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Corona in NRW: rule chaos before the summit - Laschet: "That could have been saved"


Which corona measures are being taken for North Rhine-Westphalia? Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has already announced a first decision. The news ticker.

Which corona measures are being taken for North Rhine-Westphalia?

Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has already announced a first decision.

The news ticker.

  • In North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the incidence value is above the 100 threshold.

  • After the federal-state marathon: NRW Prime Minister Laschet wants to implement the "emergency brake"

    (update from March 23, 8:44 am)


  • In the metropolis of Cologne, stricter corona requirements will apply from Monday (March 22nd)

    (see update from March 22nd, 9.27 a.m.)


  • This 

    news ticker

    on the corona crisis is updated regularly.

Update from March 23, 8:15 a.m

.: In North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the 7-day incidence on Tuesday morning is 109.2.

Within 24 hours, 1,789 new corona infections and 63 further deaths were recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia.

That comes from the data of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) wants to implement the emergency brake "one to one" at the Corona openings.

Laschet emphasized this after the federal-state summit on Tuesday morning.

The most important decisions after the federal-state marathon:

  • The hard lockdown will be extended to at least April 18, 2021.

  • Radical lockdown over Easter: From April 1st to 5th - from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday - public, private and economic life is to be shut down completely.

    Supermarkets should only be open for shopping on Holy Saturday (April 3rd).

  • Daycare centers and schools in North Rhine-Westphalia are to remain open until the Easter holidays at the end of March.

  • In NRW there is no “click and meet” anymore.

Speaking of Mallorca - Laschet criticizes Mallorca regulation

Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has massively criticized the federal government for removing Mallorca from the list of risk areas and lifting the travel warning.

"Now is not the time to travel," said Laschet early Tuesday morning in Düsseldorf after almost twelve hours of federal-state consultations.

Because cross-border travel in particular carries the risk that even more dangerous coronavirus variants than the British mutant could spread in Germany.

 "Now is not the time to travel"

NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet

The lifting of the travel warning for Mallorca had also led to many discussions in the federal-state talks, because "there is an unequal treatment here with German tourist destinations," said the CDU federal chairman.

You could have “saved yourself” that if you had waited until after Easter.

But now many people would meet on Mallorca.

He expects the federal government to ensure that the airlines are obliged to test the Mallorca returnees before they take off from the island and that the vacationers will not bring the virus back to North Rhine-Westphalia.

Transport Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) had taken precautions and talked to the managing directors of the large NRW airports in order to “prepare modalities for tests even after landing,” said Laschet.

"And they will do that too."


NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has sharply criticized the lifting of the travel warning for Mallorca.

© Marcel Kusch / dpa

Update from March 22nd, 2:58 p.m.:

That was quick.

The state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia actually reacted immediately to the judgment of the OVG.

Just hours after the retail restrictions were overturned, the rules are back in effect.

An adapted corona protection ordinance was issued for this.

“The restrictions on the retail trade, which the Higher Administrative Court expressly classifies as overall proportionate, remain in place,” said the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs. “This applies above all to the restrictions in shops that have only been announced since March 8th Appointments ("Click and Meet") and a person limit of one customer may open 40 square meters of sales area. "

The country pressed the reset button in a flash process.

The rules only change for stationery stores, bookstores and garden centers.

Since the court had seen the easing of treatment for these areas as unequal treatment to other retailers, these markets are no longer allowed to receive customers without an appointment.

Corona in NRW: SPD wants to react immediately to court decision - new regulation still today?

Update from March 22nd, 2:34 p.m.:

The court decision in North Rhine-Westphalia applies immediately.

"Because the Senate has set all the rules for retail except law enforcement, you are allowed to buy now available in all shops in NRW without an appointment shopping and without customer limit per square meter," says the spokesperson of the Higher Administrative Court, Gudrun Dahme opposite the


clear again.

For SPD parliamentary group leader Thomas Kutschaty this is not an acceptable situation.

“We still need a new corona protection ordinance today that eliminates the technical mistakes made by the state government,” he demands, “otherwise there is a risk of chaos in our business.

We will therefore request a current hour in the state parliament on this important topic. "

The Higher Administrative Court had already indicated in an initial notification that the state was free to create a new regulation even at short notice.

The Senate sees no fundamental problem with the restrictions, only the differentiation between “basic needs” shops and other shops was not sufficient in the now overturned ordinance and therefore inadmissible.

Update from March 22nd, 1:26 p.m.:

The corona restrictions in retail are not compatible with the principle of equal treatment and will no longer apply after the judgment of the Higher Administrative Court.

But are they fundamentally disproportionate?

The Senate does not share


concerns raised

by a “

Media Markt” branch


In view of the consequences that another uncontrolled increase in corona infections could have, the restrictions on fundamental rights for retailers are justified.

A company spokesman for

Media Markt

welcomes the verdict and hopes: "We are counting on it to have a signal effect beyond North Rhine-Westphalia."

"Everything is going to be changed again today anyway", Kik boss Patrick Zahn announced to the German press agency that he would not expect any major changes in his stores and referred to the ongoing federal-state conference.

Nevertheless, he strikes out for a sweeping blow.

The judgment shows how headless and arbitrary the decisions were made during the corona pandemic.

Zahn anticipates a wave of lawsuits following the pandemic, in which traders would seek compensation for the inappropriate closings.

NRW: Court overturns corona restrictions in retail - no customer limit

Update from March 22, 11:19 a.m

.: The North Rhine-Westphalian Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in Münster has partially overturned the corona restrictions in retail.

