The federal and state governments agreed on Tuesday to extend the lockdown that was decided in mid-December until January 31, and to tighten it in parts. According to the decision paper of the round of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister’s Conference, this applies Extension of the lockdown also for schools and daycare centers. “This is a great challenge for all parents and children,” said Merkel. “But we felt compelled to do so in order not to lose sight of our goal.” The goal of the federal and state governments is still to significantly reduce the number of infections and to get back to an average of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. Currently this incidence is roughly three times as high. After the decision, the closure of shops, restaurants, cultural and sports facilities for another three weeks.
At schools and daycare centers, what has been regulated in the federal states since mid-December will continue until the end of January. Sometimes the presence requirement is suspended, sometimes there have been complete closings. There are also differences in the emergency care measures. However, there will be no face-to-face teaching anywhere in the next three weeks.
The step-by-step plan agreed by the ministers of education with the return to face-to-face lessons for primary school students or alternating lessons in higher grades begins accordingly in February at the earliest.
For relief because of the Taking care of the children at home should be Child sickness benefit ten additional days per parent be introduced. As a result of the pandemic, there will be more childhood sick days for the parents who have to look after at home.
The general Contact restrictions are extended, as in the spring lockdown on one household plus one person. So far: one household plus one additional household, a maximum of five people. In this context, it was also decided that company canteens should be closed “wherever work processes permit”. Only the delivery of “take away food and drinks” is permitted.
Employers are “urgently asked” to create generous home office opportunities.
In addition, local restrictions on the Range of motion implemented when a certain infection situation has occurred. Such a scheme – a restriction on 15 kilometers in a radius the place of residence – already exists in Saxony, and the Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) has just considered it for his country. The restricted range of motion should be in corona hotspots from one Incidence value of 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants apply within seven days.
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The tougher regulation required by the Chancellery in the preliminary talks on the possibility of Curfews is no longer included in the draft paper for the round. It would therefore remain with the decision of December to provide local curfew if an incidence value of 200 new infections is exceeded. According to the daily mirror’s coronavirus map, this is now the case in 101 rural and urban districts.
Such exit restrictions are already possible at any time and are often applied, often limited to the night. The Chancellery had suggested lowering the threshold to 100 new infections.
Many circles affected
In total there are 294 districts and 107 independent cities in Germany. In these circles, freedom of movement can be severely restricted:
- Vogtlandkreis (801,2)
- Meissen (504.2)
- Eisenach (429,5)
- Osterzgebirge (408,8)
- Hildburghausen (401.2)
- Cottbus (348,2)
- Zwickau (336)
- Coburg (319,9)
- Nürnberg (310,6)
- Dresden (309,9)
- Bayreuth district (301)
- City of Hof (285.2)
- Limburg-Weilburg (259.4)
- Passau (257,3)
- Casting (253.6)
- Potsdam (241,5)
- Oberhausen (236,7)
- City of Fürth (223.1)
- City of Landshut (216.8)
- Stendal (206,3)
In particular, the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) considers curfews to be an effective means for high numbers of infections. In Bavaria there is a general curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., with exceptions for professional reasons or emergencies. It is similar in Baden-Württemberg and Saxony. In North Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, there is no state-wide order, but there are curfews at the district level.
The deliberations of the federal and state governments were overshadowed by a dispute within the grand coalition. The SPD accuses the Union of a vaccination failure. Above all, she is targeting one man: Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). The Social Democrats sent a four-page catalog with two dozen questions to Spahn and the Chancellery on Sunday. The document is available to the Tagesspiegel.
It asks, among other things, why the EU Commission “pre-ordered so few vaccination doses” and why “parts of the doses not used by the EU (…) were not ordered for Germany”. The paper also asks why the EU turned down higher delivery offers from Biontech and Moderna.
In the ARD morning magazine, Spahn defended himself: “We have always shared all the information with the Corona cabinet, the Bundestag and the public. But where there are further questions, we will answer them. “