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What the citizen doesn't understand, he doesn't go along with. Maybe that's better

It almost seemed as if Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and Marco Buschmann (FDP) lived in different Corona worlds.

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What the citizen doesn't understand, he doesn't go along with. Maybe that's better

It almost seemed as if Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and Marco Buschmann (FDP) lived in different Corona worlds. The Minister of Health was concerned about the situation in the hospitals. It is to be expected “that we will have to reckon with being overwhelmed in the fall”. He therefore assumes that the federal states will make masks compulsory indoors.

In the press conference on the government draft for the new infection protection law, however, the Minister of Justice emphasized that the requirement to wear masks indoors and other rules are “options that the countries can choose, but do not have to”.

The contradictory signals from the two ministers show that the traffic light government can only reach a micro-consensus when it comes to the pandemic: Corona rules may - depending on the infection situation - be necessary.

With the reference to a possible and yet unclear dynamic in the fall, the coalition avoids the crucial political question in this phase of the pandemic: What situation would have to occur for no further measures to be taken?

Instead, it shifts the responsibility to the federal states. They now have to decide whether there are almost no measures at all or whether there is total chaos of rules - even within federal states. Because restaurateurs or organizers have options when a country decides to make masks compulsory indoors.

This winter, for example, the absurdity could arise that different rules apply in three restaurants next to each other: compulsory masks for everyone without a test, compulsory testing for everyone or compulsory masks with exceptions for newly vaccinated, recently recovered and tested people. That can only make the citizen dizzy.

In the party-political tug-of-war, what is possibly the most important lesson of the pandemic has fallen by the wayside: confusing and difficult to understand corona rules are worthless. What the citizen doesn't understand, he doesn't go along with. Maybe that's better.

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