Lockdown in Germany: “You have to take measures that people can endure”



Germany wanted to go into the sharpest lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic over Easter – and is canceling the exercise again. For Switzerland, a tightening over the holidays was not an issue anyway, as voices from all political camps confirm.


Dafina Eshrefi

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Excursions are still possible, around the clock: In Switzerland, the corona measures are rather tame compared to other countries, a curfew has never been in force.


“Measures only take effect as long as the population adheres to them and the increasing numbers show that this is less and less the case,” says the CVP politician.


National Councilor Balthasar Glaettli, GP says about Easter prevention:

National Councilor Balthasar Glaettli, GP says about Easter prevention: “If people want to meet in groups, then it would be advisable to get tested beforehand.”

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  • In Switzerland, politicians agree that tightening measures such as a curfew is not an issue.

  • The reason: Corona fatigue in the population. “Measures only take effect as long as the population adheres to them,” says National Councilor Ruth Humbel (CVP), among others.

  • According to epidemiologist Christian Garzoni, it is important to keep an eye on the situation.

Switzerland almost became a Corona island: In this country, meetings with up to ten people would be possible again, while Germany would have prescribed a sharp lockdown over Easter. In many other European countries there are much stricter rules than ours.

From an epidemiological point of view, Switzerland too should theoretically be in a tough lockdown from today, says GLP National Councilor Martin Bäumle. But: «We can no longer do that to the population. A curfew would no longer be realistic after a year of pandemic. ” Bäumle proposes a test strategy for the Easter holidays: “The FOPH should ensure that every household has several tests available over Easter.” Above all, Bäumle demands the expansion of the test capacities sensibly – especially weekly pooling tests in the schools. “This is better than a curfew that people wouldn’t go along with.”

Ruth Humbel (CVP) shares this opinion: “A curfew over Easter would make no sense – due to the Corona fatigue in the population,” says the national councilor. “Measures only take effect as long as the population adheres to them and the increasing numbers show that this is less and less the case.” The imposition of a curfew in Switzerland was unthinkable at the time of the pandemic, according to Humbel, especially since Switzerland did not have one at the beginning of the pandemic. «You have to take measures that people can endure. The vaccination and the tests would have to be pushed forward. That also gives people a certain hope. “

The infectiologist Christian Garzoni finds the measures taken by the Federal Council to be appropriate. A hard lockdown is out of the question for Switzerland at the moment. “I have my concerns as to whether the tourists in Ticino will behave responsibly.” When you’re on vacation, you tend to move around more freely and possibly disregard protective measures, says Garzoni. And yet: “From an epidemiological point of view, the current numbers would not support tightening the measures.” It is important to keep an eye on the situation and to react immediately if the numbers rise: “In this case, tougher measures would certainly make sense again.”

From an epidemiological point of view, easing is not indicated at the moment, mass tests and vaccination campaigns would not yet make a relevant contribution to epidemiological control, says epidemiologist Andreas Cerny. “We should rather tighten the protective measures, as our neighbors do,” says the expert. “The Federal Council clearly bears ultimate responsibility for the decisions made.”

Epidemiologically, a curfew does not make sense, says Council of States Andrea Caroni (FDP): “The number of cases in neighboring countries with school closings and curfews did not look better compared to those in Switzerland.” On the other hand, the damage to education and psyche is enormous. Until the population at risk has been vaccinated and with a view to family reunions at Easter, Caroni recommends protecting yourself and others with rapid tests.

“It doesn’t matter how good certain measures look on paper”

Balthasar Glättli, party leader of the Greens, also advocates a more extensive test strategy: “If people want to meet in groups over Easter, then it would be advisable to get tested beforehand.” The President of the Greens is glad that, in view of the increasing numbers, it has not been relaxed. But he does not advocate stricter measures: “It does not matter how good certain measures look on paper – if the population does not adhere to them, then it is of no use to take them.” In general, he appeals to the common sense of the population and politicians: “We should stop arguing about the measures and begin to be cautious in principle,” said Glättli.

Mauro Tuena (SVP) shares this opinion: “Imposing a curfew would be fatal!” It is not right People «imprison»And the measure is of no use. He gives the reason for this National Council the lack of public scrutiny that play a role in a curfew: «At home, people could theoretically meet in larger groups without any safety measures. In the case of gatherings outside, there are at least rules that can be controlled by the public», so Tuena. Such a decision would only fuel the pandemic.

While the easing of measures is being discussed in this country despite the increasing number of cases, curfews have been in place abroad in some cases for weeks. According to the Federal Office of Public Health, it is planned to publish an updated list of travel requirements this week. And the recommendation still applies to avoid unnecessary trips. What is it like in other countries?

It is unclear whether Germany a gentler form of shutdown is prescribed after the cancellation of the hard lockdown.
In Austria There is an exit restriction from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Shops are open again, an FFP2 mask is mandatory. Tourist travel is generally not allowed, hotels are closed and strict quarantine and testing regulations apply. Gastronomy is only open until 8 p.m. in the federal state of Vorarlberg and events with up to 100 participants are possible.
Due to the increasing number of cases France the corona measures tightened again. Exit restrictions from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. have been in effect in 16 departments since last week, and many shops are closed.
In Italy A lockdown has been in effect again in many regions since March 15. There are strict exit restrictions, sometimes during the day. Mouth and nose protection must be worn in public. At Easter, “red level” applies nationally: everyone should stay at home, visits from friends or relatives are prohibited.
Despite rapid vaccination progress, there is also in Great Britain a strict lockdown: meetings with up to six people outdoors are only allowed from the end of the month, further easing should follow after Easter.In Spain and Portugal After a peak in January, the number of cases is falling. International tourism is possible again, restrictions still apply to the Spanish population.
In Holland There is a curfew between 9 p.m. and 4.30 a.m., in Belgium Strict travel restrictions are in force until April 18: citizens will not be allowed to travel to other EU countries until April 19. Czech Republic has extended its strict exit restrictions until after Easter. On Saturday also entered Poland Corona measures tightened nationwide again in force.

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