SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz has announced that the traffic light parties want to take all necessary decisions against the worsening of the corona situation in Germany. “We will continue to receive good advice today, I believe that this is in a very constructive way, and otherwise, of course, we will contribute in parallel to making all the necessary decisions so that we can keep the infection process under control and this week also in the Bundestag Make the right decisions, ”said Scholz on Monday before the continuation of the coalition negotiations between the SPD, Greens and FDP in Berlin. On Thursday, the traffic light partners want to resolve changes to the Infection Protection Act in parliament.
After much criticism of the plans of the three parties to let the epidemic situation and the associated special powers of the government expire on November 25, the possible coalition partners agreed on tightening the situation at the weekend. Among other things, the possibility of contact restrictions should not be abolished. This emerges from an agreement between representatives of the three traffic light groups. In addition, unvaccinated people should no longer be allowed to use buses and trains without a negative test – regardless of the mask requirement that continues to apply.
Dirk Wiese, the deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, spoke in the ZDF morning magazine of “considerable restrictions for unvaccinated people, which we also believe to be right”. “We will enable the countries to initiate 2-G-Plus, 2-G- and 3-G measures depending on the infection rate. In addition, there are ultimately contact restrictions, especially for those who have not been vaccinated, and 3G at the workplace, ”Wiese continued. “That is in fact a lockdown for unvaccinated people, which is being initiated here.” The Greens boss Robert Habeck had previously explained in the ARD: “Contact prohibition or 2-G regulation means in large parts: Lockdown for unvaccinated people. That is the vulgar translation. “
The SPD, Greens and FDP want the special corona status to continue to expire. However, the federal states should get an opening clause: By resolution of their respective state parliament, they should be able to maintain certain measures. For example, they should be able to prohibit or restrict leisure, cultural and sporting events as well as gatherings, prohibit entry to health facilities, prohibit the sale and public consumption of alcohol and close universities. Exit and travel restrictions should no longer be possible in the future. In addition, restaurants, hotels and retail should no longer be able to be restricted or closed across the board.
The operators of buses and trains consider a quick introduction of the 3-G rule to be hardly possible. In local public transport, there is an obligation to transport that can only be suspended under very specific criteria, said the managing director of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV), Oliver Wolff, on Monday. Checking millions of passengers every day is also unrealistic. “Especially in local transport with frequent passenger changes and stops at short intervals, this can only be implemented on a random basis, if at all.” The VDV represents companies in the local transport sector, including DB Regio.
According to experts from the transport industry, 3 G would have to be implemented on the transport conditions of the individual transport companies. It is unlikely that this can be implemented across the board this year. The situation in long-distance traffic is a little different. This is where the – identical – transport obligation is anchored in the General Railway Act (AEG). This is a federal law and should be adapted accordingly.
Giffey for the right to information for employers
Berlin’s SPD state chief Franziska Giffey is meanwhile calling for employers to be given the right to information about the vaccination status of their employees with a view to 3G at work. “Every restaurant you come to requires you to provide proof of vaccination. And so far employers have not been allowed to do that. That has to change, ”said Giffey on Monday in Berlin on the RBB Inforadio. There must be a clearly defined right to information for employers at the federal level.
Giffey spoke of a “weak point”. If the question of employment is not clear on the labor market, this is a very large part of public life with a risk of contagion. There are clear controls in schools and institutions that “must also be implemented in working life”. This is the only way employers can implement protective measures, says Giffey. On the other hand, Giffey rejects a lockdown for the unvaccinated. You’re not at that point yet.
In Berlin and Brandenburg, stricter corona rules have been in effect since Monday. In restaurants, theaters, cinemas and swimming pools, only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered have access. The expansion of the 2-G rule is inevitable, says the Berlin SPD leader.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged unvaccinated people to be immunized against the virus on Monday in view of the rising number of corona infections. “Those who do not get vaccinated put their own health at risk and they endanger others,” he said in Berlin. Above all, it was unvaccinated people who became infected and fought for their lives in the intensive care units. “Get vaccinated,” demanded Steinmeier. It is about one’s own health and the future of the country.
“The fourth wave hits our country harder than it should hit us,” said Steinmeier, who received his third vaccination against the virus on Friday. Everyone knows what needs to be done “to finally leave this pandemic behind us”. “If you are still hesitant about getting vaccinated, I want to ask you directly today: What still has to happen in order to convince you?”