A German district court found the lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia to be unconstitutional, calling it “the most comprehensive and far-reaching restrictions on fundamental rights in the history of the Federal Republic”.
Never before in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany have economic losses of this magnitude been caused by a government decision. As far as the assessment of the damage to the private sector and private households is concerned, it must be taken into account that the losses have been or will be compensated in part by state benefits. The government benefits thus reduce the economic damage suffered by private economic agents. However, they do not reduce the overall economic damage, because they burden public budgets and thus ultimately the taxpayers. These costs must not be allowed to fall by the wayside when calculating the disadvantages of the lockdown, the judge wrote.