Berlin The Union continues to fight against the new infection law with only a few crown protection rules. The German Association of Cities assumes that the law will soon be corrected. On Friday the Bundestag had approved the new regulation, the Bundesrat allowed it, but with widespread protests. The House of States refrained from convening the Mediation Committee because otherwise there would have been no legal basis from Sunday for now. The amended law was published on Friday in the Official Gazette of the law.
The new legal basis should apply from Sunday, as the current one expires this Saturday. To control the pandemic, federal states are still able to establish some general requirements for masks and tests in facilities for vulnerable groups such as clinics and nursing homes. Masks should continue to be mandatory on buses and trains. However, further restrictions are possible for regional “hotspots” if the state parliament determines a particularly critical crown situation for them. All countries wish to use a transition period and maintain the applicable protection rules until 2 April at the latest.
The parliamentary director of the union faction, Thorsten Frei, described the law as “horrible”. This means that adequate basic protection is no longer possible. The “hotspot” regulation puts federal states in a very uncertain legal situation, criticized the CDU politician in the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Saturday). “I want to be very clear: we don’t want to have anything to do with this law. We believe what the traffic light is presenting is completely irresponsible, ”Frei said.
Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek complained that the law was not practicable. It is not clear how it can be applied and what standards and parameters apply to “hotspots”, the CSU politician told the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Saturday). Bavaria does not therefore intend to use it for the time being. No precautions would be taken after April 2, Holetschek said.
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NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) criticized the federal government for giving up the state experience law. All countries agree among party lines that this approach is unacceptable, the chairman of the Conference of Prime Ministers told the Germany editorial network (RND / Saturday). Wüst added: “I hope the federal government will soon return to commonality in pandemic policy.”
Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner defended the law. He is “responsible” and finds the right balance between individual and state health protection. The federal states remained in a position to act with the “hotspot” regulation, said the FDP leader of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. “We are taking a step towards normality with Corona,” Lindner said. “At this stage of the pandemic, we are reinforcing people’s personal responsibility once again,” he stressed.
The German Association of Cities expects the new rules to be corrected quickly. “A patchwork quilt is now to be feared,” City Council President Markus Lewe told media group Funke newspapers (Saturday). “And it is quite likely that the law will have to be corrected again soon,” he added.
Many countries in Europe have already largely abolished the rules of the crown. Austria is now tightening the reins again in view of the sharp increase in the number of infections. Starting in the middle of next week, FFP2 masks will have to be worn again in public interiors, Health Minister Johannes Rauch announced on Friday evening. In the neighboring country, the seven-day incidence is about double that of Germany.
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