WDH / ROUNDUP / Corona: Saxony restricts large parts of public life

(In the first paragraph, the third sentence on the libraries has been corrected. They remain open.)

DRESDEN (dpa-AFX) – Saxony wants to restrict large parts of public life from next Monday in view of the rapidly increasing corona numbers. The government announced this on Friday evening before a final cabinet meeting. Except for libraries, all cultural and leisure facilities, libraries, bars, clubs and discos are closing. The same goes for Christmas markets. The accommodation of tourists is prohibited. The gastronomy should be allowed to open until 8 p.m. with the 2G rule (vaccinated / recovered). The restrictions apply until December 12th.

Large events, festivals and trade fairs are also prohibited, as are tourist train and bus journeys. Dance, music and art schools, like adult education centers, are not allowed to teach. Offers for children and young people up to 16 years of age are an exception. The 3G rule applies to access to the workplace. For hotspot regions with an incidence above 1000, there is a curfew for unvaccinated people from 10 p.m. In addition, a ban on alcohol in public spaces is to be enacted.

The measures are “difficult, but necessary,” said Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU). With this “breakwater” one wants to achieve that the daily increasing numbers of infections fall, the health authorities can track contacts again and the hospitals do not overflow. It is unclear whether this can be achieved with the measures: “The low vaccination rate is the real reason for this situation.” Use 2G and 3G wherever possible. “That’s why it’s not a lockdown.” Saxony registered 7791 new infections within 24 hours on Friday.

Schools and day-care centers remain open. Daycare centers as well as elementary and special needs schools, however, have to go into restricted regular operations up to and including the Christmas holidays. This means the strict separation of groups and fixed reference persons in order to keep possible chains of infection short and comprehensible. In addition, school attendance will be suspended until Christmas

In retail there are no restrictions for basic supply shops, i.e. for supermarkets, drugstores or pharmacies. The 2G rule applies to all others. Only those who have been vaccinated and who have been tested have access. This also applies to visits to the hairdresser. All other shops with services close to the body will remain closed.

Professional sport is possible without a spectator, so there will be ghost games again in football. Gyms stay closed. Churches and religious communities can come together under the terms of 3G. This also applies to meetings, but they can only have up to 10 participants and must take place at fixed locations./jos/DP/he

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