The emergency brake is not pulled: the shops remain open, as do cosmetic salons and tattoo studios. What the Prime Minister decided on March 3rd as the most important condition for openings will not be implemented – although Berlin has had a seven-day incidence of more than 100 for almost a week. Nevertheless, the ruler presents himself as the greatest brake in the republic. He’s not wrong about that, but the virus doesn’t really care who is the fastest among its lame pursuers.
Berlin is going a different way. Much more difficult, as the Senate representatives emphasized in abundant twists and turns at their press conference on Saturday evening. “A step forward” is what has been decided, said Müller. And Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop (Greens): Just doing “what the MPK decided several months ago” is not necessarily the right way to go.
You want to call out to her for three weeks, not several months. That the numbers were already rising back then and that reliability is the most important thing in uncertain times. Wasn’t it Müller who spoke of a paradigm shift after the Easter rest period and that these days are needed to gain time? Now the time is running out, the contradictions remain. It is, after all, fashionable to name and correct mistakes. Except that hardly anyone knows exactly what is an error and what is a correction.
So why not continue riding this wave? In the storm of public criticism, one could “not absorb every gust”, so it was said from Müller’s environment. None of this is completely wrong, maybe even a little right, if you consider that from Wednesday Berlin will be the only federal state with real rules for offices. .
Berlin decides to switch from home office
Obligatory home office in the alternating model as in school (hopefully there will be an app for the coordination of family meetings soon), and above all – attention, new word creation – mandatory test offer. Employers must provide their employees with two tests a week. In view of a face-to-face work rate that has only fallen from 70 percent to 67 percent in Berlin with previous appeals, an overdue step that was particularly important to Müller. Also to be able to reopen the schools after the Easter break.
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Just not this back and forth. That is also the reason why the retail trade is not being braked in an emergency. Even the responsible senator no longer knows what the new model is called: After “Click and Collect” and “Click and Meet”, “Test and Click” now applies, Pop reads, uh: “Test and Meet”. In other words: You no longer need an appointment to shop, but you get a negative test result. Incidentally, this also applies to hairdressers who didn’t have to ask for it at first, then thought they had to (false statement pop), then not (sorry!), But now they do. Just no back and forth.
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And yet there is hope that the measures could literally have positive effects. Shopping centers, for example, have to offer test options, the incentive to buy becomes a test incentive. Fighting pandemics with the capitalist club – the main thing is that it helps.
A little, maybe. In a pandemic out of control, that won’t be enough. “I cannot rule out that the lockdown will have to be pulled in the next few weeks,” said Müller. “An extreme situation can arise where something like this is necessary.” He knows himself: The extreme situation is behind the next gust. And it certainly doesn’t help if you just name them differently.
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