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3G rule: Three out of four support the new regulations

37/2021, 06.09.2021

The extended testing obligation for all the unvaccinated and unrecovered is considered appropriate

Since 23 August, the "3G rule" has been in effect nationwide: Anyone who wants to visit certain facilities such as nursing homes, the interior of restaurants or events in closed rooms must either be vaccinated, recovered or have a negative test result. The majority of the population in Germany is in favour of the rule. This is shown by the results of the 43th edition of the BfR-Corona-Monitor, a regular survey conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). "Among older people aged 60 and over, support for the 3G rule is particularly high at 85 percent," says BfR-President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "In comparison, 71 percent of younger people consider the regulation to be appropriate."

The other measures are also still accepted by a majority. For example, more than 80 percent are in favour of the mandatory distance, quarantine measures, mandatory use of masks and mandatory tests for returnees. However, there are also signs of a growing lack of understanding for certain regulations. For example, the proportion of people in favour of cancelling events fell by 10 percentage points to 67 percent within the last four weeks.

At the same time, the respondents rated the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus via certain transmission routes to be lower. Currently, 58 percent consider an infection through proximity to other people as probable - 5 percentage points less than a fortnight ago. And smear infections via door handles are also perceived as being less of a risk: Only 32 percent think that an infection via this route is likely - in the last survey, it was 39 percent.

The slowly diminishing concern about an infection is also reflected in the private lives of the respondents. The proportion of people who have kept more distance from others in the past 14 days has fallen by 5 percentage points in the last two weeks to 70 percent. Closed rooms are now ventilated more frequently by only 61 percent, and only 8 percent said they had built up larger stocks.

The BfR has published FAQs on the topic of coronavirus:

About the BfR-Corona-Monitor

The BfR-Corona-Monitor is a recurring (multi-wave) representative survey on the risk perception of the population in Germany towards the novel coronavirus. Every week between 24 March and 26 May 2020, around 500 randomly selected people were asked by telephone about their assessment of the risk of infection and their protective measures, among other things. Since June 2020, the survey is continued every two weeks with about 1,000 respondents each. A summary of the data is regularly published on the homepage of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. More information about the method and sample can be found in publications about the BfR-Corona-Monitor.

About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. It advises the German federal government and German federal states ("Laender") on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.

This text version is a translation of the original German text which is the only legally binding version.



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