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Many people have been waiting for this for a long time: from the end of the week, shopping without mouth and nose protection will be allowed in Saxony. In other areas, however, the mask requirement remains.

Dresden (dpa/sn) – In Saxony, you can shop in supermarkets and shops without a mask from Friday during the Corona crisis. The condition is an incidence of seven days under ten, Health Minister Petra Köpping (SPD) announced on Tuesday in Dresden after a cabinet meeting.

Mouth and nose protection should still be worn on buses and trains, as well as in medical facilities such as hospitals or nursing homes. All districts and cities in the Free State are currently below the limit of ten new weekly infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The incidence in Saxony is 2.2.

In the Corona Protection Ordinance, which applies from July 16 to 28, Saxony has also adjusted its rules for major events – following a recommendation from the state chancellery heads of the federal states. For example, events of up to 25,000 spectators are possible from Friday under certain conditions. The precondition is a stable incidence below 35. It is true that all major events – from football matches to concerts – have a maximum occupancy rate of 50 percent. Local health authorities may deviate from this rule after consultation. Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered will count towards the number of visitors.

In addition, employees must submit a negative corona test when they return to work after their holiday. This applies to anyone who will be away for more than five days – wherever they are. The scheme will come into effect at the beginning of the summer holiday in Saxony on 26 July. Köpping argued in favor of taking the testing obligation seriously. You can infect yourself with the virus unnoticed along the way and then pass it on at work. Vaccinated and recovering patients do not have to take a negative test.

No appointment needed for vaccination

At the same time, Saxony wants to further facilitate vaccination. With immediate effect, appointments in the vaccination centers will be completely eliminated. “You can just go to the vaccination center and get vaccinated,” Köpping said. Until now, the rule was that you could be vaccinated in the vaccination centers from 2 p.m. without an appointment. You can now also choose from the vaccines. The minister again appealed to the willingness to vaccinate: “If we want to have a good autumn, that means that we have to be vaccinated.” 40 percent of people in Saxony are now fully vaccinated.

At the same time, Köpping spoke out against a possible vaccination obligation. Instead, there should be more education and low-threshold offerings, for example in shopping centres. Cash rewards as an incentive for vaccinations are not planned.

Meanwhile, the Free State is working on a roadmap for a test strategy. With increasing incidence, testing capabilities should be ramped up again soon, Köpping said. There should be good testing opportunities, especially for those returning from vacation. There are approximately 600,000 rapid tests in stock. A concept for vaccination is also being worked on from the end of September – then the vaccination centers will close. “We will have another campaign to increase vaccine readiness.” A high vaccination rate ensures that, for example, restaurants can remain open for a long time.