Friday 18th December 2020
Returnees from high-risk areas
MV sends citizens who love to travel to quarantine
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, those returning from German corona high-risk areas have to be put into compulsory quarantine. The only exceptions are people who have visited close family members in other federal states. Anyone who was with distant relatives or friends, however, has to be in isolation for ten days, which can only be shortened to five days with two negative tests. The state government decided in another special Corona meeting. According to the regulation, regions with more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days are considered high-risk areas.
This regulation, which is endorsed by Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig, but also, according to reports, is controversial in the SPD / CDU coalition, is intended to prevent an increased introduction of the corona virus. The regulation, with which Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is again taking a separate path, had previously met with massive criticism. The country’s Ombudsman, Matthias Crone, classified such unequal treatment as legally questionable. In addition, this restricts freedom of movement more than usual in Germany, without the infection situation in the country being worse, argued Crone.
The state government had already issued strict travel and movement restrictions in the first wave of infections in the spring. Even locals were banned from going to the beach and owners of holiday apartments were banned from using them. Such measures caused considerable displeasure and the courts had partially cashed them back.