These federal states tighten corona rules

In view of the continued very high corona numbers, stricter restrictions will come into force in some federal states as early as April 19

The deliberations on a nationwide Corona emergency brake are going into the possibly decisive week. The CDU / CSU and SPD parliamentary groups will speak on Monday (11.30 a.m.) in video conferences about changes to the Infection Protection Act.

Uniform approach to the restriction of public life

Parliament debated the government's draft for the first time last week and will vote on it on Wednesday. At the weekend there were still negotiations between the coalition factions about final changes.

The aim 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 a district is over 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for three days in a row, most shops should be closed there stay. In addition, exit restrictions should apply between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

FDP threatens constitutional lawsuit

There had been a lot of criticism in the past few days, especially from the FDP. A constitutional lawsuit was also threatened. Secretary General Volker Wissing now named conditions under which his party would forego it. "We want to get a better law," he told the partner newspapers of the Neue Berliner Redaktionsgesellschaft (Monday).

For this it must be subject to approval in the Federal Council and respect the sovereign rights of the federal states in matters of education. “Inadmissible encroachments on fundamental rights” such as curfews should also be deleted. "That would be a viable option for us," said Wissing.

Hambur's mayor calls for restrictions on freedom of assembly

Hamburg's First Mayor Peter Tschentscher advocated restricting freedom of assembly. in the picture-Politics Talk The right questions 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 can also be restricted here, as well as other basic rights."

Even if freedom of assembly is a valuable asset that is worth protecting: With the breakup of large-scale demonstrations such as in Dresden and Leipzig, “one overtaxes the police,” said Tschentscher.

Some federal states are already tightening the rules

Meanwhile, in some federal states, significantly stricter rules will apply from this Monday. In Brandenburg, an exit restriction is to apply between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for regions in which the seven-day incidence is over 100 for three days. From 200 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week, all schools in districts and urban cities are to be closed. The daycare 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, daycare centers, museums, libraries and most shops are not allowed to open. Hairdressers, hardware stores, flower shops and bookshops, on the other hand, can remain open, as can grocery stores, banks, drugstores and pharmacies.

Private meetings are only allowed to take place with one person outside of your own household. Second home owners and long-term campers from other federal states are not allowed to come to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Tourist excursions to the northeast had previously been banned.

Lessons outdoors if possible

Even stricter rules apply from Monday to Corona hotspots in Baden-Württemberg. Where the number of new infections is over 100 on three consecutive days, stricter contact rules come into force, and there are night exit restrictions. Museums, galleries and zoos as well as betting shops have to close, and a negative quick test is required to visit the hairdresser. However, pick-up offers in retail based on the Click & Collect principle are still allowed.

At the same time, more students are returning to schools in some countries, in Berlin, for example, the seventh to ninth grades. Several politicians spoke out in favor of increased teaching in the open air. "Lessons in the open air or the further reduction of the size of the study groups must be thought through before schools are closed," said the family policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Marcus Weinberg pictureNewspaper (Monday).

The FDP politician Katja Suding, Bärbel Bas from the SPD and the Green MP Janosch Dahmen can also imagine more lessons outdoors, according to their own statements.

Police appeal to citizens to be responsible

In the debate about the Infection Protection Act, the Police Union (GdP) made it clear that police officers will not check apartments without cause.

"The deployed staff will enforce the requirements with a sense of proportion, but we appeal to the population to support them and to behave considerately," said the deputy GdP federal chairman, Dietmar Schilff Rheinische Post (Monday). "There will be no inspection of apartments by the police without cause, there will be no ringing at every door."

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