The majority of people in Germany are in favor of further restrictions on unvaccinated people in order to combat the corona pandemic.
Berlin – In a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 31 percent are in favor of applying the so-called 2G rule more strongly than before. It only allows those who have recovered from Covid-19 and those who have been vaccinated against Corona access to restaurants, cinemas or concerts, for example. Another 25 percent of those surveyed are in favor of a nationwide 2G rule throughout Germany. 19 percent, on the other hand, believe that unvaccinated people with a negative test result should be treated the same as vaccinated persons in terms of access rules (3G). 18 percent would like all access restrictions to be abolished.
In Austria, the 2G rule for access to pubs, fitness centers, events and hairdressing salons has been in effect nationwide since Monday due to the sharp rise in corona numbers. In Germany, on the other hand, there are no uniform regulations. So far, Saxony is the only federal state that has implemented the 2G rule in parts of public life across the board and in a mandatory manner. Only those who have recovered or have been vaccinated have access to indoor restaurants, discos or leisure and cultural facilities. Major events such as football in stadiums are also affected.
In other federal states, it is up to the operators of restaurants or event organizers whether they want to apply the 2G rule. It is controversial. Some experts criticize it for lulling people into a false sense of security because people who have been vaccinated could become infected and transmit the virus. They are therefore calling for vaccinated and convalescents to be tested regularly, especially where people at particular risk live, and for these tests to be offered again free of charge. (dpa)