CSU chief Söder criticizes federal plans for corona rules
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) sees Germany exposed to new unprotected virus variants with the federal government’s revised Infection Protection Act. The traffic light design has real loopholes and weaknesses, Söder told “Bild am Sonntag”. “Basically, there are no real protective measures anymore. This means that in the fall we are helpless and defenseless against new mutations. For example, the widespread omission of the mask is premature and can quickly lead to a so-called contagion in schools, for example.”he said.
Söder particularly criticized the Federal Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach (SPD). “The Federal Minister of Health expects new waves, and the traffic light will abolish all measures at the same time,” he said, referring to the red-green-yellow federal government. “If the traffic light has its way, Corona will be history next week. But that is not reality”.
Lauterbach had defended proposals made by him and Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) for an amended Infection Protection Law on Friday. In accordance with a federal and state decision, most of the requirements will no longer apply as of March 20. Only basic protection should be possible across the country: mask requirements in nursing homes, clinics, and local transportation, and testing requirements in homes and schools. The mask requirement on long-distance trains and planes must also remain nationwide.
However, in places where the corona situation is getting worse, state parliaments should be able to impose more stringent requirements, including mask requirements, distance requirements, hygiene concepts and proof of vaccination, recovery or testing (3G/2G/2G plus). (dpa)