The partial lockdown is to be extended according to a proposal by Berlin, the country presiding over the Prime Minister’s Conference, because of the continued high corona numbers. Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) telephoned the Prime Ministers of most other countries at the weekend to present a coordinated proposal with the Chancellor before the Corona summit on Wednesday. This draft resolution is available to the Tagesspiegel.
According to reports, the SPD-ruled countries and the CDU and CSU-ruled countries are not that far apart. There are probably more country-specific wishes, regardless of the ruling party.
According to the draft resolution, the corona restrictions that have been in force since the beginning of November are to be extended to at least December 20. In order to be able to react appropriately to special regional situations, countries with an incidence of less than 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within 7 days and a falling incidence trend have the option of deviating from this before December 20.
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The target is a maximum number of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. If a country does not achieve this goal, there will be a 14-day extension of the measures. Otherwise, opening steps should be completed from December 21st.
There will be additional ground rules between December 1st and January 17th. Countries below the 50 threshold may well deviate from this. Accordingly, private gatherings are limited to a maximum of five people from two households. Children up to 14 years of age are exempt from this.
According to the draft, a higher personal limit and more households should be allowed on the Christmas holidays, but the appeal for self-quarantine after the holidays applies. “With this regulation, Christmas should also be possible in this special year as a celebration with family and friends, albeit on a smaller scale,” says the paper.
As long as the corona situation does not relax, students from the 7th grade in Germany should also wear masks in class in the future. This should apply to school and vocational school students in regions with significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within 7 days – which is currently the case in many places. Schools without corona cases can be excluded from this.
In the resolution proposal, a test strategy is also proposed for the schools: If a corona case occurs in a class, it should be quarantined for five days together with the teachers concerned. On the fifth day there should be a quick test for everyone. If the result is negative, the class can go back to school.
“In order to be able to apply this effective test strategy across the board, the federal government (via the federal states) will provide additional capacities for antigen tests,” the paper says.
The exact design of further measures, such as the question of whether schools switch back to alternating teaching, is left to the Länder in the proposal. School trips and international exchanges should, however, remain strictly prohibited. It is also recommended to stagger the start of lessons in order to equalize school traffic.
A mask is to be worn in publicly accessible, closed rooms – also in public transport, in workplaces and factories and in public spaces in the open air, where many people can be found. Domestic quarantine for returnees and contact persons are to be standardized.
Digital teaching at colleges and universities will continue with the exception of laboratory activities, internships and exams. Binding school regulations with reference to the Conference of Ministers of Education still need to be clarified.
As already announced, the applications of the Corona warning app are to be expanded. If the states have agreed on a joint draft resolution on Monday, a vote with the federal government should follow on Tuesday.