As of Friday, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has abolished the rule that residents who return to NRW from European countries must stay at home for two weeks to see whether or not they have ‘brought along’ the coronavirus.
The state government has notified the expiry of this requirement for residents returning from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, the Rheinische Post reported.
The abolition is following the recommendations of the German government and would be followed up by other federal states. NRW is at the forefront of abolition.
NRW’s Prime Minister, Armin Laschet, has said it after consulting colleagues in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, among others.
According to Laschet, the three prime ministers agree that rebuilding the economy in Europe can only be done jointly and that borders must be opened again. Laschet is a great advocate of open borders and has resisted all kinds of restrictions.
He is proud that, among other things, he did not close the border with the Netherlands and Belgium during this corona crisis.