Nationwide lockdown rules: Government pulls the corona emergency brake

After weeks of hacking, it is now clear: The lockdown should be tightened. The government wants to break the third corona wave with uniform regulations. At the last minute, many country requests were taken into account.

The people in large parts of Germany have to adjust to exit restrictions and closed shops according to nationally binding guidelines. A corresponding change in the Infection Protection Act According to information from the German Press Agency, the Federal Cabinet decided in the morning in Berlin.

In principle, it should not be allowed to stay outside of an apartment or an associated garden between 21 p.m. and 5 a.m. This should not apply if the stay is used to care for animals or to practice a profession. These and other restrictions should apply if the 7-day incidence is higher than 100 on three consecutive days in a district or an urban district. This means that within a week there are more than 100 newly infected people for every 100.000 inhabitants.

Uniformity in private meetings, business and sports

A new paragraph 28b of the Infection Protection Act should also stipulate that private gatherings in public or private space are only permitted if they are attended by at most members of a household and one other person including their children up to the age of 14. In the event of death, up to 15 people should be allowed to come together.

Among other things, most shops, leisure and cultural facilities and restaurants are not allowed to open if the incidence is higher. Food retailers, beverage stores, health food stores, baby specialty stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, gas stations, newspaper sales outlets, bookstores, flower shops, pet stores, animal feed markets and garden centers are to be excluded. Distance and hygiene concepts should apply here.

The practice of sport should only be allowed in the form of contactless practice of individual sports. They should be allowed to be exercised alone, in pairs or with members of your own household. There are also exceptions for the competition and training operations of professional athletes and competitive athletes of the national and state squads, but only without spectators.

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Accordingly, dining rooms in medical or nursing facilities, gastronomic offers in accommodation establishments that serve exclusively to entertain persons who are accommodated, offers for homeless people, entertainments for long-distance bus drivers and long-distance drivers and non-public canteens may be opened. The delivery of food and drinks as well as their take-away should continue to be allowed.

Accommodation offers for tourist purposes should, however, be prohibited if there are corresponding incidences in a region.

According to the resolution, services that serve medical, therapeutic, nursing or pastoral purposes as well as hairdressers - each with a mask - should be opened.

Country wishes taken into account in important points

In schools, classroom teaching should only be permitted with two corona tests per week. If the 7-day incidence exceeds 200 on three consecutive days in a rural district or urban district, face-to-face teaching should be prohibited.

The regulations had been negotiated under high pressure for hours. According to DPA information, parliamentary group and state wishes should have been taken into account by the federal government in important points in the submission. According to the planned cabinet decision, the law is to be passed by the Bundestag in an accelerated procedure, if possible, and passed through the Bundesrat.

Changes in the Infection Protection Act: Nationwide lockdown rules: Government pulls the Corona emergency brake

In addition to the amendment to the Infection Protection Act, the cabinet has also introduced an obligation to offer corona tests in companies. The draft of an amended occupational health and safety ordinance stipulates that the companies provide their employees with tests as a rule once a week.

The stricter lockdown and test rules are intended to reduce the number of infected people, Covid-19 sufferers and Deaths until the infection process can be kept under control even with progressive vaccinations.

mad DPA