BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The federal and state governments want to discuss again on Sunday which measures are necessary in the fight against the corona pandemic – and whether there should be tightening. The important question for many people is: What are the rules on public holidays? The federal states can decide independently on more advanced measures. Some have already done it or announced it. An overview:
The federal government and the federal states had agreed that the contact restrictions should be relaxed over the holidays. According to this, meetings with close family and friends with up to ten people are possible from December 23rd to January 1st. Normally, according to the federal-state resolution, only five people from a maximum of two households are allowed to come together. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and other politicians had pointed out, however, that it would not make sense to exhaust the holiday relaxations in view of the infection rate.
As of Saturday, the easing decided by the federal and state governments from December 23 to January 1 will still apply in Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen, Christmas parties will probably only be allowed with a maximum of five people from up to two houses. Schleswig-Holstein and Saarland have also announced tightening of the contact restrictions. In Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate it is not yet clear which contact restrictions apply on public holidays.
Baden-Wrttemberg, Bavaria and Saxony have already decided to shorten the holiday easing: in Baden-Wrttemberg and Saxony on December 23rd to 27th, in Bavaria on December 23rd to 26th.
Lower Saxony has announced that the easing will only apply for the three Christmas days, i.e. on December 24th, 25th and 26th. In Brandenburg, too, a shortening of the easing to December 23-27 is under discussion. The government in Saxony-Anhalt has announced that there will probably not be any relaxation of the corona rules on New Year’s Eve; what the rules for Christmas will look like is still open.
In Berlin, due to the infection, it should not be loosened at all. Then only five people from a maximum of two households are allowed to come together here on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The state government in Thringen has also announced that there should be no temporary easing ./rew/DP/nas