Corona rules in Baden-Württemberg: What changes for unvaccinated children and youth? – Baden-Württemberg

During the Christmas holidays, Corona rules also change for children. Photo: dpa / Thomas Frey

Neither 2G nor 2G plus is currently applicable to children and young people under the age of 17. But that will change after the Christmas holidays. What should parents think about next?

Stuttgart – One little change has occurred in the chaos of Corona: a lot will soon change for unvaccinated children and young adults too. And soon they will not be exempted from all the restrictions of Corona. We summarize the change for children ages 6 to 17.

What still applies to children and young adults?

Children up to the age of five and children under the age of seven who have not attended school are exempted from any Corona rules. You can participate in all the fun activities without restrictions. Pupils under the age of 18 are regularly tested at school and have been able to demonstrate this non-bureaucratically in all districts with a school certificate or student ID card. This means that even unimmunized children and youth up to the age of 17 have de facto unrestricted access to all areas where 3G, 2G or 2G-plus regulations are specified. If you do not have a student ID or you no longer go to school, show a rapid antigen test. From the age of 18, the same rules and exceptions apply to adults.

During the Christmas holidays, children need exams at leisure

How long will these exceptions apply to students?

For all people between the ages of 6 and 17, these far-reaching exclusions apply until the start of the Christmas holidays, that is, until December 22nd. For children entering voluntary quarantine, exceptions will apply from December 20. After the holidays, the student ID card regulation for unvaccinated children under 12 will initially continue indefinitely – even if a vaccine specially adapted for children is now available for children aged 5-11 in Baden-Württemberg from December 13 . For non-vaccinated people between the ages of 12 and 17, the exemption ends January 31, 2022.

What changes during the Christmas holidays? Is the student ID still valid?

Since children and young adults are no longer regularly tested during the holidays, something very important will be changed from December 23 to January 9 comprehensively: unvaccinated people aged 6-17 need to test negative for all fun activities indoors during the Christmas holidays . A rapid antigen test is sufficient. This applies not only to restaurants, cinemas, swimming pools and museums, but also to competitions and training in the hall, as well as to music lessons or art performances.

Exceptions apply to vaccinated children

Does mandatory testing during holidays also apply to immunized children and young adults?

Not right. Children and young adults who have been vaccinated should only submit a test during holidays in restaurants, cinemas, swimming pools or museums and at competitions, training or music lessons if the date of the second vaccination is more than six months ago – but this is likely to be the case for very few of children and youth. If they were strengthened, they wouldn’t need to be tested either. This also applies to recovering children and adolescents, provided that the injury was no earlier than six months old.

What after January 10?

Once children and youth return to school and are regularly tested there, the Student ID Card Regulation is applied again. Children aged 6-17 will no longer have to submit test certificates at their leisure.

It will be boring for unvaccinated teens from February onwards

Are unvaccinated youth soon threatened by the closure of leisure?

Yeah. Unvaccinated 12-17 year olds are only exempted from 3G, 2G and 2G plus until January 31, 2022. The Social and Cultural Ministries have agreed to treat young people in their spare time in the same way as adults from February 1. Where 3G, 2G or 2G plus is required, this regulation also applies to persons between 12 and 17 years of age. The only exceptions are those who have just been boosted, young people who have not had their second vaccination in more than six months, and those who have recovered and whose infection was not more than six months old. No exception applies to persons over 12 years of age in competitions, match days, training, music lessons or art courses. At the current alert level, the 2G network also applies to outdoor sports, so young football players who are not immune, for example, will also be affected by the leisure shutdown. Exceptions apply only to competing athletes.

Can Adolescents Be Promoted?

Yes, the Ministry of Education explicitly advises children between the ages of 12 and 17 to update their vaccinations after six months. For many young people, this should have been the case from the end of February. They can make an appointment with their pediatrician or go to a vaccination center or vaccination station.

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