Before the talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Ministers, a draft resolution leaked from the Chancellery. According to information from the ARD capital studio, Merkel supports an extension of the lockdown until the beginning of March – which is partly supported by Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD), among others. When it comes to schools and day care centers, there seems to be no agreement. The Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs had unanimously decided to return to restricted regular operations in the coming week. However, Berlin rejects this.
Tonne calls for more commitment from the federal government for students and teachers
Lower Saxony’s Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs Grant Hendrik Tonne (SPD) believes that his way in Lower Saxony could have a “signal effect for the other countries” during the talks, he told the NDR in Lower Saxony. “I expressly welcome the fact that the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs supports and follows Lower Saxony’s path of responsible, balanced school openings,” said Tonne. In addition, the minister of education is calling for help from the federal government for the schoolchildren. “I therefore expect the federal and state governments to get together quickly and discuss how learning deficits can be compensated for and psycho-social burdens can be cushioned. Such a school and daycare summit would then also have to include a relevant federal children and youth program bring yourself, “said Tonne. In addition, the federal government must participate in a test strategy for teachers and students.
Weil puts up a six-step plan for discussion
In principle, there is no alternative for Weil to the extension of the infection protection rules in view of the persistently high number of infections and frequent corona mutations, as reported by NDR 1 Lower Saxony. Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister wants to leave the talks with a framework for easing the measures. He wants to bring a six-step plan into the round, which provides for both easing and tightening. “In the future, we should intervene earlier and more vigorously when the number of infections increases. The step-by-step plan 2.0 is intended to provide orientation and create more transparency about the measures required for health protection,” said the Prime Minister.
Associations hope for concrete signs of return
Business associations demand perspectives. 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 could also live with restricted customer access or further hygiene measures, said 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.