Thousands of protesters marched against COVID-19 restrictions in Nuremberg on Monday evening, after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced new measures aimed at containing the Omicron strain of the coronavirus. Demonstrators rallied through the city bearing large banners reading, ‘We are the red line’, while one man wore a hooded jacket with syringes glued to it. There was a large police presence to monitor what police estimated were 3,000 demonstrators, but journalists on the ground counted as around 5,000.
Protesters from different political backgrounds and age groups were in attendance, with many on the ground reportedly vaccinated, but against the extent of the measures in Germany Scholz announced on Friday after talks with the country’s state leaders that Germany is set to implement stricter rules for the hospitality sector. Under the new measures, only those who have had a booster vaccine dose will be able to have a sit-down meal at a restaurant without other requirements. People with two shots or those who have recovered from coronavirus must show a negative test; The unvaccinated will not be able to dine at all. The German hospitality industry association has criticised the move, saying it will have a potentially catastrophic effect on bars and restaurants. However, the government has said the measures will be necessary to counter the spread of Omicron.