New corona measures in Germany after Christmas 2021: They are to be adopted on the 21st of December

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The German federal and state governments will meet on the 21st of December at a new Covid summit to discuss new restrictions in view of the spread of the Omikron variant. Even before the conference, it is relatively clear which corona measures could be involved – and when they will come into force.

New corona measures: The federal and state governments are discussing new corona measures at the new Covid summit on the 21st of December. The federal states have informally agreed on a new summit paper. This calls for further measures in addition to the previously known draft resolution.

New corona measures

1. Booster vaccinations

The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states appeal to all citizens who have not yet received a booster to have it carried out as soon as possible.

Experts expressly advise against postponing the vaccination and waiting for a vaccine adapted to the Omikron variant to be available.

Even those who have not yet been vaccinated are urged to protect themselves and others now and to make an appointment for the first and second vaccination.

2. Vaccination campaign

The federal and state governments ask the service providers authorized to carry out COVID-19 vaccinations (doctors, pharmacies, etc.) to participate in the vaccination campaign to the best of their ability. 

▶ The vaccination campaign should also continue over Christmas, on the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Eve . Practices and vaccination centers should remain open.

The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states expressly thank all those employed in the healthcare sector for their commitment to fighting the Covid pandemic. The booster vaccination is very important right now. 

▶ The federal and state governments want to achieve a further 30 million vaccinations (booster, first and second vaccinations) by the end of January 2022. The federal and state governments will make full use of the vaccination capacities and expand them if necessary. Access to the vaccination should be quick and easy.

New corona measures

3. Child vaccinations

It is gratifying that vaccination is now also approved for children between the ages of 5 and 11 and that the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has made recommendations for vaccinating children between the ages of 5 and 11.

▶ The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states call for the child vaccination to be offered to protect children from serious illnesses to be accepted as soon as possible. If this has not yet been done, the federal and state governments will set up and expand vaccination offers specifically for children in order to give them low-threshold access to vaccinations.

At the same time, they ask the paediatricians to take part in the education and the vaccination campaign.

4. Critical Infrastructure

The federal and state governments call on the operators of critical infrastructures to immediately review and adapt their respective operational pandemic plans and to ensure that they can be activated at short notice. They ensure that these steps are implemented for the publicly operated critical infrastructures.

The federal government and the federal states will continuously exchange ideas and work closely with the operators so that the critical infrastructure is prepared for the challenges posed by the Omikron variant. The Corona crisis team in the Federal Chancellery, headed by Major General Breuer, will ensure this through the newly established federal-state crisis team.

The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) as a central actor in the area of ​​civil protection is now a permanent member of the crisis team. The BBK is in constant contact with the private and public operators of critical infrastructures and will intensify this exchange with a view to the upcoming situation.

Under the leadership of the Corona crisis team, with the involvement of the BBK as well as the responsible departments and the KRITIS operator, the load situation of the critical infrastructures is monitored and recommendations for action are drawn up based on this.

5. Contact restrictions for unvaccinated persons

The virus spreads through person-to-person contact. It has been proven that extensive contact restrictions for unvaccinated people have been in place in Germany for several weeks.

▶ In order to prevent or at least slow down the spread of the virus, these restrictions on contacts are still necessary. They therefore continue to apply: nationwide, access to facilities and events for cultural and leisure activities (cinemas, theaters, restaurants, etc.) as well as retail (exception: shops for daily needs) is only possible for vaccinated and convalescent people (2G), regardless of the incidence. In addition, a current test can be prescribed (2GPlus).

▶ Exceptions apply to people who cannot be vaccinated and to people for whom there is no general vaccination recommendation. Exceptions for children and young people up to the age of 18 are also possible. Compliance with the rules is strictly controlled.

▶ For private indoor or outdoor get-togethers in which non-vaccinated and unconcealed people take part, the following still applies: Only members of your own household and a maximum of two people from another household are allowed to meet. Children up to the age of 14 are exempt from this.

▶ Spouses or partners in a civil partnership are considered to be one household, even if they do not have a common place of residence. In addition, unvaccinated persons are only allowed to work in the workplaces with a daily test. Unvaccinated people can still only use local public transport and local and long-distance trains with a daily test.

6. Contact restrictions for vaccinated and convalescent people

In order to slow down the new wave with the Omikron variant, further restrictions on contacts are also necessary for vaccinated persons and genesis. In particular, New Year’s Eve celebrations with a large number of people are unjustifiable in the current situation.

Therefore, from December 28, 2021, private gatherings of vaccinated and convalescent people will only be allowed with a maximum of 10 people. This upper limit applies to private meetings both indoors and outdoors. Children up to the age of 14 are exempt from this.

As soon as an unvaccinated person takes part in a meeting, the contact restrictions for unvaccinated persons apply: The meeting is therefore limited to your own household and a maximum of two people from another household.

New corona measures

7. Christmas

The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states ask the citizens to celebrate the Christmas holidays responsibly. The number of contacts at family celebrations should be limited independently and the rules on keeping your distance should be observed.

The usual hygiene measures, wearing a mask and regular ventilation should also be a matter of course. The Corona warning app should be used. To protect people in the immediate vicinity, they call for a test to be carried out before meeting other family members, friends and relatives. In this way, Christmas can be celebrated together and safely.

8. Test recommendation on Christmas and New Year’s Eve

At all meetings with several people outside of your own household, precautionary testing – also for vaccinated people – is recommended regardless of the Christmas holidays and New Year’s Eve. This is especially true when meeting older people.

9. Measures on New Year’s Eve

The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states recall the agreed ban on attendance and gatherings on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve as well as the ban on fireworks in public spaces to be defined by the municipalities.

The sale of pyrotechnics before New Year’s Eve is generally prohibited this year. We strongly advise against lighting New Year’s Eve fireworks, also in view of the high risk of injury and the already enormous burden on the health system.

New corona measures

10. Clubs and discos

Indoor clubs and discos (“dance fun”) will be closed.

11. Major events

Supraregional sports, cultural and comparable major events are [significantly restricted. Limitations of the occupancy and an absolute upper limit of viewers are set.

For events in closed rooms, only 30 to 50 percent of the capacity may be used up to a maximum total number of [X] spectators. For outdoor events, only 30 to 50 percent of the capacity may be used up to a maximum total number of [X] spectators. Medical masks are to be worn.

As in other cases, only those who have been vaccinated or recovered have access (2G). In addition, a current test can be prescribed for the participants (2GPlus). In federal states with a high incidence of infections, events must be canceled if possible and sporting events must be held without spectators.

12. Bridging aid IV

With the bridging aid IV, financial support is still available for the companies affected by the corona protective measures. The hardship aid, the federal special fund for trade fairs and exhibitions, the federal special fund for cultural events, the Corona aid professional sport program and the KFW special program are to be extended.

The federal and state governments will keep an eye on further developments and discuss any necessary adjustments. From the point of view of the federal states, the special needs of municipal companies, the cultural and event industries and companies in the pyrotechnic industry must be taken into account. Economic aid is handled by the federal states.

13. Uniform national minimum standards

In accordance with the system of the resolution of December 2, 2021, the measures described above are based on the agreement of uniform national minimum standards. The existing resolutions of the federal and state governments remain valid, unless this resolution makes a different determination.

14. New meeting in January 2022

The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states will meet again on January 10, 2022 to discuss the situation.

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