them than to those who have been vaccinated as the numbers increase. For example, contact restrictions are explicitly mentioned in the paper. A mix of vaccination rate, incidence (by age group) and the Covid hospitalization rate is given as incidence values.
Prime Minister’s Conference takes place on August 10th
Whether the regulation is actually carried through depends primarily on the Prime Minister’s Conference in the coming week. Because on August 10, after a long break, the country leaders will again discuss with Chancellor Angela Merkel how the impending fourth wave of the pandemic can still be contained. The focus should be on the now faltering vaccination campaign and renewed possible restrictions. Because the following applies: A new lockdown should be avoided, as well as canceled classes or even school closings.
Against this background, the health ministers of the federal states, together with Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn, recently agreed on a vaccination offer for all children and adolescents aged 12 and over. The decision of the politicians met with some fierce criticism, especially from experts of the Standing Vaccination Commission.dpa, sst, eku)
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