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Germany: Are the first easings and entry bans coming?

Debate about possible easing

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s head of government Manuela Schwesig (SPD) announced the prospect of first easing of the corona restrictions on Wednesday, but linked them to conditions. In Schleswig-Holstein, a new step-by-step plan provides for opening steps in four stages from mid-February.

The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) called for uniform rules for easing the corona lockdown. “I believe that it is important that we in Germany” agree on the same “if-then rules,” she said Editorial network Germany. According to the New Osnabrück newspaper The Lower Saxony government has also developed a plan for easing – as a rough guideline and in the event that the number of infections continues to fall.

In contrast, Saarland’s Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) said to the newspapers of the Funke media group: “In my view, discussing easing is the wrong signal.”

As long as the goal of fewer than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week is not achieved, the strict measures would have to be maintained. But he also advocated developing a “perspective plan”. “We have to think about how things should go in the coming weeks for our daycare centers, our schools, for sports, retail and gastronomy.”

Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) warned against opening schools prematurely. “Only when the number of infections goes down steadily and we have more precise information about the mutations can the schools be gradually reopened,” she told the newspapers of the Neue Berliner Redaktionsgesellschaft.

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