With the Federal Council, the Infection Protection Act cleared the last hurdle and can come into force on time. The reason for this seems to be a special approach by the government.
Berlin – Mask requirement and Co.: Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) were able to agree on the new Infection Protection Act at the beginning of August. The tool to be well prepared against the corona virus in autumn and winter also met with broad approval in the Bundestag on Thursday (September 8th).
In order for the law to come into force as planned on October 1, the approval of the Federal Council was still required. One point in particular was controversial. It was about nothing less than the inclusion of the disease Covid-19 caused by the corona virus in the list of “particularly contagious infectious diseases”, as the German Press Agency writes. The Infection Protection Act was approved on Friday (September 16) with one restriction.
Autumn and winter 2022: Federal Council passes Infection Protection Act
So far, diseases such as cholera, measles, whooping cough and the plague have been found in the disputed list. The inclusion on the list is criticized for having a strong impact on students. Because anyone who suffers from one of the listed diseases must show a medical certificate or a negative test after the quarantine in order to be allowed to enter schools or daycare centers, as the dpa writes.
Karin Prien (CDU), Education Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, recently described the inclusion on the list as a “disaster for schoolchildren”. Schleswig-Holstein will therefore not give its approval in the Bundesrat, the MP predicted before the vote.
Corona Protection Act 2022: Bundestag accelerates the procedure for autumn and winter
As several media, as well as the French news agency AFP , report, there will be no medical certificate requirement for schoolchildren. According to reports from Bild , the change will be made by a protocol statement from the federal government. Such a concession avoids the direct rejection to the Bundestag and the law could still be passed in its original form.
According to the reports, the deletion from the “list of diseases in §34 paragraph 1 of the Infection Protection Act” would only take place in the Bundestag session on Friday, October 7th. How the handling between the entry into force on October 1st and the expected cancellation on October 7th will be handled is not yet known. (Lucas Maier)