In the fight against the corona pandemic, the German state premiers together with Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to tighten the lockdown by the end of January.
Start of corona-protocols tightening The new regulations apply in Hamburg from Friday, in Berlin, Lower Saxony and Thuringia they should apply from Sunday. In Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Brandenburg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein, are expected to come into force on Monday. A decision is still to be made in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Contact restrictions: Your own household can meet with one other person. Children are usually not considered an exception either.
Notwithstanding this rule, children in Saxony, Bremen and Baden-Württemberg should be excluded from the maximum number of persons, in Berlin children of single parents and children in North Rhine-Westphalia. In Rhineland-Palatinate, the regulation does not apply to children of kindergarten age.
Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg want to allow care communities with another family. Schleswig-Holstein makes an exception for the care of children and relatives in need of care, Lower Saxony for people with disabilities and children from separated parents.
Schools and daycare centers: Schools and daycare centers remain closed. For childcare, however, parents are given paid leave during the period mentioned. In schools, emergency care and offers for distance learning apples.
There are deviations in Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse. Here the schools remain open, there is no compulsory attendance for grades 1 to 6. Hamburg students who cannot study at home are also allowed to go to school. Baden-Württemberg wants to reopen primary schools and daycare centers from January 18, as well as allow face-to-face lessons for final classes. In Berlin, face-to-face and alternate classes are to start gradually from Monday.
Bremen suspends compulsory schooling and allows parents to decide whether to send their children to school. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, daycare centers, and schools up to the 6th grade should remain open if parents cannot look after their children at home. The graduating classes should be able to go back to school from Monday.
Hot spots. In The Federal States with more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, people should not move more than 15 kilometers from their place of residence without good reason.
There are also deviations in the Federal States Baden-Württemberg, because they are currently not planning a corresponding rule. In North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, municipalities should decide on this. Thuringia wants to give a corresponding recommendation.
Francis Tawiah (Duisburg - Germany)