“There will be no such restriction for vaccinated and recovered people,” the minister told the German Editorial Network (RND) on Thursday. “That is the legal situation today.”
His comments echo those of Chancellor Merkel, who said last week that people who get their Covid shots will continue to have their rights assured, even if the infections rate rise in autumn.
“As long as the vaccines are working, we cannot simply say a vaccinated person is not allowed […] to exercise their rights as a citizen,” she told reporters at a press conference on August 10th, following a meeting between her and the state leaders.
However, Spahn believes that the unvaccinated could find themselves unable to visit restaurants, hotels are other services as private owners start to break away from state regulation and enforce their own entry rules.
With the new ‘3G’ health pass rules coming into force, people with proof of vaccination (the ‘geimpft‘), recovery (the ‘genesen‘) or those with a negative test (the ‘getestet‘) can continue to visit the public spaces like bars and restaurants that were closed for months during Germany’s harshest lockdowns.
The move is intended to ensure that businesses can remain even when infection rates are higher, and also act as an incentive for people to get vaccinated as opposed to facing regular tests.
But Spahn assumes that private event organisers, hotels or restaurants will increasingly decide not to admit unvaccinated people – even if they can present a negative Covid test.
“2G [entry only for the vaccinated or recovered] will come in many areas without state intervention, and that is because organisers and restaurateurs will make use of their rights as business owners,” he told RND.
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) believes the 2G rule will be introduced in some venues without state intervention. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/Reuters/Pool | Michele Tantussi
The transition to 2G has already been made by FC Cologne, who plan to bar unvaccinated people from attending Bundesliga football matches at their stadium throughout the season.
Some hotels are also looking at this model.
Meanwhile, FC Dortmund has opted to allow just a small proportion of unvaccinated fans into their home stadium, reserving the vast majority of the 25,000 seats for vaccinated or recovered people.
Spahn is said to be keen on the idea of introducing a state-led ‘2G’ rule if the 7-day incidence of Covid infections starts to spike in the colder months.
Until now, however, politicians have made little sign that they plan to introduce this measure formally, although Bavarian state premier Markus Söder has voiced his support for it.
Instead, they chose to focus their discussions on the less controversial ‘3G’ rule and the scrapping of free antigen tests at the meeting between Merkel and the state premiers on August 10th.