Federal Council: Sales ban for New Year’s Eve bollards

Status: December 17, 2021 3:35 p.m.

The hospitals should be relieved because of Corona – therefore no New Year’s Eve fireworks may be sold this year. The Federal Council approved this. He also agreed to the extension of the Corona aid fund.

In Germany, fireworks may not be sold on New Year’s Eve this year either. For this purpose, the Federal Council has passed an ordinance with which the sale of New Year’s Eve bollards, which is usually permitted in the last days of December, is prohibited – as in the previous year.

The background is the current burden of the clinics with Covid-19 cases. In order to save hospital capacities, accidents caused by improper use of the fireworks should be avoided. The ordinance only regulates the ban on sales, it does not include the lighting of fireworks. However, states and municipalities regulate this independently for certain areas – for example Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

Corona aid will be extended

In addition, the Chamber of States approved that the multi-billion Corona aid fund for larger companies will be extended. The Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) was limited to the end of 2021 and will now run until June 30, 2022. The Bundestag only decided on Thursday. However, the scope will be reduced: According to the draft for the amendment to the law, the guarantee is to be reduced from 400 to 100 billion euros and the credit authorization from 100 to 50 billion euros.

The fund, which was set up shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic in spring 2020, is intended to stabilize companies that run into liquidity bottlenecks and whose continued existence would have “significant effects” on the economy and the labor market.

The WSF has already supported a number of companies during the Corona crisis. The best-known cases are Lufthansa and the tour operator TUI.

Expansion of all-day care

After all, the federal states and municipalities will have an extra year to call up funds for the expansion of all-day care in primary schools. The Federal Council also approved this corresponding law of the traffic light coalition. The 750 million euro program was originally due to expire at the end of the year. Due to the corona pandemic, the flood disaster in July, delays in building material deliveries and a lack of craftsmen, it will now be extended until the end of 2022.


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