2G in retail and at events, contact restrictions for unvaccinated people, innovations in vaccination: the Germans are expected to face harder cuts again.
Corona Crisis: At a corona summit, the federal and state governments tightened the pace of fighting the pandemic and announced strict corona rules. “We have a dramatic situation”, justified the designated Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) after the meeting. All the State premiers were in agreement with him.
- Germany is now in FULL corona crisis mode
- The incoming Chancellor Scholz is promoting compulsory vaccination
- Corona Crisis: The most important changes coming
- Robert Habeck is calling for a lockdown for the unvaccinated
- Corona crisis: Germany has the following options
- Bavaria is ready implement the harshest measure alone
Germany is now in FULL corona crisis mode
Politicians are fighting for the way out or through the corona crisis. And the Union for its place in the new, union-free world of government. Premier Söder of Bavaria wants the same measures (quasi lockdown) adopted by Bavaria to be adopted for the whole of Germany.
▶ The federal and state governments want to decide on a general vaccination requirement as soon as possible . Government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced on Tuesday that “in addition to facility-related vaccination requirements, a prompt decision on general vaccination requirements should also be prepared.”
▶ The Bundeswehr General Carsten Breuer is to head the new Corona crisis team. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert confirmed corresponding reports after the consultations on Tuesday.
▶ The federal and state governments are planning tougher measures to combat the corona pandemic, such as additional contact restrictions for unvaccinated people . Details should be worked out by Thursday in order to come to joint decisions, as government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced on Tuesday.
The incoming Chancellor Scholz is promoting compulsory vaccination
Soon-Chancellor Olaf Scholz (63, SPD) has spoken out in favor of a general vaccination requirement at the federal-state summit held on Tuesday the 30th of November.
“We have to talk about how long vaccinations are valid.” It cannot be that someone with two vaccinations counts as 2G for the next 20 years. As a member of parliament, I will agree to this project.“
The soon-to-be Chancellor is promoting a general vaccination requirement: “As a member of parliament, I will agree to this project.” SPD country leaders are also in favor.
Berlin’s ruling mayor Michael Müller is said to have expressed concerns about the implementation of such a vaccination requirement. “Do we have reliable information about vaccine orders and then do we have enough?” He asks, according to the sources.
Health Minister Jens Spahn (41, CDU) replied that at least 50 million vaccine doses would be available by the end of the year. “We’re trying to get more,” he said.
The heads of government of North Rhine-Westphalia (Wüst) and Berlin (still Müller) as well as the still and soon-to-be Chancellery heads Braun and Schmidt are to prepare a draft resolution.
Corona Crisis: The most important changes coming
This is the Scholz plan for the coming weeks:
- 30 million vaccinations (first, second and booster vaccination) are to be carried out by Christmas.
- The group of those authorized to carry out vaccinations, pharmacies and dental practices should also be expanded.
- The vaccination status should lose its recognition as complete vaccination protection after six months, from a transitional phase by February at the latest. This should increase the pressure for rapid booster vaccinations.
- Access to facilities and events nationwide should only be possible for vaccinated and convalescent people (2G), where necessary even 2G + should apply.
- The 2G rules will be extended nationwide to retail, with the exception of shops for everyday needs.
- Strict nationwide contact restrictions for unvaccinated people: Private get-togethers should be limited to one’s own household and a maximum of two people from another household.
- Clubs, discos and similar indoor facilities or events will be closed or banned in areas with high incidence or hospitalization. “From the perspective of the federal government, this is already legally possible. It will be made clear in the reform of the Infection Protection Act. The federal states should, however, already use this option across the board, where necessary,” emphasizes.
- Restrictions on gastronomy: This is being examined so that “countries with high levels of infection will continue to have an appropriate toolbox in the future”, including temporary closings of restaurants.
- Large events such as football games should be significantly restricted, access only for those who have been vaccinated or recovered, 2G + can also apply in addition.
- In schools, a mask requirement should apply to all grade levels.
- The facility-related vaccination requirement for employees, for example in geriatric care facilities and hospitals, should be the first to come quickly.
- The German Bundestag should decide promptly on a general vaccination requirement on the basis of group applications. It could take effect as soon as anyone who now decides to get vaccinated can comply with it. That would be the case from the beginning of February 2022
- Better advice: Scholz wants to set up a scientific committee of experts in the Federal Chancellery. It should meet once a week and make joint suggestions.
Robert Habeck is calling for a lockdown for the unvaccinated
Greens boss Robert Habeck also said in the morning that there is already a “bundle of options on the table” for the federal states to respond to the emergency. As an example, he cited the cancellation of Christmas markets, stricter contact restrictions and an expansion of the 2G rules. “That is – it has to be said so hard – a lockdown for the unvaccinated.”
Corona crisis: Germany has the following options
There are basically several options on the table:
▶ It would be quick and easy for the Bundestag to re-establish the “epidemic situation of national scope” that only expired on November 25th with a simple resolution. This would give a legal basis for all previous crisis instruments in one fell swoop. This could be done in the next regular week of the 6th December or earlier in a special session. The Union in particular had criticized the fact that the incoming coalition government had let this legal basis expire.
▶ It is also possible that the new Infection Protection Act of the incoming coalition government will be expanded regardless of the epidemic situation. For the time being, general closings of restaurants and shops or domestic travel restrictions in an entire state are excluded. This would require a legislative procedure in the Bundestag with the consent of the Bundesrat.
▶ A third possibility would be for the State Premier conference to quickly establish further requirements with the federal government. For example, new or lower thresholds for additional requirements and restrictions in the case of high numbers of infections or hospital loads would be conceivable.
Bavaria is ready implement the harshest measure alone
Söder still sees some catching up to do: He demands that there should be ghost games in the Bundesliga again by the end of the year. “When Christmas markets are closed, it is not appropriate to have full stadiums,” said Söder. “We’re trying to do it all over Germany again, but we’d go it alone in Bavaria at this point.”