New quarantine rules for Hamburg’s schools and daycare centers

Children are allowed out of quarantine earlier: After the health ministers of the federal states agreed on uniform quarantine rules for schools and daycare centers at the beginning of the week, Hamburg is now also changing its requirements.

If a child tests positive for Corona at school or daycare, close contacts without symptoms only have to remain in quarantine for ten days. At the earliest from the fifth day onwards, people can “free themselves”. Vaccinated and convalescents are generally excluded from quarantine.

Daycare centers and schools: more tests, less quarantine

A quarantine should only be ordered in daycare centers and schools for the infected person and their close contacts. “Even in unclear contact or hygiene situations, a quarantine is not generally imposed for all people,” writes the social authority in a message.

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In such cases, the frequency of serial tests with rapid antigen tests should be increased to three times a week for a period of ten days. In “justified situations”, the responsible health department can also make different decisions.

This is how a test can end the quarantine

Close contacts without symptoms can shorten the quarantine from the fifth day with a negative PCR test result. A rapid antigen test is sufficient from the seventh day of quarantine. Anyone who regularly takes part in serial tests anyway, for example for work-related reasons, can test themselves with a rapid antigen test from day five.

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The test can be carried out in all recognized test centers such as pharmacies, practices or test centers. The tests are free of charge and the quarantine can be interrupted for this purpose. The people receive a letter that identifies them as a contact person.

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