MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus supports the tough lockdown to contain the corona pandemic. “The protection of the population must come first,” said Brinkhaus. In view of the still high number of new infections and an impending overload of the health system, the measures decided are “logical and consistent”.
The federal and state governments had decided to shut down public life even more than before on Wednesday, December 16. The aim is to be able to better track and interrupt the infection chains again. This can only succeed if the number of new infections falls below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants in one week. It is currently over 175 across Germany.
Retail has to close largely
The resolution provides for the existing protective measures, including private contact restrictions and the closure of restaurants and cafes, theaters and concert halls, to be extended until January 10. In addition, most of the shops will be closed from Wednesday. Exceptions apply to food retailers, pharmacies and drug stores, post offices and banks, dry cleaners and laundromats. Service companies such as hairdressing salons, massage practices and cosmetic studios are no longer allowed to open.
Compulsory attendance in schools suspended
Schools and day-care centers are also to suspend mandatory attendance from December 16 to January 10, with emergency care being ensured. Opportunities are created for parents to take paid leave to look after their children. Employers are called upon to schedule company holidays or offer generous home office solutions during this time.
Avoid losing control
“We had already pointed out in the past few weeks that the measures taken so far were insufficient. In this respect, the measures that have been decided are logical and consistent from our point of view, ”explained Brinkhaus. CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt emphasized: “The infection figures force action.” Now only a lockdown with a hard restriction of contacts would help. “The strict restrictions now are the necessary prerequisite for preventing a spiral of infection during the Christmas holidays that would lead to a loss of medical control.”
Christmas in the smallest of circles
At Christmas there should be a slight relaxation of the contact restrictions so that small celebrations can take place in close family circles. For New Year’s Eve, however, a nationwide ban on arriving and gathering is imposed, as well as a ban on fireworks in places that are crowd pullers. Pyrotechnics cannot be sold this year. Against the background of the high risk of injury, it is not advisable to set off New Year’s Eve fireworks that are still stored at home from previous years.
Appeal for personal responsibility
Brinkhaus told n-tv that the success of the lockdown will depend on how disciplined people are on the holidays. He admitted that Christmas could be a lonely festival, especially for the elderly, who generally belong to the risk group. “It is a time that demands a lot, a lot from all of us,” he said, adding, “We would be asked even more if Christmas were to be a super-spreading event.” Then all the successes that im November and December were built. In Welt-TV, too, he appealed to citizens to take responsibility.
No hasty promises for January
The Union parliamentary group leader warned against the prospect of lifting the contact restrictions after January 10th. “It may be that some measures take even longer,” he warned n-tv. To address that now is honest. In Welt-TV Brinkhaus said you shouldn’t make promises. The federal and state governments want to discuss on January 5 how they want to proceed. Brinkhaus called the restrictions on retailers drastic. Business would suffer greatly as a result.
Bridging aid for companies
In order to support the sectors affected by the lockdown, improved bridging aid will be granted. These are subsidies for the fixed costs of companies, self-employed persons and freelancers with an annual turnover of up to 500 million euros. The reimbursement contribution is usually 200,000 euros, in special cases up to 500,000 euros.
Aid measures financed through
Brinkhaus assumes that the relief measures are financed by the federal government. It is also clear, however, that the longer the lockdown lasts, the more compensation payments the catering and retail trade demand, and the more expensive it will be for the state. Therefore, it is now a matter of consistently implementing the measures, he warned in Welt-TV.
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