Team caution, team sense of proportion, team freedom – there were already many names for the Corona policy of the Bavarian state government during the pandemic, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) was happy to be creative. Now that almost all measures are also being phased out in the Free State under federal law, Health Minister Klaus Holetschek has invented a new term. On Tuesday after a government meeting, the CSU politician said: “Team eyes and through”.
It should be meant as a critique of the traffic light government in Berlin and there, above all, of the FDP, on whose insistence the federal government leaves virtually no room for maneuver in the Corona case. But that is also automatically the right description for the new course in Bavaria: Despite the very high number of infections nationwide, most corona restrictions expire this weekend. Bavaria will also not apply the hotspot rule in federal law, at least not in the foreseeable future, it says. Nor to declare itself a viral crisis area as a whole country. The so-called basic protection lasts for a few weeks – and there is still great dissatisfaction in Munich over the procedure in Berlin. So Bavaria proclaims “Freedom Day” – without wanting to.
Under the Federal Infection Protection Act and the expiration of a two-week transition period, the rules expire after Saturday. Holetschek had campaigned until the end of another transition period into April, without success. Head of State Chancellery Florian Herrmann (CSU) said Tuesday that minimum distances and masks are “a simple remedy” given the current infection situation. You can only now “no longer order the binding”.
Testing is still mandatory in nursing homes
After 2 April, the FFP2 mask requirement in local and long-distance transport as well as in nursing homes, clinics, medical practices and other health areas as well as in shelters for the homeless and refugees still applies concretely. In nursing homes, testing is still mandatory, as well as in schools (initially until the end of the Easter holidays). All 2G and 3G access rules, for example in restaurants or in the gym, as well as the obligation to wear a mask in retail, leisure facilities and other indoor areas are no longer applicable. Evidence of the test must still be provided during visits to clinics and the home. The new Corona regulation of Free State will be significantly shorter than previous versions.
Education Minister Michael Piazolo (FW) wants to “recommend” that schools continue to wear masks at collection points such as the auditorium or during breaks. It is still unclear exactly how the implementation will take place. The new Bavarian regulation also recommends a general distance and mask indoors. This is aimed at citizens and “anyone who still wants to act sensibly,” Holetschek said when asked. And not to operators of facilities, pubs or shops who could theoretically prescribe masks through their domicile rights. Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Association Dehoga does not recommend its members, expect only a few cases. In the retail trade, it will be possible to read more often on the signs in the next few weeks to ask customers to wear the mask voluntarily – if many still do not do it themselves.
Bavaria does not make use of the opportunity for hotspots in regions or even for the entire state. For it is not possible under the specifications, as it was said. The federal bill is one that “just pretends to be a regulation,” said Herrmann, head of the chancellery. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) “failed”, his role was “destructive”, Holetschek added. Determining the hotspot would have been the only way to stick to the mask requirement indoors. For that to happen, a new, more dangerous variant of virus must emerge, or clinics must be overwhelmed; this is not the case in Bavaria despite the continued high incidence. On Tuesday, 412 intensive care units in Bavaria were occupied by corona patients, the situation was stable – in the Bavarian warning traffic light decided last summer, the red, critical value is reached only at 600 beds.
The day before, Söder had already cleared up the hotspot issue when he tapped the asparagus on Munich’s Viktualienmarkt: “We will not apply such a sloppy law in Bavaria.” Holetschek, in turn, attended the conference of federal health ministers and reported that he had received six yes votes and four abstentions for his application for an extended period. The federal government ignores this professional advice, which “can not be surpassed in terms of absurdity”.