"Law does not find a majority": FDP MPs rehearse Corona uprising

Last week, agreement was reached on a corona plan for the fall - between SPD man Lauterbach and FDP minister Buschmann.

"Law does not find a majority": FDP MPs rehearse Corona uprising

Last week, agreement was reached on a corona plan for the fall - between SPD man Lauterbach and FDP minister Buschmann. But the latter has probably reckoned without several of his party friends. Led by Bundestag Vice Kubicki, they campaign against the planned law.

The federal government's corona protection concept for autumn and winter has met with resistance from some FDP MPs in the Bundestag. Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki told the "Welt" that the proposal by Justice Minister and party colleague Marco Buschmann and Health Minister Karl Lauterbach still needed some revisions. “It is not clear to me why, for example, a mask requirement can be imposed outdoors.”

MP Frank Schäffler also called for “urgent” improvements to the draft of the Infection Protection Act. He considers the possibility of a nationwide hotspot regulation to be a step backwards. And the possibility of compulsory masks in schools is also a nuisance. Schäffler said he would make his approval dependent on changes. His colleague Christoph Hoffmann made a similar statement: “I am sure that the Infection Protection Act will not find a majority in its current form.”

In contrast, parliamentary group leader Christian Dürr told the “Welt” that the measures were a good compromise. The FDP has achieved that there will be no more far-reaching fundamental rights interventions such as lockdowns, curfews, school closures or contact restrictions. Parliament Secretary Stephan Thomae said the measures were both effective and reasonable.

Buschmann and Lauterbach presented the concept on Wednesday. Your draft provides that the federal states may again impose mask requirements from October. A mask requirement in buses, trains and planes should therefore continue to apply nationwide, as well as a mask and test requirement in hospitals and care facilities. The federal states should decide for themselves whether they also require masks in publicly accessible indoor areas.

There is a lot of criticism of the plan to exempt people from wearing masks in restaurants or at cultural and sporting events if their vaccination is not older than three months. In addition, there should be exceptions for tested and newly recovered people.

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