“Angela Merkel (CDU) contacted Sven-Georg Adenauer, the district councillor of the district of Gütersloh, by telephone on Friday. ” The chancellor encouraged me and thanked me,” Adenauer said, according to the district’s press release. The citizens of the district came into the current situation through no fault of their own, The Chancellor Adenauer said by telephone.
Due to the lockdown due to the coronavirus and the associated restrictions, they made a very important contribution, so that the virus could not spread beyond the district of Gütersloh also in Germany. “The Chancellor would like to express her sincere thanks to the people and all those who are working to deal with this crisis,” the district council said.
After the Corona outbreak at the Tönnies meat farm in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, the authorities in the districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf had for the first time imposed far-reaching restrictions on public life. The measures are initially limited to 30 June. A total of around 640,000 people are affected.
Several federal states imposed a ban on accommodation for citizens of Corona hotspots such as the district of Gütersloh, unless they have a current negative Corona test. This also affects many holidaymakers with the beginning of the holiday season in NRW. There are also reports that residents of the affected counties have been abused and their cars scratched.
Federal government criticises stigma – “disgusting behaviour”
The Federal Government sharply criticized the stigmatization of people from East Westphalia because of the Corona outbreak there and called for solidarity. “The fact that people from Gütersloh and Warendorf are sometimes offended, that cars are scratched, is of course completely unacceptable and disgusting behavior,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Friday. “We have to treat each other with respect and sympathy, especially in difficult situations.”
Seibert stressed that “every region could suddenly be affected by an outbreak.” “Everyone should remember that everyone could be able to live in the neighborhood of an outbreak and then be affected,”” he said.
The government spokesman did not want to comment on the measures taken by individual federal states that no longer allow or host people from the affected counties – such decisions are a matter for the Länder. However, he said he had “advice to get tested and have the opportunity to travel with a negative test.”