German government plans to restrict public life of unvaccinated, according to newspaper

The German government and the federal states will decide this Thursday, November 18, to implement restrictions in public life for those not vaccinated or healed, according to a draft agreement cited by the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel.

On Thursday the acting Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the heads of the Länder will meet to agree on measures against the fourth wave of the pandemic, which on Wednesday left a new daily maximum of 52,826 infections in the last 24 hours and a weekly incidence record of 319.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

According to a draft that Tagesspiegel has had access to, 2G measures (vaccinated, healed, for its acronym in German) will be implemented for the whole country, which implies that to access a large part of interior spaces it will no longer be enough with a negative test.

So so only vaccinated and healed would have access to cultural, sports and leisure activities, as well as restaurants, bars and services that imply a proximity to the client such as hairdressers.

These measures are already in place in various regions of the country, including the capital or federal states such as Bavaria (south) and Saxony (east).

According to the same source, the German Government also foresees that, if a certain threshold of hospitalizations is exceeded, the 2G Plus can be implemented at the regional level, which implies that even vaccinated and healed people must present negative tests.

In addition, the central government and the federated states intend to extend beyond November 25, when the extraordinary law linked to the pandemic expires, the ability of the Länder to enact other measures, such as the closure of schools and kindergartens.

This will be possible because the bill to combat the pandemic presented in the Bundestag by the parties that negotiate the future coalition government, which will foreseeably be approved this Thursday, includes the corresponding clause granting this capacity to the Länder.

This draft is intended to replace the law that regulates the epidemic situation of national scope and has been harshly criticized by Christian Democrats, who will move from the Government to the opposition and who advocate extending the state of emergency.