Thursday 2 December 2021, the German government announced a nationwide lockdown for all unvaccinated citizens, residents and visitors. Those that are not vaccinated are banned from accessing all but the most essential businesses such as pharmacies and supermarkets. This announcement was made by both current Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor Olaf Scholz. Both also support proposals for mandatory vaccinations which if voted could take effect as of February 2022. Under the tightened restrictions, unvaccinated people can only meet two people from another household. Bars and nightclubs must shut down in areas with an incidence rate above 350 cases per 100,000 people over one week. And the country would limit the number of people at large events like soccer matches.