Berlin (dpa) – In view of rising coronavirus numbers, the Federation of German Industries urges caution. “It is difficult to justify a generous easing in view of the new record values in the number of infections,” BDI President Siegfried Russwurm said on Tuesday, according to the announcement.
The draft of the Corona measures for next Sunday lacks consistency. The association warned that the omicron wave had not yet broken. “Instead of a general withdrawal of effective instruments for swift action, companies would have expected concrete measures for greater stability and security.”
The BDI also called on politicians to ensure a higher vaccination rate in the population. “Without vaccination, our freedom is built on sand. There is no way around blanket vaccination as a last resort.”
VDMA: “Does not go hand in hand”
The mechanical engineering association VDMA criticized that the “biggest mistake” of the planned regulation was that employees no longer had to provide information on vaccination or recovery status to their employers. “The obligation to provide information is the most important prerequisite for companies to create an effective hygiene concept,” said Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann. For the general public, the corona measures would be largely lifted, while companies would still have measures for which they would have to pay. This applies both to tests, which must be offered weekly, and to medical masks, if necessary. “It doesn’t go hand in hand,” criticized Brodtmann. Politicians unilaterally pass on corona protection to companies.
Despite the rising number of infections, the traffic light coalition wants to remove many corona restrictions from Sunday. Experts and associations warn that there must continue to be broad guidelines, for example, for the use of masks. Even in the coalition there are doubts about the actions of the federal government. The FDP and the Ministry of Health, on the other hand, recently defended the plans.