updates Düsseldorf In fact, almost all corona measures nationwide should be repealed on 20 March. However, North Rhine-Westphalia initially wants to stick to the restrictions. What does it mean? An overview of the current Corona rules.
By March 20, almost all corona restrictions should have been lifted throughout Germany – at least according to the original plan. But the corona virus is not sticking to politicians’ plans, but is currently spreading faster than ever before. Several federal states have therefore decided not to lift the corona restrictions for the time being, but to extend them until April 2. One such transition period is in the draft of the new Infection Control Act.
North Rhine-Westphalia also wants to continue to comply with corona restrictions – including the obligation to wear masks indoors. It is relevant for, for example, trade, gastronomy, sports and cultural facilities. From 20 March, the mask requirement would only apply to hospitals and nursing homes, buses and trains. It is not yet clear whether the mask requirement in NRW will continue after 2 April.
It is also currently unclear whether the 2G and 3G rules will continue to apply in North Rhine-Westphalia and, if so, where. Bavaria has already decided to stick to these measures until 2 April. As soon as the changes in NRW are finally decided, you will find them here.
Various restrictions for the unvaccinated are no longer in force. There are now no restrictions on private meetings attended by an unvaccinated person.
Corona rules in NRW: The 2G-plus rule applies to leisure and culture
- Retail 2G controls are no longer required: Since Saturday, February 19, there are no longer any access restrictions in the NRW retail trade. The mask requirement will continue to apply there until further notice.
- Stricter access restrictions in certain areas: The 2G plus rule still applies in certain areas. The entry restriction for immunized people, who must also have a current test, applies to clubs and discos, brothels and for joint singing in choirs. In recreational areas where you can wear a mask, however, the 2G rule remains. These offers may only be used by those who have been vaccinated or have recovered. These include: museums, public libraries, the use of body-related services such as visits to the hairdresser, restaurants, visits to sporting events as spectators and hotels and tourist bus tours.
- Children and teenagers: Since the beginning of March, the 2G plus and 3G rules no longer apply to children and young people up to and including 17 years of age. You can now attend all events and offers without having to provide proof.
- Relief for those who have been boosted: Those who have been vaccinated once and twice and those who have recovered may initially only enter some areas of the NRW if they also show a negative test (2G -plus rule). People who have already received a corona booster vaccination, on the other hand, are exempt from the requirement for further testing in many areas. Anyone who has a booster vaccination must no longer take a test in, among other things, leisure sports or in gastronomy. Double vaccination between the 14th and 90th day after the second vaccination is also exempt from the test obligation. The waiting period of 14 days after vaccination does not apply to people who have recovered. They are therefore exempt from quarantine immediately after their vaccination and are exempt from the obligation to be tested at 2G plus. Even unvaccinated convalescents are also allowed to go to the gym, swimming pool, restaurant and pub without testing for a certain period – from the 28th day of their positive PCR test to the 90th day. Only those who have actually received three corona vaccinations, regardless of the active substance, are considered boosted – including individuals who have received the individual vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. (Also read: When are people vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson considered boosted?)
Corona rules in NRW: On-site tests are sufficient as entry requirements
- Corona on-site test: Since mid-January, supervised self-tests have been sufficient as official test evidence in many places in North Rhine-Westphalia. Where a test is one of the entry requirements (3G or 2G-plus), a self-test can be performed under supervision instead of submitting a test certificate from an official body. This applies, for example, when entering a gym with a test under the supervision of reception staff, or when practicing sports under the supervision of the coach, the NRW Ministry of Health explained. However, the supervisory authorities could not issue proofs that also gave access to other places. Only official test centers could do that. The respective operator decides whether and in what form tests are offered on site.
- Spectators at sports arenas: Since March 4, major national indoor events have had a maximum occupancy of up to 60 percent of maximum capacity, but no more than 6,000 spectators. Outdoors, 75 percent of the maximum capacity may now be used, but the number of 25,000 spectators must not be exceeded.
- Mask requirements: In outdoor queues and at events and gatherings, masks have no longer been mandatory since March 4th. The mask can also be dispensed with in gastronomic facilities at fixed seating or “for the necessary consumption of food and beverages”, as stated in the NRW Corona Protection Ordinance. The mask can also be removed to communicate with the deaf or hard of hearing. The mask requirement remains in place in local and long-distance public transport as well as indoors, where more people meet.
- Clubs and discos: Discos and clubs have been allowed to reopen since early March after months of closure – albeit under 2G plus terms. This means that only those who have recovered and those who have been vaccinated with an additional negative coronal test have access. This also applies to people who have already received a booster vaccination. There is no requirement for a mask.
- Public festivals and private parties: The 2G rule still applies in NRW to folk parties and private parties with dancing such as weddings or birthday parties. So only immunized or healthy people are allowed to participate here.
Quarantine rules in NRW
- Quarantine rules in NRW: In North Rhine-Westphalia, the isolation and quarantine period for people infected with corona and their contacts has been reduced since mid-January. Anyone who has been infected with the corona virus must isolate themselves for ten days. With a negative official rapid test or PCR test, the duration can be reduced to seven days. The condition is that the person has been symptom-free for at least 48 hours. Contact persons living with an infected person in the same household must also be quarantined for ten days. If you are asymptomatic, you can also shorten the quarantine to seven days with a negative official rapid test or PCR test. For day care children and students, the quarantine period can even be reduced to five days by negative testing. Contact persons who have already received booster vaccination against Corona will no longer be quarantined at all. Those who are healthy, those who have been vaccinated twice up to the 90th day after the second vaccination and those who have been healthy up to the 90th day after the positive test are also exempt from quarantine. (Also read: These quarantine rules currently apply in NRW.)
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