Band and countries have agreed on a number of measures to slow the spread of the coronvirus in the face of rising infection rates. This is the result of hours of video switching between the federal government and the prime ministers of the federal states. On the other hand, they could not agree on a nationwide uniform limit for the number of participants for celebrations in family and friends.
At the private celebrations, which in recent times have repeatedly caused new sources of infection, the Chancellor left it at an appeal. Citizens are asked to consider critically in each individual case whether, how and to what extent private celebrations are necessary and justifiable. Merkel let it be known that the views of the federal states were clearly far apart on this point.
“A lot has been possible, but we can see where we have to be vigilant,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) at a press conference following the deliberations in Berlin on Thursday. With the exception of Saxony-Anhalt, the federal and state governments agreed on a minimum fine of 50 euros for people who violate the mask requirement. The federal and state transport ministers should also examine how an increased transport fee for buses and trains can be levied.
Merkel announced that free corona tests for travelers returning from non-risk areas will expire at the end of the summer holidays on September 15, given the very low rate of infected people among them. Merkel urged the German citizens to refrain from traveling to risk areas whenever possible. For those returning from risk areas, there will probably no longer be any compensation for the loss of income due to quarantine. The federal and state governments are striving for a corresponding change in the law in the short term. The Chancellor emphasized that this should only apply if, for example, a country had already been declared a risk area at the start of the trip.
New rules for quarantine
The obligation to quarantine for 14 days for returnees from risk areas should in future be waived at the earliest with a test from the fifth day after return. This regulation should apply from October 1, 2020 if possible. Free corona tests for travelers from non-risk areas expire on September 15th. People who violate their quarantine obligations are to be punished with fines in the future.
With a view to the additional protective measures in daycare centers and schools, Merkel announced that in future each parent should be allowed five additional paid child sick days. Large events at which the course of infection cannot be traced will remain closed to visitors until at least the end of October. On the question of what happens to viewers in the Bundesliga and other sporting events, heads of the state chancelleries are to submit proposals to a working group by the end of October.