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Merkel's new Corona law: tough rules for all of Germany - the overview of the Infection Protection Act

2021-04-13T15:53:22.427Z

Angela Merkel proposes a tightening of the Infection Protection Act to the Bundestag in order to prescribe the Corona emergency brake nationwide. An overview.



Angela Merkel proposes a tightening of the Infection Protection Act to the Bundestag in order to prescribe the Corona emergency brake nationwide.

An overview.

Munich / Berlin -

“We mustn't let our intensive care physicians down now

.

Otherwise they will not be able to win the fight against the virus. ”Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) chose highly emotional and pathetic words to take Germany with her in the coronavirus pandemic in her plans for a

corona emergency brake that is uniform

under

federal law

.

Corona emergency brake in Germany: Angela Merkel wants an infection protection law with uniform rules

In German federalism, after all, many competencies lie with the countries, in the case of the Corona crisis it is not uncommon for those that are heavily affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.

For example school policy.

Or the shop closing and restaurant law.

Or the right of assembly.

They are far-reaching competencies that directly affect the lives of citizens.

And those that, according to Angela Merkel and her cabinet, should go to the federal government in the pandemic situation - with considerable restrictions for society.

The same guidelines should then apply between Berlin and Bavaria, between North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg.

The Bundestag has to approve the proposals of the federal government, but even before the vote in the plenary hall "under strict hygiene measures" (CDU / CSU parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus) there are

considerable disputes with the opposition

.

Merkur.de explains which - and lists which rules should apply in the corona pandemic:

Infection Protection Act: curfew, contact restriction, 7-day incidence - these rules are intended to enshrine the corona emergency brake in law:

  • 7-day incidence:

    According to the Federal Government, the measure of all things is and remains the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.

    That alone creates a lot of criticism.

    “It is no longer just a matter of looking at the incidence.

    The criteria must be: How many people have we vaccinated?

    How does the test strategy work.

    How is the occupancy rate in the intensive care units, ”demanded, for example, the head of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association Dehoga, Guido Zöllick, in an interview with

    Merkur.de

    .

  • Objection Act: The

    amended Infection Protection Act should be a so-called Objection Act.

    In contrast to an approval law, the said approval of the Bundesrat is not required.

    Merkel referred to the necessary speed in the pandemic.

    Critics point to the lack of a majority in the Union in the Bundesrat.

    But not only that. CDU man Reiner Haseloff explained: "As President of the Federal Council, I see it as extremely critical that this federal law should only be an objection law and not an approval law."

  • Curfew:

    In urban and rural districts, a nightly curfew should apply from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    If the 7-day incidence is exceeded there for three days in a row, the exit restriction takes effect on the following day but one.

    So four days after day one of exceeding the incidence.

    At least that's the plan.

    The Left, in the Bundestag opposition, protests: "No curfews can be made" with it.

  • Contact restrictions

    : A new Paragraph 28b is intended to supplement the Infection Protection Act.

    According to the

    dpa

    , the draft law states: "Private gatherings in public or private spaces are only permitted if at most members of a household and one other person including their children up to the age of 14 take part." as observed in warm weather, for example in large cities, should be prevented.

    Katrin Göring-Eckardt, leader of the Greens, criticizes the fact that such a regulation "has nothing to do with the reality of many people".

    That is "alien to life".

  • Gastronomy and hotels

    (guesthouses etc.)

    : However, an incidence of 100 remains closed.

    This also applies to outdoor catering.

  • Retail

    : Must close at an incidence of 100 or more in the respective city or county.

    No “Click & Meet” should then be possible either.

  • Sports:

    From an incidence of 100, only contactless individual

    sports

    are allowed.

    Fitness studios remain closed, professional sports may only be practiced without spectators and in front of empty stands.

So the status is Tuesday afternoon, April 13th.

The Bundestag is due to decide on the legislative initiative on April 14th.

Uncertain outcome.

If Merkel does not get a majority in parliament, it would be a major political defeat for the Chancellor.

(pm)

Source: merkur

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