End of the epidemic situation: traffic light parties are planning new corona rules

Status: 07.11.2021 12:39 p.m.

The epidemic situation expires at the end of November – and with it the legal basis for many corona measures. The SPD, Greens and FDP are currently working on new guidelines. They could be decided by the Bundestag on November 18th.

Before the end of the epidemic situation on November 25, the parliamentary groups of the SPD, Greens and FDP want to define a new line in action against the rising number of corona infections. A draft law is currently still being worked on, the dpa news agency reported with reference to parliamentary groups. According to the current planning, the Bundestag should discuss this next Thursday.

According to the information, the three possible coalition partners want to set new regulations for the test offer in the draft. In addition, the traffic light parties are probably working on measures to prevent fraud with falsified vaccination certificates. Greens boss Annalena Baerbock had told the editorial network Germany: “It is a matter of putting the protective measures on a legally viable basis and thereby securing them.” The measures would have to be decided by the Bundestag.

No lockdown, no nationwide 2G rule?

The “Bild am Sonntag” learned from negotiating circles of three pillars of the project of the Ampel partners: Accordingly, the SPD, Greens and FDP are considering a daily test obligation for employees and visitors in nursing homes, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or recovered. In addition, the corona premium for clinics could be reactivated so that hospitals receive state compensation again if they keep part of their intensive care beds free for corona patients.

In addition, the third vaccination for senior citizens is to be accelerated and doctors are obliged to inform their older patients in writing about the third vaccination. However, the potential traffic light partners apparently want to forego a lockdown for unvaccinated people or a nationwide 2G rule for public life.

However, this does not preclude individual federal states from taking appropriate measures. In Saxony, a state-wide 2G regulation will apply from Monday. Bavaria is tightening the corona measures from this Sunday. Wherever the 3G rule previously applied, 3G Plus now applies: People who have not been vaccinated or have recovered must present a negative PCR test. A quick test is no longer enough. FFP2 medical masks are now standard. Only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered have access to facilities such as clubs and discos.

Catalog of measures instead of epidemic situation

The epidemic of national importance expires on November 25th. The outgoing Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), like the possible new government partners, had spoken out in favor of no longer extending the classification as the legal basis for extensive corona restrictions.

The SPD, Greens and FDP had already announced at the end of October that they wanted to define a stripped-down catalog of possible measures instead. A corresponding legal regulation should be decided after a hearing of experts on November 18 in the Bundestag. One day later, the law should be discussed and passed in a special session of the Federal Council.

Federal states should regulate themselves

After the announcement of the three parties, the federal states should continue to have corona measures such as mask requirements, hygiene concepts or access rules only for vaccinated, convalescent and tested people. School closings, lockdowns and curfews will no longer exist, SPD parliamentary deputy Dirk Wiese said.

At the end of October, the Prime Minister’s Conference demanded that there must be a nationwide uniform legal framework to secure corona protective measures even after the epidemic had expired. Several prime ministers feared a “patchwork quilt” if guard rails were not set for the time after the epidemic situation.

So far, according to the Infection Protection Act, corona requirements have been linked to the fact that the Bundestag determines the epidemic situation. Parliament did this for the first time in March 2020 and confirmed it several times. The three parties had named the vaccinations as protection against corona as the main reason for the planned change. They had also announced that all corona restrictions should expire by March 20, 2022 at the latest.


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