Sunday 22nd November 2020
The partial lockdown should initially only apply to November, but it looks like it won’t last. In addition to CSU boss Söder, SPD chancellor candidate Scholz is in favor of continuing as in recent weeks.
Before the next federal-state consultations on further corona restrictions, top politicians from the SPD and CSU are calling for the current partial lockdown to be extended in December. Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz told “Bild am Sonntag” (“BamS”): “Everything indicates that the current restrictions will have to be continued for a while beyond November 30th.”
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder told the newspaper: “In order to have a nice Christmas, we have to extend the lockdown and certainly deepen it.” The CSU boss added: “In any case, two or better three weeks. At least until we have reached the incidence value of 50 again.” This means 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. This value was already mentioned as a target when the tightened restrictions were issued at the beginning of November, because then it is assumed that the health system will not be permanently overloaded. Currently the value is around 140.
The federal and state governments will discuss how to proceed on Wednesday. Söder said: “If we break the lockdown at this high level of infection numbers and lose patience, then everything will start all over again and we will end up with even tougher measures than now in the Czech Republic or Austria.” And: “Better a longer lockdown now than a complete exit restriction over Christmas.” At Christmas he would like to at least allow family celebrations: Christmas should be “freer”, “but New Year’s Eve more consistent,” he explained.
The SPD-governed countries also want relaxation for the festive season so that close friends and families can see each other, as the “BamS” reports on. The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) told the newspaper: “Christmas and New Year’s Eve, people should be able to meet their loved ones.” For New Year’s Eve, Söder would like a ban on firecrackers or alcohol in larger places. “But there is no need for a general ban on firecrackers.” At the same time he warned against vacation trips over the turn of the year.