Now it is official: the Federal Council approves the new ordinance on more freedom for vaccinated and convalescent people. People who have been vaccinated or who can be shown to have been infected in the past are no longer affected by the contact and exit restrictions. The new rules can come into force from the weekend.
That works out well because, on the one hand, several federal states want to open beer gardens, hotels and restaurants from the weekend. On the other hand, after the cold and rainy April, the summer weather will finally come back from the weekend with significantly higher temperatures.
NewsABC.net will tell you where you can enjoy the nice weather in beer gardens or on the beach from the weekend:
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: On the popular Baltic Sea island of Usedom, there should be up to 22 degrees and plenty of sun from Sunday. It is getting a little warmer in the Mecklenburg Lake District.
In the state, fully vaccinated people from other states have been allowed to come as day tourists or visit their second home since Wednesday. You must have proof of vaccination with you. With the summer temperatures, a trip to the beach is particularly recommended. If it was originally said that this regulation does not apply to children, the state government made it clear on Friday: Even unvaccinated children can enter the state with their parents.
Schleswig-Holstein: While Saturday is a little cooler but sunny, up to 24 degrees are expected on Sunday and Monday. In the northernmost federal state on the North and Baltic Seas, tourism started on April 19, albeit with a regional limit. It started with strict guidelines in the Schleiregion around Schleswig and Kappeln as well as in Eckernförde. North Friesland started on May 1st, including Sylt and the other islands. Büsum in Dithmarschen as a model project starts on May 10th, the Lübeck Bay model project on May 8th. The prerequisite for the model projects is corona incidences stable below the mark of 100 new infections per week and 100,000 inhabitants. Guests must come with a fresh negative test and repeat it at the destination within a few days.
If the incidence remains below 100, from May 17th in Schleswig-Holstein accommodation establishments and indoor catering for vaccinated, tested and convalescent people will be allowed to reopen – and the contact restrictions will also be relaxed (details here).
Saxony-Anhalt: As of this weekend, the outdoor catering, some tourist offers and the outdoor areas of swimming pools can open again, as the Minister of Health Petra Grimm-Benne announced on Friday. Certain outdoor events as well as tourist stays should be possible. The requirement is a negative corona test, plus hygiene rules and access restrictions. The regulation applies to rural districts and urban districts whose seven-day incidence is stable below 100.
The ordinance will come into force on Saturday and end on May 24th – so the federal emergency brake will fall in Magdeburg on Sunday, explained Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff. For five days, the state capital has had an incidence of less than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Swimming pools and bathing establishments can also be opened. Training with up to 25 people outdoors is also possible. In the open outdoor catering, the number of guests at a table is limited to six.
Also on Monday, summer temperatures of over 20 degrees are announced for most of Germany, in Bavaria even up to 30 degrees. These federal states will gradually relax from next week:
Bavaria: As of Monday, outdoor restaurants will open in Bavarian regions with an incidence below 100. Open theaters, cinemas and concert halls are also planned. The hygiene concepts as well as the mask requirement and a test requirement for non-vaccinated or convalescent continue to apply. Since Thursday there have been easing for vaccinated people in Bavaria.
Lower Saxony: From next week onwards there will be an opening of tourism in areas with a seven-day incidence below 100 – but this should remain limited to residents of Lower Saxony until at least the end of May. You can then check into hotels, holiday apartments and campsites again, this is coupled with negative rapid tests or a vaccination certificate. A government spokeswoman said on Wednesday in Hanover to see how the easing step would prove to be effective over two weeks. A further opening of tourism for guests outside the country could then be incorporated into the following Corona regulation, which will take effect from May 31.
In these federal states, easing is also possible from next week, but the incidence figures are currently still too high:
Saarland: The state government in Saarland continues to rely on its model projects. On its website, the government points out that the “Saarland model” is still possible in counties if the seven-day incidence is stable below 100. The model envisages opening steps in gastronomy, sports and culture, coupled with rapid tests. All counties are currently over 100.
Saxony: Outdoor catering and relaxation in the tourism industry are to come in Saxony when the 7-day incidence in a region is below 100 for five days. Holidays are then possible again at campsites and in holiday apartments, and from an incidence below 50 also in pensions and hotels. If the number of infections is higher, the so-called federal emergency brake continues to apply through the Infection Protection Act. The city of Leipzig currently has the lowest incidence in Saxony with 114.8 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days.
Thuringia: If the incidence falls below 100, visits to the beer garden and certain forms of tourism should be possible again in Thuringia in the future. The new rules came into force on Thursday. The planned regulation provides for automatic opening steps in the field of outdoor catering, camping, booking holiday homes and body-friendly services, among other things. Hotels will remain closed for the time being. In Thuringia, the incidence is below 200 for the first time in a month.