Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil warns against loosening the corona measures too quickly. Some associations, however, want openings in trade and tourism.
In view of the dangers posed by virus mutations, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) warned against a premature relaxation of the corona requirements in Germany. “ The federal and state governments must jointly develop a sensible opening concept,” said Heil to the editorial network in Germany (Saturday). “It has to be so sure that after a few weeks we don’t have to close everything that we just opened.”
Heil admitted that it was anything but easy to draw up a reliable step-by-step plan for openings. “I can only warn that, like in Austria, there will be an on-off strategy. That would finally pull the rug out from under the feet of many who are economically active.” A look over the Czech border and also into parts of Austria shows: “We cannot give the all-clear.”
The SPD politician warned that with an opening strategy it is important to proceed carefully step by step. “All measures have to be accompanied by a good testing strategy and we have to keep an eye on vaccination progress,” he said. “Just because we’re all annoyed by the lockdown doesn’t mean we can end it with a bang.”
Statutory health insurance physicians support tourism and gastronomy
The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen, on the other hand, called for rapid regional opening steps not only in retail, but also in gastronomy and tourism. “It is obvious that a region with high incidence values has to be treated differently than that with low values. That is why one cannot simply say in general that there must be no restaurant openings or Easter holidays everywhere,” said Gassen of the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post” (Saturday).
The economy has long been pushing for an end to the strict restrictions. “We have to replace the blanket lockdown with targeted, effective individual measures,” said Stefan Genth, managing director of the main association of German retailers, the “Rheinische Post”.
The President of the Federation of German Industries, Siegfried Russwurm, told the newspaper: “I would like politics to establish evidence-based criteria that give everyone orientation. Something like this: If the incidence in a region falls below a certain value, shops are allowed to open again.”
IHK would like a step-by-step plan
According to information from the “Rheinische Post”, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry demanded in a letter to Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) a step-by-step plan for opening up economic life “according to nationwide uniform criteria with comprehensible rules for companies”.
The President of the Central Association of German Crafts, Hans Peter Wollseifer, pleaded in the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” for a “nationwide Corona traffic light, from which you can read exactly under which conditions and hygienic conditions which companies can reopen”.
FDP leader Christian Lindner demanded an opening permit for shops, restaurants and fitness studios in regions with a low seven-day incidence: “Counties and urban districts that fall below the 35 incidence must be able to start immediately,” he told the newspapers Funke media group. Opening steps beyond schools, daycare centers and hairdressers are possible there.
Giffey for “responsible” school openings
Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey defended the opening of daycare centers and primary schools planned in many federal states on Monday. “You can’t leave the children at home much longer because otherwise child protection and child welfare are at risk,” said the SPD politician at the German Press Agency in Berlin. She pointed out problems such as loneliness, lack of exercise and resulting “education and loyalty gaps”. In addition, many parents are at the end. “
The load limit has been reached.”
At the same time, Giffey emphasized that the openings must be carried out “responsibly”, with compliance with hygiene rules and protective measures for staff. “It goes without saying that we have to keep an eye on the infection process. It is now about opening steps with certainty.”
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