The state government of Baden-Württemberg is under criticism for several short-term changes to the latest Corona regulation. Among other things, it is about the 2G plus rule.
The 2G-Plus regulation for many areas of public life in Baden-Württemberg had hardly come into force when changes were made. The country introduced exemptions from 2G Plus at short notice.
People who have received a booster vaccination or whose corona vaccination or recovery from Covid 19 disease was no longer than six months ago, for example, do not have to present a current corona test in a restaurant or museum. Otherwise the following applies: Entry only vaccinated, recovered and additionally currently tested.
SPD describes the state government as a “chicken pile”
The SPD in Baden-Württemberg speaks of “regulation chaos” and describes the state government as a “heap of chickens”. The information was communicated late, unclearly and inconsistently and unsettled the population. The SPD state and parliamentary group chairman Andreas Stoch criticized on Twitter that the state government is forfeiting trust.
The SPD parliamentary group spoke of “pure chaos” and made fun of the actions of Green-Black.
FDP speaks of “salami tactics”
There is also criticism from the FDP. According to her own statements, she is “shocked” by the short-term nature of the changes. There is no reaction or preparation time. Companies ran into the open knife.
FDP parliamentary group leader Hans-Ulrich Rülke accused the green-black state government of “a salami tactic of the worst variety” because it initially published the Corona regulation late on Friday evening and extended the exemptions from the test obligation on Sunday – one day after the regulations came into force would have.
2 G, no 2G Plus, but with a booster vaccination it is also possible without a test. The Corona regulation of Baden-Württemberg is a mess. A comment by Stefan Troendle.
Ostalbkreis: Criticism also from the ranks of the state CDU
The two CDU members of the state parliament Winfried Mack and Tim Bückner from the Ostalb district have also criticized the 2G-Plus rule for gastronomy that was passed in Baden-Württemberg over the weekend. The rule, with its exceptions for boosted people and those whose vaccination or recovery was less than six months ago, is opaque and uncontrollable, according to Mack. In the SWR he spoke of a “regulatory chaos”.
The restaurants are in an uproar, said the CDU politician. The customers are so insecure that they stay away. “The legitimacy of legislation is thus simply called into doubt at the height of the pandemic. That must not be the case,” said Mack.
In BW, the following initially applied in public areas: 2G Plus for everyone. A short time later, exceptions were made for people with booster vaccinations and those newly vaccinated – this does not go down well with everyone.
DEHOGA criticizes “back and forth”
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baden-Württemberg (DEHOGA) speaks of a “back and forth” of the green-black state government when it comes to access regulations. That caused financial losses in the industry. Politicians had caused economic damage with their action, because the 2G-Plus rule announced at short notice had triggered unrest. At the weekend, this caused numerous cancellations from guests and led to considerable confusion, the association announced on Monday in Stuttgart.
DEHOGA describes the step taken by the Baden-Württemberg state government, with the 2G-Plus rule, to exempt both people with a refresher and those who have recovered from the obligation to test if they were infected a maximum of six months ago, as “good news”. The corrections now made have allowed more hospitality establishments to remain open despite the current restrictions on their business operations.
BW: Trade association angry
The Baden-Württemberg Trade Association also reacted angrily. “The current situation is generally chaotic and it is of course difficult for our dealers to constantly have to adapt to new rule changes at short notice,” said Baden-Württemberg General Manager Sabine Hagmann. However, it is to be welcomed “that the country has recognized the first inconsistencies in the regulation and corrected them directly”.
Ministry of Health admits mistakes
The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Health has now admitted errors in the processes surrounding the publication of the new Corona rules. “Yes, that did not go optimally,” said a spokesman for the German press agency on Monday. It was very difficult to vote on a legally secure ordinance within 24 hours after the federal-state talks and the resolutions there on Thursday, the spokesman continued.
Kretschmann defends the approach
Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) had already defended the currently applicable Corona measures in the SWR on Saturday. The fact that, among other things, people with booster vaccinations do not need a test certificate is “far less hard than a general lockdown,” said Kretschmann.