German authorities announced their plans to ease travel restrictions due to the coronavirus in the country during the meeting of Germany’s 16 cantons, held on February 16.
Confirming that the high number of COVID-19 cases in the country will decrease in the coming weeks, the federal government’s panel of experts has indicated that the relaxation of measures can take place once there is a significant decrease in hospital admissions, intensive care and occupancy.
As a result, the Federal Chancellor and the state heads of government agreed at the meeting to ease the control procedures in controlled steps.
“It is important that there is a coordinated approach as possible in all 16 states. As many restrictions as possible should be relaxed based on the prevailing situation. At the same time, as many accompanying measures as necessary should be maintained to avoid jeopardizing what has been achieved and to continue Protect citizens from dangerous diseases as much as possible,” a statement issued by the German government at the meeting stated.
The federal chancellor and state heads of state have agreed to ease three-step restrictions in areas of national or essential importance, which will take place gradually through the end of March.
The first step involves removing the limits and restrictions on private gatherings of the vaccinated and the recovered. For non-vaccinated and non-exempt people, restrictions in this regard will remain in effect until March 19.
At the same time, restrictions on retail outlets will be lifted, and access to these places will be possible without checking. The obligation to wear medical masks indoors remains in effect.
Two weeks from now, starting March 4, those who have been vaccinated and recovered will be able to access cafes and restaurants. Entry to discos and clubs will be possible for those who have been vaccinated and recovered and who have also received a booster dose or a negative test result for COVID-19.
In the last step, which will take place from March 20, the state expects to lift all far-reaching protection measures, including working from home.
However, the authorities have not made any statements regarding the removal of the current travel restrictions, which are currently based on the traveler’s COVID-9 status, rather than their vaccination status, as recommended by the EU Commission.
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Currently, Germany is allowing entry to all travelers who can show evidence of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, as well as those who have tested positive for COVID-19 prior to their trip to the country. However, depending on the situation in the country of departure, the same may be subject to quarantine and additional tests upon arrival.