BERLIN – Liberal FDP calls COVID-19 restrictions into question

Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) want a review of all of Germany’s lockdown measures to determine whether they are proportional. This comes after an administrative court struck down the lockdown measures in Gütersloh on Monday (6 July).

The review could include the requirements to wear a mask in shops and public transit, which was recently called into question in the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania.

“The ruling makes it clear once again that all restrictions of basic rights must be proportionate and comprehensible,” deputy faction leader Michael Theurer stated.

“Where there is no acute infection at all regionally over a longer period of time, even the very minor intervention of mask requirements is no longer proportionate,” he added.

Other leaders, such as Bavaria’s Markus Söder (CSU) and Hamburg’s First Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD), intend to maintain the mask requirements in their states.

“Since corona continues to grow everywhere in the world, we are sticking to compulsory masks, increasing testing capacities and closely monitoring local infections. We really must remain vigilant,” Söder wrote in a tweet published on Tuesday (7 July).

(Sarah Lawton |

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