The opposition in the Düsseldorf state parliament has sharply criticized NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) for his handling of the 15-kilometer rule. SPD parliamentary group leader Thomas Kutschaty accused the prime minister of having created “chaos” that no one could see through. The state government had issued a regional ordinance for four municipalities with an incidence of over 200 on Monday evening. In the country’s new Corona Protection Ordinance, no uniform regulation had previously been set.
The regional ordinance initially applies to the districts of Höxter, Minden-Lübbecke, Recklinghausen and the Oberbergische Kreis. There, the citizens’ radius of movement is limited to 15 kilometers around their place of residence. Laschet emphasized that the four districts had decided on the measure themselves. A national rule makes no sense. In some cases, clearly traceable outbreaks, for example in old people’s and nursing homes, are responsible for high incidences. Then restricting the radius of action for all people in a circle would make no sense.
Green parliamentary group leader Verena Schäffer accused the state government of squandering people’s acceptance through poor communication with the introduction of the 15-kilometer rule overnight. In the opinion of the Greens, a reduction in contacts in working life would be better than a general limitation of the range of motion that is constitutionally questionable. Therefore, a right to work from home must be introduced in those areas in which work from home is possible.
There was also a heated exchange of blows during the discussion about the new contact restrictions. Kutschaty accused the state government of having “tinkered” numerous “loopholes” into the Corona Protection Ordinance. The rules in NRW would only apply to public spaces. In your own four walls, however, there are no personal restrictions. “Coffee parties” and “Skat evenings” are also allowed, said the SPD politician from Essen.
Laschet holds against it
Laschet countered the opposition leader that he gave the impression that everything was allowed in private. Kutschaty invents examples that the law does not even allow. “That is not good in these times,” said the Prime Minister. The number of infections could skyrocket within a few days if the modified virus from South Africa unfolds its force in Germany, said Laschet. At the same time, he confirmed the intention not to have compliance with the contact restrictions in private rooms checked.
Bodo Löttgen, parliamentary group leader of the CDU in the state parliament, accused the SPD of having convened the special session for reasons of party tactics. The party is only concerned with using the state parliament as a stage to cause unrest in the run-up to the CDU party congress at the weekend, where Laschet is applying for the federal chairmanship.
The Frankfurt legal scientist Uwe Volkmann expressed doubts as to whether the introduction of a 15-kilometer rule to reduce the risk of infection would even make sense. After all, almost all areas in Germany are now risk areas, he said in the “Morgenecho”. In the case of restrictions on fundamental rights, proportionality must be preserved. He dares to doubt whether this is the case. (with dpa)
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