Ampel partner plans: pandemic emergency should expire

Status: 10/27/2021 11:02 a.m.

The SPD, Greens and FDP agree that the epidemic emergency should end in November. However, this does not mean the end of all protective measures. Transitional regulations should create the legal framework for this.

The possible government partners SPD, Greens and FDP have agreed that the “epidemic emergency of particular importance” in the fight against the corona pandemic should end in less than a month.

If the plans of the Ampel partners are implemented, the deadline for the end of the emergency would be November 25th. According to this, transitional regulations should enable nationwide uniform measures to apply so that there is no patchwork of different corona requirements between the individual federal states.

No “Freedom Day”

SPD parliamentary group vice-president Dirk Wiese once again highlighted the major challenges posed by the pandemic, especially for Germany’s health system. That is why the epidemic emergency was sustained for over 18 months. It was last extended again in August.

But the situation is now different than in August, emphasized Wiese – especially with a view to the growing number of fully vaccinated people nationwide. That is why it is right to get out of the emergency. School closings or lockdowns would now be disproportionate, stressed the SPD politician.

Nevertheless, November 25th will not be “Freedom Day”, warned Wiese. There is still a relevant infection process in some federal states, so measures against the spread of the coronavirus are still necessary, said the parliamentary group vice-president and stated the goal of “having Covid-19 behind us in spring”.

“The situation remains problematic”

Green party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt also emphasized: “The situation is still problematic.” In view of the currently increasing number of new infections, citizens will also need protection in the future. Here Göring-Eckardt put children and people who could not be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the foreground. In addition, the health system must continue to be prevented from being overloaded by the pandemic.

FDP emphasizes burdens for the rule of law through emergency

With the transitional regulations, federal states are to be given the right to order or maintain “less invasive” corona measures, such as wearing a protective mask or the 3G regulation, even after the end of the emergency. These transitional regulations, which the traffic light parties have in mind, should initially apply until March 20, said the parliamentary manager of the FDP, Marco Buschmann. For this purpose, paragraph 28a of the Infection Protection Act should be changed.

With the epidemic emergency of national scope “serious burdens and heavy burdens for the rule of law were connected,” said Buschmann. He cited the curfews during the lockdowns, which the FDP had criticized as unconstitutional.

Now the Bundestag has to discuss the end of the emergency. According to Göring-Eckardt, these consultations could take place in mid-November.

The “epidemic situation” was first established by the Bundestag in March 2020 and has been repeatedly extended by Parliament since then. The determination of the emergency enables the federal government and the state governments to order central corona measures in a simplified way without the consent of parliaments.

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