After a sad and in many places very quiet New Year’s turn into the year 2021, Germany will probably not be spared similar things for the upcoming New Year’s and New Year’s days. Veterinarian and head of the highest German epidemic authority Lothar Wieler will “not attend a New Year’s Eve party”, as he announced on Friday – making plans for the great liberation for 2022 de facto obsolete. The reason, as is so often the case: the “high incidences”.
A comment by Max Bergmann
Also the police unions DPolG and GdP demanded a Extensive firecrackers ban for all of Germany and thus the continuation of the actual New Year’s Eve ban from last year. The reason given is the so-called pandemic, which is why there are security concerns. The chairman of the German Police Union DPolG, Rainer Wendt, told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ): “We call on the municipalities to issue so-called firecrackers bans as restrictively as possible and to have enough security forces available for surveillance.” Wendt also added with regard to the panic numbers published daily: “In view of the increasing number of infections caused by Corona, it is currently not advisable to meet in large groups and to increase the risks.”
GdP boss: Fireworks burden intensive care units
The GdP also expressed its rejection of a regular New Year’s Eve and New Year’s night with fireworks. The deputy GdP federal chairman Jörg Radek explained in the “NOZ” that there were already nationwide firecrackers bans and referred to the security situation. “A decision that is totally understandable from the point of view of security and, from our point of view, worth emulating,” said Radek. In Amsterdam, citizens are again not allowed to greet the New Year with firecrackers and rockets, as has always been a tradition. As early as the beginning of October, a complete ban on firecrackers was decided in the neighboring country and justified this with the numerous injuries from blasters, rockets and fires, which would subsequently put further strain on the intensive care units.
Firing a ban is the robbery of culture, traditions and identity
Radek appeased in the “NOZ”: “Nobody wants to take away the joy of celebrating New Year’s Eve.” However, the GdP preferred a “controlled setting down of fireworks in central locations,” he said. “It doesn’t always have to bang. A laser show with background music is also a conceivable alternative. ” In Cologne it was recommended to the population last yearto simply turn the light on and off at home for 5 minutes at midnight – and called it the “largest light firework in the world”. Also a possibility of fooling around. With this incomprehensible attitude, the GdP is destroying a long-standing tradition. In Germany, people traditionally wish for a “Happy New Year” on New Year’s Eve and greet the following year in the company of family and friends, usually eating, drinking and celebrating well. At midnight, fireworks and bells have become indispensable. In the pre-Christian animistic beliefs, the fireworks were supposed to drive away “bad spirits” in the past, but today they also express anticipation for the New Year. New Year’s Eve as we know it is part of our culture and identity, which is being stolen from us more and more in the course of the ongoing Corona coercive measures.
The ban on the sale of pyrotechnics led to massive imbalances in the industry
At the turn of the year 2020/2021, it had a spontaneously issued due to the pandemic compulsory measures Germany-wide ban on the sale of fireworks given. This led to a significant drop in sales in the industry, Especially since the sales bans for pyrotechnics were decided at extremely short notice and only on December 13, 2020 and, after an unsuccessful lawsuit, was confirmed by the Berlin Higher Administrative Court on December 28. “The treatment of the injured would therefore additionally affect the hospital staff, who are currently in a special way anyway, and potentially impair the treatment of the numerous COVID-19 patients”, argued the court in its reasoning.
Sparklers were also banned in Berlin – they could put a strain on intensive care units
Fireworks in public and busy places were strictly forbidden, and all public fireworks were forbidden. The aim of the New Year’s Eve ban was to prevent people from gathering due to the high number of infections. A reason that will be given again this year and a development that was foreseeable. Even then it was well known that there was little or no risk of infection in the fresh air. Fireworks are usually only ignited in the fresh air and at a distance, usually not in the living room at home. The red-red-green governed Senate of Berlin was also forced to do so with a view to the intensive care units Even to forbid Berlin citizens from burning absolutely harmless sparklers.
Despite the sales ban: Successful turn of the year according to tradition thanks to the proximity to the border
So the goal was clear: the population shouldn’t even get into a celebratory mood. Last year, at least fireworks on private properties with residual fireworks that were still in store in private households were not forbidden. Especially in Close to the border with Poland Of course, smart Berliners spontaneously provided for “numerous fireworks” on private property in good time for the turn of the year. Despite the ban on firecrackers, there were considerable fireworks to see in the capital. In rural areas of Germany far from the border, however, it was mostly dreary and calm at the turn of the year.
Spontaneously introduced forced quarantine should prevent fireworks tourism
Incidentally, the SPD-ruled state of Brandenburg showed its particularly authoritarian side at the time. The fireworks shopping tours to Poland had simply been stopped by the urgent introduction of a mandatory quarantine after a stay in Poland. However, this did not apply to citizens residing in Berlin as long as the journey did not last longer than 24 hours. The paradoxical situation arose that Brandenburg residents living in the immediate vicinity of the border could no longer travel to Poland without consequences, but citizens who had come from Berlin, 80 km away, could. The Berlin Senate later also argued that fireworks shopping tours were also prohibited for Berlin citizens in accordance with current compulsory measures. Reference was made to that curfew in force at the time in Berlin, buying fireworks in Poland is not a good reason to leave your own apartment. “Leaving one’s own home or normal accommodation is only permitted for valid reasons,” said the compulsory ordinance in Berlin at the time.
Wieler already warned in 2020: New Year’s Eve party only when enough people have been vaccinated
As part of the federal press conference in Berlin, veterinarian Lothar Wieler said last Friday that he would not attend a New Year’s Eve party this year. “Everyone has to consider whether they are exposing themselves to this risk indoors,” he added. Also in December 2020, Wieler called on the population to radically reduce all contacts, keep their distance from one another and not attend New Year’s parties. This is not fun for anyone over New Year’s Eve, but it is necessary, he said today about 11 months ago at the turn of the year 2020/2021. It will also take months before so many people are vaccinated that the circulation of the virus in the population will also be reduced, said the veterinarian and RKI president at the end of 2020.
Despite Wieler’s promise: Apparently no New Year’s Eve until the whole world has been vaccinated
Currently, around 70 percent of the population in Germany have received at least one so-called vaccination, 67.5 percent are “fully vaccinated” and, according to the narrative, are “protected”. It remains unclear why New Year’s Eve should not take place in 2021 in view of the high vaccination rate and why contacts now have to be radically reduced again on Wieler’s recommendation. “Please get vaccinated. Reduce contacts ”, he announced this year at the end of the year. It can be assumed that New Year’s Eve will not return until it is fully vaccinated, if necessary by compulsion – and maybe not then. By the way, there are still 6 weeks left until the turn of the year. Enough time to think about how to escape this madness for at least one night. To a new one in 2022 – but hardly anyone believes anymore that it will get better.