Corona rules: 2G now applies in these German federal states


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The 2G regulation applies in more and more federal states. But there are differences. An overview of which corona rule applies where and for whom.

Significance of the 2G rule for unvaccinated persons, evidence and tests in BW, Hamburg & Co.

In addition to the 3G model, some federal states have introduced the “2G” rule for events and restaurants. What applies to those who have been vaccinated, who have been tested and who have recovered? Find out what can you expect in each German federal state.


  • In more and more federal states, the 2G rule is considered an option
  • Certain operators thus have the choice of whether they only allow vaccinated and convalescents
  • We show in which federal states 2G was introduced

Many federal states are tightening the corona measures for autumn to protect against the fourth wave. The 2G rule applies in many places – vaccinated or recovered. The reason: Unvaccinated people have a significantly higher risk of spreading Corona. But the rules are not uniform. Here is an overview.

Berlin – relief for those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated

As in Hamburg, the Berlin Senate decided to introduce a 2G option model. In a number of areas such as gastronomy or at events, the operators can decide for themselves whether they only allow access to interior rooms for vaccinated or convalescent (2G) or also for those who have been tested (3G). In the case of 2G, other corona restrictions such as distance or mask do not apply . Anyone who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons can still take part in events under the 2G rule, but needs a test.

Hamburg as a pioneer

Hamburg has had the option of a 2G rule since the end of August. If you want, you can only open your restaurant or party to vaccinated and convalescent people. This has the advantage that events no longer have to pay attention to distances and quantity limits. Well-filled pubs, cinemas and theaters are now possible again – even without a mask.

Stricter 3G rule and 2G plus – what does that mean?

In some federal states, the 2G plus rule is also used in addition to 2G and 3G. This means: life remains almost normal for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. As numbers rise – as measured by incidence, hospitalization rates and ICU bed occupancy – restrictions on the unvaccinated will gradually come into effect. This is to rule out a lockdown for everyone – but it could lead to a kind of lockdown for those who have been vaccinated. The 2G-Plus rule already applies in Rhineland-Palatinate, for example.

The stricter 3G rule applies in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, for example, to access to night clubs. Only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered are admitted here – plus everyone with currently negative PCR test evidence.

Lower Saxony – optional 2G rule from September 22nd

Also Lower Saxony continues to combat the coronavirus to the optional 2G rules. Here, too, then eliminating the mask duty and maintaining distance .

This does not apply to young people under the age of 18 and children. They should also be allowed in without a vaccination or convalescence, as they regularly test themselves before going to school . People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are also excluded.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with 2G

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania , as in Lower Saxony and other federal states , restaurateurs and event organizers can opt for the 2G regulation.

Saxony-Anhalt allows more guests under 2G

Saxony-Anhalt’s state government announced new corona rules in September. Organizers and restaurateurs have the option of admitting more guests if they introduce the 2G model. This means that they only grant access to vaccinated and convalescent people. Among other things, the distance rules do not apply. Children and adolescents under the age of 18 do not have to be vaccinated to begin with.

2G rule: disadvantages for unvaccinated people

The 2G model means considerable restrictions for unvaccinated people, which are comparable to a slight lockdown. Participation in public life such as visiting public facilities such as restaurants, fitness studios or cinemas is not possible for unvaccinated persons. Conversely, for vaccinated and recovered people, this means that such a visit is possible without capacity restrictions or distance requirements.

Rhineland-Palatinate relies on 2G-plus regulation

A so-called 2G-plus regulation applies in Rhineland-Palatinate . That means that vaccinated and convalescent people are allowed to use everything . There are restrictions for those who have been tested. Other changes, such as the mask requirement and distance regulation, remain in place. There is also a tier system for this. With increasing numbers of infections in the country, the access of unvaccinated people to events of all kinds and the catering trade should be gradually reduced.

