The German government permits ALL businesses to refuse unvaccinated consumers, including groceries and other necessities.

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The German government permits ALL businesses to refuse unvaccinated consumers, including groceries and other necessities.

The state chancellery announced to German magazine BILD on Friday that supermarkets in Hessian had been given authorization to deny unvaccinated people the access to buy food and other necessities. Stores can choose whether to follow the stricter ‘2G rule,’ which restricts entrance to just those who have been vaccinated and recovered (‘geimpft’ and ‘genesen’ in German), or the more lenient ‘3G rule,’ which includes those who have tested negative for the virus (getestet).

Minister-President Volker Bouffier told BILD that he hoped the new rule wouldn’t be extensively used, adding, “We expect that this option will only be used on select days, and that firms who cater to everyday needs would not use it.”

“Vaccination provides the best level of protection. “And it’s still simple, unbureaucratic, and free,” he claimed, emphasizing that disguising and social distance restrictions would remain in place for businesses that did not accept the more restrictive 2G Rule. 2G firms are allowed to waive social distancing and mask regulations in exchange for admitting only vaccinated or recovered people — a tempting compromise after 18 months of cumbersome face coverings.

In addition to the new 2G option, unvaccinated hospital employees must be checked for Covid-19 twice a week, and students must continue to wear masks while in class.

While at least eight other German states have allowed the 2G regulation in places including clubs, restaurants, gyms, theatres, and brothels, Hesse is the first to allow it in grocery stores and other retail establishments.

Other European countries, such as Italy and France, have imposed rigorous vaccine restrictions, prohibiting the unvaccinated from working or dining in cafes (Italy and France, respectively), but most leaders have refrained from forcing vaccinations for their citizens. Concerns about vaccine passports, on the other hand, have prompted hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets to protest, even as countries such as the United States continue to reopen for travel — but only to the vaccinated.

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