In order to fight the increase in pollution, non-essential enterprise entrances in certain states need to be tested for negative antigens on the same day. Attendance dropped.
Like a good grandfather, Otfried Mickler loves to spoil his grandchildren. Therefore, this April morning, he will be tested before accepting the gift. This is because in Berlin: To enter the store, a negative antigen test must be performed on the same day.only “Basic Store” -Supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, gas stations, garages and bookstores-do not have to do this.
We met Otfried Mickler in the popular Neukölln district in front of the pharmacy where he had just passed the free test. Although the cold wind makes the twenty-minute waiting time on the sidewalk somewhat long, people in their eighties still agree with this rule. “If this is a condition for the store to reopen, that’s a good thing. Personally, I prefer to traverse it instead of buying on Amazon.”, He explained. However, it agreed: “For retirees who have time like me, this is not a big limitation. But for people who work, I admit it is much more complicated.”
On Alexanderplatz, there are five subway stations, and fifteen people line up in front of Saturn, a large electronics store. One of them was Winfried Köller, an English teacher, who came to pick up his computer when he came to repair the computer. To this end, he learned that he can enter the store without entering a negative test, which is the case if he comes to buy a new device.He admits “From a health point of view, I haven’t fully understood where the logic is.”. frankly speaking: “Through such a measure, you really have to ask it to go to the store. Before, I had bought goods online on a regular basis. However, in this case, it would inevitably encourage me to do so more frequently.”
Implement tests at the entrance of companies instead of shutting them down: This is the choice of some states (including Berlin), facing the rapid increase in pollution in recent weeks. However, this was not planned for the meeting between Angela Merkel and the heads of states on March 3.
Indeed, it has been noticed that day that if the incidence rate exceeds 100 new cases per 100,000 residents, the store should be closed. In Berlin, this threshold was broken on March 22. However, in order to prevent traders from lowering prices again between mid-December and early March after the closure of two and a half months, the local authorities chose a strategy called “test and meet” that took effect from March 31. .