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The quiet endurance of the corona rules : Many younger people and parents are tired of lockdown

It seems paradoxical: A large number of citizens simply don't feel like the seemingly ever-new Corona rules anymore - and yet most people do not find it so difficult to adhere to the contact restrictions. But that is exactly the result of an exclusive Civey survey for the Tagesspiegel.

Accordingly, it is currently no more difficult for 56.6 percent of Germans to adhere to the contact restrictions than at the beginning of the corona pandemic. For 36.5 percent, however, this is very much the case, and 6.9 percent are undecided.

But: Although most of the participants in the survey do not find it more difficult to adhere to the contact restrictions, a majority now feels that they are more emotionally depressing than in the spring. Here the ratio is exactly the opposite: 56.5 percent are depressed, 36.1 percent are not. One possible interpretation: So the Germans mostly abide by the rules - but suffer in silence.

The Chancellor and Duchess seem to have this feeling at least in the back of their minds. From the panel of experts on Monday evening, which got in the mood for the Corona summit on Tuesday, one could hear: “Everything meets a certain pandemic fatigue”. Kai Nagel, traffic planner from the TU Berlin, who was invited to join the group as an expert on Monday evening, says, referring to the mood in the population: "Something has changed."

This is especially true for families. If minors live in the household, 43.7 percent of survey participants find it more difficult to actually adhere to the contact restrictions than at the beginning of the pandemic. Without children, this is only a problem for 32.3 percent.

Although families find it more difficult to adhere to the rules, they are not significantly less happy: If minors live in the household, 57.7 percent perceive the current restrictions as more oppressive - without children in the household it is 55.3 percent.

There is currently a general contact restriction on one household plus one person. Shops, restaurants, cultural and sports facilities remain closed. Compulsory attendance is usually suspended at schools, and day-care centers are often closed.

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The so-called "Corona leash" with a restriction of the range of motion to 15 kilometers from the city limits in regions with over 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days seems to impress the population rather less according to the survey - although it was politically highly controversial. In addition, it seems to have an effect in rural regions with diffuse outbreaks, as data from the interactive corona map of the Tagesspiegel show.

In addition to families, it is also more difficult for younger people to keep the contact rules. Among the 18 to 29 year olds, half of the survey participants found it more difficult to adhere to the contact restrictions than at the beginning of the pandemic. This value decreases steadily across the age groups, with the over-65-year-olds it is then only 30.4 percent. The younger ones not only find it harder, they also feel more emotionally depressed. For 18 to 29 year olds it is almost 65 percent, for those over 65 it is only 50.7 percent.

But the younger ones only make up a small proportion of the total population. And so a clear majority of Germans support an extension of the corona lockdown beyond January 31. In a survey by the YouGov opinion research institute on behalf of the German Press Agency, 40 percent are in favor of tightening the existing measures to contain the pandemic, and a further 21 percent are in favor of maintaining the previous restrictions.

With the extension of the lockdown to February 15, which is also accompanied by a tightening, the federal and state governments know a majority of the people behind them. Only 13 percent advocate an end to the lockdown, 17 percent for an easing.

The fact that many people feel emotionally depressed at the same time is likely to increase further. Because, among other things, a regulation with a home office obligation is planned if employers cannot demonstrate that this is not possible. As a result, this means that people will meet others even less often.

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