Automatic quarantines apply without official orders
The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has issued new isolation and quarantine regulations that are applicable with immediate effect. Now, people infected with the coronavirus and their household members must be quarantined immediately. No further contact by the health department is required. Quarantine can be interrupted for necessary tests.
The quarantine lasts 10 days and can be ended early with a negative certified test after 7 days:
- To end quarantine prematurely, either a PCR test or, at the earliest, a recognised rapid test (not a self-test!) must be carried out on the 7th day of quarantine, the result of which is negative.
- The quarantine of an infected person can only be ended prematurely if no symptoms have been present for at least 48 hours.
- School students and day-care centre children who are not infected can end the quarantine after only 5 days with such a test.
- The negative test result must be kept for at least one month.
Regulation for contact persons outside the household:
Close contacts outside the household of the infected person should isolate themselves as best they can, even for 10 days after contact, and
- avoid close contact with other persons outside the household, especially indoors and in larger groups,
- work in a home office if possible, and
- strictly adhere to general hygiene and infection control measures if contact with other persons is unavoidable.
Close contacts mean:
- People who have been in a poorly ventilated or unventilated room with an infected person for a long time.
- This includes, for example, playing sports together or going to a restaurant.
Certain contacts (even from the same household) are generally exempt from quarantine if they are not infected:
- Booster-vaccinated persons/people with booster vaccination:
Persons who have received 3 vaccination doses.
- Vaccinated convalescents:
People who have contracted corona once and have received a corona vaccination before or after.
- Vaccinated twice:
Only from day 15 until day 90 after the second vaccination dose.
Only from day 28 until day 90 after the positive test.
- If symptoms occur, the affected person must still be quarantined immediately and have a PCR test carried out.
In principle, the health authority can also issue individual quarantine orders. An explicit official order by the health authority for the individual case always takes precedence over the general regulations and must always be observed.
Violating Corona Testing and Quarantine Regulations will result in punishment with fines.