04/03/2021 at 6:48 PM #27910Anonymous UserParticipant
New lockdown relaxations: what’s changing?
On Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, the federal and state governments agreed on a compromise: The lockdown will be extended until March 28th – but the first steps will be taken from next week, i.e. from March 8th.
New rules and restrictions
According to the Tagesschau, after “hours of deliberation”, a complicated compromise of the lockdown easing was agreed. In principle, the previous corona rules will be extended until March 28, 2021. But there are also gradual easing, which depend on the incidence values of the respective region. The first will come into effect on Monday, March 8th, 2021.
The core element of fighting a pandemic remains contact restrictions. From Monday, however, there will be some easing: Meetings with up to five people from two different households will be possible again from March 8th. An example: Two people from one household meet three people from another household. Children up to the age of 14 are not counted. In addition, flower shops, garden markets, body-hugging services (such as cosmetics or shaving) and driving and flight schools are allowed to reopen. However, they still have to comply with certain hygiene requirements and rules.
Which regulation for which area?
Gastronomy: Gastronomy in the outdoor area will not be able to open until March 22 at the earliest. However, the opening can only take place if the incidence values are low. Until then, deliveries and collections of food are permitted, only consumption on site is prohibited. Other catering establishments as well as bars, clubs, discos, pubs and similar establishments will remain closed for the time being.
Sports: From March 8th, non-contact sports in small groups of up to ten people are allowed if the sports session takes place outdoors and the seven-day incidence in the region is less than 50 new infections. Public and private sports facilities, swimming pools and fun pools, fitness studios and similar facilities will remain closed. Events in professional sports will also continue to be held without spectators.
School and day-care center: The gradual return to face-to-face teaching and the expansion of the day-care center offer are regulated by the individual countries within the framework of their cultural sovereignty and can be viewed on the website of the respective federal state.
Work: So far, there have been no changes or relaxations in the area of the workplace. “Where presence at the workplace is still required, the occupancy of rooms must be reduced or medical masks provided by the employer must be used,” writes the federal government. Unnecessary contacts in the workforce and with customers should be avoided. In principle, working in the home office should be preferred whenever possible.
Travel: No loosening is to be expected when traveling or on vacation either. They should still be avoided: “All business and private trips that are not absolutely necessary are to be avoided”, according to the federal government. This applies both to trips within Germany and to trips abroad.
Further relaxations from lower incidence values
Further easing is in prospect: From a seven-day incidence between 50 and 100, appointment shopping in retail is partly possible and the first easing of individual sport is also planned. If an appointment is made, museums, galleries and zoos should not be able to reopen until the end of March at the earliest.
If the incidence value is below 50, i.e. regions in which there are no more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, outdoor restaurants, theaters, concert and opera houses, cinemas and sports facilities should also reopen. If the values remain higher, it is possible to enter such facilities – at the earliest from March 22nd – with a daily quick test or self-test.
If the incidence value is below 35, people from three households will be able to meet. However, these meetings must not exceed ten participants. Children up to the age of 14 are also not counted here and couples are always considered to be one household, even if they do not live together. Larger celebrations and events that go beyond this scope are prohibited until further notice.
If the seven-day incidence rises to over 100 on three consecutive days in a region or state, the old rules that were in effect before March 8th come back into force on the following second working day.
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