gGermany on Thursday announced a de facto lockdown for unvaccinated people, which will deny them access to most businesses and places except grocery stores and pharmacies.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said measures were needed to tackle coronavirus infections which again exceeded 70,000 new confirmed cases in a 24-hour period.
“The situation in our country is serious,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin, calling the measure “an act of national solidarity”.
The general mandate on vaccines could go into effect as early as February if approved by lawmakers.
Those who have proof of a recent recovery in Covid will not be affected by the measures, local media report.
Authorities also agreed to impose masks in schools, impose new limits on private gatherings and target 30 million vaccinations by the end of the year.
About 68 percent of the German population is fully vaccinated – below the government target of 75 percent.
Under the new strict national measures, those who are not stung or collected will be banned from non-essential shops, cultural venues and places of recreation.
Those who are not vaccinated will only be able to meet two people from another household.
Versions of the restrictions were already in effect in several German regions.
Nightclubs will also have to close in areas with high infection rates, officials said on Thursday. In such cases, indoor events will also be limited to 50 people, according to reports.
Tackling the latest wave of Covid will be a key challenge for the new three-way ‘traffic light’ coalition government, which is expected to take office next week.