Germany has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic well in recent months, said Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the last few weeks, however, the numbers of new infections have been rising. "Communal accommodation, special events, parties and mobility in conjunction with holidays have been particularly effective in allowing the virus to spread," said Angela Merkel. In view of this increase in the number of cases, we need to make another onslaught. It is our common goal to push down the numbers of new infections as far as possible.
You will find the resolutions of the federal and state governments on the COVID-19 pandemic here.
The federal and state governments agree that as the number of new infections rise, there is no justification for easing the restrictions currently in place. Distancing of at least 1.50 m remains essential. In addition, in certain public areas where distancing is not always possible, masks that cover mouth and nose must be worn. Hygiene rules must be respected.
Testing is crucially important to stem the pandemic. The large number of travellers returning from high-risk areas who test positive is proof that accessible, targeted testing services are needed. Mandatory testing will thus remain in place for the time being. The number of cases of infection detected by voluntary testing of travellers returning from areas not classed as high-risk areas, by contrast, was exceptionally low. Because of this, the offer of a free test for travellers arriving from areas not classed as high-risk areas will be discontinued when the staggered school summer holidays come to an end in the last federal states on 15 September 2020.
Priority testing will continue to target suspected COVID-19 cases who are already displaying symptoms and their close contacts. The same applies to preventive testing in vulnerable settings, including pension and care homes, hospitals and facilities for people with disabilities. In view of the fact that more or less regular operations have now resumed in childcare facilities and schools, the federal states have also made provision for testing entire groups where the course of the infection makes this appropriate, especially school teachers and nursery teachers.
Travellers returning from high-risk areas will continue to be required to go directly home and self-isolate there for a period of 14 days. As of 1 October, it will be possible to take a test five days after their return at the earliest. If the test is negative, they will no longer be required to self-isolate.
Federal and state governments strongly urge all returning travellers to respect the mandatory self-isolation regulations, and accept the responsibility they have for their fellow citizens. Wherever possible, people should avoid travelling to designated high-risk areas, stressed the Chancellor. Federal and state governments aim to take swift action to modify the current legal situation. The aim is to put in place a nationwide provision, which will ensure that there is no compensation for loss of income resulting from the need to quarantine following non-essential travel, where the travel destination was already a designated high-risk area at the time of travel.
The federal and state governments have agreed on the following measures: