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What to consider?

Valid since 22.06.2022

Lesedauer:6 Minuten:

With the discontinuation of a large number of prescribed infection control measures in everyday life, the self-responsible actions of each individual person take on even greater importance.

  • Conduct yourself in a manner that does not expose yourself or others to undue risk of infection.
  • Take into account the general recommendations for hygiene and for wearing a medical mask, especially indoors and in crowded situations, on your own responsibility and as appropriate to the situation.
  • Exercise particular caution in personal encounters with people for whom there is an increased risk of severe disease progression in the event of infection with the coronavirus (recommendation: precautionary testing!).
  • For private gatherings, consider space constraints and take appropriate hygiene measures to protect participants.
  • Ensure adequate and regular ventilation in enclosed spaces.
  • If possible, avoid personal encounters with members of other households during acute respiratory symptoms until the cause is determined.
  • New as of April 29, 2022: If you live in a household with a person infected with coronavirus or are another close contact person of infected persons, reduce personal encounters with members of other households for a period of at least five days, especially if you do not have sufficient immune status due to vaccination or recovery (recommendation: daily testing!).

  • in doctors' offices, clinics and hospitals (not for inpatient hospital patients)
  • in old people's and nursing homes
  • for nursing and rescue services
  • in buses and trains (local and long-distance public transport)
  • in collective accommodations such as shelters for homeless people and refugees

There is no general obligation to wear masks indoors. There is also no legal obligation to wear masks in schools, universities and other educational institutions.

  • for employers, employees and visitors in hospitals, old people's homes, nursing homes and collective accommodation. Exceptions are possible where appropriate.
  • Resident testing (especially in nursing homes) may be ordered by the responsible health department as appropriate in the event of an outbreak.
  • Prisons and detention centers for deportation, etc., can decide for themselves whether to impose testing obligations.

Elimination of testing in schools from May 1, 2022: From May 1, 2022, compulsory testing in Hessian schools will be eliminated. Instead, all students and staff will be provided with two tests per week for voluntary home testing. Pupils will receive the antigen self-tests for home use from the school.

New quarantine rules effective April 29, 2022:

Under the new rules, the quarantine period for people infected with coronavirus is only five days. A free test is no longer necessary. However, if symptoms of illness have occurred, isolation should be continued on one's own responsibility until there is at least 48 hours of symptom freedom.

Another new feature is that unvaccinated household members of people who test positive no longer have to be quarantined. Household members and close contacts of infected persons are advised to reduce their contacts for at least five days and to be tested daily.

In future, infected medical personnel may resume their work at the earliest on the fifth day after the start of isolation with a free test. The negative test result must be submitted to the public health department.

Measures in school as of May 1, 2022:

From May 1, 2022, compulsory testing will be abolished in Hesse's schools. Instead, all students and staff will be provided with two tests per week for voluntary testing at home. Pupils will receive the antigen self-tests for home use from the school.

At the same time, as of May 1, the option to withdraw students from face-to-face classes without a prerequisite will also be eliminated. All students will be required to attend classes at school again. Upon request, students can be exempted from compulsory attendance. The prerequisite for this is that they themselves or members of their household would be at risk of serious illness if they were infected. This applies, for example, in the case of a medically confirmed previous illness or a diagnosed immune deficiency.

In addition, a new hygiene plan comes into force, according to which special regulations for break or all-day operation cease to apply. Physical education and music classes, as well as inter-school sports competitions, can once again take place without restrictions.

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