New Corona regulation in force: winter rest extended

Status: 01/15/2022 07:39 a.m

A new Corona regulation has come into force in Lower Saxony. This provides for relaxation, but in some areas the rules have also become stricter. The hibernation is extended.

  • The hibernation with warning level 3 lasts until February 2nd
  • FFP2 masks are compulsory for demonstrations
  • There are only exceptions to contact restrictions up to and including 13 years of age
  • The requirements for funerals are relaxed

It started as a so-called Christmas and New Year’s rest, was then extended until January 15th and now the special rules of Lower Saxony will remain in place as winter rest until February 2nd. This means: Warning level 3 still applies with some additional regulations. Stricter contact restrictions apply. In addition, dance events are prohibited, discotheques and clubs are closed. Government spokeswoman Anke Pörksen assumes that the hibernation will not end on February 2 either, “because the number of infections is increasing significantly”.


The current regulation for download. It came into effect on January 15th and is valid until February 2nd. Download (298KB)

FFP2 mandatory at demonstrations

There are new requirements for meetings: After numerous municipalities have already made the FFP2 mask compulsory at demonstrations, this applies nationwide with the new regulation. This should ensure more clarity and even greater dissemination. Also for Unregistered meetings are subject to this obligation, according to the state government.


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Meetings are counted from the age of 14

Students who are not fully vaccinated or have recovered must test themselves daily through January 31. In addition, Lower Saxony is lowering the minimum age from which the corona contact restrictions apply. Previously, 14-year-olds were not counted at meetings, now this only applies to a maximum of 13-year-olds. Those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered can meet with up to nine other people. Anyone who is neither vaccinated nor recovered is only allowed to meet two other people from another household in addition to their own household. In addition to the children, caregivers of people in need of care are not counted.

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Funerals: relaxation for the unvaccinated

The adapted Corona regulation also brings with it some loosening. This is how the federal and state governments decided shortened quarantine implemented. In addition, the rules for secular funerals are less strict: For the unvaccinated, there is an exception to the restriction to meetings with a maximum of two people from another household. “Funerals, even if they are not religious in character, are privileged so that people can say goodbye to the dead and mourn together with the appropriate precautions,” said government spokeswoman Poerksen. But that only applies to the official funeral service and the walk to the grave, not for a subsequent get-together, for example in a restaurant or café. According to Poerksen, the 3G rule applies to non-religious funeral services, so that vaccinated, recovered or tested people can take part.


The state government has created graphics to illustrate the Corona rules. You can download them here. downloaded ()

Religious and secular: differences disappear

This eliminates the different treatment of non-religious and religious funerals. In the case of church or religious burials, there are no national restrictions due to freedom of religion, but rather the regulations of the respective church or religious community.

State elections: Facilitation for party meetings

The ordinance also provides for new regulations with regard to the state elections in October. When it comes to the ban on meetings in closed rooms with more than 500 participants, there are exceptions for parties and voter groups that want to nominate candidates for the election.

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Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) thanked the people in Lower Saxony who have “lived more or less calmly with very clear contact restrictions and other protective measures” since Christmas. The fact that the situation in Lower Saxony has so far been better than in many other federal states is due to the level-headedness of the people and the “comparatively large” willingness to vaccinate. “I therefore ask all citizens to continue to behave prudently and responsibly,” said Weil. “We hope that by Easter we will have overcome the worst.”

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