The corona numbers in Munich, Bavaria and Germany continue to rise, and yet: the easing voices are getting louder. Not least from CSU boss Söder.
- CSU boss Markus Söder is probably planning a series of massive corona relaxations in Bavaria.
- The areas of gastronomy, sport and culture are particularly in discussion.
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Update from February 7, 11:34 a.m .: The corona strategy in Bavaria is probably at a turning point. CSU boss Söder is said to be planning far-reaching easing (see update below) . Söder should announce what exactly is on the plan at a press conference at 12.30 p.m. We will keep you informed of all developments here.
Corona: a bang in Bavaria! Söder is planning massive easing
Update from February 7th, 10:28 a.m .: Corona bang in Bavaria! According to information from the Munich Merkur from CSU circles, CSU boss Markus Söder is planning massive easing in the Free State. The plan is to open up the culture to 75 percent. The curfew for the gastronomy should be overturned. In future, instead of the current 10,000 fans, 15,000 will be allowed in stadiums, and standing room will then be allowed again. All of this is to be decided at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Söder wants to “open breathing instead of just locking up as a precaution,” participants in the video conference quote the Prime Minister and CSU leader as saying.
First report from February 7, 2021
Munich – The number of new infections continues to rise day by day. The incidence in Munich at the beginning of the week (February 7) was 2392, and 1426 across Germany. Just a year ago, the then Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) had declared incidences of less than 50 as a benchmark for easing – a year later the starting position could hardly be any different being. Because despite high incidences, the number in the intensive care units remains stable. For CSU boss Söder, one should therefore debate about easing the corona measures.
Corona: curfew, sport and culture – Söder announces easing
The Bavarian Prime Minister announced that he wanted to relax the gastro curfew in Bavaria. Whether at 11 p.m. or midnight – this should only be decided on Tuesday, February 8th. In addition, they want to allow more spectators in sports and culture. In previous assessments of the Corona situation, the Bavarian Prime Minister had already indicated a change of course in pandemic policy. The “Team Caution” from Munich became “Team Caution – with a sense of proportion”. Markus Söder will appear in front of the press on Monday, February 7th, after the CSU board meeting at 12.30 p.m. After his announcements on the subject of corona easing, the CSU boss should not be able to avoid also addressing the topic of corona broadly. As usual, we will report live for you as soon as things get going in Munich.
Corona in Bavaria: Söder-PK eagerly awaited
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So while Bavaria is looking for a new approach, Federal Minister of Health Lauterbach (SPD) warned against loosening too early. He told BILD that the current point in time for widespread easing was too early. Nevertheless, he emphasized that this could probably be tackled “well before Easter”. The reason: the peak of the omicron wave is expected in mid-February, then the situation can be reassessed.