Bavaria and Saxony tighten corona measures

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For hotspot regions with an incidence of over 1000, there is a curfew for unvaccinated people in Saxony from 10 p.m. In Bavaria, a lockdown is imposed on counties with a 7-day incidence of over 1000.

In view of the rapidly increasing corona numbers, Saxony wants to restrict large parts of public life from Monday. According to the government, all cultural and leisure facilities, libraries, bars, clubs and discos must close. The same goes for Christmas markets. The accommodation of tourists is prohibited. The gastronomy should be allowed to open until 8 p.m. with the 2G rule (vaccinated / recovered). The restrictions apply until December 12th.

Large events, festivals and trade fairs are also prohibited, as are tourist train and bus journeys. Dance, music and art schools, like adult education centers, are not allowed to teach. Offers for children and young people up to 16 years of age are an exception. The 3G rule applies to access to the workplace. For hotspot regions with an incidence above 1000, there is a curfew for unvaccinated people from 10 p.m. In addition, a ban on alcohol in public spaces is to be enacted.

The measures are “difficult, but necessary,” said Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU). With this “breakwater” one wants to achieve that the daily increasing numbers of infections fall, the health authorities can track contacts again and the hospitals do not overflow. It is unclear whether this can be achieved with the measures: “The low vaccination rate is the real reason for this situation.” Use 2G and 3G wherever possible. “That’s why it’s not a lockdown.” Saxony registered 7791 new infections within 24 hours on Friday.

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Bavaria is also tightening measures

Because of the fourth wave of the corona pandemic that has gotten out of control, Bavaria is also tightening its measures. The health system is threatened with collapse, it is said from Bavaria. All clubs, discos and bars should close for the next three weeks, there should be no Christmas markets this year, as Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced on Friday after his coalition consulted in Munich. Cultural and sporting events are only allowed with a maximum occupancy of 25 percent of spectators and the 2-G plus rule.

Contact restrictions are to be introduced for unvaccinated people. A maximum of five unvaccinated people from two households should then still meet. Söder describes this measure as “a de facto lockdown for unvaccinated people”. The contact restrictions should also initially apply until mid-December.

The 2-G and 2-G plus rules, which already exclude unvaccinated people, are to be tightened again. A curfew of 10 p.m. is planned in the catering trade, and there should only be one customer per ten square meters in retail. For this, the epidemic emergency will be determined.

“Emergency brake” for hotspots

In hotspots with an incidence of at least 1000 – currently there are eight districts in Bavaria – even more extensive restrictions are to apply to all citizens for the next three weeks. “The existing measures are not sufficient here. A hard emergency brake is needed here,” said Söder. That means closings for hotels, restaurants, hairdressers, cultural and sporting events.

Söder asked all citizens again to get vaccinated. In Bavaria, the incidence of unvaccinated people is 1,500, in vaccinated people 110. 90 percent of the intensive care beds are occupied by unvaccinated people. The situation is overwhelming and is getting worse.

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“I believe that in the end we will not be able to avoid compulsory vaccination,” said Söder. This could be a long-term solution. Otherwise the situation will not get any better. “Otherwise it’ll be an endless loop with this crap corona.”

(APA/dpa/REUTERS)

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