2G or 3G? Uniform corona rules are needed

Gastronomy board in Hessen

There are different access rules in the federal states.

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It becomes uncomfortable for the unvaccinated. After Hamburg, other federal states have opted for the 2G option model: In the future, operators and organizers will be able to decide whether they will only allow those who have recovered or have been vaccinated and are then almost completely exempt from corona requirements – or whether they will continue to grant access to those who have been tested.

The approach is basically understandable. Because the federal and state governments have spoken out against compulsory vaccination, they are now trying other means to get people to vaccinate. A high vaccination rate is a prerequisite for returning to largely normal life.

Denmark, for example, recently lifted all measures when the vaccination rate was over 70 percent. And in England a large part of the population was immunized comparatively early, so that London had already lifted restrictions in July.

In Germany, only slightly more than 62 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. But it is legitimate that at least measures for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered are dropped. After all, everyone has the opportunity to get vaccinated.

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What is annoying, however, is that every federal state still does what it wants with the rules. In Bavaria, 2G is “not banned, but not proposed by the state,” said Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU). North Rhine-Westphalia continues to rely on the 3G rule. And in federal states such as Schleswig-Holstein and Baden-Württemberg, unvaccinated people are only no longer allowed in if the corona situation worsens.

2G, 3G, 2G option model and 2G-Plus – there is no uniform strategy

A nationwide uniform strategy? Nothing. The fact that this is urgently needed is shown by the now withdrawn but catastrophic decision by the Berlin Senate to apply the access restrictions also to children. Epidemiologically, this may still be explainable, since under twelve-year-olds cannot be vaccinated and are therefore more susceptible to the virus.

Otherwise, this rule is sheer madness, as it again punishes those who were neglected in the pandemic: children who cannot help the fact that no vaccine has yet been approved for them.

The federal and state governments must therefore quickly agree on a unified path. Not only the population but also hoteliers, restaurants, retail and other branches of the economy are rightly fed up with the wild growth.

What the 2G rule should not obscure is that a certain amount of caution is still necessary. Studies have shown that negligence on the part of those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered can also lead to infections. In Münster, a party night in a club recently turned into a superspreader event – despite 2G. Of the 380 guests, at least 63 people were infected.

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