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Have your say: What do you think about Germany’s 2G-plus rules?

Germany expanded the 2G-plus rule making it tougher to enter restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as other public venues in some states. But there has been confusion over the documents people need to have. We want to hear what you think.

A sign for 2G-plus rules at a restaurant in Dresden.
A sign for 2G-plus rules at a restaurant in Dresden. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

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  1. It is easy to see that there will be no end to the number of vaccines and frequency they will be required. Most of us didn’t begin thinking the government was incompetent, but these days it is hard not to wonder why they are now reducing the time of immunity, demanding boosters, and discussing more boosters. And if the numbers are worse now, with so many vaccinated, than it was a year ago, how can more vaccine mandates be expected to help? Will we be required to get a specific brand of booster every month at some point?

    1. The numbers are not worse than last year: there were 5 times more deaths in Germany last year around this time than now (165 7 days average, vs 845 last year on 20 Jan).

      And let’s not forget that last winter we were in lockdown. This winter I have been in bars, restaurants, clubs, at indoor concerts, at the gym, skiing in Austria etc etc. And in many places I have seen social mixing comparable to pre pandemic levels.

      Vaccines work and you have to twist reality (and not understand statistics) pretty badly to think they don’t. I hope that Flynn guy will show up with some Rand Paul quotes to prove me wrong.

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Germany should prepare for Covid wave in autumn, ministers warn

German health ministers say that tougher Covid restrictions should come back into force if a serious wave emerges in autumn.

Germany should prepare for Covid wave in autumn, ministers warn

Following a video meeting on Monday, the health ministers of Germany’s 16 states said tougher restrictions should be imposed again if they are needed. 

“The corona pandemic is not over yet – we must not be deceived by the current declining incidences,” said Saxony-Anhalt’s health minister Petra Grimm-Benne, of the Social Democrats, who currently chairs the Conference of Health Ministers (GMK).

According to the GMK, new virus variants are expected to appear in autumn and winter. Over the weekend, federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) also warned that the more dangerous Delta variant could return to Germany. “That is why the federal Ministry of Health should draw up a master plan to combat the corona pandemic as soon as possible and coordinate it with the states,” Grimm-Benne said.

Preparations should also include an amendment of the Infection Protection Act, ministers urged. They want to see the states given powers to react to the infection situation in autumn and winter. They called on the government to initiate the legislative process in a timely manner, and get the states actively involved.

The current Infection Protection Act expires on September 23rd this year. Germany has loosened much of its Covid restrictions in the last months, however, face masks are still compulsory on public transport as well as on planes. 

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The health ministers said that from autumn onwards, it should be possible for states to make masks compulsory indoors if the regional infection situation calls for it. Previously, wearing a Covid mask was obligatory in Germany when shopping and in restaurants and bars when not sitting at a table. 

Furthermore, the so-called 3G rule for accessing some venues and facilities – where people have to present proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test – should be implemented again if needed, as well as other infection protection rules, the ministers said. 

Bavaria’s health minister Klaus Holetschek, of the CSU, welcomed the ministers’ unanimous call for a revision of the Infection Protection Act. “The states must be able to take all necessary infection protection measures quickly, effectively, and with legal certainty,” he said.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s health minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) warned that no one should “lull themselves into a false sense of security”.

“We must now prepare for the colder season and use the time to be able to answer important questions about the immunity of the population or the mechanisms of infection chains,” he said.

On Tuesday, Germany reported 86,253 Covid infections within the latest 24 hour period, as well as 215 Covid-related deaths. The 7-day incidence stood at 437.6 infections per 100,000 people. However, experts believe there could be twice as many infections because lots of cases go unreported. 

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