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No final decisions on Easter regulations in Berlin
On Tuesday, the Berlin Senate initially did not make any decisions on stricter Corona restrictions for Easter.
A special session is planned for next Thursday (25 March 2021) after the plenary session of the House of Representatives, as the Deutsche Presse-Agentur learned from Senate circles on Tuesday. However, this would depend on the decisions announced by the federal government with regard to the planned Easter break.
"Easter Lockdown" is also to come to Berlin
During their consultations in the morning, the federal and state governments had agreed that stricter restrictions would apply over the Easter period in view of the further increase in the number of Corona infections and the more contagious and dangerous British variant of the virus. Public, economic and private life is to be largely shut down from 1 to 5 April inclusive, i.e. from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday.
Third pandemic wave to be broken
This means that the principle "#WeStayAtHome" is to apply on five consecutive days. Only on Holy Saturday will food retailers be allowed to remain open in the narrow sense, according to the federal-state decision. Gatherings are prohibited. The aim is to avoid contacts, reduce the risk of infection and thus break the third wave of the pandemic. Exactly how the Senate implements this remains open.
Müller defends shutdown at Easter
Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) has defended plans to largely shut down public life over Easter. "We now need another phase where we can break this particular surge in viral mutations," he said on Tuesday after a Senate meeting. "We must not fool ourselves there: We will not be one hundred percent out of the woods after Easter." But the nationwide shutdown of public life could slow the infection momentum, he said. "That buys us time," Müller said.
| Last edited: Wednesday, 24. March 2021 13:23 Uhr