Armin Laschet, the state leader in Germany’s most populous state, said Tuesday morning that his state would implement the “emergency brake” of the new coronavirus rules “one by one.”
The emergency brake clause stipulates that a state or region must Go back to the strict February lockdown rules. if you register an incidence of 7 days above 100 in three consecutive days.
Because NRW has an incidence of 7 days above 100, the new CDU president said that the ’emergency brake’ would be activated in the state of 18 million people as of Monday, March 29.
Saying that he understood people’s disappointment, Laschet said that “there is no other way to stop the spread of the virus at this time.”
But it doesn’t seem clear how strictly NRW will apply the emergency brake.
Laschet said Tuesday that two households of up to five people would be allowed to meet during Easter. In fact, the emergency brake is supposed to reactivate the February lockdown rules that limited contacts to one person outside one’s home, which is what Hamburg has done (see below).
Laschet also ruled out night curfews, saying they were “not a solution.”
Berlin plans to go beyond the schedule set on Monday. Mayor Michael Müller intends to extend the blockade of the capital until April 24, almost a week longer than the extension agreed by the federal and state governments.
However, Müller said the city could implement new rules after the upcoming shutdown summit on April 12. “So this doesn’t mean that the lockdown has to be in place like this until the end of April.”
Berlin currently has a 7-day incidence of 94 and is therefore still below the 100 barrier at which the emergency brake would have to be applied.
Daily mirrorIt reports that the Senate has no plans to “pull the brakes” as long as the 7-day incidence is less than 100, and also that Berlin will not impose night curfews.
Germany’s economic powerhouse has said it will start reopening aspects of public life immediately after Easter in three or four test regions. State leader Markus Söder did not say on Tuesday which regions they would be.
The pilot projects will be carried out on the basis of a comprehensive testing regime.
Söder also confirmed that schools will remain open in regions with a 7-day incidence below 100.
Even in regions with higher incidence, Senior classes, as well as the fourth year of elementary school and the eleventh grade in elementary schools, technical colleges and vocational colleges, will return to the classroom on a shift basis.
The Hanseatic city has gone beyond the rules set out at Monday’s Covid summit.
After the city “hit the emergency brake” on Saturday based on a 7-day incidence that has been hovering above 100 for several days, contacts have been reduced to a single person outside the immediate home.
This contact restriction will also apply during Easter. Children up to 14 years old are not counted.
Major Peter Tschentscher said his status was being “a bit stricter” than the rest of the country, but said this was necessary due to the infection scenario.
The mayor appealed to the people of Hamburg to refrain from going on vacation, taking day trips or visiting relatives.
Tschentscher also said medical masks would now be mandatory in vehicles “if people from different households sit together.”
In the central state of Germany, where gyms have been open again for much of March, the state government is also poised to enact the “emergency brake.”
Hesse has had an incidence of more than 100 over seven days for six days in a row, and the state government said Tuesday that “there will be no further easing of restrictions before Easter.”
Gyms are likely to close again and children’s sports will be put on hiatus.
State leader Volker Bouffier will give more details later Tuesday.
The southwestern state wants to make sure no one works on Thursday, April 1, allowing people to stay home for five days in a row. But state leader Wilfried Kretschmann said there are still “legal issues to resolve” at this point.
Kretschmann said he was in favor of night curfews, a tactic he has used previously. He also hinted on Tuesday that he could take power to decide whether to take the emergency brake off local governments and take control himself.
The city of Tübingen has embarked on a pilot project that has attracted considerable attention. It has been given permission to keep stores, cafes and cinemas open based on an intensive testing regimen.
Local residents can enter various businesses as long as they present a negative test that has been carried out in the last 24 hours.
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