Maas: Let vaccinated people in restaurants and cinemas | Free press


Berlin (dpa) – As the first Federal Minister, Heiko Maas, Head of the Foreign Office, calls for people with corona vaccination to be allowed to visit restaurants or cinemas earlier than others.

“Vaccinated people should be able to exercise their basic rights again,” Maas told the “Bild am Sonntag”. “It has not yet been conclusively clarified to what extent people who have been vaccinated can infect others. But what is clear: a vaccinated person will no longer take a ventilator away from someone. This means that at least one central reason for restricting fundamental rights is no longer applicable. ”

Maas also remembered the operators of currently closed restaurants, cinemas, theaters and museums. “ The y have the right to reopen their operations at some point if there is a possibility. And there is when more and more people are vaccinated. Because once there are only vaccinated people in the restaurant or cinema, they can no longer endanger each other. ”


 The  federal government had so far rejected the restoration of freedoms for vaccinated people, also pointing out that it is not known whether they can still infect others. A different type of corona is currently spreading from Great Britain and is considered extremely contagious. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) had also warned of an impending split in society. Maas, who was previously Minister of Justice, contradicted: “Yes, that will lead to inequalities in a transitional period, but as long as there is an objective reason for it, it is constitutionally justifiable.”

However, so far only a million people in Germany have been vaccinated, which corresponds to a good one percent of the population. Above all, they are very old people and those in need of care, as well as medical and nursing staff.

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