Saxony: Government hesitates with decision to open schools

Dresden – The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.

It remains to be seen whether daycare centers and schools in Saxony will actually reopen (restrictedly) in twelve days, as promised in mid-January. Although they are considering easing as reported by BILD, the cabinet did not make a final decision on Tuesday either.

Possible simplifications for retailers, such as “Click & Collect” (order and pick up) or the opening of hairdressers, remain vague.

“We are not yet finished discussing whether it will really be possible on the 15th,” said Vice-MP Wolfram Günther (46, Greens) Tuesday in Dresden.

Health Minister Petra Köpping (62, SPD) spoke of an “incidence below 100 with a safe perspective downwards” as a condition for easing such as “Click & Collect”, schools and daycare centers or the lifting of the curfew (incidence Tuesday: 120).

For the period “from mid-February”, Köpping announced that he would “think about future planning”. This then includes “which areas will have which perspective under which conditions”, says Köpping.

In all decisions, however, developments in neighboring countries, those at the federal level and the advice of experts also played a role.


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