Federal and state governments are tightening corona measures
After Christmas, a maximum of ten people may meet
In light of the new Omikron variant, which is also gaining momentum in Germany, intensified corona measures will apply nationally from 28 December. There will also be contact restrictions for those who are healthy and those who have been vaccinated, and there is a ban on gathering on New Year’s Eve.
To curb the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of the corona virus, federal and state governments have decided to tighten restrictions on private and public life. There should also be contact restrictions for vaccinated individuals and genesis. In the future, major events will again have to take place in front of empty rows. These and other measures should apply by December 28, as decided by the federal government and the prime ministers of the federal states on Tuesday. The federal government group refrained from a blockade and travel restrictions at their meeting on Tuesday.
Specifically, the following rules were adopted, which must now be implemented by the federal states:
1. Most recently From 28 December, there will also be contact restrictions for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. Then private meetings are only allowed for those with a maximum of ten people. Children up to the age of 14 are exempt from this.
As soon as even an unvaccinated or healthy person attends private meetings, are meetings to your own household or your own household plus two persons from another household limited. Here, too, children up to the age of 14 are excluded.
2. National major events is only allowed from no later than 28 December without spectators occur. This means that football matches in the first and second Bundesliga will again only be possible as “ghost matches”.
3. Critical infrastructure operations need to revise or activate their pandemic plans.
4. Restrictions for the unvaccinated remain in place. This also applies to 3G workplaces and public transport. 2G and 2G + continue to apply in the cultural sector, in gastronomy and in the retail trade.
5. Clubs and discos must be closed. This is already the case in Berlin and Brandenburg.
6. In addition to the sales ban for fireworks applies nationwide New Year’s Eve also assembly ban.
Scholz: Also test at Christmas, put on a mask, keep your distance
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) defended the measures taken. One can and should not close one’s eyes to the next corona wave, he stressed: “We are currently still in a strange time, the latest initiatives are coming into force.” Occupancy in intensive care units is slowly declining, “we are slowly getting the fourth wave under control. Wave five is already on the way, however. And as for infections, it is becoming even more intense and also undermining vaccination protection.” Only booster vaccination provides some protection against infection, ”explained Scholz
A conscious decision was made to apply the measures only after Christmas, because Christmas and Easter had not previously proved to be the driving forces behind a pandemic – “thanks to the behavior of the citizens. I wish many would behave like this again for these holidays : Masks, further tests, distance, ”stressed the SPD politician.
The vaccination campaign should also “continue unabated” during the holidays and between the years. The next preliminary target is a vaccination rate of at least 80 percent, according to Scholz. According to the Chancellor, another 30 million people in Germany should receive a booster vaccination by the end of January. The next federal state round was to take place on January 7th. Until then, the federal government should present plans with additional measures to include the omicron variant based on the recommendations of the Council of Experts. If necessary, an adjustment of Corona’s financial support should be made.
Berlin and Brandenburg welcome the catalog of measures
On her first day as reigning mayor of Berlin, Franziska Giffey was present at the discussions as co-chair of the Federal Committee: “It is important that we gather all our forces again, especially now,” she stressed at Tuesday night’s press conference.
Giffey announced that she would continue to push with the vaccination campaign, which she believes has gone well in Berlin so far: “Of course, the reliability of the availability of the vaccines is important. We have also sent a clear signal to children. Vaccinations and will increasingly send mobile vaccination teams to schools, “Giffey said. The Senate in Berlin wants to discuss changes to the Infection Control Ordinance on Thursday, Giffey announced. The House of Representatives in Berlin on Tuesday decided an epidemic situation as the legal basis for further corona measures.
Brandenburg state leader Dietmar Woidke (SPD) also welcomed the decisions of the federal state conference: “In Britain, for example, one can see how much the diseases are rising.” The head of government warned that this could become “very problematic”, especially for the so-called critical infrastructure such as police, fire brigade, health care and energy supply due to cases of infection or necessary quarantine. He announced that his cabinet would transfer the measures to state law on Wednesday (December 22).
The number of confirmed omicron cases in Brandenburg is increasing
Politicians are thus responding to an urgent call from the federal government’s new Corona expert council. According to experts, Germany is threatened with a “new dimension” in the pandemic due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant.
Meanwhile, the number of cases of infection with the new omicron variant of coronavirus has also increased in the region. After 19 confirmed infections the day before, the Brandenburg Ministry of Health reported a total of 27 cases of this variant from Tuesday. It was discovered in seven districts and the towns of Potsdam and Brandenburg an der Havel.
According to the health administration, there are currently 64 confirmed omicron cases in Berlin (as of December 20). According to the Robert Koch Institute, the proportion of omicron mutants in Berlin was 0.9 percent in calendar week 49.
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