Germany
Corona and Democracy - Germany

On this page, we are collecting information on the effects of the measures taken to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus on democracy in Germany.

 

Information on COVID-19 measures and democracy

Type of measures Measures & sources
Limitations to freedom of movement
  • to reduce contacts to other people to the absolute minimum
  • to keep distance to other people (minimum 1,5m)
  • to meet in the public with maximum 2 people or the members of your household, no groups of celebrating people in the public allowed
  • to leave your house or apartement only for work, shopping, medical reasons or sports in the fresh air
  • restaurants and pubs have to be closed (except take aways), personal services (like hairdressers or massage) have to be closed.
  • These rules have to be followed until 19th of April.

   20 April:

  • The government announced the easing of restrictions, opening of businesses and schools. Social distancing measures will remain in place until 3 May. Large events are banned until 31 August.

   12 May:

  • the Interior Minister announced that some inner-European borders would be open from 15 June. Easing of controls from 15 May.
Limitations to electoral rights
  • It is reported that some elections or referenda on regional or municipal level are postponed due to the fact that it is not possible to campaign.
  • It is reported that some parliaments on municipal level have stopped to meet due to not being able to keep the distance rule.
 
Limitation to civil rights

 

 

Risks to data security
  • Germany's government is debating how much privacy should and can be protected amid a pandemic. No decisions have been made yet.
Limitations to freedom of information  
 
Emergency powers for government
  • The German government is using powers imparted under the existing "Infection Protection Law" of 2001.
  • This can be declared and ended by parliament. It gives the government almost complete freedom to do anything they think is necessary to overcome the catastrophe.
Corona laws - full text
Various
  • The German Bundestag has approved an aid package for the economy. In order to fund the emergency measures, the government is planning to take on new debt for the first time since 2013.
  • The German military is preparing for a long-term operation inside the country to combat the spread of the coronavirus
Last updated on 20.05.2020

 

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