As the court announced on Monday, the customer limit per square meter and the previously required appointment booking no longer apply.

In the opinion of the court, the regulations violate the principle of equal treatment. *

also reports from Münster

about the background to the decision.

School openings in North Rhine-Westphalia despite Corona: Several places receive face-to-face tuition in part

Update from March 22nd, 11.11 a.m

.: In Wuppertal, Düren and the Oberbergischer Kreis, classroom teaching in secondary schools is suspended due to the high corona incidence.




on Sunday.

Exceptions apply to final classes and elementary schools - but the latter are also closed in the Oberbergisches Kreis.

But only a 7-day incidence above the 100 mark does the NRW state government see enough reasons to close the secondary schools again.

But even then, they do not grant every application, reports the



Corona in NRW: "School closings are only the last resort"

"School closings, embedded in an overall concept, can make a contribution to infection protection on site, but may only be the last and not the first and only means of choice," said the state government in Düsseldorf last week.

All other measures in other areas of public life must have been examined beforehand.

Several districts in North Rhine-Westphalia wanted to close the school opening, but had been stopped by Düsseldorf.

Corona in North Rhine-Westphalia: Cologne exceeds the incidence mark - new measures apply

Update from March 22nd, 9.27 a.m

.: Cologne is not in a good position on the day of the Corona summit.

The RKI reports a current 7-day incidence of 110.9.

In the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia it is 106.6 this Monday.

Before the federal-state consultations with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) this Monday, stricter corona requirements are already in place in the metropolis: In zones where masks are required, only surgical or FFP2 masks have to be worn instead of the previously permitted everyday masks.

The mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker (independent), announced this to journalists on Friday.

Cologne mayor Reker on corona measures: "Avoid severe lockdown"

A negative corona test is now required for visiting museums and zoos as well as hairdressing visits *.

According to Reker, the Cologne security service will also take care of queues in front of shops and, under certain circumstances, also resolve them.

"I hope that we can avert a severe lockdown with our measures," added Reker.

100 is currently the incidence mark for the “emergency brake”, ie the withdrawal of easing.

Cologne is above it for the eighth day in a row today.


The corona incidence in Cologne was just above the "emergency braking" value of 100 for several days in a row.

© Oliver Berg / dpa

Corona in North Rhine-Westphalia: First summit decision already known

Our first report from March 21st

: Düsseldorf - On Monday, March 22nd, the federal and state governments will meet again for further deliberations on the corona measures.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the incidence is currently above the threshold of 100 again. According to information from the RKI in the state, 103.5 people per 100,000 inhabitants were infected with the coronavirus within seven days (as of Sunday morning).

The last time the numbers were similar in North Rhine-Westphalia were around two months ago.

The metropolis of Cologne has meanwhile also announced a tightening of the corona requirements, albeit to a lesser extent than in the city-state of Hamburg.

As of Monday, only surgical or FFP2 masks may be worn in Cologne zones where masks are required instead of the previously permitted everyday masks, as Mayor Henriette Reker (non-party) announced after a meeting of the crisis team.

In future, a negative corona test will be required for visits to museums and zoos and for visits to the hairdresser.

According to Reker, the Cologne security service will also take care of queues in front of shops and, under certain circumstances, also resolve them.

The incidence value in Cologne was just above the emergency braking value of 100 on Friday for the fifth day in a row.Reker emphasized in front of journalists that in the event of a further increase in the state-wide incidence in North Rhine-Westphalia, she would expect information from the state about the further plans of the next week State government.

"I hope that we can avert a severe lockdown with our measures," added Reker.

Corona in North Rhine-Westphalia: Laschet makes the first decision clear

Nationwide, too, the incidence is above the 100 value.

Last but not least, the value has an administrative significance, because from this limit the so-called "emergency brake" comes into force, which was defined by the federal and state governments at the last Corona summit on March 3rd.

The exact consequences of this will be decided at the next meeting on March 22nd.

NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) had already announced in advance that he would withdraw the current easing if the incidence value was above the 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for more than three days.

In a special session of the Landtag, Laschet said: "There can be no further openings from March 22nd." The "emergency brake" agreed by the federal and state governments will then be applied nationwide in North Rhine-Westphalia and the entire state will be used as a benchmark.


Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, and his deputy Joachim Stamp.

© Federico Gambarini / dpa

Corona in North Rhine-Westphalia: Applications for daycare closings in Dortmund and Duisburg rejected

There has been a recent turmoil over ruling policies in some cities.

The cities of Dortmund and Duisburg had submitted an application to close schools and daycare centers, both of which were rejected.

Thomas Westphal, Mayor of Dortmund, sharply criticized the state government for this on Saturday (March 20): “The state government still does not seem to be ready to react to the changed dynamics of the pandemic.

We are being pressed into a legal framework that has long since ceased to match the infection rate. ”The city of Dortmund exceeded the 100 incidence at the weekend, as did the city of Bochum.

Duisburg is also already above this mark.

Corona in North Rhine-Westphalia: Outbreak in the Baptist church causes numbers to explode

Another significant increase in numbers was reported in the Lippe district in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday (March 21).

Within a short period of time, there have been around 90 confirmed corona cases in a Baptist church.

All 1100 community members should be tested and are in quarantine, as the district announced on Sunday in Detmold.

The large number of new infections had been determined by the weekend.

It is not yet possible to say with certainty whether the corona infections originated in face-to-face worship services or in family groups.

The corona outbreak caused the incidence in Lippe to skyrocket by around 20 to 160 within a day.

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Source: merkur

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