New guidelines in the German capital will go into effect on Monday. They say that only fully vaccinated people, as well as those who can prove that they are healthy from the Corona virus, can visit the squares for recreational activities and a number of other places. The system is known in Germany as “2G”.
This applies to nightclubs, gyms and hairdressers, and unvaccinated people are not allowed to eat indoors in restaurants.
The measure comes after “the increase in the number of cases of corona and the increasing pressure on intensive care units,” said a press release issued by the state government in Berlin.
Theaters, museums, and outdoor events with more than 2,000 participants, such as soccer matches, are also prohibited from unvaccinated adults. Minors and people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons are exempt from the restrictions. For them, the ability to show a negative corona test is sufficient.
The business community in the capital is encouraged to require employees to work from home, and to limit the number of people who actually show up at work to 50 percent of employees. These measures are among the most difficult in Germany since the outbreak of the epidemic.
In recent days, the record for the number of new infections in one day has been repeatedly broken. Nearly 40,000 new cases were recorded on Wednesday, the highest number yet, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
This increase is partly attributed to the relatively low vaccination rate in Germany. Just over 67 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.
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