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As Germany beating its worst infection rate since the start of the pandemic, some states are considering putting in place so-called 2G rules, which effectively exclude people who choose not to be vaccinated from many areas of public life.

Berlin adopted the new rules on Monday, November 15.

Under the new rules, only people who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months are allowed to eat inside restaurants or go to clubs or bars. Only children and those who have medical reasons not to be vaccinated are exempt from the new rule.

“In light of the growing number of coronavirus infections and looming shortages in intensive care units, the Senate has decided to significantly expand the so-called 2G rule,” the city government said.

Only vaccinated and cured people will be allowed to enter places such as restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums, galleries or concert halls. The rule also applies to gymnasiums and swimming pools, recreational facilities such as saunas and thermal baths, and places of entertainment such as arcades. Unvaccinated people are also no longer allowed in closed areas inside amusement parks, zoos and botanical gardens. The 2G rule also applies to hairdressers, beauty salons, gyms and dance studios.

Brandenburg, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria are expected to follow suit.

The 2G rules are already in force in some neighborhoods where Covid hospitalizations are particularly high. Similar proposals are being discussed for adoption at the national level and, if approved, would enter into force later this month.

Center-left Social Democrats, Greens and the pro-business FDP said on Monday they would add tougher measures to their bill being considered by the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) to deal with the outbreak .

On Thursday, Germany’s parliament is due to vote on a new legal framework for coronavirus restrictions developed by the parties expected to form the country’s next coalition government.


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