The federal government and the authorities of the federal states have agreed thresholds for hospitalization of people suffering from COVID-19, after which the federal states will introduce stricter restrictions.
If the number of admissions to hospital for people with Covid-19 exceeds the threshold of 3 per 100,000. residents over the next seven days, the federal states will limit access to recreational and sports events, gastronomy, tourist facilities and some services only to people from the so-called 2G group, i.e. vaccinated and healed.
The next step is to be the 2G plus rule, i.e. the participation of only vaccinated people and convalescents, who must additionally present a negative test result. Here, the adopted threshold value for hospitalization is 6 Covid-19 patients (per 100,000 inhabitants). This rule is to apply mainly in places where the risk of infection is particularly high due to the number of people and “compliance with hygiene rules is difficult”, eg in discos, clubs and bars.
Following the threshold of 9 hospitalization, further “particularly severe” measures would be imposed. “This, however, requires the consent of the national parliament,” emphasized Chancellor Angela Merkel during the press conference after the deliberations.
Central and state authorities have not agreed to compulsory vaccinations against Covid-19 for some professional groups at the federal level. The federal states insisted on introducing compulsory vaccinations for employees of hospitals and nursing homes.
– This obligation should apply to everyone who has contact with particularly vulnerable persons – said the chairman of the conference of prime ministers and the head of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wuest. However, the federal government refrains from making such a decision – emphasizes the RND portal.
Merkel also called for an acceleration of the vaccination campaign, including a booster dose. To date, 4.8 million people have taken a booster dose in Germany.
Already on Thursday evening, the Bundestag approved the new version of the law on protection against infections. The state of epidemic threat, which has been in force at the federal level for several months, will expire on November 25, as previously announced.
After that date, it will be up to the Länder to decide for themselves whether to implement pandemic countermeasures in their respective territories, mainly because the hospitalization rate varies significantly from state to state.