Consultation on corona emergency brake: countries tighten rules | Free press

Berlin (dpa) – The deliberations on a nationwide Corona emergency brake enter a potentially decisive week. Today, the CDU / CSU and SPD political groups speak in video conferences about changes to the Infection Protection Act.

Parliament first debated the government’s draft last week and will vote on it on Wednesday. Last weekend there were still negotiations between the coalition groups about definitive changes.

The purpose of the law is to regulate restrictions on public life nationwide – with the so-called emergency brake: If the seven-day incidence in a city or neighborhood exceeds 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for three days in a row, most shops there would be closed. must be. In addition, exit restrictions must apply between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

Especially from the FDP there has been a lot of criticism in recent days. A constitutional lawsuit was also under threat. Secretary General Volker Wissing now stated the conditions under which his party would renounce it. “We want a better law,” he told the partner newspapers of the Neue Berliner Redaktionsgesellschaft. For this, it must be approved by the Federal Council and respect the sovereign rights of the federal states in education. “Inadmissible violations of fundamental rights”, such as curfews, should also be lifted. “That would be a viable option for us,” said Wissing.

The first mayor of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher (SPD), advocated limiting the freedom of assembly. In the ‘The Right Questions’ policy discussion of’ Bild ‘he said on Sunday evening,’ It would make sense if the federal government explicitly included in the Infection Protection Act that the right of assembly could be limited here, as well as other basic rights. . Even though freedom of assembly is a valuable asset worth protecting, with the breakup of large-scale demonstrations such as in Dresden and Leipzig, “you are overwhelming the police,” said Tschentscher.

Meanwhile, in some states, significantly stricter rules will apply from Monday. In Brandenburg, an exit restriction applies between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for regions where the seven-day incidence exceeds 100 for three days. From 200 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week, all schools in neighborhoods and urban cities must be closed. The day care centers in the regions with an incidence of 200 are also expected to close.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has been in a lockdown since midnight. Schools, nurseries, museums, libraries and most shops are not allowed to open. Hairdressers, hardware stores, flower shops and book stores, on the other hand, can remain open, as can supermarkets, banks, drugstores and pharmacies. Private meetings should only take place with one person outside of your own household. Owners of a second home and long-term campers from other states are not allowed to come to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Tourist excursions to the northeast had previously been banned.

From Monday, even stricter rules apply to Corona hotspots in Baden-Württemberg. Where the number of new infections exceeds 100 on three consecutive days, stricter contact rules are enacted and there are also nightly exit restrictions. Museums, galleries and zoos and gambling shops must close and a negative rapid test is required to visit the hairdresser. However, retail pick-up offers based on the Click & Collect principle are still permitted.

At the same time, more students are returning to schools in some countries, for example in Berlin, from the seventh to the ninth grade. Several politicians spoke out for more open-air education. “Open-air classes or further reduction in study group size should be considered before schools are closed,” said Marcus Weinberg, the family policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU faction, of the newspaper “Bild” (Monday ). The FDP politician Katja Suding, Bärbel Bas of the SPD and the Green MP Janosch Dahmen can also imagine more lessons outside, according to their own statements.

In the debate on the Infection Protection Act, the Police Union (GdP) has made it clear that police officers will not check apartments without reason. “The deployed personnel will enforce the conditions with a sense of proportion, but we are calling on the population to support them and behave considerately,” said Deputy Federal GdP Chairman Dietmar Schilff of the “Rheinische Post”. “The police will not just inspect apartments, they will not ring the bell at every door.”

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