Corona pandemic: Federal Council approves Infection Protection Act

Status: 11/19/2021 10:56 a.m.

After the Bundestag, the Bundesrat also approved the traffic light parties’ new Infection Protection Act – unanimously. This clears the way for nationwide 2G rules and 3G in buses, trains and at work.

The Federal Council has given the green light for new corona requirements. The federal states voted unanimously for the controversial Infection Protection Act presented by the SPD, Greens and FDP.

The law includes, among other things, 3G requirements in the workplace as well as on buses and trains. For nursing homes and clinics, test obligations are provided for employees and visitors. In addition, the obligation to work from home is returning. Those who forge vaccination passports can be punished more severely.

Contact restrictions, rules on keeping your distance, the mask requirement and access restrictions only to vaccinated and convalescent people are still possible (2G).

On the other hand, however, nationwide closings of schools, daycare centers, companies and shops should no longer be possible in the future. Only individual facilities with particularly high numbers of infections can be closed, but not all in a district or even a federal state. Restrictions on travel, accommodation and closings of restaurants are also taboo with the new law.

Union threatened to blockade in the state chamber

The Union had originally threatened a blockade: the new “toolkit” restricted the countries’ possibilities too much and was not enough to break the wave of infections, CDU politicians had criticized.

After a federal-state round on Thursday, however, a compromise emerged: The law of the traffic light parties is to be evaluated in three weeks and, if necessary, improved.

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