Corona: Government puts federal emergency brake on the way

The Federal Cabinet has decided to change the Infection Protection Act. This provides for nationwide protective measures for corona incidence values ​​above 100. This means that people in Germany have to adjust to exit restrictions and closed shops in accordance with binding national guidelines. The draft of the law is before the SPIEGEL.

According to the information, when the so-called emergency brake is activated, it is not allowed to stay outside an apartment or an associated garden between 21 p.m. and 5 a.m. This should not apply if the stay is used to care for animals or to practice a profession.

These and other restrictions should apply if the seven-day incidence is above 100 for three consecutive days in a district or an independent city. This means that within a week there are more than 100 newly infected people for every 100.000 inhabitants.

Rules for gatherings, shops and schools

The new paragraph 28b of the Infection Protection Act should also stipulate that private gatherings are only permitted in public or private spaces for members of a household and at most one other person, including associated children up to the age of 14. In the event of death, up to 15 people should be allowed to come together.

Among other things, most are allowed to do so if the incidence is higher shops and the Leisure and cultural facilities as well as the Gastronomy Do not open. The food trade, beverage stores, health food stores, baby specialty stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, gas stations, newspaper sales outlets, bookstores, flower shops, pet stores, animal feed markets and garden centers are to be excluded. Distance and hygiene concepts should apply here.

An Schools If the emergency brake is activated, classroom teaching should only be permitted with two corona tests per week. If the seven-day incidence exceeds 200 on three consecutive days in a rural district or urban district, face-to-face teaching should be prohibited.

Sport should only be allowed in the form of contactless exercise of individual sports - alone, in pairs or with members of your own household. There should continue to be exceptions for professional and competitive athletes in the national and state squads. Spectators should not be allowed to do so.

The Federal Cabinet also approved the planned one Compulsory testing in companies. »In principle, companies have to offer their employees a test offer once a week. Only in exceptional cases may the obligation include two tests per week, ”said the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The decision is merely an obligation to make an offer; there is no obligation to test for employees. There should also be no documentation requirement.

The draft law should be passed quickly to the Bundestag and Bundesrat

The draft cites the difficult contact tracing of infections with incidence values ​​above 100 as a justification for the measures. Another reason is the possible appearance of new virus variants during the current vaccination campaign: "If a high number of newly vaccinated people with incomplete immunity meets a high number of infected people, this favors the development of virus variants against which the vaccines are less effective", is what it says.

According to dpa information, the federal government should have considered parliamentary group and state wishes in important points in the submission. The draft law should now quickly pass the Bundestag and Bundesrat. The background to this is the recent sharp rise in the number of infections. On Tuesday, the incidence value was just under 141.