Berlin – In the face of concern over a second corona wave, several federal states are tightening the rules in the fight against the virus. In Berlin, for example, 240 additional law enforcement officials are expected to ensure that corona requirements are met.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and North Rhine-Westphalia are increasing the fines that threaten in case of violation of the rules. People returning from risk areas should also be monitored more closely.
“We all agree that the most important thing is to use existing regulations to promote understanding and to verify implementation with checks,” Berlin Culture Senator Klaus Lederer said on Tuesday (left ) after a Senate meeting. There must be checks on the main problems and, if the rules are not followed, “drastic consequences” if necessary. On the other hand, moviegoers are looking to relax in the capital: in the future, a minimum distance of 1.50 meters will no longer apply, but one in two seats may be occupied.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), German health authorities reported 966 new corona infections in one day on Tuesday. The number is once again approaching 1,000 new infections. Last week, the value had already crossed the 1000 threshold on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – for the first time since early May. The peak of new infections reported daily was in early April at more than 6,000.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also wants to act more strictly against rule violations in the future. Those who fail to comply with the mask requirement on local public transport will be liable to a fine of 150 euros instead of the previous 25 euros, as Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier (CDU) announced on Tuesday at the ‘from a cabinet meeting in Schwerin. Also in North Rhine-Westphalia, passengers traveling by bus and train without a mask should be asked to pay 150 euros immediately. Given the growing number of infections, there could not currently be any further easing, Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) said in Düsseldorf.
Brandenburg has meanwhile extended the mask requirement for local transport and shopping to at least September 4. In addition, the cabinet decided to include mouth and nose protection for schools and after-school care centers in the Corona ordinance. However, the mask requirement does not apply to classrooms and playgrounds. The state government has relaxed the distance rule for vocational and continuing education, but a mask must be worn for this. Until now, there was also a requirement of a minimum distance of 1.5 meters.
In response to the increase in the number of infections after travel abroad, some federal states want to be more stringent in this area as well. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, anyone entering a risk zone must enter quarantine, even if the country is no longer classified as a risk zone on the day of return. The deciding factor is whether the country has been a risk zone in the past 14 days, Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) said.
Long-distance coaches only stop at the Central Bus Station (ZOB) so that as many returnees from risk areas as possible can perform a corona test in Berlin in the future. “This should allow for the practical implementation of the relevant testing regulations,” said Culture Senator Lederer. 50 percent of new infections are believed to come from abroad.
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