Berlin North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) receives support for his exit plan from the corona shutdown. The head of the Union’s economic wing, Carsten Linnemann, told the Handelsblatt: “Armin Laschet is right: an open and honest debate about when and how we carefully start up social life and the economy gives people hope and leaves it at the moment get through tough restrictions better. “
On Wednesday after Easter, the Chancellor and the Prime Minister want to discuss a possible gradual lifting of the corona restrictions. Laschet had rushed ahead in an interview in the Handelsblatt Thursday. “The criterion for possible openings should be: Are the rules for the correct distance observable and are there also the right protective measures?” Said Laschet.
If this is the case, you can dare to “flexible entry”. The CDU deputy chairman cited retail, the automotive industry, restaurants and the opening of special regions as examples of the areas in which easing is possible.
Linnemann said: “The goal must be to open shops as soon as possible, to use transport routes and start up productions, and at the same time to contain further infections.” The keys to this included the range from mouth protection and hygiene standards to tracking apps to antibody tests.
In addition, mechanisms are needed that continuously check how the measures work in order to be able to improve if necessary. “If we can do this across a wide area, we can definitely start again under strict conditions without overloading the capacities of the hospitals,” said Linnemann.
He welcomed the proposals for a differentiated opening strategy, said FDP parliamentary group member Michael Theurer. “In a parliamentary democracy, I expect such issues to be discussed publicly. The Chancellor must finally put an end to the ban on thinking. ”
The Chancellor had so far been reluctant to relax the shutdown. Theurer asked the Chancellor to appoint an expert council from business, state governments, academia and trade unions to evaluate the various proposals discussed according to transparent criteria.
“This would give the Prime Ministers and the Chancellor a sound basis for decision-making at their conference,” said Theurer. The strategy must be publicly available as soon as possible so that the economy and people can prepare for their individual day X.
“Mustn’t jeopardize success”
Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) is also pushing for a gradual exit strategy, but warned against too high hopes. “There must be an exit strategy, but not every phase will have a fixed date,” said Tschentscher to the editorial network Germany (RND).
It was too risky to lift all contact restrictions and measures in one day on X. “This has to happen step by step. With all the effort that we are doing now, we must not jeopardize success, ”said Tschentscher, who worked as a politician as a laboratory doctor before his time.
One must avoid that people die because appropriate treatment cannot be ensured, said Tschentscher. “This is the yardstick by which the steps of an exit strategy must be based.”
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