More and more politicians in Lower Saxony speak out against the new 2G-Plus rule. How long can the corona measure last?
Hanover – “Lockdown through the back door”. Participants in the Lower Saxony mayors’ conference on Friday, December 3, 2021, found clear words when it came to the one that has been in force since Wednesday 2G plus rule in Lower Saxony went. 2G-Plus means: Vaccinated and convalescent people must also present a negative corona rapid test if they want to have access, for example to a restaurant.
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That was the wrong way, it was said at the mayors’ conference, a nationwide one 2G plus rule is a “lockdown through the back door”. In addition, the strict application would lead to a massive loss of confidence among the vaccinated, said chairman Frank Klingebiel, who is mayor of Salzgitter. There are currently too few test options, and the corona virus cannot always be reliably detected in vaccinated people using a rapid test.
Resistance to 2G-Plus is growing in Lower Saxony: “2G must become the measure of all things again”
It is good that the state government is currently concerned about whether it is on the right track with the nationwide measure, said the committee of the Lower Saxony City Council. Lower Saxony has the 2G-plus regulation on Friday for those vaccinated with boosters relaxed.
It is good that people with a corona booster vaccination should be exempted from the obligation to test, but it does not solve the problem, according to Klingebiel. “On the contrary: This triggers an even bigger run on the booster vaccinations, which cannot be satisfied either,” said Klingebiel. There is a lack of vaccine, and general practitioners’ practices and mobile vaccination teams are busy. “2G must become the measure of all things again across the board,” demanded Klingebiel.
His colleague from Braunschweig also joined him. Lord Mayor Thorsten Kornblum (SPD) also demanded that the state government in Lower Saxony 2G-Plus should check.
2G-Plus in Lower Saxony: “Current test offers are nowhere near enough”
Hubert Meyer, managing director of the Lower Saxony District Association, told the NDR that he was afraid that those people who had already been vaccinated twice would be understood. Their vaccination protection is just as good. To treat them differently, he does not consider it justified.
Oliver Kamlage, managing director of the Lower Saxony Association of Towns and Municipalities, complains: “The current test offers are by far not sufficient.” In all parts of the country, “untenable, sometimes chaotic conditions” prevailed at the test sites. Long queues formed in larger cities, and in rural areas people often had to drive many kilometers to get to the test center.
Resistance to 2G-Plus in Lower Saxony: “Customers simply won’t come”
FDP parliamentary group leader Stefan Birkner fears “a widespread dying of restaurants”. Restaurateurs and organizers need a perspective immediately. Birkner called on the red-black coalition to convene a gastro summit immediately. It is important to develop joint solutions. Otherwise guests would be absent and business would come to a standstill.
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Manuela Härtelt-Dören, state guild master for Lower Saxony’s hairdressing trade, also blows in the same direction. Gastronomy companies and hairdressing salons are allowed to supervise quick tests and issue a negative test certificate, but, according to Härtelt-Dören: “The problem is that in many places there are no more quick tests and customers simply cannot come. We cannot let anyone in without a test. “
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