On Saturday, the federal and state governments agreed to extend the current lockdown beyond January 10th.
However, the heads of the state chancelleries were divided on all follow-up questions: Should the lockdown apply again for two weeks or longer, until January 31? Do schools and daycare centers open from January 11th or should they remain closed?
The dividing line for these questions runs in the federal states according to the severity of the Corona case numbers, reports the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia are in favor of extending the lockdown until the end of January and keeping schools and daycare centers closed. According to information from NewsABC.net, the Chancellor also advocates this.
“The lockdown has to be extended until the end of January. Premature loosening would throw us back a long way, “said Bavaria’s Prime Minister of” Bild am Sonntag “. “The numbers are still far too high. The effects of Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not yet foreseeable. ”This could only be assessed precisely in mid-January, said Söder. He also advocated keeping daycare centers and schools closed longer.
According to information from NewsABC.net, however, a majority of the federal states around Bremen, Hamburg and Hesse advocate opening daycare centers and schools up to 7th grade quickly. “For elementary schools and day-care centers, a clear opening perspective or at least more leeway is required,” says a state chancellery. In higher classes, alternating or distance lessons should then be held. So far, however, the Chancellery has refused to relax schools and daycare centers, it continues.
The federal states also argued in favor of discussing an easing of the lockdown as soon as possible. Hamburg’s First Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) demanded accordingly in the “Welt am Sonntag” “that the federal government should explain the scientific basis or data base on which it is demanding a further blanket closure of daycare centers and schools”.