Daniel Günther (CDU), Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister, sits in the Kiel State Chancellery during the deliberations between the German Prime Minister and Chancellor Merkel in a video conference. Image: dpa
Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania do not participate in all of the new Corona resolutions. In one point, Kiel is even taking a special route nationwide. How does Prime Minister Günther justify the decision?
Daniel Günther, the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, had already made it clear with the Federal Chancellor before the Prime Minister’s Conference that his country would not go along with everything. So it happened. And when the CDU politician appeared in front of the press in Kiel late on Wednesday evening, he reported on the “special Schleswig-Holstein path” that he has taken. From Monday onwards, the corona measures in the northwest will be relaxed, at least a little. Body-close service companies such as nail salons and massage practices are allowed to reopen, as are zoos and animal parks.
Political correspondent for Northern Germany and Scandinavia based in Hamburg.
Zoos and animal parks are also open in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and like Schwerin, Kiel has also decided not to go along with the further restrictions on retailers with a view to the sales area per customer. But Schleswig-Holstein is completely alone when it comes to another measure.
While all other states tighten the contact restrictions and only five people from two households are allowed to meet, whereby children under the age of 14 are not counted and there can be a maximum of ten people over the Christmas period, Schleswig-Holstein remains with the well-known rule in the state: Up to ten people can meet, in a public setting from up to two households, in private there is no limit. It will be the same at Christmas time. Günther said that what is usual practice in the country will also be observed over the holidays.