Immediate lifting of restrictions – Ziemiak open to Maas advance
Perhaps by the end of July, the last people willing to be vaccinated should also receive an offer. Do you still have to keep your distance and wear a mask? Heiko Maas has a clear stance on this. CDU politician Paul Ziemiak is open.
Band Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has spoken out in favor of lifting all corona restrictions as soon as all people in Germany have received a vaccination offer. “This can be expected in the course of August,” said Maas of the German press agency and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “If everyone in Germany has a vaccination offer, there is no longer any legal or political justification for any restriction.”
The chairman of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen, had previously made a similar statement. “By September at the latest, a vaccination offer will be available for everyone who wants to be vaccinated, then almost all Corona measures have to go,” he told the “Bild” newspaper. “Everyone can then still decide individually whether he or she wants to continue wearing a mask – but then it should no longer be an obligation.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had promised that all people in Germany should receive a vaccination offer by September 21. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) now assumes that this can be the case as early as the end of July.
According to a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov, a narrow majority of Germans are in favor of lifting all corona measures for fully vaccinated people from September. In the survey published on Tuesday, 51 percent were in favor, 39 percent opposed it.
Eleven percent did not provide any information. In the age group between 18 and 33 years, only 33 percent were in favor of lifting the corona requirements for vaccinated people from September. In all other age groups, approval was just over 50 percent. So far, a little more than 38 percent of people in Germany have been fully vaccinated.
The former Justice Minister Maas had already advocated lifting restrictions on vaccinated people in January shortly after the start of the vaccination campaign. “Vaccinated people should be able to exercise their basic rights again,” said the SPD politician at the time of “Bild am Sonntag”. He had to take a lot of criticism for this because it was not yet clear at the time whether people who had been vaccinated could spread the virus further.
The legal policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Jan-Marco Luczak, now made a statement similar to Maas. “The lifting of protective measures is constitutionally mandatory,” he told WELT. The previous measures were correct and necessary to get the pandemic under control. “If, however, harm to oneself and others is almost completely excluded from a scientific point of view, there is no longer any room for restrictions.” Interventions in people’s fundamental rights require legitimation, which is missing if there is no longer any risk of infection.
The deputy FDP chairman Wolfgang Kubicki is also urging that the corona restrictions be lifted soon. “At the latest as soon as all those willing to vaccinate have received a vaccination, the measures must be lifted,” said the Bundestag Vice President. “The federal government says that this will be the case by the end of summer. Anything else would mean continuing the restrictions on fundamental rights indefinitely. “
CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak sees it similarly. If enough vaccine is available, you have to “return to a new normal,” he said. Unvaccinated people could then less and less expect society to adhere to measures to also protect those “who have not been vaccinated”.
The Green health politician Kordula Schulz-Asche spoke out against WELT for a general exemption from the restrictions. The maintenance of the restrictions must be based on the current Corona situation, and in this context the delta variant is “worrying”.