If the new Infection Protection Act is passed, millions of Germans face further massive restrictions on their freedoms, especially between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

In all counties in which the incidence is then over 100, a curfew would apply in these evening and night hours.

Above all, it would be a restriction that would affect the private lives of most citizens.

Only a minority have to go to work during these hours, instead jogging or walking alone in the fresh air should be prohibited.

Movement data show that the mobility of Germans in private in the evening is hardly the problem.

On weekends and public holidays, mobility is still well below the values ​​from the time before the pandemic.

The minus during working hours, however, is only small.

Encounters in the office are therefore more likely to drive the infections than lonely jogging in the evening hours.

Easter holidays were often canceled


The data from the Federal Statistical Office for the Easter holidays once again suggest this conclusion.

The authority compared the mobility data this year with the Easter days in 2019.

Accordingly, the number of movements on Good Friday fell by 20 percent below the value two years ago, on Easter Monday the readings were even a third below those of 2019.

On working days, however, the decline in March was significantly lower.

On average, mobility on working days was only eleven percent less pronounced than in 2019. The minus seven to eight percent is even lower from Monday to Wednesday.

On the weekends in March, however, Germans moved much less, the mobility data show a decrease of 18 to 19 percent on Saturdays and Sundays compared to weekends in 2019.

Source: WORLD infographic


Around the Easter holidays, there was also the effect that people were apparently trying to straighten out travel times.

In particular, there were fewer journeys of more than 100 kilometers compared to the public holidays two years ago.

On one day there was even a plus: Maundy Thursday.

Apparently, many Germans had moved their longer trips a day forward.

The distances over 100 kilometers on that day were 9 percent higher than in 2019.

On the other hand, however, they fell all the more drastically on the other holidays.

On Good Friday the minus was 44 percent, on Easter Monday even 49 percent.

However, the statistical data also show that Germans are more on the move than they were a year ago in the first lockdown.

At that time, the mobility values ​​were even more in the red than in 2021.


This also corresponds to the data from other evaluators.

For example, Google determined that this year in March, mobility at work was only 22 to 23 percent below the values ​​before the pandemic.

In the first lockdown in spring 2020, Google recorded a minus of over 40 percent in the workplace.

This suggests that more people are going to the office or to their other workplaces again - even if they might even have the opportunity to work from home.

According to data from the Ifo Institute in Munich, the home office rate in March was only 31.7 percent of companies that offered their employees to work in their own apartment.

This value alone remains well below the potential of around 56 percent.

But Google's mobility data suggests that actual usage is even lower.

In fact, in the Corona Workplace Protection Ordinance, there is actually an obligation to offer home offices wherever it is possible in order to fight the pandemic.

However, there is no obligation for employees to use this offer and it would probably be difficult to implement legally.