The strict corona rules in Baden-Württemberg are only relaxed at Christmas. At the same time, the Ministry of Health is working on tough exit restrictions for regions with excessively high incidence values.
The measures to contain the corona virus will only be relaxed in Baden-Württemberg for the immediate time around Christmas. The green-black state government only wants to relax the contact restrictions from December 23rd to 27th.
The state government published the new Corona regulation just one day in advance. It includes, among other things, the regulations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
At the same time, the Ministry of Social Affairs is working on even tougher rules for hotspots in Baden-Württemberg. The state government is currently working feverishly on measures for regions in which the infection situation is tense and the incidence values of over 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants rise within a week. A draft for a ministry decree, which is available to the German Press Agency, provides for general exit restrictions in this case.
“Good reason” required when leaving the apartment
Citizens are then only allowed to leave their homes “if there are good reasons”, for example for work, school, sports, shopping or visiting the doctor. Publicly and privately, only one household may then meet with one other person, but a maximum of 5 people. Visits to hospitals and care facilities should only be permitted after a previous antigen test or with an FFP2 mask.
Several regions in Baden-Württemberg are currently above the 200 mark – as of Sunday afternoon, these are the districts of Tuttlingen, Lörrach, Heilbronn, Mannheim, Pforzheim and the Schwarzwald-Baar district.
For schools in hotspots there is a risk of changing classes
A new corona ordinance is also being prepared for schools: In hotspots, it provides for the possibility of alternating lessons in higher classes if – according to the definition of the Ministry of Culture – school operations are affected by the infection. If you can clearly assign an outbreak, for example in a nursing home, that would have no effect on teaching in schools. If, on the other hand, the infection is diffuse, switching from classroom teaching to homeschooling is an option for hotspots. The Ministry of Culture wants to clarify exactly how this should look in its own regulation. Education Minister Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) recently warned of childcare problems if classes were to be halved and taught alternately at home and at school.
CDU has concerns
The CDU side is slowing down the hotspot measures planned by the state government. She criticizes many unresolved points in the strategy of Minister of Social Affairs Manfred Lucha (Greens) and has legal concerns with regard to some formulations. The planned exit restrictions are also too general and extensive. Therefore, at the request of the CDU, the decree has not yet been passed, but should be discussed again in the government’s Corona steering committee. The steering committee meeting, which normally takes place on Wednesday, has therefore been brought forward to Monday.
House arrest accusation by the FDP
Criticism of the planned measures comes from the FDP. The sheer number of 200 positive test results per 100,000 inhabitants could not be the only reason to put whole circles under house arrest, according to the health policy spokesman for the parliamentary group, Jochen Haußmann. “A competition to impose drastic cuts in freedoms does more harm than good,” said Haußmann. From the FDP’s point of view, it would make more sense to create real protection with quick tests and effective filter masks.