Those who have yet to be vaccinated are to face additional restrictions after German leaders held talks on Thursday.
Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz spoke with state leaders and agreed on new measures to curb a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases.
Unvaccinated people are to be barred from accessing almost all businesses, except for grocery stores and pharmacies, as Merkel joined Scholz in backing mandatory vaccines.
What are the new restrictions?
Federal and state leaders agreed to the following measures:
- Contact restrictions for unvaccinated individuals
- Entrance to shops, restaurants, museums and movie theaters will be possible for vaccinated or recovered people only
- Additional tests for those who are vaccinated