Five corona cases after the municipal council meeting in Gmund: For the Rottach councilor Thomas Tomaschek (Greens) this is an occasion to demand stricter hygiene precautions.
- Thomas Tomaschek had previously appealed to his council colleagues not to take off the mask at the seat.
Since not everyone wanted to follow the call, Tomaschek has now made the official request to the municipal council to follow a strict hygiene concept.
"The condition is no longer acceptable and endangers all other meeting participants," says the reasoning.
According to the concept, it is mandatory to wear a mask at all meetings, and all people in the room must have tested negative for Corona.
If necessary, rapid tests should be possible on site shortly before the meeting.
Request from the Greens
Regardless of the application, the Gmund case is also an occasion for Mayor Christian Köck (CSU) to make major adjustments to the security measures.
“This is a nightmare, I'm sorry for my colleague in Gmund,” says Köck.
So far he had assumed that the meetings in the Seeforum would be safe due to the size of the room and the good ventilation.
So far there has never been a case: "But in Gmund it has now been shown how quickly this can be done."
Mayor Köck tightened hygiene guidelines
As mayor, he has house rights and will now tighten the hygiene guidelines from now on, said Köck.
Means: negative test and mask requirement during the entire session.
Köck remembers that the municipality has already fulfilled other requirements contained in the Green application, such as the documentation of all participants for contact tracking. "Everyone had to sign a list."
However, due to time constraints, Köck does not want to offer rapid tests immediately before the meeting.
Experience has shown that many elected officials only come shortly before the start, explains the mayor.
"We can't spoil another 20 minutes there." After all, given the high incidence, there is still a curfew from 10 p.m., so the session should be over by then.
The new regulation already applies to the next meeting
The new rules, according to Köck, already apply to the meeting of the local planning committee on May 14th and to the municipal council meeting on May 18th. If individual councilors do not understand the requirements, they are free not to participate in the meeting, Köck makes clear. The municipal council also has a role model function. “We have to show solidarity.” It is a matter of quickly pushing the incidence in the region downwards in a joint effort in order to give the catering, hotel and retail sectors an opening perspective: “So far, the numbers have unfortunately changed not much moved. "