The following applies to contacts: Groups of up to ten people or two households may meet in public spaces. Recovered and fully vaccinated persons do not count in these meetings. The restrictions do not apply to meetings attended exclusively by vaccinated or recovered persons. Nevertheless, compliance with the distance and hygiene regulations is still strongly recommended.
Body-related services are generally permitted by prior appointment if the physical contact is reduced to a necessary minimum. In the case of personal care services such as manicures, cosmetics or visits to the hairdresser, negative proof is no longer obligatory in stage 2, but it is recommended. Negative proof is written proof of a negative corona test not older than 24 hours issued by an official testing centre or a self-test carried out on site under supervision, proof of full vaccination protection or convalescent proof.
Shopping, Gastronomy & Tourism
Retailers are now allowed to reopen in principle - in compliance with hygiene and distance rules. Although negative proof is no longer mandatory in this area, it is still recommended. Gastronomic offers in the outdoor area are permitted from level 2 without negative proof of the guests. However, this is still recommended. Indoor catering may open with negative proof. Hygiene and distance regulations apply. In addition, a mouth-to-nose covering must be worn until the guest is seated. Tourist overnight stays are permitted. In accommodation establishments where you use communal facilities, such as dining or dormitory rooms and sanitary facilities, you need negative proof on arrival. For stays of more than seven days in an establishment where communal facilities are used, negative proof must be provided twice a week.
The most important questions and answers about Lockerungsstufe 2 and the associated regulations that apply under the Hessian state ordinance have been summarised by the district online at www.landkreis-waldeck-frankenberg.de/rechtlichefragen.
Do not jeopardise success
"The fact that the number of infections is declining is a positive development and a hopeful sign. We must now continue to build on this," says District Administrator Dr Reinhard Kubat, summarising the current situation. In addition to people's vigilance, this is also due to the measures that have been taken - among others, the increased controls of the Corona rules and quarantine compliance. Since Whitsun, for example, more than 200 random and unannounced quarantine checks have been carried out on infected people and contacts, and these are expected to continue in the coming weeks. "The majority of people complied with the requirements, but there were also some violations that will now be legally punished," reports Karl-Friedrich Frese, First District Commissioner and Head of the Health Department. "Basically, however, the people were cooperative and reasonable." The District Administrator and First District Councillor agree that care must now be taken not to jeopardise the successes achieved and to further stabilise the infection figures.
Use of the LUCA app recommended
To complement the hygiene concepts in all areas, the district also recommends the use of the LUCA app. It enables encrypted digital contact tracking via smartphone. People who have downloaded the app onto their mobile phones can use it to check in via a QR code when visiting restaurants or hairdressers, for example. The application registers the visit. If it turns out afterwards that one had unknowingly come into contact with someone infected with Corona during the visit, the district health service can contact the user quickly and easily - and thus trace and interrupt chains of infection in an even more targeted manner. Protection against infection and spread of the virus can thus be further increased.
The app works like this: You download the application onto your smartphone. When you register, you are asked to enter your contact details. After a few clicks, the app is ready to use. Via QR codes, you can log in to localities - for example, at a table in a restaurant. If it turns out afterwards that one had contact with an infected person, one is informed about the Corona outbreak - without having to evaluate handwritten lists with contact data. The district of Waldeck-Frankenberg also already uses the digital form of contact tracking in its administrative offices - for example, at committee meetings or the few official meetings that are not possible digitally.