Schleswig-Holstein: Mask requirement abolished for 3G rule

SSchleswig-Holstein wants to abolish the mask requirement at events, sport and gastronomy. The so-called 3G principle applies there, according to which only vaccinated, convalescent or tested people are given access. “Wherever 3G can be complied with in Schleswig-Holstein, there will no longer be any restrictions in the future,” said Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Kiel.

The state government made up of the CDU, the Greens and the FDP wants to make a clear change of course by September 20. In future, it will rely on the so-called 3G rule. According to the plans, there will then no longer be any capacity restrictions at events, in the cinema, in sports or in restaurants. Wherever the 3G rule is not practicable, such as in retail or local public transport, the existing rules will remain, said Günther.

In addition to the seven-day incidence, the occupancy of intensive care units with Covid-19 patients is to come more into focus in the future. Only 2.2 percent of the possible intensive care beds are currently occupied, said Günther. On Monday, the number of new corona infections in Schleswig-Holstein within seven days, according to the state government, was 50.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. 67 Covid-19 patients were treated in the hospitals. 19 of them are in the intensive care unit, 16 are ventilated there.

Other federal states, however, are relying on 2G models to combat the pandemic. With the 2G model, only those who have been vaccinated or recovered are allowed access to an event or restaurant. In Hamburg, for example, the Senate decided on the so-called “2G option” for restaurateurs, the event industry and cultural institutions. It has been in effect since the end of August. Vaccinated and convalescent people are now allowed to come together there under less strict conditions. “Distance rules are no longer applicable, tables and rooms can be fully used and there is no more curfew”, says the website of the city of Hamburg. Gastronomy companies and event organizers are free to use the 3G or 2G model.

A set of rules presented on Tuesday by the Rhineland-Palatinate state government also allows those who have been vaccinated and recovered largely free access to many areas of social life. In the future, the restrictions for “non-immunized” people will no longer be based solely on the incidence values, but also on the utilization of the number of inpatient Covid 19 patients and the utilization of intensive care beds, said Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD).

There won’t be another lockdown, she said. Instead, the so-called “2G-Plus regulation” provides that, as the numbers increase, the access of unvaccinated people to events of all kinds and the catering trade should be gradually reduced. “Among the seriously ill there are almost exclusively people who are not vaccinated,” Dreyer justified the measures that should apply from Sunday.

The 2G rule could in future also be used by Hessian restaurateurs, hairdressers and other companies. The Corona cabinet is expected to decide this at the beginning of next week, said Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) on Monday in an interview with the FAZ.The new provisions are intended to give private providers the opportunity to only allow those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered to access their rooms.

There are similar considerations in Brandenburg and Berlin. The red-black-green coalition in Brandenburg is promoting the option of relaxation for vaccinated and convalescent people, for example in restaurants or cinemas. SPD parliamentary group leader Erik Stohn said on Tuesday in Potsdam that his parliamentary group would welcome “if option models are run for operators that use 2G to provide greater economic efficiency, but also greater security for companies and for operators of facilities”.

Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) has also promised 2G rules for certain areas. In the coming week, the Senate will possibly finally discuss “how we can make 2G and 3G offers,” he said after the Senate meeting on Tuesday. “I assume that there will be an option rule after all, that we will find formulations according to which the relevant areas can choose to only allow people who have recovered and have been vaccinated to access the appropriate facilities,” said Müller. But that is a cautious assessment at the moment.

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