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COVID: Germany set to approve curbs on unvaccinated

Headlines 18:12 02 Dec, 2021

COVID vaccine mandate starting end of February

COVID: Germany set to approve curbs on unvaccinated

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor Olaf Scholz are holding talks with state leaders, as Germany battles a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections. Vaccine mandates and curbs for hotspots are on the table, Qazet.az reports citing DW.

Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz are holding talks on Thursday with state leaders to agree new measures to curb a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases.

Unvaccinated people could soon be barred from access to almost all businesses, except for grocery stores and pharmacies, as leaders seek to avoid a return to a wider lockdown.

A draft agreement reported on by German media shows a host of measures could soon be implemented.

Federal and state leaders are expected to agree the following measures according to the draft:

  • COVID vaccine mandate starting end of February
  • Contact restrictions for unvaccinated individuals
  • Entrance to shops, restaurants, museums and movie theaters will be restricted only to vaccinated or recovered people.
  • Additional tests for those who are vaccinated could also be required
  • Capping mass events outdoors to 15,000 people
  • Capping indoor events to only 30% of the building's capacity
  • Clubs would be required to close in areas where the incidence rate is over 350
  • Mask mandate in schools

The major sticking points concern implementing a vaccine mandate, as well as how much to curb the number of participants at large events.