New top round on Corona: Union countries are calling for contact restrictions

New top round on Corona
Union countries require contact restrictions

It is still unclear whether there will be resolutions at the new federal-state meeting on the pandemic. If the Union-led countries have their way, this should be the case: They go into the deliberations with a five-point catalog.

The Union-led states and Baden-Württemberg are pressing for specific minimum resolutions in the consultations with the Managing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her likely successor Olaf Scholz on the corona pandemic. According to ntv information, the so-called B countries agreed on a five-point catalog of requirements with protective measures before the consultations.

The paper as of November 30th provides:

  • Unvaccinated people are allowed to meet a maximum of five people from a maximum of two households. Vaccinated, convalescent and children under the age of twelve are not counted. Spouses, civil partners and partners in a cohabiting relationship are considered to be one household, even if they do not have a common place of residence.
  • Clubs and discos are to be closed.
  • At major events, the capacity should only be used to a third.
  • In the event that the Bundestag does not determine the epidemic situation of national scope again, the Union-led states ask the federal government to amend the Infection Protection Act by December 10th so that certain measures are fully available to them beyond December 15th.
  • In areas with an extremely high seven-day incidence, it should be possible to place restrictions in excess of the minimum measures mentioned.

Schleswig-Holstein wants to design points two and three depending on incidences.

It is unclear whether there will be any resolutions at all. In some cases, the requirements already apply in individual countries or regions, such as capacity restrictions at events.

In addition, the B-Länder ask the federal government to initiate the preparation of a general compulsory health insurance as soon as possible. The facility-related vaccination obligation in nursing homes and hospitals to protect particularly vulnerable people, which was decided on in the federal-state round on November 18, must come into force this year.

“We need uniform measures as minimum protection throughout Germany in order to significantly reduce contacts and protect the people in the state,” tweeted North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst, who is also chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference.

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