ROUNDUP 2: Court overturns the 2G rule in retail in Lower Saxony

Thursday, 12/16/2021 8:51 PM from


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A judge’s gavel (symbolic image).

(new: ZIA President Mattner, last paragraph; spokeswoman for the state government, 5th paragraph.)

HANNOVER (dpa-AFX) – The dispute over corona-related restrictions in retail is moving. The Lower Saxony Higher Administrative Court has overturned the 2G rule that has only recently come into force in retail in Lower Saxony. The measure was not necessary to further contain the coronavirus and is also not compatible with the general principle of equality, the court decided on Thursday, according to the announcement.

The German Trade Association (HDE) welcomed the decision. “The judgment in Lower Saxony makes it clear that the 2G regulation is not a legal sure-fire successor for large parts of the retail sector,” said HDE managing director Stefan Genth of the German press agency. It remains to be seen how the courts in other federal states will judge. But the legality of the 2G restrictions in retail is now at least questionable. “This should now also be taken into account by the other state governments, avoid unjustified burdens on the retail trade and not wait until their regulations are collected again by the courts.”

The background: Many retailers are complaining of a massive drop in sales due to the introduction of the 2G rule – and of all things during the important Christmas business. Since only vaccinated and convalescent people are allowed to shop in many shops from fashion stores to electronics stores, the number of visitors has decreased significantly. Exceptions to the 2G rule apply to shops with daily needs, such as supermarkets and drug stores.


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