Saturday March 27th 2021
Rostock is now also a risk area
Schwesig wants to save easing with tests
With a massive expansion of the obligation to test, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania wants to try to keep the previous opening steps despite the increasing number of corona infections. From next Wednesday, for example, visiting the hairdresser should only be possible with a negative corona rapid test. From Tuesday after Easter (April 6th), a negative test must also be shown when shopping, as Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig said after the MV summit. At the two-day video conference, the state government, together with representatives from business, trade unions, municipalities and associations, discussed a way for the state through the third corona wave.
Further opening steps are not possible, Schwesig clarified. In the past seven days, the nationwide incidence rate rose from 69 to 103, she said. Four counties are over 100. There will be a night curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. if the local authorities estimate that the incidence is due to a diffuse infection. In Ludwigslust-Parchim, the incidence value is even over 170.
Rostock exceeded the incidence value of 50 on Saturday and is therefore also a corona risk area. But it is still the region with the lowest evidence of infection in the northeast. In Rostock, the new test obligations, including those for the hairdresser, will not apply until April 10, according to Schwesig. According to the information, grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies, gas stations, weekly markets, flower and book shops and garden markets are excluded across the country.
With the obligation to test when shopping, the state government hopes to be able to keep the openings that have been made so far despite the current increase in the number of infections. To this end, the network is to be further expanded at places for the free “citizen tests”, which every resident is entitled to once a week. According to Health Minister Harry Glawe, there are currently around 140 test sites, including 106 pharmacies. The country plans to order another two million rapid tests next week. In addition, work is being done to ensure that negative test results at the workplace can also be used for shopping or visiting the hairdresser.
In the business world, the mood remains irritable after the resolutions. “We haven’t got much further since March 3rd,” said the managing director of the Association of Business Associations for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (VUMV), Sven Müller. Numerous branches of tourism, the hotel and restaurant sector, retail trade and the event branch are still closed or only active to a very limited extent. The reason for this is the failure of the federal and state governments to get the testing and vaccination machinery running without stuttering. “Even now, many things are still unclear. That makes you dissatisfied,” said Müller.