Controversy over further corona loosening

Z.At the start of the week, the restrictions applicable due to the corona pandemic are further relaxed in many federal states. Hairdressers are allowed to reopen their salons, hundreds of thousands of pupils can study in schools again. Last week, the federal and state governments had already agreed to allow services and open playgrounds. Museums and zoos are also expected to receive visitors in many places, all subject to hygiene requirements.

But the discussion about further easing continues. The next Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states will give advice again. Further steps are expected from the conversation than from last Wednesday, when the current steps were decided. The economy in particular is putting massive pressure in the face of the economic downturn.

According to a “picture” report, the federal states want to enforce a relaxation of the ban on contacts in advice. In a preparatory conference call by the heads of the state chancellery, it was said that meetings of up to five people could be allowed again – as was the case this Monday in Saxony-Anhalt, reports the newspaper (online). So far, there has been a limit of two people who do not belong to the same household.

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), who is currently Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference, said in the ARD program “Anne Will” on Sunday evening when asked about this expansion: “I don’t know about that.” And: “There is a lot of talk.”

On the subject of football, the newspaper wrote about the conference call: “For the approval of so-called ghost games of the Bundesliga (without spectators in the stadium) planned for May, a regulation should be found to broadcast these games on public TV.” The background is that the current Season of the subscription broadcaster Sky had the television rights and the country heads feared that there could be real Sky parties of football fans.

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North Rhine-Westphalia threatens to go it alone with the daycare centers if the federal / state group does not decide on a uniform opening course. “We will not allow ourselves to be put off for another week,” said the Vice Prime Minister and Family Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) in the “Morning Briefing” podcast by Gabor Steingart.

Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) warned of caution, but announced that on Wednesday there would be talk about the Bundesliga games such as grassroots sport, about opening schools to other age groups and about gastronomy. According to the “picture”, a plan for opening the restaurants before Pentecost should be presented. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) said on the ARD: “It is important that we also give a perspective there. I think that will happen on Wednesday. “

Finance minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) announced with “Anne Will” that the coalition plans to launch an economic stimulus package in late May or early June to boost economic activity. Söder also confirmed this schedule.

Seehofer also gave ZDF the benchmark for more openings: “I want us to gradually loosen up in the light of infection development.” Like Spahn, he considers loosening steps to be feasible only because of the restrictions and the discipline Have enabled citizens to curb the spread of the virus. It is not defeated, and Spahn also believes it may take years to find a vaccine, he said.

Left-wing chairwoman Katja Kipping, however, is calling for an “exit from the spiral of easing debate”. Looking at their supporters, she said in the “Tagesspiegel” in Berlin: “What we (FDP chief Christian) Lindner, (NRW Prime Minister Armin) Laschet and Co. sell as an exit strategy does not lead us out of the corona crisis, but in a second wave of infection. ”That costs the economy and people more than an extended lockdown.

The changes at the start of the week:

For many Hairdressers is actually closed on Mondays – but this time many salons will open: After around six weeks of compulsory break, the industry expects a rush to reopen. Due to the distance restrictions, fewer people can be served at the same time. “Face-related services” such as eyebrow and eyelash coloring and beard care are prohibited.

In many countries, those are now coming after the final grades student back on a daily basis, who will have final exams in the next school year, as well as the top elementary school classes. Distance regulations and hygiene requirements apply to avoid a feared surge in the number of infections. The children of the other grades initially stay at home.

In some countries such as Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Rhineland-Palatinate, everyone is allowed to start again this week businesses open – regardless of your range and also with more than the previous maximum value of 800 square meters of retail space. However, you must comply with requirements. For example, a mask requirement and a limitation of people per square meter apply. Others such as Brandenburg and Hamburg remain with the limitation for the time being. In other countries such as North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria, the regulation applies with exceptions.

The nationwide regulations remain in effect almost everywhere Contact restrictions – the exception is Saxony-Anhalt. There, the black-red-green state government decided on Saturday that groups of up to five instead of two people were allowed to meet from Monday – provided the minimum distance of 1.5 meters was observed. This allows numerous loosenings, for example in club sports, but also in educational offers.

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