At the entrance, vaccination certificates and test reports were meticulously checked on Tuesday evening, but inside the hall the pandemic emergency was, so to speak, declared over – at least for the politicians in Grasbrunn. In any case, the municipal council has decided “for the time being” to dispense with the convening of an emergency committee, which should take decisions instead of the municipal council if the infection situation makes this necessary.
The committee was set up in May of last year in response to the corona pandemic and was included in the municipal council’s rules of procedure so that the entire committee does not have to meet for infection protection reasons. Alone: The committee has not met once since then. The reason: Until recently, the seven-day incidence in the Munich district had never exceeded the mark of 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. This, however, was set by the municipal council as the limit from which the emergency committee should meet instead of the municipal council.
The city hall justified the fact that the abolition of the committee was on the agenda on Tuesday, although the incidence has skipped 400 for two weeks, with the time of the summons. However, even when the invitations were sent to the municipal councils, the incidence value had been well over 200 for a long time. But despite a value of 416.7 on Tuesday, the municipal leadership and councilors stuck to the plan and decided to change the passage, according to which, if the limit value was exceeded, the Emergency Committee replaces the municipal council, to be deleted from the rules of procedure.
Instead, the meetings of the municipal council and its committees should take place in the large hall of the Neukeferloh community center, regardless of the number of infections, “in compliance with all hygiene regulations and the minimum distances.” The municipal councils met there on Tuesday evening – under stricter 3-G rules. The vaccination status was checked by all municipal councils, town hall employees and bystanders. Those who had not been vaccinated or recovered had to present a PCR test result that was not more than 48 hours old. That was true on Tuesday at least for one council member.
In addition, everyone had to have done a quick test. Those who could not produce an official test certificate had to be tested on the spot. This delayed the start of the meeting by ten minutes. The next day, Mayor Klaus Korneder (SPD) assured him that he would always implement “the strictest” “within the framework of the house rules” that he was entitled to. He even thinks a tightening of the access rules to 2 G plus is conceivable until the next meeting – then unvaccinated people will no longer be allowed to enter the room. With these strict rules, Korneder justifies the fact that the emergency committee has been abolished. In addition, the incidence to which this was linked no longer plays a role in the assessment of the corona situation.
The news that at the general assembly of the Munich city council just recently several participants were obviously infected despite strict hygiene measures, did not scare anyone in Grasbrunn on Tuesday. Attention was paid to a distance of two meters between local councils and spectators, said Korneder, and air purification devices were also running. In contrast to the Munich city council, the Grasbrunn municipal councils were allowed to take off their masks at the seat.
Incidentally, the emergency committee has not been completely abolished; it is replaced by the regular main committee of the municipal council. According to the revised rules of procedure of the municipal council, this will meet in the future if the council should not be able to meet as a plenary “for objective and compelling reasons” in special crisis, exceptional or emergency situations. “So the possibility remains,” says Korneder, “it is just no longer linked to the pandemic.”