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2G is coming in the supermarket: is shopping for unvaccinated people at Aldi, Lidl and Co. now more complicated?

Frankfurt – Keep your distance and wear a mask: The usual * Corona measures in supermarkets currently apply. But could it soon be possible that consumers will soon be able to shop without a face mask? In the case of the 2G rule, that would be possible. So far, this may only be used nationwide in selected public spaces. Could supermarkets become an area of ​​that?

This could become a bleak reality in Hesse: Instead of relying on tightening, the state wants to introduce further corona easing. One of them is said to be the 2G retail option.

Corona measures at Aldi, Rewe and Co .: 2G rule for supermarkets and retailers should come

On Tuesday October 10th, 2021, Minister Business of the Hessian President Volker Bouffier after the consultation of the Corona Cabinet the controversial innovation:

“All companies should be allowed to choose whether they want only those who have been vaccinated and recovered in it. That would mean that there is no longer any need to pay attention to clearances and compliance with the mask requirement in the premises – even in supermarkets and discounters. However, other rules currently apply when shopping in the supermarket.”

The optional 2G rule was created “at the request of the industry”, according to the press release from the Hessian State Chancellery. It says that the 2G option may only be used on a daily basis: “We are assuming that this option will only be used on a daily basis and that everyday businesses will not use it.”

For Hessian supermarkets, however, this corona regulation means that it can be decided individually whether the supermarket management insists on a 2G regulation – or not. This is how the Frankfurt Administrative Court decided.

The introduction of the 2G regulation for retail was already apparent in a judgment of the administrative court from September 2021. At that time, a seller of barbecue accessories sued against the ban on having to operate her office in accordance with the standards of the 2G regulation.

As the daily newspaper Welt reports, the German trade association welcomes the judgment.

The dealers would have the free choice, “whether they want to apply a 2G regulation or not,” is quoted by the head of the trade association, Stefan Genth.

However, he does not expect the rule to be tightened nationwide, according to the report. How is it location-dependent and would only be used in the case of high numbers of corona cases.

Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Edeka: 2G rule in the supermarket – what does that mean for unvaccinated people?

The innovation triggers discussions. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 65.3 percent of the total population are currently fully vaccinated (as of October 12, 2021).

Should supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl, Edeka or Rewe make use of the 2G option, around 35 of the population in Germany could no longer go shopping in the large supermarket chains.

However, the likelihood of this occurring is extremely unlikely.

So far, supermarkets have not been considered a high-risk infection zone during the pandemic.

This is shown, for example, by a study by the Technical University of Berlin. Although closed rooms are considered a risk area for aerosol transmission of coronaviruses, the risk in supermarkets, for example, is significantly lower than in offices – logically depending on occupancy.

In addition, there is the assessment of the Federal Office for Risk Assessment, which means that there is no known risk of corona infection via food so far.

In addition, supermarkets and discounters are part of the basic supply: If the 2G rule were applied, a large number of potential customers would be categorically excluded.

However, it is still possible that the 2G rule will be used in individual branches. Then when & yourself corona-unvaccinated people are looking for another supermarket that continues to dispense with the 2G option.