Corona: No relaxation of the restrictions at Christmas

Corona: No relaxation of the restrictions at Christmas

Despite the fact that the number of corona infections in Berlin is now falling again, the capital city residents cannot hope for a relaxation of the restrictions at Christmas.

Weihnachtliche Quadriga des Brandenburger Tors

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The Quadriga through the Christmas tree at the Brandenburg Gate.

On the one hand, the federal and state governments extended the partial lockdown on Wednesday until 10 January 2021. On the other hand, Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) confirmed that, in contrast to other federal states, there will be no relaxation of contact restrictions for private meetings in Berlin over Christmas and New Year's Eve. "In general, the situation will remain as it is now," said Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on the extension of the partial lockdown with the closure of restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities. It has been in force since 2 November and was initially extended until 20 December nationwide the week before, in Berlin until 22 December.

Müller: "We still have a lot of work to do"

In the corona pandemic, Germany was still "very far away" from target values, said Merkel after a video conference with the Prime Ministers. The death toll was very high. This shows the responsibility of the federal and state governments. A value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days should be reached, Merkel affirmed. Müller pointed out that the number of new infections in Berlin has been falling for several days. On Wednesday, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week was 181.6 according to the health administration. In the meantime, the figure had climbed well over 200. Müller spoke of a positive trend. But: "We still have a lot of work to do", he emphasised.

At Christmas a maximum of five people allowed in private gatherings

Therefore, there can be no relaxation of contact restrictions for private meetings over Christmas to contain the Corona pandemic. Over Christmas and New Year's Eve, the Berlin Senate allows a maximum of five people at private meetings, not counting children up to the age of 14. The federal and state governments, on the other hand, had agreed in the previous week to a maximum of ten people plus children up to 14 years of age for meetings "in the closest circle of family or friends" from 23 December to 1 January.

Contact restrictions extended until 10 January

Since Sunday, Berlin has already had stricter contact restrictions in place, in line with the decision taken by the federal and state governments the week before. Private gatherings with friends, relatives and acquaintances are limited to a maximum of five people from one's own household and one other household. Children under 12 years of age are excluded. The Federal Government and the Länder had proposed an age limit for children of 14 years. Following the decision taken by the Federal Government and the Länder on Wednesday, this rule will continue to apply from 2 January until at least 10 January.
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Framework conditions needed for mass vaccinations

With a view to the mass vaccinations planned from the end of December or the beginning of January, Müller urged the federal government to quickly define the framework conditions. Many federal states and Berlin were already well prepared with their vaccination centres. "But it is important that we stick to this together. Regulations are needed on the invitation system for those affected, which is to be standardised throughout Germany. Here, the federal states need quick planning security. "This is not going to happen on its own."

Source: dpa/deepl.com

| Last edited: Thursday, 3. December 2020 09:08 Uhr

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