The new special rules for convalescents and those who have been fully vaccinated bring changes to shopping with them.
Everything you need to know.
Munich - The special rules for recovered and vaccinated people have been in effect since Sunday.
In Bavaria they apply
the latest Corona regulations since Thursday May 6th, 2021. This is accompanied by changes in shopping.
What is new is that people who have been completely vaccinated or have recovered from a corona infection can now go shopping directly in stores - without a test.
This could be a visit to the hairdresser or a purchase as part of Click & Meet.
Fully vaccinated people are those who have received both the first and the second vaccination at least 14 days ago.
Recovered is anyone who has recovered from Covid-19 at least 28 days ago.
If the illness was more than six months ago, one is no longer considered to have recovered.
The customer restrictions in the shops, the distance rules and the mask requirement remain in place.
This means that the appointment requirement will probably not be lifted.
They should prevent long waiting times and queues caused by customer restrictions.
What documents do I need as a vaccinated or recovered person?
In order to be able to shop unrestrictedly on site as a recovered person, a positive PCR test or an official document from the health authority, which proves when the Covid 19 infection was present, is required. Both documents are valid for six months from the date of positive testing. After six months, those who have recovered to date need at least one vaccination.
Fully vaccinated people need their vaccination certificate or digital proof. People who have already had corona disease are usually only vaccinated once. Therefore, in this case either the digital proof is required or the vaccination certificate
the PCR test. Because the Covid 19 infection is not noted in the vaccination certificate and therefore it is not evident that sufficient protection is guaranteed despite a vaccination. Shops would therefore classify such individuals as not fully vaccinated.
Since there are no photos of the person on the vaccination pass, PCR test or other evidence, shops could ask for identification documents for legitimation.
This enables employees to compare the data in the documents with those in the ID card.
A digital vaccination certificate should then come in the summer.
The plans for such a digital vaccination certificate in Germany are becoming more concrete.
Negative tests allow shopping for everyone: what to watch out for
For consumers who are still waiting to be vaccinated, it is important to be patient. They still need a negative test when shopping. This does not apply to shops exempt from the Corona emergency brake, such as supermarkets or pharmacies. The negative test can be brought along and carried out on site. You can also continue to be tested at a test center, pharmacy or doctor. In the case of a test on site, it should be noted that this is only valid for the corresponding store. Tests by the pharmacy, doctor or test center, on the other hand, allow shopping for 24 hours, regardless of the store.
For many retailers it is still unclear how they should check vaccination certificates, PCR tests and quick tests on the shop door.
There may be separate entrances for those who have recovered or are fully vaccinated.
Stefan Hertel, press spokesman at the German Trade Association, told focus.de that it needed “clear and clear regulations” from politicians.
"Gray areas and misunderstandings must be avoided at all costs, otherwise the retailers are threatened with numerous conflicts at the shop doors." From this Monday, new corona rules will apply in Bavaria
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