How did Hamburg’s first ‘vaccine only’ weekend go?

Some bars on Hamburg’s famed Reeperbahn were packed like in the days before the pandemic on the first weekend of new rules that allow nightlife locations to bar entry to the unvaccinated. Others chose not to make use of the option.

How did Hamburg’s first ‘vaccine only’ weekend go?
A sign in front of a Hamburg bar indicating 2G rules. Photo: dpa | Axel Heimken

The port city’s controversial decision to allow event organizers to only allow in people who have been vaccinated or recovered from a coronavirus infection came into force on Saturday.

Hamburg is the only German state to have created a so-called ‘2G’ rule – meaning entry for Geimpfte (vaccinated), Genesene (recovered) – as opposed to the standard 3G model, which includes entrance for people who can show a negative test (Getestete).

Event locations which register with the city as 2G locations can impose much looser restrictions, which allows bars with dancefloors to let in up to 150 people. They also no longer need to close at 11pm, meaning Hamburg’s endless nights can restart again.

The concept has faced criticism though due to the fact that it excludes people who have either chosen not to be vaccinated or have not been able to receive a vaccination due to health concerns.

Packed-out bars 

According to public broadcaster NDR, some bars on the Reeperbahn already made use of the new rules at the stroke of midnight from on Saturday. Within hours though police had closed one club on the Große Freiheit and a bar in the vicinity down due to the fact that people were found inside who could not prove vaccination or recovery from the virus.

Some of the pubs were packed like in the days before the pandemic, the broadcaster reports.

Close to 300 venues have already registered for the 2G rules.

SEE ALSO: Hamburg venues can allow entry for Covid-vaccinated and recovered people only

Some venues haven’t yet made use of the rules but intend to.

“Most of my guests have been vaccinated and are just waiting to be able to sit inside again,” Andreas Neumann, manager of Hardy’s bar told DPA. 

Neumann intends to switch to 2G from October, when all his employees have been vaccinated. He says he will then be able to seat more than double as many people inside for football matches.

Content with 3G

Not everyone plans to implement the 2G rules though.

Celebrity chef Tim Mälzer, who owns the Bullerei restaurant near the Sternschanze, has said that he will keep offering entry to people who have a negative test result.

“The unvaccinated, those not yet completely vaccinated, pregnant women, some people with allergies and others would be denied entry” under the 2G model, Mälzer wrote on Facebook, adding that “we look forward to seeing you all!”

Mälzer said that the 3G system had worked well for his restaurant and that there had not been any cases of infection reported.

More states to follow? 

While Hamburg is the first state to introduce the 2G rule, it may not be the last. 

On Sunday, Bild am Sonntag reported that the southwestern state of Baden-Württemburg was also considering permitting entry to certain venues only for those who can prove that they’ve been vaccinated against or recovered from Covid. 

Member comments

  1. Good! Private businesses should be able to make their own rules. And, the whole country should not continue to be penalized because a portion of the population refuses to get immunized. Get the shot or stay home.

  2. Has to be 2G so as to encourage as many as possble to get vaccinated. Entrance to venues has always been based on a set of rules and conditions to protect the health and safety of guests. There is usually some reference to these on the ticket.

    1. we already know today that even if you are vaccinated you can get infected with covid and thus infect others, so why do we think 2g is safer than 3g? And if you think that health pass is reasonable why not to include all infectious diseases there?you know..for people safety..

  3. Amazing the amount of people agreeing with these Fascist measures. The MRNA jabs were rushed , insufficiently tested and are proving to be harmful. Just take a look at the UK Yellow card for evidence of this. The jabs do not even prevent infection or transmission. They are even coming for the children now. Well you can stick the jabs, the pubs, the clubs, the cinemas. Im staying at home away from this lunacy.

  4. So often I hear the pro covid vaccination people accuse the people who do not want this covid vaccination of being asocial. Yet, it seems to me, that by taking tests before activities and going places, those test takers are being far more protective of others than, say, 150 people, untested, packed into a bar, dancing their fool heads off. Obviously, people who are double vaccinated can contract Covid and infect others. This has been shown over and over. To my mind, everyone should be taking tests before they go places, vaccinated or not. Being double vaccinated is not a get out of jail free card.

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.