Aargau would like to reopen the restaurants on April 1st. However, the canton wants a plan in the event that the corona situation develops unfavorably after the first opening step.
The Federal Council’s exit plan provides for shops, museums and libraries to open on March 1st. The catering establishments should then be allowed to use the outdoor area again in April. Before the final decision on Wednesday, the cantons can comment on the plan.
Now Aargau has also taken a stand. The canton is more cautious than Vaud, for example, which wants to reopen the catering businesses in mid-March. But the pace of the Federal Council is too slow in Aargau: the canton would like to allow restaurants to receive guests again from April 1. He justified this with the fact that the catering trade could hardly cope with a longer closure. Opening the terrace alone is not worthwhile. According to the Aargau government, it should also be possible to operate the retirement home canteens once the vaccinations in the retirement and nursing homes have been completed.
What if it goes wrong?
The Aargau government councilor Jean-Pierre Gallati warns of a relaxation euphoria: Until the vaccination rate is high enough, great caution is still required. “It is important not to gamble away what has been achieved and thus avoid a ‘yojo effect’.”
He therefore also suggests working out a scenario in the event that the epidemiological situation should worsen again after the first easing step on March 1st. “ The Federal Council’s procedure is not described if the situation should develop unfavorably after the first opening. We suggest that the Federal Council not only assume a best-case scenario, but also prepare a worst-case scenario. ” The Federal Council should therefore indicate when it would withdraw which measures in such a case or which additional measures it would take.
Vaccination quota as a criterion for relaxation?
In the past few days, Graubünden, St. Gallen, Uri and other cantons had already made their positions public. The St. Gallen government, for example, is pushing the pace much more strongly than the Aargau. She wants to allow private meetings up to ten people again from March or downgrade the home office obligation to a recommendation. The canton of Uri also wants to overturn the home office requirement. With the rule of five, he no longer wants to count children.
Above all, the Uri government wants to consider the vaccination quota as a criterion for further easing steps: “ The progress of vaccination is important to prevent severe courses of the disease. As soon as fewer people are in need of hospital due to a Covid infection, the restrictions in public life can also be relaxed. ”