COVID-19: What Employers in Germany Need to Know Now

November 2021
Region: Europe

COVID-19 infection figures in Germany have risen significantly in recent weeks – mainly due to the highly contagious Delta variant and vaccination rates still lagging behind much of Europe. As we move into winter, the cold weather encourages people to stay indoors and so compounds the problem. In response, an amendment to the Federal German Infection Protection Act has been passed by both the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. A new section 28b has been introduced, which is intended to help break up the massive fourth wave of COVID-19 as quickly as practicable by measures to contain the general rate of infection across the country. To this end, possible chains of infection in the workplace must also be broken.