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Municipalities demand more flexible corona policy | Free press

Berlin (dpa) – Against the background of the rapidly increasing number of corona infections, the municipalities are pushing for more flexible rules for restrictions.

The German Association of Cities and the Association of German Cities and Municipalities called for a shift of the rigid focus on the incidence rate, which describes the number of new infections within 100,000 residents within a week, ahead of the next state round. From a value of 100, opening steps must be collected again in accordance with an emergency brake agreed by the federal and state governments. More and more federal states have exceeded this figure in recent days.

City council chairman Burkhard Jung was dissatisfied with the corona policy. “I’m afraid the corona policies of the federal and state governments will lose local support – even among the mayors,” Jung told Funke media group newspapers (Sunday). Unity among the mayors is beginning to tear. Jung complained about corona testing provisions without regard to infrastructure, plans to open schools and daycare centers with no identifiable testing strategy, and too much bureaucracy. “I have really always supported the whole development,” said the mayor of Leipzig. “But when I look at this mess I get angry.”


Jung urged federal and state governments not to look at incidence values ​​alone. “We should introduce a new corona indicator in Germany that also takes into account vaccination coverage, exposure to intensive care units and mortality.” The Association of Cities and Municipalities also warned that incidence should not be the only measure. Managing Director Gerd Landsberg told “Welt am Sonntag” that aspects such as the burden on hospitals in the region or clearly defined hotspots should also be taken into account.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has already adapted the population to stricter corona rules. “Unfortunately, we will also have to use this emergency brake,” she said on Friday. In Hamburg, stricter corona requirements have been in force since Saturday.


The Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder, demanded that the emergency brake be applied consistently and consistently throughout Germany. “Otherwise she will become a toothless tiger and the security effect will disappear,” said the CSU head of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Söder declined the opening steps. “If you take the wrong steps now, you run the risk of the third wave becoming a permanent,” he warned. The head of government of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), had previously agreed to tighten the situation. His Thuringian colleague Bodo Ramelow (left) also thinks openings are unnecessary. Thuringia has the highest incidence in the entire country.

But there are also prime ministers who want to allow at least small opening steps in view of Easter. The head of government of Saxony-Anhalt, Reiner Haseloff, told the “Welt am Sonntag”: “With regard to the Easter holidays, self-catering holidays could be possible for regional children – that is, within the borders of Saxony-Anhalt, for example in the Harz region. ”The Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer (SPD), told the newspaper that opportunities should be created“ for people to walk with us on the upcoming Easter holidays and stop at a garden restaurant instead of going to Mallorca to fly and celebrate at Ballermann. Dreyer wants to work on Monday at the switch on ‘more flexible solutions in terms of model municipalities and neighborhoods’. The Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig (SPD), had already raised the question why people are allowed to fly to Mallorca, but not use can make a holiday home or apartment on the German coast.

Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz warned: “In my opinion, there shouldn’t be a big wave of travelers at Easter. We simply cannot afford that in the current contamination situation. “If many people go on Easter holidays on a grand scale,” it puts the summer vacation of all of us at risk, ”said the SPD candidate for chancellor of“ Bild am Sonntag. ”Scholz also rejects a general nationwide opening of open-air restaurants at Easter. However, according to him, family visits should be possible during the holidays.


There are a few attempts to get closer to more normalcy in everyday life. In football, 777 spectators were admitted to the third division team Hansa Rostock against Halleschen FC on Saturday. Rostock has very low incidence rates. The TUI travel group will fly the first holidaymakers to Mallorca again on Sunday morning after a long forced break. And in Berlin, the first stages open for a pilot project that makes performances possible for a tried and tested audience. It all started with the Berliner Ensemble on Friday evening, and on Saturday the Berliner Philharmoniker played in front of spectators with a negative Corona test result.

According to the founder of Mainz-based pharmaceutical company Biontech, Ugur Sahin, the lockdown policy could end in the fall. “In many countries in Europe and in the US, we will probably be in a position to avoid a lockdown by the end of the summer,” said Sahin of Welt am Sonntag. “Of course local revolutions will continue to take place, that remains a background noise. There will be mutations. But there is a good chance that these will not cause fear, ”Sahin expects. But the virus will not disappear. You then have to see “whether you need a vaccination every year or every five years”.

Alexander Dobrindt, CSU’s regional group leader, also suspects, “Corona and its mutants will likely be with us for many years to come.” Dobrindt called for a national vaccine production strategy in the “Tagesspiegel am Sonntag”. “The European initiative is right, but delegating tasks exclusively to Brussels without taking additional national measures is simply not enough,” stressed the CSU politician.


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