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Corona measures: Children's aid organization calls for reopening of playgrounds


The German Children's Fund is demanding that playgrounds in Germany be gradually reopened. It is conceivable to start with large, spacious plants, it said in a message. This should be done in close coordination with the Robert Koch Institute, especially when it comes to the risk of possible infections on the surfaces of play equipment, it said.

If it is still not possible to open it for reasons of infection protection, alternatives would have to be offered, for example special usage times for crowded parking facilities for families with children. "The situation has become very tense, especially for families in cramped living conditions with no escape possibilities in their own garden or on other playgrounds, as well as in densely densely populated inner-city quarters without sufficient free space in the living environment," said Holger Hofmann, Federal Director of the Children's Fund, the President of the German Child Protection Association, Heinz Hilgers also advised in the "Passauer Neue Presse" to "gradually open daycare centers again". Currently between one and two percent of the children are present in the emergency groups, this number should now be increased.

Hilgers advocated that groups with five children should return. "There are various ways to choose the children, depending on the jobs of the parents or on the age or needs of the children, said the head of the child protection association. If this approach proves successful, the number could be increased to ten in four weeks. Giffey wants Gradual opening of day-care centers and schoolsFamily Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) had already discussed the careful opening of playgrounds – especially in cities – as all the children needed exercise and free play, she had argued.

Now she called on people to think about further openings of schools and day care centers. "We also have to talk about how we can achieve a gradual, gradual opening of daycare centers and schools," said the SPD politician in the RTL "early start". Long closings are not possible. "It is not the case that everything can just stay there until summer." Laschet: Paying attention to the reality of life for childrenAlso, North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) is aiming for further easing in May: the federal and state governments should meet at their next meeting On April 30, he agreed, he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. One would then still not know how the previous loosening had an effect. "I still think that you have to think about a few more measures," said Laschet.

The Prime Minister named sports activities for young people. "If the young people now all go to shopping malls or meet in parks instead of going to the sports field, that's not the point," he said. Further openings should also affect day care centers, playgrounds and schools. Laschet criticized the fact that the reality of life for many children has been lost sight of through corona policy, and there is hardly anything in the debate about easing anti-corona measures that is as controversial as childcare. One argument for reopening is that children are less likely to have severe Covid-19 history than adults. However, they can also be completely symptom-free and infect risk people at home without being recognized.Merkel and Altmaier for prudence As of Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) urged that the rules for containing the corona pandemic be further complied with. At a CDU presidium conference, she had spoken critically of "opening discussion orgies" in some countries. The first easing came into effect at the beginning of the week. Shops with an area of ​​up to 800 square meters have since been allowed to reopen in many federal states, and Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier also urged caution. "We have to be careful when we want to harmonize business openings and health protection. The success of these openings depends on the further steps in which further easing decisions are possible," said the CDU politician to the "Passauer Neue Presse". This had to be coordinated by the prime ministers. A patchwork should be avoided. FDP boss Christian Lindner asked the federal and state governments to check the effectiveness of the protective measures more frequently. He told the newspapers of the Funke media group: "We always have to check whether they can be replaced by milder agents. We also have to do this quickly – on a weekly rather than a two-week basis."
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