The Berlin Senate is discussing how to proceed in the corona pandemic this Saturday. The special session started at 2 p.m. After the number of infections has risen significantly in the past few days, the question arises whether further measures need to be decided.
Last Tuesday, the Senate had already decided to extend the lockdown to contain the pandemic until April 24th at the latest. The federal and state governments had agreed on this shortly beforehand, whereby the end date of April 18 was mentioned here.
The federal and state governments also agreed on a so-called emergency brake at the beginning of March and reaffirmed this decision in a round on Tuesday night. After that, the easing of the past weeks would have to be reversed if the incidence is stable at over 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within 7 days. In Berlin the value has been higher for several days.
► The most recent easings, which have been decided since the beginning of March and could therefore fall under an emergency brake, include a slight easing of the contact restrictions, open flower shops or garden centers and expanded shopping opportunities in other shops as well. Open beauty salons, museums or galleries as well as expanded opportunities for outdoor sports are also included.
Which of these the Senate might collect was open. Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) has sent different signals in the past few days, but left the public in the dark on many points. He said on Thursday in the House of Representatives that he did not consider it a feasible way to turn back everything that had been fought for in terms of opportunities and freedoms. But he emphasized several times that he saw further need for action in view of the sharply increasing number of infections in the third corona wave.
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Müller has announced that it will oblige companies to offer more test offers for their employees who do not work at home. According to reports, it is still unclear how binding such rules should be. In addition, Müller announced an obligation for companies to make more home office offers. The rules at the federal level are not enough for him. There was also a tightening of the mask requirement and expanded test requirements for customers in retail – in return, stores would remain open.
In the opinion of the health policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Thomas Isenberg, there is no getting around the previous easing. “In the light of the massive third wave, the emergency brake must be pulled in Berlin,” he demanded before the Senate meeting. “Not to do that would be ignorant. There is nothing to be glossed over. ”
The CDU parliamentary group called on the Senate to provide the Berlin economy with corona tests from its own stocks at cost price. Because an obligation to test offers presents many companies with enormous challenges in view of the difficult procurement situation – organizationally as well as financially.