The coronavirus summit of the federal and state governments on Tuesday revealed: The lockdown in Germany will be extended until February 14, the measures tightened.
The coronavirus summit with Angela Merkel and the country leaders brought about a further tightening of the measures as the lockdown in Germany will be extended for another three weeks.
It has only been two weeks since the federal and state governments agreed to tighten the coronavirus rules. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country leaders met again on Tuesday, January 20, 2021. The result: an extension of the lockdown and tightened coronavirus measures.
The resolutions of the coronavirus summit at a glance:
CONTACTS: Furthermore, meetings outside of your own household are only allowed with one other person. It is advised to keep the number of households involved as constant and small as possible.
MASKS: Better protective masks should be mandatory in public transport and in shops. These can be surgical masks, FFP2 masks, or KN95 masks, which have a comparable standard. Everyday masks made of fabric are no longer enough.
DAYCARE CENTERS & SCHOOLS: Daycare centers and schools are generally closed until February 14, or the presence requirement is suspended.
NURSING HOMES: The staff must wear an FFP2 mask when they come into contact with residents. Bundeswehr soldiers and volunteers are to step in so that visitors and staff can do quick tests several times a week. There should also be enough tests in facilities for people with disabilities.
DIVINE SERVICES: Worship services are allowed if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters is maintained. A mask with a higher protection standard is compulsory. Singing is prohibited. Meetings with more than ten participants must generally be reported to the regulatory office at least two working days in advance.
WORK & HOME OFFICE: Employers must enable work at home wherever possible. The Federal Ministry of Labor is to issue a corresponding ordinance for a limited period by March 15.
TAX PROMOTION FOR COMPUTERS: Anyone who purchases "certain digital assets" should be able to deduct them entirely from tax in the year they are purchased - with retroactive effect from January 1. It is about "computer hardware and software for data entry and processing."
HOTSPOTS: In countries and districts where a particularly high number of people are infected in relation to the number of inhabitants, tougher measures should take effect if necessary. There, too, there should be a realistic chance of reaching the goal of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days (7-day incidence) by mid-February.
VACCINATIONS: All residents of nursing homes who want this should be vaccinated by mid-February at the latest. Almost half have already been vaccinated according to the decision. The federal government wants to try to give the federal states reliable vaccine delivery times for the next six weeks.
VIRUS MUTATIONS: According to a regulation that has been in force since Tuesday, the circulating variants of the coronavirus should be more closely examined for the exact virus type (sequencing). The federal government should present the first results by the beginning of February. The background is fears about the spread of new virus variants, such as in Great Britain or Ireland, which could be significantly more contagious.
HEALTH OFFICE: Students should be recruited and trained for the follow-up of contacts in health departments for the semester break from mid-February to mid-April. The aim is to ensure contact follow-up at least up to an incidence of 50.
CORONA-AID: Access to government support for companies and self-employed people is to be made easier, and aid must be expanded. The obligation to file for insolvency will be suspended until the end of April for companies that are entitled to assistance payments and have submitted a promising application in good time.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, announce the new coronavirus rules.
NEXT STEPS: The federal and state governments want to develop a concept for a "safe and fair opening strategy" by mid-February.
MORE THAN OTHER THINGS APPLIES: The retail trade will remain closed. Exceptions apply to shops that cover daily needs. Hairdressers, massage practices and cosmetic studios are also closed. Alcohol consumption in public places remains prohibited.
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First report from Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 11.12 a.m.: Berlin - What should actually only happen in a week will instead take place today: the next coronavirus summit. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states are getting together again to discuss an extension of the lockdown in Germany. The coronavirus variant B.188.8.131.52, which was first detected in Great Britain, is responsible for bringing the date forward. Or as it is often called: coronavirus mutation.
Even before the crisis summit from 2 p.m., an extension of the lockdown seems hopeless, as the number of coronavirus cases is only falling to a limited extent. "Focus Online" and "Bild" report an extension of three more weeks. This emerges from a federal resolution proposal. In addition, according to "RND", there is a threat of tightening lockdown measures in Germany.
Mega lockdown threatens: virologist warns of "most critical moment of the pandemic"
On Monday, the rulers had consulted with a panel of experts. According to consistent media reports, the appointment lasted around three hours, and virologist Christian Drosten and RKI President Lothar Wieler were also part of the group. The tenor: The panel of experts has decidedly in favor of tightening the coronavirus rules. According to "RND", it was warned against overestimating the current trend of slightly falling new infections.
Melanie Brinkmann, virologist from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, is said to have emphasized that this is now the "most critical moment in the pandemic". The mutated virus could spread at high speed. And so a tightening of the coronavirus measures is the only helpful consequence. But what exactly are the federal and state governments planning?
New coronavirus rules: contact restrictions and mobility restrictions
The number of contacts is unlikely to change. As can be seen from the draft resolution, private get-togethers should continue to be allowed among members of the household and a maximum of one other person who does not live in the household. As before, the line of approach is to keep the contacts outside the household "as constant and as small as possible".
In addition, mobility is to be restricted nationwide. The so-called 15-kilometer radius of movement, which previously only applied to hotspots, is also intended to apply "in counties which, due to their high 7-day incidence, cannot foreseeably fall below the incidence of 50 by February 15". Previously, this rule only applied to regions with an incidence of 200 or more.
Coronavirus rules in Germany: will there be nighttime curfews nationwide?
Probably the biggest point of contention among the prime ministers is apparently possible nationwide night curfews. According to "Bild", the SPD countries have increasingly spoken out against tightening the exit restrictions.
Nevertheless, all those involved apparently agree that tougher measures would be quite helpful to significantly reduce the number of coronavirus cases by March. The last word does not seem to have been spoken here.
New coronavirus rules: FFP2 mask requirement in local public transport and in retail
The medical FFP2 masks are to be worn in future in public transport and in retail. This rule has been in force in Bavaria under Prime Minister Markus Söder since Monday. In addition, local public transport is to be relieved and contacts reduced.
Schools should remain closed, daycare centers in emergency operation
According to media reports, the federal government and numerous states have spoken out in favor of maintaining the current closings of schools and daycare centers until February 15. The reason: There are indications that the virus mutation B.1.1.7. also spread among children and young people. The exception to the rule is Lower Saxony.
New coronavirus rules for Germany: no home office obligation, but...
The home office obligation is also said to have been discussed intensively. As can be seen from the draft resolution, this will not happen for the time being, but employers should - if at all possible - enable employees to work from home.
In addition, employers are e