Status: 01/12/2022 08:24
NRW Minister of Health Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) has confirmed new rules for mass sports: People with booster vaccination are exempt from the requirement for further testing. Supervised self-tests will also soon be allowed. Up to 750 people can be present at the stadiums.
Laumann confirmed at the state of North Rhine – Westphalia’s press conference on the state’s new regulation that “people with a booster vaccination should no longer show an extra test”. In addition to gastronomy, this would also apply to gyms and indoor sports from next Thursday.
Possibility of self-test on site under supervision
The new regulation also offers another innovation: soon, participants will be able to take a self-test at the gym or fitness center and perform it there under supervision. “It is thus possible to conduct an on-site test and then participate directly,” Laumann explained explicitly with a view to fitness studies.
This also makes the “quick group tests” brought into play by NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst possible. With these, young people and children can take a test on site under the supervision of a coach and do not have to go to an official test station before practicing the sport.
The exemption for PCR testing in amateur sports is becoming stricter
At the same time, the State Department of Health made it clear that the exemption from the 2G Regulation using a PCR test in amateur sports will no longer apply with immediate effect. Participants must now have received at least one additional vaccination for an exception with a PCR test.
The exception remains in professional sports. It is not possible to determine this at country level. “Until the federal government has enacted a statutory provision on mandatory vaccination in the workplace,” the ministry explained the reason when asked at the press conference.
Up to 750 fans in the professional leagues – Schalke is giving away tickets
There is one change compared to competitive sports: Instead of no fans at all, up to 750 people can now be present everywhere. “We have adjusted and standardized this in the new regulation for all events, including sporting events,” Laumann said. The new regulations are valid until 7 February.
Cologne Haie from the German ice hockey league immediately announced that they would let 750 people in again for the derby on Sunday against Düsseldorf EG. “Behind the scenes, there is currently a coordination of how to proceed,” the sharks said.
2nd division football club FC Schalke decided not to issue normal tickets for the match against Holstein Kiel on Sunday. In addition to some contingents for club and social institution staff, tickets will be drawn for fans of the Royal Blues. Third division team MSV Duisburg will play their match against Havelse on Friday night in front of 500 fans, SC Verl will sell 750 tickets.
It was initially unclear how the other professional clubs would react to the change. In the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund will play against SC Freiburg on Friday night. This weekend, 1. FC Köln will also play against the leaders FC Bayern München, Borussia Mönchengladbach against Bayer Leverkusen and Arminia Bielefeld against SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
Press conference by NRW Minister of Health Karl-Josef Laumann on the new Corona Protection Regulation