Mask requirements in interior areas and test requirements: The first countries are preparing longer crown protection requirements – policy

In view of the high number of corona infections, the first countries are preparing longer protection requirements under the new controversial national legal framework. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which currently has the highest seven-day incidence of over 2,400, essential measures such as the requirement to wear masks indoors and testing requirements for unvaccinated people in the catering sector are expected to continue until 27. April, as Health Minister Stefanie Drese (SPD) said Tuesday after a cabinet meeting was announced. Hamburg also wants to keep the mask requirement indoors beyond April 2nd.

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The backdrop is the new national legal basis that the traffic light coalition put into effect on Sunday under open outcry from federal states. Initially, all countries can still use a transitional period until April 2, during which the previous rules will remain in effect.

In principle, therefore, only a few general protection requirements are possible in everyday life, such as masks and tests in facilities for vulnerable groups such as nursing homes and clinics. However, there may be further restrictions on regional “hotspots” if the state parliament determines a critical situation for them.

In Baden-Württemberg, all measures will fall from 3 April

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, all six districts and cities of Rostock and Schwerin are to be classified as hotspots, as stated by Minister Drese. An “epidemic spread” of corona diseases can be observed in all regions. The state parliament must first confirm the plans.

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In Baden-Württemberg, on the other hand, most of the measures should no longer be applied from 3 April. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Verdi) no longer sees the new infection protection law as the basis for a nationwide extension of the mask requirement, for example. Regional requirements for hotspots are also not initially pending.

Bayern leaves their decision open

For the time being, Bayern are leaving open how things will go after 2 April. Health Minister Klaus Holetschek declined to comment on whether and how the free state can avail itself of the hotspot rule after the government was discussed.

The CSU politician criticized the fact that Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) already disagreed that an entire country could be declared a hotspot. The parts of the traffic light should resolve this contradiction.

Federal Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP).Photo: Nassim Rad for Tagesspiegel

Marco Buschmann (FDP) explained in Tuesday’s “Westfälische Nachrichten”: “You can designate one city, one district or several districts as hotspots”. But then the conditions should be present across the board. A state government cannot say: “Just because there is a difficult situation in a corner of the country, I declare all the hotspot districts.”

Karl Lauterbach (SPD) had encouraged states to make use of the rule. “It won’t be the way it’s often portrayed that the state parliament meets for every hotspot.” You know the hotspots, so the state parliament can decide the rules for everyone in one session.

Lower Saxony’s health minister Daniela Behrens criticized the federal government’s taking protective measures out of the state’s hands. “As soon as we see the opportunity to create legally safe hotspot regulation in Lower Saxony, we will present it to the state parliament,” said the SPD politician. At the moment, however, we do not see this opportunity. (Dpa)

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