Where does 3G apply at Aldi, Lidl, Ikea, H&M? That changes now when shopping

Corona has our everyday life firmly under control. The number of corona cases is skyrocketing and the intensive care units are full. The first federal states tighten the rules. Certain rules also apply when shopping, which consumers must adhere to.

On the entire site of Aldi Süd, Lidl, Rewe, Edeka and also at furniture stores such as Ikea, Mömax or XXXLutz customers have to wear a mask. This even applies to the parking lot. The federal states have clearly defined corresponding rules in their current infection protection laws.

In principle, the poster notices are also being changed in many places.

The German trade association, for example, proposes a Christmas motif with the slogan “Be a Christmas hero too, wear mouth and nose protection”. The motif can already be seen in the first specialist shops.

Does 2G or 3G also apply in the supermarket?

This is what the new poster of the German trade association on the mask requirement looks like.
This is what the new poster of the German trade association on the mask requirement looks like.


Consumers should know: 3G only applies to employees at Rewe, Edeka, Aldi Süd, Lidl, Netto Marken-Discount or Rewe and not for customers.

According to the current Infection Protection Act, cashiers must present their relevant evidence to the employer before starting work. People who have been tested can also use their test certificates for two shifts, for example if they are scheduled for the evening and take over the morning shift on the following day.

Supermarkets and discounters are among the basic suppliers. The same applies to drugstores, pharmacies and petrol stations. You are excluded from all access restrictions. All customers, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested, can shop there.

Nevertheless, in some federal states customers have to be counted at the entrance. In view of the high corona cases, in Bavaria, for example, only 50 customers are allowed to stay in a classic Aldi or Lidl branch (1000 square meters). In many federal states, there is an upper limit of 20 customers per square meter of sales area for hotspots.

A shopping cart or shopping basket obligation could apply. This is to better count customers. If buying assistance is not available, customers have to wait outside.

What applies to specialist shops, furniture dealers or shoe shops?

The 3G regulation applies in Baden-Württemberg. Customers must be vaccinated, recovered, or tested. This applies, for example, to Ikea, Mango, H&M, MediaMarkt or Deichmann branches. Supermarkets, discounters and other basic suppliers are exempt from this.

2G applies in Brandenburg. Only vaccinated and recovered customers have access. Unvaccinated people are not allowed to enter the branches and shops – but this does not apply to basic providers.

Attention, 2G and 2G + apply in customer restaurants

It is more complicated when customers in catering establishments want to eat in markets. For example, if consumers want to eat a doner kebab at a snack bar, they may have to show vaccination cards or recovery certificates. This applies if they want to eat on site or if the snack is integrated in the interior of the market.

2G + is now valid in a furniture restaurant in Rostock. This means that only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered are allowed to eat here – with additional test evidence.

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