NOT SATIRE: Berlin Threatening Lockdown If Germans “Misbehave”
Ordnung, deutsches Volk! (Or you're grounded)
Editor’ warning: What follows is not satire. I repeat, the following text is not satire.
The government will closely monitor people’s behavior to see if they are taking the measures implemented this week seriously.
The decision of whether to lock down Germany entirely hinges on the behavior of its citizens, the Chancellor’s office announced Friday.
Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff, Helge Braun, described Saturday as a crucial day in deciding on possible lockdowns because of the coronavirus.
“We will look at the behavior of the people this weekend,” the CDU politician told Der Spiegel. “Saturday is a decisive day, and we will keep a close eye on that.”
Chancellor Merkel wants to hold a telephone conference call with state premiers on Sunday evening. This is likely to include the question of whether and when lockdowns should be imposed.
“On Saturday, people traditionally meet each other because they have the day off,” Braun said.
“Unfortunately, this is not possible outside the nuclear family at the moment. This must be stopped now. If this does not happen, it is possible that more far-reaching measures will also be decided in the federal states, although we actually want to avoid this.”
STATE LEADERS CLASH
Meanwhile, the state premier of the German state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer sees the option of a lockdown as a last resort. He told local newspaper Sächsische Zeitung that nobody wanted a lockdown, as it would massively restrict life. “That’s why we are counting on the current measures and see if they have the hoped-for effect in the next 14 days,” Kretschmer said.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier, Armin Laschet, has warned that the federal and state governments will impose a lockdown if citizens do not comply with the call to keep their distance.
“If we can’t make the voluntary commitment, then we will be able to make such decisions,” the CDU politician told ARD television.
FREIBURG, LEVERKUSEN AND DORTMUND UP THE ANTE
The German cities of Freiburg and Leverkusen have announced lockdown plans of their own.
Freiburg’s two-week ban comes into effect on Saturday, prohibiting citizens entering public places including streets, squares, public green spaces and parks.
People should only leave their home for urgent matters, such as food shopping, visits to the doctor, assistance to persons in need of support, and travel to and from work and the placement of children in emergency care. People may stay outside alone, in pairs or with those living in their own household. A minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be kept from all other persons.
Leverkusen has already implemented similar measures, where people are no longer allowed to come together outdoors, with a few exceptions. Meetings of two or more people in the open air are prohibited unless it is for essential activities.
And Dortmund will now only allow groups of no more than four to mingle. If social activities exceed this number, people will be subject to punishment. Exceptions will be made for families.
Source: Deutsche Welle