Easter and masks: That will change in Hamburg after the Corona summit

Easter and masks: That will change in Hamburg after the Corona summit

Hamburg has already pulled the emergency brake, and further measures are now to follow. Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) and Second Mayor Katharina Fegebank (Greens) announced on Tuesday how the resolutions from the Corona summit will be implemented in the Hanseatic city.

“We are in a tough third wave with a very dangerous virus,” said Tschentscher. The wave is being driven by the UK variant of the virus, which is more contagious and probably more deadly.

Hamburg: Tests and measures are being expanded

“We only have to rely on the known and effective measures,” said Fegebank. The “strict and conservative” course will be continued. With the measures and the rapid test strategy in schools, daycare centers, in companies and test centers, the time should be bridged until sufficient parts of the population are vaccinated.

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Contacts at Easter: Hamburg remains strict

Public and private life should largely rest over Easter from April 1st to April 5th. This is to oppose the third shaft with an additional brake. “We want to maintain the strict contact restrictions that we have over the Easter holidays,” said Tschentscher. The Senate is thus making stricter rules for Hamburg than the summit resolutions provide. The reason for this is the high incidence in the Hanseatic city. There should be no exit restrictions.

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This means that meetings between one household and another person from a second household are only allowed to take place. Children under the age of 14 are excluded. The federal government had planned to allow meetings with another household and a total of up to five people over Easter.

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Maundy Thursday is not a public holiday in Hamburg. “Thursday should look like a public holiday”, said Tschentscher about the regulation this year. The legal framework for this is currently being created. There had been criticism of this regulation from CDU parliamentary group leader Dennis Thering, among others. The concern: Based on the resolutions, the closings of all open stores on Thursday are targeted. Therefore, the supermarkets could be overcrowded on the Wednesday and Saturday before Easter.

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“There are now possibilities to prepare for these five days,” said Tschentscher when asked at the state press conference. It has not yet been determined whether groceries can be ordered for collection.So there is no ban.

Hamburg’s mayor repeated this plan again: “I am sure that the churches and religious communities see it for Easter just as we all do, that we do not want to cause any further misfortune now.”

Regulation in Hamburg: Mask requirement in vehicles

When people from different households sit together in a vehicle, they have to wear a mask because they are sitting together in a narrow space.

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Regulation in Hamburg: tests in companies

In the draft resolution, the federal and state governments appeal to companies to offer their employees tests at least once, if possible twice a week. At the beginning of April, the trade associations are expected to present a first implementation report stating how many companies are participating.

On this basis, the government wants to assess whether additional rules are necessary. Companies should continue to offer their employees to work from home whenever possible. “We have great confidence in the commitments made by business and the self-commitment that results from this,” said Tschentscher.