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Machine translation from Bild.de — Oct 15, 2021

The pressure on the unvaccinated grows and grows.

In Hesse, all retailers, including the supermarket, can now decide for themselves whether to implement the 3G rule (vaccinated, tested, recovered) or the 2G rule – so far there have been no access restrictions in supermarkets to give everyone the option of basic services grant.

The Hessian State Chancellery confirms to BILD that the “2G option model” also applies to the food retail sector.

That means: Even supermarkets are now allowed to lock out those who have not been vaccinated and only allow those who have been vaccinated and recovered to buy food. In extreme cases, unvaccinated people would have to see how they can get food, send friends or relatives to go shopping – or get vaccinated at all.

Apparently, the state government itself knows how dramatic the effects of a 2G regime would be on supermarkets – and hopes that the stores will not implement this.

“We assume that this option will only be used on a daily basis and that everyday businesses will not make use of it,” said Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (69, CDU). “But that also means that without 2G, the distance and mask requirements still apply.”

In the culture, gastronomy and event industries, 2G has been available for a long time. And that is even promoted: because those who only allow vaccinated and convalescents into their rooms or shops can dispense with the requirement to keep a mask and wear a mask.

The new corona rules in Hesse also include the fact that in old people’s and nursing homes there is no longer an automatic entry ban for the entire facility in the event of a single case of infection. Instead, individually required protective measures should be taken.

The regulation also provides for stricter regulations: Unvaccinated hospital staff must be tested for the coronavirus twice a week. In schools, the following applies: the mask on at the seat and daily tests immediately after a positive rapid test, for example by a classmate – and not only after confirmation by a more precise PCR test.

With a view to the end of the free corona tests, Bouffier appealed for many citizens to get vaccinated against the virus: Hesse has so far got through the autumn well. “Nevertheless, we must not be careless.” A vaccination offers the greatest protection. “And this is still uncomplicated, unbureaucratic and free to get.”