Industry calls citizens to discipline

Despite rising corona numbers, German industry is demanding “a prudent autumn strategy” from the government. Citizens, too, should do everything possible not to jeopardize economic activity.

In view of the skyrocketing number of coronavirus infections, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) has issued an urgent warning against another general shutdown of the German economy. “A second lockdown would jeopardize the existence of numerous companies in Germany,” said BDI President Dieter Kempf to the newspapers of the Funke media group.

He called on the federal government to present “a level-headed autumn strategy” against the pandemic “with a clever mix of tailored measures by the federal and state governments”.

Priority must be given to local responsibility for the containment measures, demanded Kempf. The primary goal for the federal government and the governments of the federal states must remain “to prevent lockdowns, even if they should take place for a limited time”.

BDI President appeals to citizens to take responsibility

The industry president called it unnecessary to “quarantine large parts of the population across the board”. Instead, he called for a more differentiated test strategy and closer tracking of the chains of infection.

With comprehensive protective regulations, a complete shutdown of the industry can be avoided and the cross-border movement of goods and people in Europe can be maintained despite the increasing number of infections, emphasized the BDI boss. Another interruption of the supply chain like in spring would be “fatal for Germany as an export nation”, he said.

Kempf also appealed to citizens to take responsibility for their own lives: with disciplined behavior they could avoid endangering public life and economic activity. In this way, citizens could also ensure that their own jobs are kept, said the BDI President.


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