Monday, February 22, 2021
“Great longing” of the citizens
Merkel promises openings
Chancellor Angela Merkel promises an opening plan from the current lockdown. According to ntv information, she presented her model in the internal meeting of the CDU presidium. The re is a “great longing” of the citizens for an opening strategy. She understands that, Merkel is quoted by participants as saying. However, it also restricted that “opening steps with increased tests” must be accompanied and “introduced wisely”.
It is about tying packages to make openings possible and then adapting them. Merkel sees three areas:
- In this way, the personal contacts could be relaxed. The re are currently strict contact rules in Germany. Meetings are only allowed with one other person outside the household.
- Merkel defined schools and vocational schools as the second area. From this Monday on, primary school students in ten federal states will be able to attend face-to-face classes again. Older grades and vocational students are still taught at home.
- The third opening area in Merkel’s plan are sports groups, restaurants and culture. For many weeks, the catering industry, the event industry, but also recreational sports have been forced to take a break.
From Tuesday, Chancellery Minister Helge Braun will work together with representatives of the federal states on the specific opening plans. At the next corona summit of the federal and state governments on March 3, these could then be coordinated and decided between Merkel and the prime minister.
The Presidium also discussed the possibility of how family and company doctors could be involved in vaccinations, it said. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn made it clear that this only makes sense if, as with the flu vaccination, three to five million vaccine doses are available per week. Overall, the assumption of costs for the corona tests planned by the federal government from March 1 could help. He made it clear that the first approvals for self-tests will be available from next week.