Germany Lifted Most COVID-19 Restrictions

After two years of strict preventive measures for the continuous effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the German government has decided to lift most of their COVID-19 restrictions.

A month after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that Germany’s falling infection rate suggest that the country’s Omicron wave has passed through its peak despite recording 300,000 infections daily, the country’s COVID-19 restrictions will finally lift on the 20th of March, being dubbed as Germany’s “freedom day” by the media.

Scholz told reporters that “after two years we deserve for things to be better again and it looks like that’s happening now.” Nevertheless he still urged the German population to stay cautious and to keep wearing face masks because “the pandemic is not over.” 

Scholz justified the ease of restriction by the fact that despite the high record of daily cases, hospitalization and infection rates remain low.

The easing of restrictions includes a three-step plan which includes the dropping mandatory face mask wearing in non-medical establishments such as schools and groceries. 

The plan also includes unrestricted access to non-essential shops such as restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs.

Germany’s 16 states have the authority to impose COVID-19 restrictions again given the unfortunate scenario that they see infection and hospitalization records go up again. 

As a possible preventive measure the German Parliament had also been debating to impose a vaccine mandate, however a decision will not be made for another few weeks due to its divisive nature. 

Scholz also stated that “Mandatory vaccination is necessary for the winter,” and stated that it was necessary so that “one new variant doesn’t mess everything up.”

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