Representatives of municipalities, social associations and business are also involved – around 70 participants in total. It will be about how the third wave can be broken. The containment of the British mutation, which is believed to be significantly more contagious, dangerous and deadly than the virus of origin, plays a major role in this. But help for those industries that are particularly hard hit by the lockdown will also be an issue. Above all, the calls from the tourism industry had recently become much louder – especially in view of the 44 million euro loan for the MV Werften decided on Thursday.
No easing until Easter
The incidences are increasing. The district Ludwigslust Parchim, for example, is a high-risk area with an incidence of over 150. Around 80 percent of all cases there are due to the British mutant, according to District Administrator Stefan Sternberg (SPD). Therefore, all easing will be off the table by Easter. Hotels, restaurants or cafes will remain closed. Even state leader Rostock threatens to exceed the 50 incidence threshold in the foreseeable future. Doctors warn of an overload of the health system. Schwerin’s Lord Mayor Rico Badenschier (SPD) also spoke out against weakening the existing regulations of the corona traffic light and further openings. “We should stick to the agreed rules and not change them again and again in order to serve certain interests,” said Badenschier. The strategy of enabling opening steps with unsystematic citizen quick tests is “highly dangerous and clearly the wrong way”. The head of DGB-Nord, Ingo Schlueter, also spoke out against loosening.
After Easter: openings in model regions?
After Easter, there must be more joy in experimenting, said CDU parliamentary group leader Wolfgang Waldmüller on Thursday in the state parliament. Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) is considering model projects in certain regions with low case numbers – for example in Rostock. It would be conceivable that the outdoor catering is allowed to open there. The head of government is primarily relying on rapid tests, but also on more vaccinations. Currently, however, MV is in the penultimate place in the vaccination statistics in a national comparison.
Demand: All of MV as a model region for openings
The three chambers of industry and commerce in the country are also calling for clear concepts and opening strategies after the Easter weekend. Among other things, the chambers want the whole of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to become a model region. The model should be the city of Rostock, where, for example, the Volkstheater reopens with a test strategy. Retail, catering and the hotel industry should benefit from this. If Saarland can do that, then Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania can do it all the more, said the President of the Rostock Chamber of Commerce, Klaus-Jürgen Strupp. For inbound tourists, he brought large test centers in motorway parking lots into play. The Prime Minister had promised them a special MV path, which they would now demand, affirmed the three chamber presidents who met in Schwerin before the MV summit.
Weaker emergency brake? Soon curfew in Ludwigslust-Patrchim?
The so-called emergency brake in the corona regulations could apparently be weakened in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Despite the increasing number of infections, the measures should not be tightened as the federal and state governments decided at the beginning of the month. The key message is apparently: Even if the corona numbers nationwide are again above an incidence value of 100, the easing measures decided at the beginning of March, such as shopping by appointment, should not be automatically withdrawn. This is what the draft for parts of the new Corona state ordinance provides. Much should remain possible – but only if a negative corona test is presented. The scope should also increase regionally. It is becoming apparent, however, that in districts with an incidence of more than 150 – such as in Ludwigslust-Parchim, for example – a nocturnal exit restriction is being imposed.
Long negotiations are expected today, the start had been delayed again and again.