“Today’s task was to find a middle ground”
In a nightly press conference after the Corona summit (03.03), Bremen’s Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD) explains that the incidence values across Germany have fallen in recent weeks, but are still above the hoped-for values. Nevertheless, the federal and state governments have agreed on easing, as an even longer, strict lockdown would have too many negative effects on the social and economic level on the population.
Free rapid tests are supposed to help
In Lower Saxony and Bremen, as in the other federal states, a free weekly rapid test is to be made available to citizens and that without symptoms. As a result, for example, private meetings with up to five people from two households should be possible again from next week. Children under the age of 14 are not counted. “With a daily test, services close to the body, for which a medical mask cannot be worn all the time, should be permitted again,” says a written press release from the Lower Saxony State Chancellery.
Zoos, museums and galleries reopened
With a stable 7-day incidence of less than 50 new infections per 100,000 in 7 days,
museums, galleries, zoos and botanical gardens can be opened. Also retail with a limited number of customers. In addition, non-contact sports should then be possible again in small groups of up to 10 people outdoors. If the incidence is above the value with up to 100 new infections per 100,000 in 7 days, there should be a regulation for appointment bookings. The retail trade, zoos, museums, etc. should then be able to be visited with fixed bookings.
In Bremen it is even more specific: From March 22nd, outdoor restaurants, theaters, concert halls, opera houses and cinemas will be allowed to open if the incidence is stable below 50. Contact-free sport inside and contact sport outside should then be allowed.
Retail regulations not economical
In Hanover the incidence value is currently (March 4th) at a value of 104.9. If the value falls below 100, for example, the perfumery “Liebe” would like to offer its customers appointments for shopping. However, managing director Caroline Prenzler does not expect a lot of crowding for the time being: “I also think that the customer is not there yet. In contrast to the supermarket, where a lot does not matter and you sometimes get almost too close, I have it with us rather felt that the customers first have to learn to dare to do things again – to get out. ” From an economic point of view, the whole thing is just a drop in the bucket anyway, says Caroline Prenzler: “We sometimes get 20-30 percent sales, I think it’s a positive gift that we can still grin, because it’s funny it not.”
If the incidence value is too high, aggravation again
But the perfumery is still sticking to its click and collect system anyway, because “with all of this there is an emergency brake: As soon as the 7-day incidence rises to over 50 or over 100 on three consecutive days, the previous regulations come into force again “, it says in the press release from Lower Saxony. The same is true in Bremen. You can find out more about the current resolutions here. The next federal and state corona summit is to take place on March 22nd.