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Brandenburg decides 2G plus for gastronomy – depending on clinic data

Brandenburg decides 2G plus for gastronomy - depending on clinic data

New corona rules – Brandenburg introduces 2G plus for gastronomy – depending on clinic data

dpa/Robert MichaelVideo: Brandenburg Aktuell | 01/14/2022 | Thomas Bittner Image: dpa/Robert Michael The number of corona infections is also increasing rapidly in Brandenburg. The state government has therefore decided on further restrictions, which particularly affect gastronomy. And: The quarantine times are shortened. Brandenburg introduces the 2G-plus regulation in the catering trade and thus implements a corresponding decision by the federal and state governments. From Monday, only those who have been vaccinated or have recovered with a negative corona test or people with a booster vaccination will have access to restaurants, pubs or bars. That led to many discussions, said Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) on Friday after the cabinet meeting. “But in a restaurant it’s just not possible to wear a mask all the time. That’s the difference to other facilities.” Children under the age of six and vaccinated or recovered children and adolescents under the age of 18 are generally exempt from the 2G-plus restriction. For students, proof that they are regularly tested is sufficient.

2G plus only above certain hospital values

However, Brandenburg softens the Corona rule somewhat: The 2G-plus restriction in the catering trade does not apply if the burden on the health system decreases. According to the information, this is the case if the state-wide hospitalization incidence does not exceed the threshold value of 6 for seven days in a row exceeds more, so the Corona traffic light is at most yellow. In addition, the proportion of Covid-19 patients in the intensive care beds actually available must not exceed the limit of 10. (Corona traffic light: green). The 7-day hospitalization incidence is currently 2.9 and the proportion of corona patients in intensive care beds is 15.4 percent. Health Minister Ursula Nonnemacher (Greens) said she was happy with these values. “That is very good news.” The pressure on the stationary system has eased. The occupancy of the intensive care beds is uniform across the country, and southern Brandenburg – where the numbers were particularly high a few weeks ago – is “in the yellow area”.

FFP2 masks in the “public transport” – compulsory testing for daycare children from February 7th

Brandenburg is also introducing mandatory FFP2 masks in local public transport. At peak times, many people would use local transport, explained Woidke. “It’s difficult to keep your distance and the risk of infection is high.” Children under the age of 14 as well as drivers or control staff may continue to wear a medical mask. Children under the age of six do not have to wear a mask at all. The cabinet also agreed on compulsory testing for children in day care centers and day care centers. From February 7th, all supervised children aged one year and older must be tested at least two days a week. A quick test carried out at home is sufficient for this. “Parents receive the self-tests free of charge from the respective childcare facilities,” said the State Chancellery.

Shorter quarantine and isolation times

The federal and state governments had agreed on the new regulations last week. Brandenburg also accepts the decision to shorten the quarantine and isolation times. This is to ensure that the so-called critical infrastructure remains capable of acting in the omicron wave. According to this, infected people or contact persons only have to be in isolation or quarantine for ten instead of 14 days from Saturday (January 15). With a certified rapid antigen test or PCR test, you can test yourself free after just seven days. For the staff in the clinic and care area, other rules apply with regard to isolation: Infected people can test themselves after seven days with a PCR test if they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours. For contact persons in quarantine, the same applies to employees in clinics and care facilities: generally end after ten days, free testing by means of an antigen or rapid test after seven days at the earliest.

Hoteliers and restaurateurs criticize tightening

The Brandenburg Hotel and Restaurant Association criticized the previously announced stricter access rules for the catering industry. With the introduction of the 2G-plus regulation, companies would face further losses in sales. “I can no longer understand the talk that you should get infected in our restaurants,” said Dehoga President Olaf Schöpe. So far, there are hardly any known cases in which the catering facilities or hotels were the starting point of infection chains. “We are not part of the problem.” The Brandenburg state government plans to give the districts and independent cities a recommendation for the new rules on corona quarantine in the next week. The health authorities should be informed about this, also with instructions for a uniform implementation, said the spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Gabriel Hesse, on Thursday in Potsdam. Clear guidelines from the federal government are necessary as a legal basis for this.

Broadcast: Brandenburg Aktuell, January 14th, 2022, 7.30 p.m

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