Anyone who has not been vaccinated or recovered has had the doors to non-essential trade closed since Tuesday. With the introduction of this further strict preventive measure, the federal government wants to prevent another lockdown despite the massive increase in the number of infections caused by the Omicron wave – and to ensure compliance with this commandment secure, the “very heavy artillery” is brought out: As announced by Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer, massive 2-G checks have been carried out across the country since Tuesday. This happens on the one hand through staff directly in retail, in gastronomy and at and around tourist hotspots, but also through the executive.
An initial balance sheet by the Federal Ministry of the Interior now shows how severe the controls were: In the period from Tuesday morning to Saturday morning, more than 180,000 controls were carried out, with around 1000 violations being punished, according to the BMI in a broadcast on Saturday. The majority of the people checked were “cooperative”, according to the BMI, which emphasizes that the controls are “an important aspect of containing the pandemic” and should therefore be continued with the same intensity.
“The police officers have carried out intensive checks throughout Germany in the last few days. The necessary control pressure will continue to be consistently maintained,” said Interior Minister Gerhard Karner in a statement. In conclusion, he explains: “Thanks to the intensive cooperation with the trading companies, the controls could be implemented closely. My sincere thanks go to all those who support the necessary restrictions and thus make the work of the police much easier.”