The restrictions on public life decided on November 2 would have had the effect said Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) on Wednesday after several hours of consultations between the Prime Ministers of the federal states and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). “But, that is the main result today: We still need greater stability in the infection process.”
The federal and state governments had agreed in a video switch that lasted until late Wednesday evening on an extension of the current partial lockdown with the closure of restaurants, theaters and leisure facilities until December 20. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) announced this at a press conference.
Stricter contact restrictions – easing for Christmas
Private get-togethers with friends, relatives and acquaintances are therefore limited to a maximum of five people from your own household and one other household. Children up to 14 years of age are not covered by the regulation. The strict contact restrictions will be relaxed over Christmas: From December 23rd to January 1st, a maximum of ten people may meet, even during this period children up to 14 years of age are not covered by the regulation. The school holidays are scheduled to start on December 19th.
Schools remain open, quarantine will be shortened
The nationwide agreement provides that schools and daycare centers will remain open in principle during the corona pandemic. If schoolchildren test positive, they and their classmates – usually the school class – must be immediately sent to a five-day quarantine. The days on the weekend count. After five days of quarantine, they should do a quick test. Those who test negative are allowed to go back to school. Those who test positive should be retested every three days until the test is negative.
The distance rule in large shops is tightened
The distance rule for large shops with more than 800 square meters of sales area is tightened. There should only be one person per 20 square meters. In smaller shops it should also apply that one person is allowed per ten square meters.
No general ban on firecrackers – but a recommendation
A general ban on fireworks on New Year’s Eve was not decided – it is only recommended that you do without it. According to Tschentscher, however, there will be a ban on fireworks and firecrackers in busy places and in narrow places. In the coming days, the Senate will discuss exactly where the New Year’s Eve fireworks will be banned in Hamburg. According to Tschentscher, it is already clear that no firecrackers may be set off on Jungfernstieg and the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken.
In all publicly accessible, closed rooms, a mask requirement will be introduced as in local public transport, said Tschentscher. The same applies to the workplace if the minimum distance cannot be maintained. Tschentscher said companies should be generous in allowing home office work. Classes at universities should be digital.
Appeal: Refrain from travel that is not absolutely necessary
Tschentscher appealed to the people of Hamburg to limit their contacts and to refrain from travel that is not absolutely necessary. That also applies to the ski season, said Tschentscher.