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Germany: Counties with High Infection Numbers Tighten Corona Rules

In Germany, some cities and counties with high Seven Day Incidence levels are putting in place stricter Corona rules yet again. Those include contact restrictions and mandatory masks at schools.

Berlin, July 26th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) — On average, the Incidence in Germany doubles every twelve days right now. In Solingen, where the Incidence stands at 67.2, things are far worse. The same applies to Lüneburg, a county in Lower Saxony, which hit 63.0 today. The authorities were forced to react. They announced new contact restrictions.

Graduation Party Blamed

Starting on Tuesday, up to 10 people from up to three households may gather in the county. Children up to 14 years of age and individuals who have been fully vaccinated do not count. Restaurants may remain open, but they have to work at 50 percent of their capacity, meaning fewer guests are allowed to enter. All guests need vaccination certificates or negative Corona tests.

In Lüneburg county, the rules for tourists will be stricter as well. Guests at hotels or similar facilities need a Corona test when they get there, and two additional tests per week. It looks like a graduation party may have led to the increase of the infection numbers in the area. At least 40 persons got infected with the Coronavirus at the event.

Rising Numbers in Berchtesgaden

Lüneburg is not alone. Berchtesgadener Land county in southern Bavaria has the third-highest Incidence in Germany right now. It stands at 58.5. A week before the summer vacations commence in the state, students from 5th to 12th grade need to wear masks in class again. This new rule applies from today.

The local authorities want all inhabitants to get tested for Corona. In a statement the administrative district office sent out they said even vaccinated persons should get COVID-19 tests because of the spread of the Delta variant. Berchtesgadener Land is a tourist magnet. Vacationers from all over Germany and from abroad go there because of the picturesque mountains the region offers. Königssee (‘King’s Lake’) is another important tourist attraction in the county.

Calls for Corona Conference

Because the rising infection numbers, Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller and Brandenburg’s First Minister Dietmar Woidke called for a Corona conference with the federal government and all federal states. They want to discuss the rising Corona infection numbers and ways to fight them. Müller and Woidke are worried returning vacationers might bring in more infections. In both Berlin and Brandenburg, the summer vacations end in two weeks from now. Kids return to school on August 9th.

All relevant Corona numbers for Germany, and daily Corona updates, can be found in our Corona chronology.

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