by Thorsten Koch
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out in favor of joint action by the federal and state governments. There should be agreement on fundamental questions. Merkel spoke of a common protective framework until at least June 29. Merkel emphasized that a careful course should be taken. Above all, the minimum distance against infection with the corona virus should be maintained in order not to endanger other people. One does not live alone, one has to be considerate, Merkel added.
Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states had previously agreed on a protective framework in a video conference – despite certain differences in implementation between the federal states due to different numbers of cases at regional level. The protective framework is designed to ensure that as many people as possible can participate in social life. It includes a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, mouth-nose protection, compliance with hygiene rules, as well as adequate ventilation.
Regional dynamics possible
The emergency brake, in which protective measures could apply again, is also crucial. The emergency brake applies to “regional dynamics” with more than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within one week.
In principle, the country heads and Merkel agreed that the contact restrictions should remain valid until June 29. Certain states want to decide their own criteria. The next conference between the federal government and the federal states is scheduled for June 17. Dialogue will continue, Merkel said.