B.and and countries will most certainly adopt more far-reaching corona measures on Wednesday. In a country template from Sunday there is another Closure of restaurants and recreational facilities until at least December 20th. However, if the so-called seven-day incidence in a federal state falls below 35, restaurants there should also be allowed to reopen beforehand.
Both Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) had previously said that they expected an extension of the closure. Until the evening it was initially unclear which of the 16 state governments would support the latest proposals.
According to information from the dpa news agency, the proposals by Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) have so far only been voted on among the SPD-governed federal states. As the current chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference, Müller is responsible for organizing a country line. According to dpa information, the draft resolution is to be discussed on Monday in a general circuit of the prime ministers. However, there should not be a separate paper from the Union-led states and Baden-Württemberg with a green Prime Minister.
This paper looks too further contact restrictions in front. For example, private get-togethers with friends, relatives and acquaintances should be held in one’s own household and in another household, “but in any case limited to a maximum of five people”. Children up to 14 years are excluded. Exceptions should it for the Christmas holidays give – then members of more than two households should be able to come together, it says in the template. Here, too, an upper limit of five or ten people should apply; the proposed resolution does not yet specify an exact value.
“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. However, it is recommended “wherever possible to go into a home self-quarantine for several days if possible” before and after the holidays.
The template also sees tightening in the Mask requirement before: “Every person has to wear a mouth and nose cover in closed rooms that are accessible to the public or as part of visitors or customers,” it says. “In addition, a mouth and nose cover must also be worn in public places in the open air, where people are either confined or not only temporarily.”
The SPD-led federal states also want this year do not allow New Year fireworks. The ignition, purchase and sale of firecrackers and rockets should therefore be banned in Germany at the turn of the year, report the “Berliner Morgenpost” and the business magazine “Business Insider”, referring to the draft resolution of the country presiding over the conference of ministers.
The aim is to avoid group formation, to relieve the emergency services such as the police and fire brigade and to keep capacities of the health system free, according to the paper, which is dated November 22nd.
For schools there should be a combination of tightening with simultaneous regional differentiation. In regions with an incidence of significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants from the 7th grade and vocational schools, a face mask is to be prescribed. Schools without infection should be excluded from this. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) insisted on this.
The ideas are similar to earlier proposals of the SPD country side. In one point, however, a suggestion from Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is taken up: If an infection occurs in a class, it should be quarantined with the teachers concerned for five days. This can then be reversed with a negative rapid test. This is to prevent more and more students from having to remain in isolation for weeks.
Colleges and universities should switch to digital teaching from December 1st – with the exception of laboratory activities, internships and exams.
Merkel and the prime ministers will meet on Wednesday
According to the template, the corona restrictions that have been in force since the beginning of November should be extended to at least December 20. The aforementioned tightening should apply from December 1st to January 17th. It is also proposed that the measures be extended by 14 days from December 20 if the numbers do not drop significantly. The target is a maximum number of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. Federal states that fall below this mark “and show a falling incidence” would have the option of deviating from the extension of the measures.
Initially until December 20th, the government grants for the companies, businesses, self-employed, clubs and institutions covered by the temporary closings, as stated in the template. She points out that this aid is “associated with high costs for taxpayers” – “the federal aid for November alone will be worth 15 billion euros”.
Countries want to extend bridging aid until mid-2021
For those sectors of the economy that “foreseeably have to accept significant restrictions in their business operations in the coming months”, the federal government should extend the bridging aid until mid-2021, according to the draft. This applies, for example, to the field of culture and events, the self-employed and the travel industry.
The draft resolution is the basis for the deliberations of the state heads of government with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Wednesday. Merkel and the prime ministers want to meet to agree on a concept by the end of the year if possible. The Chancellor had already insisted on a stricter course in the deliberations last week in view of the persistently high number of infections – but in vain. “This week we will probably decide exactly what was discussed last week,” criticized Söder on Sunday evening. Germany has the mildest lockdown in all of Europe – that’s why it takes longer for the numbers to drop again.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 15,741 new infections within the past 24 hours on Sunday – a little less than a week ago when 16,947 new infections were reported. There is currently a partial lockdown in Germany that was originally limited to November.