Müller expects three-week lockdown as of 20 December

Müller expects three-week lockdown as of 20 December

Berlin's governing mayor is holding out the prospect of significant cuts in public life. This affects not least the retail sector. The goal is to reduce the number of infections.

Michael Müller (SPD)

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Michael Müller (SPD), Berlin's Governing Mayor, wears a mouth-nose protection with the inscription "Berlin".

It is becoming apparent, also in the talks with the colleagues from the federal states, "that there will be considerable cuts from the 20th" and that the retail trade will be "significantly" reduced, Müller said on Thursday evening in the ZDF programme "Markus Lanz". The school holidays would have started then anyway, many people would no longer go to work and local transport would less crowded. "Between 20 December and 10 January, we will have practically three weeks of massive restrictions, which will also certainly lead to the incidences going down," said the SPD politician, who is also chairman of the Conference of Minister Presidents.
It is becoming apparent, also in the talks with the colleagues from the federal states, "that there will be considerable cuts from the 20th" and that the retail trade will be "significantly" reduced, Müller said on Thursday evening in the ZDF programme "Markus Lanz". The school holidays would have started then anyway, many people would no longer go to work and local transport would less crowded. "Between 20 December and 10 January, we will have practically three weeks of massive restrictions, which will also certainly lead to the incidences going down," said the SPD politician, who is also chairman of the Conference of Ministers-President.
In the ZDF programme, Müller also commented on the plans not to reopen schools in Berlin immediately after the Christmas holidays. "It is quite clear that there will be no attendance until 10 January. We will see in the Senate whether we simply say we will extend the holidays, or whether we will make exclusively digital offers that address children at home from the 4th," said the Governing Mayor. "But we will also say very clearly in primary school: there will be no face-to-face teaching until 10 January."
Müller said that there are infections that are carried into the school and from the school into the families. In the school environment, there are many contacts that lead to new infections. "So when I say nationwide the be-all and end-all is to bring down contacts, everywhere, I can't leave schools out of such a dramatic situation." In Berlin, the Christmas holidays begin on 18 December and would regularly end on 4 January.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Friday, 11. December 2020 08:35 Uhr

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