The judge said the school closures and curfews imposed during the spring wave of 2021 were “proportional”.
BERLIN-The German Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the coronavirus restrictions imposed in the spring of 2021 were constitutional and proportional due to the “extreme risk situation of the pandemic” at the time.
The Constitutional Court of Karlsruhe judges stated that the so-called Federal Emergency Brake, which was passed in April, is consistent with the German Constitution. This means that school closures and night curfews will not be excessive due to another wave of coronavirus outbreaks that have hit Europe.
Other complaints about emergency braking, including restrictions on entertainment, cultural facilities, retail, sport, and restaurants were rejected by the court. Over 300 complaints were filed against the law to the court, including one by the Bundestag Liberal Democratic Party legislators, which will now be part of Germany’s new ruling coalition.
Tuesday’s decision comes as Germany is again struggling to deal with the powerful wave of coronavirus. Overnight, the health authorities reported another 45.753 new cases of COVID-19-related deaths and 388 more.
Although many of the country’s top epidemiologists have warned for weeks that more restrictions should be imposed, the decision also has political implications. Olaf Scholz. The incoming coalition has divided views on the best measures.
Earlier this month, the new parliamentary majority composed of Scholz’s center-left Social Democratic Party, the Green Party, and the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party passed a revised infection law that deprived the federal government of some of the broader emergency powers and Aroused fierce criticism from the federal government. The future conservative opposition.
Merkel, Schultz, and 16 German state chancellors will meet Tuesday afternoon in order to break the deadlock and reach an agreement on a federally coordinated strategy to combat pandemics.