The federal government has amended the Infection Protection Act. Thus, new regulations apply from an incidence of 100. Since the incidence in the district has been consistently above the threshold for some time, there are now also further restrictions in Waldeck-Frankenberg - including a nightly curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. starting on Saturday.
Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., it is no longer allowed to leave the house at night without a valid reason: from 10 p.m. to midnight, one is only allowed to leave one's home to do outdoor sports or to go for a walk - but only alone and not with several people, not even from one's own household. After midnight, you may only leave your home for a valid reason.
Only those who have good reason to be on the road at night - for example, on the way to work, for fire brigade duty or to visit a doctor or hospital - are allowed to be on the road at night. Exceptions also apply to volunteer rescue workers and helpers, to separated parents returning or picking up children, and to people who, for example, care for and look after family members. Those assisting the dying, those attending meetings of municipal bodies and those attending religious services are also exempt from the regulation. The care of animals is also an exception. Compliance with the curfew is monitored by the regulatory authorities and the police. Violations are punishable by fines. Those who are nevertheless out and about at night must justify this accordingly to the law enforcement officers.
Furthermore, there are restrictions for meetings in public and private spaces: These will again be limited to one household and one other person as of Saturday. Children up to 14 years of age do not count. In Hesse, meetings with a maximum of five people from two households were previously allowed, children up to 14 years of age were not counted. For the private room, only a recommendation applied. As of tomorrow, the stricter contact restrictions will apply again.
In addition to the curfew and contact restrictions, the federal law regulates other areas such as requirements for schools and day-care centres, shops, restaurants, services or the operation of recreational facilities, which apply in addition to or instead of Hesse's state law. The new Infection Protection Act explicitly allows for tightening by state regulations - but not for relaxation. In the coming days, the state will issue additional regulations, which were announced today - and which the district will then implement accordingly.