Head of chancellor’s office: no absolute equal treatment in crisis

Before a week of further easing in the corona crisis, chancellor’s office chief helge braun prepared the population for a phase with unequal treatment.

In the gradual opening of everyday life, "there can’t always be absolute equality for all areas of society, because our approach is gradual," the CDU politician told the newspaper welt am sonntag. Every single step is a foregone conclusion. From monday on, hairdressers should be allowed to open again for the first time in weeks. Schools are also expected to reopen for some of the students.

FRISEURE: since the 23rd. Hairdressers in germany were forced to close in march, but were allowed to reopen at the beginning of the week. There are requirements for hygiene, protective equipment and access to the salons so that there is no crowding.

SCHOOLS: a preschool class in the school building is initially planned only for individual grades. In some states, after the graduation classes, the last classes of the elementary schools and the schools for which graduation exams are due in the next school year are coming back. Distance regulations and hygiene requirements apply everywhere.

RELIGION AND CULTURE: church services are closed since the long weekend with the 1. May again possible. The first public service since the 14th century was held in the cologne cathedral on sunday. March. Only 122 participants were admitted, who sat on the church benches at a distance of two meters from each other. Museums and galleries may also open in many places under sanitary conditions.

Recently, calls for a repeal of the mabnahme or at least a concrete timetable for it had become louder and louder, especially from the business community, which fears massive damages. Chancellor angela merkel (CDU) and the heads of government of the federal states want to discuss further relaxation on wednesday. Proposals for the gradual further opening of schools, childcare facilities and the gradual resumption of sporting activities are then on the table.

Federal minister of the interior horst seehofer praised crisis management. "Angela merkel is leading germany very strongly through the crisis right now," seehofer told the "bild am sonntag" newspaper. According to seehofer, there are even discussions behind the scenes about a possible fifth term for the chancellor: "I can’t deny that I’ve heard the idea more than once recently."

Federal minister heiko maas called for prudence in the lifting of the worldwide 14. June travel warnings in effect. "If people are not only able to fly abroad again, but can also return with sufficient security, then we can gradually reduce the travel warning," the SPD politician told the newspapers of the funke media group.

Saxony-anhalt, which has been less affected by corona infections than most other federal states, announced a relaxation of contact restrictions at the beginning of the week. From monday on, up to five people will be allowed to travel together, even if they do not live in the same household. Rhineland-palatinate interior minister roger lewentz criticized the procedure. "I find it a bit disconcerting. There was a talk this week, there will be a talk next week between all the minister presidents and the chancellor," he told "SWR aktuell rheinland pfalz". "This is a very tight cycle, you don’t have to get out of it in between."

The success in containing the coronavirus also harbors the danger of a new wave of infection, according to winfried kretschmann, prime minister of baden-wurttemberg. He assumes that fatigue effects will occur, the green politician told the german press agency. "It’s only human."Baden-wurttemberg ventures further steps back into normality after several weeks of so-called lockdown. Playgrounds, museums and zoos, among others, will be allowed to reopen next week, according to the ministry of state.

The cafes, pubs and restaurants that have been closed for weeks because of the corona pandemic should quickly know when they can reopen, according to the will of saxony’s economics minister martin dulig. If the development of the infection figures allows it, he proposes opening up the excavation areas under strict conditions for the 15. May, the SPD politician told the german press agency. The 15. May dulig wants to suggest to his prime minister with a view to the next bund-lander switch on wednesday. Saxony-anhalt’s state government presented the state’s 22. May as revelation day in prospect.

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