Baden-Württemberg – tough 2G rule

In Baden-Württemberg, significantly stricter corona rules have been in force since mid-September. The state has introduced a three-stage plan, which is based on the intensive care bed occupancy. In a first stage, unvaccinated people only have access to certain public areas with a negative PCR test. In a second step, if the situation worsens, unvaccinated persons no longer have access to restaurants, cultural and sporting events, among other things . The state is currently planning to give restaurateurs and event organizers the opportunity to dispense with rules such as mask compulsory or distance rules – provided they only allow vaccinated and convalescent people regardless of the step-by-step plan.

Bremen with a warning model

A four-stage corona warning model applies in Bremen, which is based on the local hospitalization rate. Different regulations apply depending on the warning level. 2G is not yet planned.

Hardly any exceptions with the 2G model

There are no exceptions to the 2G rule. Because of the risk of infection, all unvaccinated persons – including people such as pregnant women who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons – are excluded from 2G events. The only exception are children and young people up to and including 17 years of age.

Hessen promotes the 2G rule

The 2G rule is also an option in Hesse. The Corona cabinet had decided to make the introduction of the so-called 2G rule interesting for entrepreneurs in certain areas. Hairdressers, organizers and restaurateurs have the option of only serving those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. No distance rules have to be adhered to and no masks have to be worn in the corresponding shops and bars . This option now also applies to retailers.

Saxony with the optional 2G rule

In Saxony, too, restaurateurs and organizers can decide for themselves whether they will only accept vaccinated and convalescent guests as guests. Here, too, the distance requirement and mask requirement can be dispensed with. The option only applies to events for up to 5000 people.

NRW: 2G rule not nationwide, but optional

A general 2G rule is not planned in North Rhine-Westphalia, the 3G rule is to remain unchanged until further notice. Nevertheless, individual 2G regulations are possible . Counties and cities could enact stricter rules in consultation with the Ministry of Health. Duisburg, for example, relies on 2G for urban cultural and leisure events from November 1st.

Conclusion: The 2G rule will divide Germany

The 2G rule already offers potential for conflict. Such a regulation enables more occupancy and therefore more profit for restaurateurs and organizers as well as further freedom for vaccinated people. However, the 2G regulation also means an indirect compulsory vaccination and social exclusion of people who have not been vaccinated.

Schleswig-Holstein relies on easing

The 2G rule is currently not in Schleswig-Holstein. But should the situation in the hospitals worsen, “a transition to a 2G regulation with a 3G option is envisaged” – and stricter requirements would apply to 3G. Until then, Schleswig-Holstein will even take a step in a different direction. Outdoor activities have been largely unregulated since September 20th . In places where the 3G regulation does not apply – for example in buses and trains as well as in retail stores – the mask requirement continues to apply.

Bavaria relies on a different model

New rules are also in force in Bavaria, which also include a “hospital traffic light” as an indicator. 2G is “theoretically possible and not prohibited,” said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU).

Saarland with 3G plus rule

In Saarland there are almost no more restrictions for those who have been tested, vaccinated or recovered. The country has introduced a 3G Plus rule. Even for events where distances cannot be kept, there is only one recommendation to wear a mask.

Does the 2G rule also apply to children?

If the 2G rule comes into force, certain areas of public life may only be used by vaccinated and tested people. However, many children under the age of 12 have not yet been vaccinated. In Hamburg , due to the optional 2G regulation , exceptions for children and adolescents were still in effect . Until October 2nd, children and young people under 18 years of age are exempt from the obligation to provide evidence. Thereafter, the exception will only apply to all children under the age of twelve.

The Berlin Senate after heavy criticism be decreed 2G option model expanded to include an exemption for children under twelve. “These are basically allowed to take part in 2G events and enter and use 2G facilities,” the Senate announced on Wednesday, September 15th. However, the prerequisite is that they have tested negative Children under six years of age and students who are regularly tested as part of school attendance.

Thuringia: 2G rule possible

In Thuringia, access to events can be further restricted since the beginning of October. Regardless of the warning levels in force, organizers have the choice between two option models. For example, when visiting trade fairs, markets, cinemas, discos and cultural institutions, access can only be granted to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.

In addition to 2G, a 3G-Plus variant is also possible, in which only vaccinated, convalescent and tested people with a PCR test or a test with an alternative method are given access. Closed rooms can only be used to 75 percent. However , there is no obligation to implement the models.


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