For Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) there is no alternative in view of the persistently high number of infections and frequent corona mutations, as reported by NDR 1 Lower Saxony. According to information from the ARD capital studio, Chancellor Merkel also prefers not to relax before March 1. In a draft of a working paper sent by the Chancellery to the federal states on Tuesday in preparation for the conference, it says: “Therefore, the contact restrictions must in principle be maintained in the next few weeks.” The paper, which is also available to the ARD capital city studio, is considered an interim draft, many of which can still be changed.
Weil wants to discuss a step-by-step plan with a traffic light system
School and business associations demand at least perspectives. Weil could have it in his luggage: Last week he presented a step-by-step plan that is to be discussed at the conference. The plan is a kind of extended traffic light system. “We will have to deal with the virus,” said Weil. This six-step plan should provide a basis for this. Accordingly, the measures are to be gradually scaled down regionally if incidence values are less than 50. If the numbers rose, tightening could be implemented quickly.
Associations hope for concrete signs of return
Mark Alexander Krack from the Lower Saxony Trade Association does not expect a specific, coordinated step-by-step plan to be presented. In order to be able to reopen soon, the trade can also live with restricted customer access or further hygiene measures, says Krack. Rainer Balke, managing director of Dehoga Niedersachsen, had hoped for a small return from the hotel and hospitality industry to business. Now the question is whether it can start again in March. Balke hopes that the hygiene concepts from last year will remain in place. You would have proven yourself.
School controversy: return or not?
When it comes to schools, there could be a dispute between the federal states and the Chancellor. The Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs had unanimously decided to return to restricted regular operations in the coming week. The Chancellor’s draft does not provide for that.