The Bundestag has voted on a list of measures Thursday that were proposed by the parties that are likely to form the federal government that will be formed in the future.
They decided not in favor of extending their “epidemic issue of national alarm” after it expires on November 25. The law was introduced in March 2020 to provide the legal foundation for the federal government of Germany to to implement nationwide measures including the imposing of travel restrictions. The parties who will create an administration in the near future have proposed the possibility of a new set of rules which must have the blessing of the Bundesrat which is the highest house of parliament.
The plans require every day testing for workers and visitors to care homes regardless of whether or not they’ve been vaccinated or not.
They also contain “3G guidelines” (“geimpft genesen, geimpft test”) that require individuals to provide evidence of full vaccine or recovery, or the results of a COVID test that is valid and negative for public and workplace transportation. Work from home regulations are also reinstated.
The 16 states of Germany can retain and implement measures to protect. This will include limiting or banning cultural, recreational as well as sporting occasions, prohibiting access to health facilities, the public consumption of alcohol. They also have the option of closing down universities.
The measures will not include school closings and blanket travel restrictions or obligatory vaccination. The new law will allow for the introduction of severe sanctions of 5 years or more prison for those who forge coronavirus-related documents and certificates. The forgery of so-called vaccine passports is now an issue in Germany according to the police, who have said that fake documents are sold at prices of as high as EUR400 ($452).
The election is considered to be an the first significant test for the alliance of the left-of-center Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party, and the Neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP) who are expected to succeed Angela Merkel’s government of a grand coalition composed of right-center Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and SPD.
The legislation’s passage is complicated because negotiations on coalitions are still ongoing, and the former government is still in place in a temporary capacity.
The heated discussion at the Bundestag, Sabine Dittmar of the SPD put her blame on current state of affairs at the feet of the government that was in power, headed by the CDU which had not taken action to reduce the spread of infections through effective promotion of vaccination. “My urgent request isvaccine, vaccinate and vaccine!” she said.
However, the CDU has shifted into the opposition, demanding that the emergency measures which have been the basis part of the outbreak within Germany should be extended.
Stephan Stracke accused the prospective Coalition government that they made their “first error.”
“Case numbers are increasing and you are cutting restrictions. That’s a mistake,” the president said, speaking to the potential coalition parties. “All this means is that there is no strategy for an outbreak.”