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+++ These corona rules now apply in Saxony +++

In view of the still increasing number of infections, Saxony is taking tough corona measures from today. The rules presented on Tuesday were tightened again significantly on Friday. The new Corona Protection Ordinance applies until December 12th. These are the most important points:

  • contacts: Members of a household are only allowed to meet with one other person. Vaccinated, convalescent, children and adolescents under the age of 16 do not count.
  • schools stay open, unvaccinated children and adolescents have to test themselves three times a week.
  • Universities remain open under 3G conditions, like professional academies and state training institutions. You can define further rules yourself.
  • alcohol may not be served or consumed in public places.
  • Christmas markets like all major events, festivals and trade fairs are not permitted.
  • For the retail trade 2G applies and opening times are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the latest. The basic service is excluded.
  • Body-hugging services: Hairdressers are allowed to open with the 2G rule, beyond that only medical treatments are possible. Baths, solariums and saunas are only open for medical purposes and swimming lessons.
  • Restaurants and snacks are only allowed to open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. and only for vaccinated and convalescent people. Delivery and collection are permitted. Bars have to close. Only business trips are allowed in hotels.
  • All Leisure and cultural facilities have to close. Only libraries and outdoor areas of zoos will remain open. Amateur choirs and amateur actors are not allowed to rehearse. Art, music and dance schools close. Religious communities are allowed to come together with 3G. Demonstrations are limited to 10 participants.
  • Im Public transport services an FFP2 mask must be worn. The federal government is also planning to only allow vaccinated, convalescent and tested people to ride on Wednesday. You can read more about 3G in public transport here.
  • Am Workplace The 3G rule will apply from Wednesday, the employer must control this. In addition, home office is mandatory, which is stipulated by the federal government. The most important questions on the topic are answered in this text.

+++ curfew in corona hotspots +++

If the weekly incidence of more than 1,000 is exceeded, an exit restriction for unvaccinated persons from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. applies in the respective district or city from the following day. Exceptions are possible if there is good reason: for example, when visiting spouses or partners, people in need or sick people, also for trips by fire brigades or rescue workers. As of Sunday, according to the RKI, five Saxon districts are above the 1,000 incidence: Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains, Bautzen, Meißen, Northern Saxony and the Ore Mountains District.

The Saxon Corona Emergency Ordinance can be found here

+++ Incidence in Saxony is rising well over 800 +++

Within 24 hours, 5,899 more people were infected with the corona virus in Saxony. The Saxon Ministry of Health reported on Sunday. A week earlier there had been 4,502 new infections. In addition, nine deaths were registered. The Robert Koch Institute reported a 7-day incidence of 862.1, another high for the Free State. On Saturday the incidence was 793.7.

You can read everything about the corona pandemic in our free news blog.

+++ Anger among Christmas market operators +++

On Tuesday, Saxony’s government assured that Christmas markets could take place. The cancellation followed on Friday. The damage is enormous – both monetary and psychological. Saxony had struggled for the Christmas markets for weeks. The rejection comes late, some dealers like at the Dresden Striezelmarkt have already set up and ordered goods, they are now complaining about unnecessary costs. Now the guilty party is sought – and often found in the state government and local authorities.

Saxony’s ex-FDP boss Holger Zastrow runs the Canaletto market in Pirna and the Augustus market on Dresden’s main street. He told the MDR that the cancellation of the Christmas markets caused damage of 500,000 euros. “I trusted the prime minister’s promise and invested,” he says. The trust has now been broken.

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