"The situation is dramatic because it will be decided these days whether we can break the dynamics of a new large wave of infections in time," said the CDU politician of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung". And further: "If we want to avoid getting into such extreme situations again, we have to be ready to forego large family celebrations, parties and celebrations in the next few weeks."
He is thinking of weddings, birthday parties and other activities where distances and hygiene rules are difficult to adhere to. “We have to say this to those affected very clearly so that it gets across everywhere. If necessary, even when a bridal couple registers their wedding at the registry office. ”At the same time, the minister warned against shutting down the economy as a whole. "Most economic activities, at work, shopping or refueling, are rather unproblematic, provided that hygiene and distance rules are observed," he said. "We therefore do not need a new lockdown." It is "not expedient to close entire economic sectors that clearly have little or nothing to do with the infection process." Altmaier also criticized the state prime ministers. "Federalism is a great thing, but especially in this pandemic we have to decide quickly and clearly," he said. "Different regulations in a few federal states have an impact on all others." That is why we need more common ground and uniformity. In addition, the head of department reaffirmed the announcement of new corona aid for particularly affected industries.
"This also applies, for example, to concert organizers, trade fair suppliers, caterers and in general to everyone who is prevented from practicing their profession for a longer period of time." Details are currently being clarified. He is also being discussed in the coalition about the possibility of paying self-employed people a kind of entrepreneur's wage.