The emergency braking that many expected did not materialize: Saar Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) and his deputy Anke Rehlinger (SPD) were able to save face, paying tribute to the media pressure, but especially to the pressure exerted by the Chancellor.
This is correct, also with a view to the increasing numbers in Saarland, albeit triggered by numerous isolatable cluster outbreaks.
But it is also right to try a different path after a pandemic for over a year.
I think the idea of regaining legal freedoms through tests - and later, if it can be proven that vaccinated people are no longer or only minimally contagious - to be completely correct.
It cannot be that people who adhere to the important rules, have themselves regularly tested or are even vaccinated, have to “atone” for the fact that others oppose tests, vaccinations or distance requirements.
Regardless of the fact that I find it very acceptable, after all that people had to go through in the past year, which livelihoods were destroyed and that one year of our lives was "stolen" (not politics, but the virus !) to be vaccinated: Everyone must continue to be free to do so.
But then, at least until enough people are voluntarily vaccinated, it must also be clear that those who refuse a rapid test, a vaccination or the necessary intervals must not have the same rights as those who contribute their part in society.
With the Saarland model and the adjustments it has now made, the state government also takes account of those who claim to hit the wall with full force. And yes, let's be honest: it can happen. In the end, it depends on the human factor. About whether he can be tested, whether he then goes into quarantine accordingly, perhaps also informing acquaintances and "meeting partners" on his own, so that they can also be tested.
And it depends on people not using these new freedoms to the full and becoming reckless.
Then the idea of “testing and enjoying” can work. And let's be honest: the adjustments also make sense. Because nationwide people were really excited about the “Saarland model”, about the fact that a court order in Saarland has been able to shop for weeks without a test, without follow-up via registration, etc., not.
It was therefore logical to include retailers in the “test scenario”.
And that the schools from April 19.04. subject to a rigorous testing regime is also correct. And it is even more correct to provide a clear emergency brake - also with a hard lockdown and exit restrictions.
To tie the whole thing to several parameters makes sense. This is because more data is collected that can be used for evaluation and, above all, for “nationwide learning”. This also makes it clearer what is driving the infections upwards and what is not.
And by the way: Everyone who makes it “easy” and calls for a hard lockdown must be aware of one thing: The lockdown is the ULTIMA RATIO. Curfews or company closures should never be used just because it “just works”.
Such interventions must always be the exception and be argued firmly and firmly. It is therefore right to look to an alternative option. This is what the Saarland does. That kind of thing takes courage. Even with the knowledge that things can go wrong.
However, if the citizens go along with them, everyone benefits: Through a faster return to the constitutional way of life.
It is an alternative and a great opportunity to experience spring differently. The step is ambitious, especially the use of digital tools. But that also fits in with the state government's plans to develop Saarland into an IT location. So why not fall back on the existing expertise?
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- Column: Regio-Journal