“Germany has passed new measures that will see people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and those who’ve recovered from the virus, no longer have to abide by curfews, as well as quarantine and contact rules.
They will also be allowed access to shops and other facilities without first providing a negative test result as is currently required of the rest of the population.
On Thursday the grand coalition – made up of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU plus the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left voted in favour of the regulation.
The pro-business FDP abstained, while the far-right AfD voted against it.
The law was approved by the Bundesrat, which represents the 16 states, on Friday. It will come into force from Sunday, the German government clarified on its website.
It was originally reported that it would come into force Saturday”
What does it mean?
Under national measures introduced in April, areas with an incidence rate of more than 100 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days must introduce overnight curfews and people can only meet with one other person from another household during the day.
Areas with lower incidence rates are however allowed to open shops, restaurants, cinemas and other facilities to anyone who can provide a negative test.
– The new regulation will put vaccinated people and those who have recovered from Covid-19 (if the infection occurred no more than six months ago) on an equal footing with those who’ve tested negatively for the virus. So these groups will not need to show a negative test to visit the hairdresser, museum or the zoo, for example, but will instead be asked to present a full vaccination certificate”