Dhe Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder has spoken out in favor of a “complete lockdown” from Christmas until January 10th. “Just shut down everything from the shops to the company holidays in many companies. If everyone took part, it would be great. Then we would have just under three weeks in which we can simply reduce contacts. A better time than this time between Christmas and January 10th will not be found anywhere in the year, ”said the CSU boss on Wednesday evening in the ZDF panel discussion “Markus Lanz”.
The general manager of the Association of Towns and Municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, also called for stricter corona rules from Christmas Day. “The federal and state governments should withdraw the previously agreed easing after December 24th. For the period from December 25th to January 10th we need tougher measures, ”Landsberg told the Rheinische Post. Then again only a maximum of five people from two households should be allowed to meet.
New round of talks with Merkel possible
Currently, almost everywhere in Germany, only two households with up to five people are allowed to meet. This is to be temporarily relaxed between December 23rd and January 1st. Depending on the country, up to ten people can come together, not counting children under 14 years of age. Some countries have already adopted stricter rules.
Söder was confident that there would be a round between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the state ministers before Christmas. Because of the Chancellor’s appointments at the EU summit, this could happen at the earliest on the weekend or the beginning of next week. Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) said in the ZDF “heute journal” When asked whether such a round would meet on Sunday, there were many discussions.
“We have now decided our Saxon route and will go it with all consistency,” said Kretschmer. In the Free State, schools, daycare centers, after-school care centers and many shops are to be closed from next Monday. Grocery stores and shops for basic needs should remain open. To keep trade, schools and daycare centers open – “that will not have this effect,” said Kretschmer on ZDF. He hoped that common results could be achieved with the other countries. In the past few days, Saxony had developed into the nation’s largest hotspot for the pandemic.
In Bavaria, stricter rules such as exit restrictions, alcohol bans in city centers and curfews in hotspots have been in effect since Wednesday. When asked why Bavaria is not shutting down public life as it is in Saxony, Söder referred in the ZDF program to lower infection rates on the one hand, to exit restrictions, alcohol bans in places and to the fact that 40 percent of the students are no longer in classroom lessons on the other. In addition, closing the shops now carries the risk that alternative traffic to other countries will not bring the desired success.