No curfew in Berlin as Corona numbers rise

No curfew in Berlin as Corona numbers rise

People in Berlin should still be allowed to go outside even if Corona numbers continue to rise. "The curfew, I believe, will not play a role," said Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) after the Senate meeting on Tuesday (23 March 2021).

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"I can't rule out anything in the context of a pandemic either, but I don't see a majority for it at the moment." This assessment applies to the Senate and the House of Representatives. "Because it is a massive encroachment on fundamental rights," Müller said. "In this respect, I don't see that we will work with it."

Emergency brake and tighter restrictions

At the end of their consultations early on Tuesday morning, the federal and state governments reaffirmed their intention to consistently implement the emergency brake agreed upon at the beginning of March in view of the dynamics of the infection. According to this, relaxations of the past weeks would have to be reversed within seven days if the incidence of more than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants remained stable. In regions or districts with a seven-day incidence of more than 100, the restrictions should even be tightened again according to the federal-state decision. These may include exit restrictions, stricter contact restrictions and a requirement for passengers to wear medical masks, even in private cars.

Schools should remain open

In Berlin, the seven-day incidence exceeded 100 on Tuesday, it now stands at 102.3. Müller did not comment on concrete steps of an emergency brake. There is "greater room for manoeuvre". For example, previous opening steps could be taken back or the next steps could be postponed or subject to conditions such as a negative test result. According to Müller, the schools should remain open. "No, no restrictions," he said in response to a question. "But we are still more cautious than others and do not yet have all years in the system. Of course, we very much hope that we will be able to expand this considerably after Easter, especially with the extended test possibilities.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Wednesday, 24. March 2021 10:22 Uhr

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