Germany tightens the noose against those who resist vaccinations, after the country reaches the highest number of COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began.
Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor, Olaf Scholz, met this week with the leaders of the country’s 16 federal states and have agreed tighten restrictions the 14 million unimmunized German citizens.
“The fourth wave must be broken,” Merkel told reporters after the meeting. “The situation is very serious. The number of infections has stabilized, but at too high a level, “he added. Currently less than 69 percent of the population of Germany is fully vaccinated, making it one of the countries with the lowest vaccination rate in Europe.
Among the measures that Germany intends to apply is to prevent the unvaccinated from entering places of leisure such as restaurants, cafes, theaters, museums or cinemas. They will also not be allowed access to non-essential retail stores, they will only be able to enter places where food or medicine is sold. Additionally, they will also be prohibited from meeting with more than two people at the same time from outside their family nucleus.
The leaders will also hold a vote in the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) to decide whether to apply a mandatory vaccine law. If approved, this law will enter into force in February 2022. They also issued a decree to require booster doses of the vaccine to workers in nursing homes and hospitals, a measure that other European countries such as Greece, Italy or France are already carrying out.