Curfews and limits on social contacts no longer apply to those fully vaccinated – more than 7 million people – or recovered from a Covid infection under the new rules.
They will also no longer have to present a negative test result to access certain services such as hairdressers and “click and meet” shopping appointments.
If returning to Germany from abroad, they will not be required to quarantine unless arriving from a country deemed high risk due to virus variants.
However, they will still be required to adhere to social distancing and hygiene measures such as wearing masks in shops and on public transport.
Announcing the measures this week, justice minster Christine Lambrecht said there needed to be a “good reason” for any restrictions on public life.
“As soon as this reason ceases to exist… these restrictions should then no longer be in place,” she said.
In a poll for the RTL broadcaster, 64 percent of Germans said they were in favour of Germany going further and reopening hotels, restaurants, theatres and cinemas for vaccinated people.
Berlin’s mayor Michael Mueller admitted that it was going to be “damn difficult to check” whether people were exempt from the rules or not.
Mueller advised people to carry proof of vaccination with them until the arrival of the EU’s planned digital vaccination passports.
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