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Federal Government of Germany

Federal Cabinet of Germany (Bundesregierung) Press Release


BERLIN — The following decisions were made on Dec. 2, 2021, by the Minister Presidents of the 16 federal states and Executive Chancellor Angela Merkel, to combat the Corona pandemic:



Because the protection of the corona vaccination against the currently prevalent virus variants with the currently available vaccines continuously decreases from about the fifth month, the vaccination status, (i.e. the duration of recognition as a fully vaccinated person), will have to be changed unless a booster vaccination is given .

At the level of the European Union, it is being discussed that the vaccination status should remain valid for nine months after the second vaccination. The federal and state governments will agree by the end of the year, taking into account the vaccination campaign and the available vaccines, from when and how a corresponding regulation should apply in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Nationwide, access to cultural and recreational facilities and events (cinemas, theaters, restaurants, etc.) is only possible for vaccinated and convalescent people (2G), regardless of the incidence. In addition, a current test can be prescribed (2G+).  Exceptions are to be made for people who cannot be vaccinated and for people for whom there is no general vaccination recommendation. In addition, exceptions are possible for children and young people up to the age of 18.

The 2G rule will be extended to the retail trade nationwide, regardless of the incidence. So only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered have access. Shops for daily needs are excluded. Access must be controlled by the shops.

Strict contact restrictions for unvaccinated people are in place in all states.

Private get-togethers in public, or private, spaces in which non-vaccinated and non-recovered people take part must be restricted to

  • One’s own household and a maximum of two people from another household.
  • 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.
  • Private get-togethers, in which only vaccinated and convalescent people take part, are not affected.

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

A.  Indoor events: 30% to 50% of the capacity may be used up to a maximum total of 5,000 spectators.

B.  Outdoor events, only 30% to 50% of the capacity may be used up to a maximum total of 15,000 spectators.

  • Medical masks are to be worn.
  • 2G access only. In addition, a current test can be prescribed for the participants (2G+).
  • In states with a high infection rate, events must be canceled if possible and sporting events held without spectators.

Indoor clubs and discos will be closed at the latest when the incidence of more than 350 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is reached in seven days.

Private celebrations and meetings are limited to

  • 50 people (vaccinated and recovered) indoors.
  • 200 people (vaccinated and recovered) outdoors.

Masks are compulsory for all grades.

Further regulations will be added to the federal Infection Protection Act so that states and regions with a high incidence of infections can continue to take appropriate additional measures (e.g. temporary closures of restaurants, prohibition of alcohol distribution or consumption, restriction of gatherings, restrictions on hotel accommodation). In addition, it was asked to extend the transition period for protective measures in the Infection Protection Act, which came into force by Nov. 25, 2021, beyond Dec. 15, 2021. It is made clear by law that these measures can also be regionally differentiated (e.g. rural districts).

  • Nationwide ban on gatherings.
  • Ban on fireworks in public places to be defined by the municipalities.
  • Sale of pyrotechnics, before New Year’s Eve, is generally prohibited this year.
  • Lighting of New Year’s Eve fireworks is strongly discouraged (the goal is to prevent injuries that would put additional stress on already full hospitals).

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