Hamburg (dpa / lno) - The announced easing of the corona rules in Hamburg senior nursing homes will be delayed until Saturday.

The new regulation will not be published until Friday and will come into force the following day, the health authority said.

This is done to ensure a time synchronization with the federal regulation, said authority spokesman Martin Helfrich on Thursday.

The authority last announced on Tuesday that fully vaccinated residents of nursing homes would be allowed from Friday to meet each other again without a mask and a minimum distance.

You would then no longer need to be routinely tested.

The vaccinated nursing staff only has to do one rapid test per week.

Visitors still have to be tested, but are allowed to come daily, as before the pandemic.

The reason for this is the low number of corona infections after the vaccinations in the homes.

In all of Hamburg, only six residents of five facilities are affected, the health authority had further announced.

In addition, 25 employees are infected.

At the beginning of February, the virus was still detected in 378 residents in 38 nursing homes.


When asked why the relaxation does not come into force earlier if the reason for the restrictions has already been removed, Senate spokesman Marcel Schweitzer said on Tuesday: "It's true that speed is of the essence."

However, the nursing home operators had indicated that they needed some time to change their personnel planning and to inform the family members.

Despite the delay in the new regulation, the current version continues to apply, said Helfrich.

On the authority's website, above the reading version of the ordinance, it says “valid from April 17 to 22, 2021”.

Only in Paragraph 40, the last of the regulation, is May 2nd given as the date for the expiry.

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