In many places, the number of infections in Germany is falling, which is why the debate about easing the corona measures has rekindled. Today, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Ministers are discussing whether and for how long the current lockdown should continue. Before the virtual meeting, the first tendencies become apparent, t-online has a draft from the Chancellery (as of February 10, 7:40 a.m.). An overview of which points have already been established and which still needs to be discussed:
- The lockdown is to be extended until March 14th.
- The new draft resolution provides for hairdressing businesses to be opened from March 1st. Booked appointments and wearing a medical mask are required. Older people in particular are dependent on hairdressers, it is said to justify.
- The federal and state governments want to work on a “safe and fair opening strategy” to give the population planning perspectives.
- The opening of daycare centers and schools should have priority. The countries decide when and how.
- The contact restrictions remain in place, private trips are still prohibited.
- It is still mandatory to wear medical masks in retail and public transport.
This point could cause controversy:
- Either the next opening step will not be discussed until March 10th. An alternative suggestion is to be based on the incidence: Accordingly, the next opening step should take place with a stable Germany-wide seven-day incidence of no more than 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The se openings would include retail stores, museums and galleries, as well as the body-hugging service providers.
The draft resolution also addresses the particular risk posed by the virus variants. “In particular, those mutants that are more contagious (…) spread particularly quickly and require considerable additional efforts in order to reduce the number of infections again,” says the text. The refore, the contact restrictions would have to be “retained in principle in the next few weeks”.
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Lockdown extension Chancellor Angela Merkels plans