Agreement between the federal and state governments: Early Christmas holidays from 19.12.

Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters Pool / dpa

The basis for the planned talks by the federal and state governments on Wednesday about new Corona winter rules is there: The paper that was created on Monday evening after talks between all 16 prime ministers in the Berlin Senate Chancellery is twelve pages long.

The content: From December 1st to December 22nd, tough contact restrictions are to apply. During this time, only five people are allowed to meet in private. At Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there should be some easing: families can then celebrate together, with no upper limit and budget restrictions. Or friends, with a maximum of 10 people. In addition, there should be an extended mask requirement, new school rules and some other innovations (you can read all the details at here).

Merkel wants stricter corona rules

According to information from, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) does not go far enough in the contact restrictions. At the confidential meeting of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag on Tuesday afternoon, according to participants, she announced renegotiations with the states. There is still a bit of work ahead of us, said Merkel.

According to the latest draft resolution before a meeting between the heads of the Senate and State Chancellery and Chancellery chief Helge Braun on Tuesday afternoon, the Chancellery called, among other things, to bring the winter holidays nationwide to December 16. According to, the federal and state governments then agreed at the meeting that the Christmas holidays would be brought forward, but would not apply nationwide until December 19.

According to the paper, the Chancellery also wants people to reduce their contacts to the bare minimum on Christmas days before family encounters “especially with older family members for five to seven days”. “This includes largely avoiding private meetings, travel and unnecessary encounters in public spaces and, if necessary, early Christmas vacation or home office (protection week).”

School concepts for the Corona period should be improved

The Chancellery is also calling for improvements to be made on the subject of schools: for example, alternating classes should take place from grade 7 onwards, much more fundamentally than the federal states had planned. In addition, Merkel wants to apply the tough contact restrictions until December 22nd not only for private meetings, but also in public. Likewise, instead of 1 customer per 10 square meters, there should only be 1 customer per 25 square meters in shops.

It is still unclear to what extent Merkel will prevail with these change requests. As learned from negotiating circles, the Chancellery and the federal states are currently moving towards each other, so that a conflict on Wednesday tomorrow is avoided. Merkel is now apparently supporting the planned easing on Christmas and New Year’s Eve (meetings with families or a maximum of 10 friends from different households). In any case, the Chancellery did not announce any further change requests in the draft resolution.


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