Sunday 17th January 2021
Allow restaurant visits
Maas demands special rights for vaccinated people
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is in favor of allowing people with a corona vaccination to visit restaurants, cinemas and museums again. With his opinion, the SPD politician is against the previous line of the federal government.
Heiko Maas, the head of the Foreign Office, is the first federal minister to demand that people with corona vaccination be allowed to visit restaurants or cinemas earlier than others. “Vaccinated people should be able to exercise their basic rights again,” Maas told “Bild am Sonntag”. “It has not yet been conclusively clarified to what extent people who have been vaccinated can infect others. What is clear, however, is that a person who has been vaccinated will no longer take a ventilator away from anyone. This means that at least one of the main reasons for restricting basic rights is eliminated.”
Maas also remembered the operators of currently closed restaurants, cinemas, theaters and museums. “They have the right to reopen their operations at some point if there is a possibility. And there is when more and more people are vaccinated. Because once only vaccinated people are in the restaurant or cinema, they can no longer do so endanger each other. ”
The federal government had so far rejected the restoration of freedoms for vaccinated people, also pointing out that it is not known whether they can still infect others. A different type of corona is currently spreading from Great Britain and is considered extremely contagious. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had also warned of an impending split in society.
Maas, who was previously Minister of Justice, contradicted: “Yes, that will lead to inequalities in a transition period, but as long as there is an objective reason for it, it is constitutionally justifiable.”
However, so far only a million people in Germany have been vaccinated, which corresponds to a good one percent of the population. Above all, they are very old people and those in need of care, as well as medical and nursing staff.