Sunday 13th December 2020
All over the state
Bavaria extends night curfew
The federal and state governments agree on a strict lockdown from next Wednesday. Bavaria wants to tighten the rules: Prime Minister Söder announces that the night curfew, which has been limited to Corona hotspots, will be extended to all of Bavaria.
In view of the drastically increased corona numbers, Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder of the CSU has announced strict night-time exit restrictions for the entire Free State. So far, a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. has been implemented in hotspots with an incidence of over 200 – but since the state is now above this value overall, it will now be done "for all of Bavaria," said Söder after telephone consultations with the federal government and Countries in Berlin. Staying in public space is then only permitted for very few valid reasons.
At the joint press conference after the federal government's consultations with the federal states, Söder announced that Bavaria would "implement the measures as far as possible". The previous partial lockdown had an effect, but ultimately the medicine was not enough. One should not shrink from the necessary consequences out of convenience. According to the RKI information on Sunday, the state ranks third in a nationwide comparison with 200 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, behind Saxony (359) and Thuringia (231).
Looking at these numbers, Söder said in Berlin: "Corona has gotten out of control." He is happy that all heads of government and Chancellor Angela Merkel have now "clearly and consistently" agreed on a decision to lockdown. Unlike in the past few months, it is not about a discussion about exceptions, but about consistent implementation, said Söder. He expressly thanked Merkel for the preparations for the tough lockdown. Bavaria's Prime Minister considers an extension of the hard lockdown that began on Wednesday beyond January 10th as possible. The measures are now planned up to this date, said Söder in Berlin. But he said "specifically as long as it takes".
Baden-Württemberg did not want to wait for a federal-state summit
In Baden-Württemberg there has been a night curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. since Saturday. During this time, staying outside of your own home is only permitted for dubious reasons. This includes walking the dog, but also attending church services. Going out restrictions also apply during the day in the southern state, albeit less strictly. You can shop between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., and outdoor sports are also allowed.
Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann from the Greens justified the tightened measures with the exponential increase in new corona infections in the state. "We have to reduce the number of new infections quickly and radically. Only then can we trace the contacts again and regain control of the virus. That is only possible with tough, radical measures."
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