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Corona measures: New regulations met with broad acceptance

47/2021, 13.12.2021

The majority of the population supports the new contact restrictions and the regulation on working from home

For several weeks, tens of thousands of people in Germany are again getting infected with the coronavirus every day. In order to contain the further spread of the virus, new regulations have been introduced nationwide. These have met with broad approval among the population. This is shown by the current BfR-Corona-Monitor, a regular survey by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). Thus, 94 percent of the respondents consider the reintroduced obligation to work from home to be appropriate, and 74 percent support the contact restrictions for persons who are neither vaccinated nor recovered. "There is also a growing support among the population for measures that are already in place," says BfR-President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "According to our data, 94 percent accept the mandatory tests for returnees and 82 percent are in favour of cancelling events."

The majority of the population also accepts the restrictions on access to different places - albeit to varying degrees. For example, 87 percent of the respondents support the implementation of the 3G rule, under which in certain situations only vaccinated, recovered or negatively tested people are granted access. In contrast, the approval of the 2G rule, where a negative test is no longer sufficient, is much lower (71 percent). The 2G plus rule, which applies in some places and requires a negative test in addition to the proof of vaccination or recovery, is accepted to an even slightly lesser extent at 60 percent.

The current situation also affects the concern about how areas of one’s own life will be affected by the coronavirus. Compared to the last survey, the proportion of people who said they were worried about their economic situation increased to 26 percent. The proportion of people concerned about their mental health grew to 28 percent in the same period. About a third of the population remains concerned about social relationships and about a quarter about the impact of the coronavirus on physical health.

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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