BERLIN | Soccer, schools, department stores: Germany’s announcement on Tuesday of new steps to be decisive of déconfinement, which augur well for a gradual return to normal in may in the countries listed among the least affected by the new coronavirus.
This lifting of the restrictions can be engaged because after the first stages of the déconfinement began on 20 April, “the number of new infections,” the coronavirus “remained low” and “no new wave” of contamination has not been observed, indicates a draft agreement between Angela Merkel and the German regions, of which the AFP had copy.
This text must be formally approved in the course of the day.
In summary, the first european economy is expected to lift almost all restrictions imposed from march to curb the pandemic of novel coronavirus.
Notable Exceptions: the closing of frontiers and the prohibition of major sports events, festive or cultural with the public.
Recovery in soccer
In the field of sport, while in France it has been stopped prematurely and that the other european countries continue to question, the soccer championship of German will be able to resume in may, according to the draft agreement.
The date of 21 may is mentioned by the German media. The meetings will take place behind closed doors. They allow clubs to collect 300 million euros ($455 million) from television rights.
This recovery, however, will be preceded by “a quarantine period of two weeks” teams, that can be done during a “training camp”.
Beyond that, the draft agreement provides for the reopening from next week from all the stores, including those of more than 800 square meters, which still remained closed, and all schools.
This concerns the primary and kindergartens, to date, not yet affected by the déconfinement initiated in this country on April 20.
Measures of protection should, however, be put in place in these institutions.
The road is open also for the sector of the gastronomy and hotels, was damaged by the impact of the sars coronavirus. They will start depending on the regions, to operate from next week.
This standardization at no charge in Germany is also the result of the increasing pressure of public opinion, the economic world and the regions on Angela Merkel, who for several weeks has attempted to curb the movement by citing the risk of a resurgence of the epidemic.
After having been greeted for the management of the health crisis and mortality very much lower than in the neighbouring countries — saw his popularity climb to its zenith — the chancellor is facing since the end of April in strong headwinds.
It is accused, by his prudence, strangle unnecessarily the national economy and intrude on the freedoms of the individual.
“Each week of closure cost the German economy” tens of billions of euros, has warned the boss of the industrial federation BDI, Dieter Kempf.
The protests have started to earn the country.
And a new party, “Résistance2020”, claims to have drawn in a few weeks, about 100 000 members. It intends to present candidates for the elections next year.
In the Face of this discontent, chancellor angela Merkel now accepts a to leave the regions, which in the federal republic of Germany, have the hand on the question of health, do it alone.
“There is a great desire, understandably, to déconfiner more”, has recognized elsewhere Tuesday, the chancellor during a closed-door meeting with his deputies, has indicated to the AFP, one of the participants.
But it has at the same time urged him not to provoke a second wave of infection.
Suddenly, the project agreement with the regions plans to re-introduce containment measures if the number of infections with the novel coronavirus is rising again.
It will, however, have a very local, by township, city, or even establishment when it comes to a retirement home or an apartment building, and not like up here generalized for a region or the whole country.
The trigger threshold is set at 50 infections on average per 100 000 inhabitants over a period of seven days per zone.