“There is no time to relax,” said Günther at a press conference in the evening and also justified the tightening that had been decided: “It is right to re-sharpen in order to be certain that we will be able to open again at the end of January”. The number of infections is alarmingly high. In addition, Günther named the coronavirus variant circulating in Great Britain as the reason for the tightening: “We see the mutation with considerable concern”.
In the future, a household may only hit one other person
The new measures include tightening the contact restrictions. In the future, a household may only meet one additional person. A family can therefore only invite one person to their home. There are no longer any exceptions for children under the age of 14. “I know it’s tough,” said Günther. The Prime Ministers had previously agreed on these and other rules with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).
The range of motion for people in hotspots is restricted
Restrictions on freedom of movement in areas with a very high incidence were also decided. In districts and cities with more than 200 new corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, people should only be allowed to move within a radius of 15 kilometers from their own place of residence. Exceptions are only possible with a “valid reason” – for example, when visiting a doctor or driving to work.
This currently affects 70 districts and independent cities nationwide, but all of them are outside Schleswig-Holstein. The city of Lübeck meanwhile had a 7-day incidence of over 200. And: Because of the holidays, the current Corona numbers are considered imprecise, “tend to be too low”, as stated in the decision paper.
Schools, daycare centers and shops remain closed
The corona measures decided in December will also remain in place until January 31. Shops, restaurants and leisure facilities are still not allowed to open, schools and daycare centers remain in lockdown mode. So they only offer emergency care on site in Schleswig-Holstein. There are only special rules for graduating classes. Education Minister Karin Prien (CDU) wants to provide details on further developments in schools today.
More “child-sick days”
Parents can receive ten additional days of child sickness benefit in 2021 – per parent, for single parents it is 20 days. This doubles the entitlement to this benefit compared to non-corona years. Children’s sickness benefit should also be paid to those who look after a child and cannot work because schools or kindergartens have been closed “due to the pandemic” or the compulsory presence has been suspended.
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