Most corona measures in Hesse have been eliminated. However, things will change from October. What is now allowed again and what is not yet? An overview.
A new infection protection law with modified corona rules has been in force since October 1st. The Hessian state government has also adjusted its ordinance accordingly. You can see the corona development in Hesse here, current reports can be found in our corona ticker.
In detail, the following corona rules in Hesse must now be observed:
Where do I still have to wear a mask?
- in long-distance traffic (an FFP2 mask is mandatory from the age of 14, a medical mask for children from the age of six and staff)
- in local traffic (medical mask is enough, FFP2 mask recommended)
- in medical practices and hospitals (FFP2 mask)
- in retirement and nursing homes (FFP2 mask, also applies to residents in common rooms)
- for nursing and rescue services (FFP2 mask)
- in collective accommodation such as homeless and refugee shelters
Where do I still need a corona test?
- in hospitals, retirement and nursing homes as well as collective accommodation Employers, employees and visitors must continue to be tested. For residents of nursing homes, for example, the responsible health department can order tests on a case-by-case basis, for example if there is a major corona outbreak in the facility.
- Correctional and detention centers etc. can decide for themselves on the arrangement of test obligations.
Are there still citizen tests?
Since the end of the general free tests on June 30, not all citizens are entitled to the free “citizen test” (Rapid antigen test).
They remain free of charge for children up to five years of age, pregnant women in the first three months, visitors to hospitals and nursing homes, members of the household of infected people, caring relatives and people with disabilities and their caregivers. Even those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will continue to be paid for the tests. Proof is required for exemption from the test fee.
Pharmacies, doctors and the test centers of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians are authorized to carry out the test. The Ministry of Social Affairs has an overview of test centers in Hesse released.
Do infected people still have to isolate themselves?
Yes. The previous obligations for isolation or quarantine remain in place on the basis of the RKI recommendations, as announced by the state government. That currently means:
- Regardless of vaccination status, infected persons must five days in isolation. According to the state government, an order from the health department is no longer necessary.
- infected no longer have to test themselves. However, it is recommended to voluntarily continue isolation until at least 48 hours have passed without symptoms.
- The rules are a bit stricter Employees in hospitals and retirement and nursing homes; they, too, may not return to work until the fifth day after the start of isolation with a free test at the earliest. In this case, however, a negative test result must be submitted to the health department.
What quarantine rules apply to household members and contact persons?
- household members of infected people – including those who have not been vaccinated – no longer have to be automatically quarantined. Instead, household members and close contacts are recommended to reduce their contacts for at least five days and to test themselves daily.
Parents can take up to 30 children’s sick days per year to look after their children at home if they have to be quarantined. Single parents have 60 child sick days.
What applies to travelers returning?
The federal rules apply to travelers returning:
- Valid since June 1st no obligation to provide proof more. Travelers who have traveled within the EU no longer have to show that they have been vaccinated, have recovered or tested negative when they return to Germany.
- For entries from countries outside the EU, the corona entry restrictions will no longer apply as of June 11th.
- Who in the last ten days before entering a country at the time of entry as Virus Variant Area classified area must go home immediately after arrival – or to other accommodation at the destination – and isolate (domestic quarantine). The quarantine period generally lasts 14 days and cannot be shortened. In addition, travelers must present a negative PCR test (from the age of 12) and a digital entry registration upon arrival in Germany.
- The individual regulations and further explanations can be found on the website federal government.
Do I have to be vaccinated or tested at work?
The 3G obligation (either vaccinated, recovered or tested on a daily basis) was already dropped on March 20th. However, employers are still obliged to protect their employees. There is also the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, which states:
- The employer must determine the necessary measures on the basis of the risk assessment.
- As part of the risk assessment, he must check in particular whether he will continue to make test offers (once a week), offer home office and/or provide masks.
Further information on protective measures at the workplace as well as an overview of the most important questions and answers can be found on the website federal government.
What applies to schools?
- Die testing obligation in the Hessian schools has been lifted since May 1st.
- May 1st is the for all students It is no longer possible to unsubscribe from face-to-face classes without any special requirements. The only exceptions are those who themselves or members of their household would be exposed to the risk of a severe course of the disease if infected. This would be the case, for example, with a medically confirmed previous illness or a diagnosed immune deficiency. In this case, an application must be submitted.
- Wearing one voluntarily medical mask in class is possible.
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Medical care and vaccinations
Who can I contact if corona symptoms appear?
symptoms like Cough, runny nose, sore throat or fever can indicate a cold, but also a corona infection. If you feel unwell, you should therefore stay at home and take further steps by telephone with your family doctor clear up. In the event of suspicion, medical practices should only be visited after prior notification by telephone. The hotline of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians is also a contact point – under the telephone number 116117.
When and where can I get vaccinated?
All districts and urban districts offer vaccination options, for example in vaccination centers or smaller vaccination points. An overview of the stationary offers can be found on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Many medical practices vaccinate too. You can find a list here. Many cities and districts also offer additional offers such as special vaccination campaigns.
The Standing Committee on Vaccination (Stiko) now recommends vaccination for everyone from five years. Children up to and including eleven years should receive a one-time vaccination, preferably with the vaccine from Biontech. In adolescents from the age of twelve and adults, this usually takes place after three to six weeks second vaccination (also required by Johnson & Johnson).
A Booster is possible three months after the second vaccination and is always carried out with an mRNA vaccine (Biontech or Moderna). It is recommended for ages 12 and up.
Die fourth vaccination (second booster) recommends the Stiko from the age of 60 and for people from the age of five with an increased risk of a severe course of the disease due to previous illnesses (minimum interval to the third vaccination/last corona infection: six months).
Who is vaccinated for?
From October 1st, only those who have received a booster in addition to the first and second vaccinations after six months or who have also been infected with Corona will be considered fully vaccinated from October 1st.
The staff of clinics and homes must be fully vaccinated against the corona virus. In Hesse, the so-called institution-related vaccination obligation affects 247,600 employees – for example in nursing facilities, hospitals or doctor’s offices.
Violations are usually treated as administrative offences. Particularly serious violations of the regulation can be reported as criminal offenses. This mainly applies to intentional violations, such as violations of quarantine orders or proven spread of the pathogen.
You can get more information here
If you have any questions about the corona virus in Hesse, you can call 0800/5554666 Ministry of Social Affairs hotline turn around. It is staffed on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hessen Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians also offers help for patients Website on. The KV also advises by telephone on 116117.
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