New corona rules: FFP2 masks, schools, contacts


Schools, masks, home office
 The  new corona resolutions at a glance

According to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the extension of the lockdown with additional measures should noticeably strengthen the containment of corona. © The  most important decisions at a glance.

  • CONTACTS: Furthermore, meetings outside of your own household are only allowed with one other person. It is advised to keep the number of households involved as constant and small as possible.
  • MASKS: Better protective masks should be mandatory in public transport and in shops. ©

     The se can be surgical masks, FFP2 masks or KN95 masks, which have a comparable standard. Everyday masks made of fabric are no longer enough.

  • KITAS & SCHOOLS: Daycare centers and schools will remain closed until February 14th or the presence requirement will be suspended.
  • NURSING & NURSING HOME: Staff must wear an FFP2 mask when in contact with residents. Bundeswehr soldiers and volunteers are to step in so that visitors and staff can do quick tests several times a week. ©

     The re should also be enough tests in facilities for people with disabilities.

  • Worship services: Church services are allowed if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters is maintained. A mask with a higher protection standard is compulsory, singing is prohibited. Meetings with more than ten participants must generally be reported to the regulatory office at least two working days in advance.
  • WORK & HOME OFFICE: Wherever possible, employers must enable work at home. ©

     The  Federal Ministry of Labor is to issue a corresponding ordinance for a limited period by March 15.

  • TAX PROMOTION FOR COMPUTERS: Anyone who purchases “certain digital assets” should be able to fully deduct them from tax in the year of purchase – retrospectively from January 1st. It is about “computer hardware and software for data entry and processing”.
  • HOTSPOTS: In countries and counties where a particularly high number of people are infected in relation to the number of inhabitants, tougher measures should take effect if necessary. ©

     The re, too, there should be a realistic chance of reaching the goal of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days (7-day incidence) by mid-February.

  • VACCINATIONS: All residents of nursing homes who wish to do so should be vaccinated by mid-February at the latest. Almost half have already been vaccinated according to the decision. ©

     The  federal government wants to try to give the federal states reliable vaccine delivery times for the next six weeks.

  • VIRUS MUTATIONS: According to a regulation that has been in force since Tuesday, the circulating variants of the coronavirus are to be examined more closely for the exact virus type (sequencing). ©

     The  federal government should present the first results by the beginning of February. ©

     The  background is fears about the spread of new virus variants, such as in Great Britain or Ireland, which could be significantly more contagious.

  • HEALTH OFFICE: Students are to be recruited and trained to follow up contacts in health authorities for the semester break from mid-February to mid-April. ©

     The  aim is to ensure contact follow-up at least up to an incidence of 50.

  • CORONA AIDS: Access to government support for companies and self-employed persons is to be made easier, and aid is to be expanded. ©

     The  obligation to file for insolvency will be suspended until the end of April for companies that are entitled to assistance payments and have submitted a promising application in good time.


     The  federal and state governments want to develop a concept for a “safe and fair opening strategy” by mid-February.


     The  retail trade remains closed. Exceptions apply to shops that cover daily needs. Hairdressers, massage practices and cosmetic studios are also closed. Alcohol consumption in public places remains prohibited.


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