NRW has lockdown for the Gütersloh and Warendorf districts

NAfter the corona outbreak at the meat processor Tönnies, the authorities are also imposing a lockdown for the neighboring district of Warendorf. There are contact restrictions, indoor sports and numerous cultural events are banned, said NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) on Tuesday. From Thursday schools and daycare centers in the district will also be closed. The state of Schleswig-Holstein also imposed a quarantine obligation for travelers from the North Rhine-Westphalian corona hotspots. They must go to their home or other suitable accommodation after entering the country to isolate themselves for 14 days, the state government said.

Because of the Corona outbreak in a slaughterhouse of the Tönnies Group, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia had previously announced a lockdown for the Gütersloh district. For the first time since the Corona easing, a whole circle in Germany is being traced back “to the measures that applied a few weeks ago,” said Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) on Tuesday in Düsseldorf. The measures initially apply until the end of June, but can also be extended. The purpose should be to “calm the situation” and “expand the testing”. By the end of the month there will be more clarity about the extent to which people who do not work at Tönnies have also been infected with the virus, said Laschet.

Under the conditions of the lockdown, only a maximum of two people or members of the same household may meet again. From this Wednesday, indoor sports and many cultural events are to be banned again in the district. Fitness studios will be closed, as will cinemas and bars. Restaurants are only allowed to open under stricter conditions.

Free corona tests for everyone

The outbreak in the meat factory in Rheda-Wiedenbrück is the largest single infection to date in Germany, said Laschet. A “special location” results from the spread of locations and the internationality of the workforce. 1553 employees of the slaughterhouse have now tested positive for the virus. There could be other cases in their family environment. Therefore, the number of infected people is probably higher. At the same time, there are only 24 confirmed corona infections in the district in people who do not work at Tönnies, said Laschet. Nevertheless, the state government decided to lockdown in order to minimize the risk of infection. “What we do here has never been done in Germany,” Laschet emphasized.


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