Armin Laschet has spoken out against a ban on attendance at Christmas.

There is an agreement between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to allow the attendance at church services in compliance with strict hygiene requirements, said the North Rhine-Westphalian CDU Prime Minister on Tuesday in Düsseldorf.

His vice, Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP), had previously called on the churches to cancel all attendance services across Germany.

Catholic dioceses in North Rhine-Westphalia reject a complete waiver of attendance services.

Pastor Antonius Hamers from the Catholic Office of North Rhine-Westphalia told the dpa on Monday that he had been in contact with the Düsseldorf State Chancellery the day before and, in consultation with the five Catholic dioceses in North Rhine-Westphalia, declared that a general waiver of attendance services was out of the question for them.

Laschet has also raised hopes that the corona pandemic will end in the coming year.

"There is reason to hope that we could leave the pandemic behind us next year." The vaccine now approved by the companies Biontech / Pfizer is a "glimmer of hope".

On December 26th, the vaccine from Belgium will be distributed centrally to the EU and also to North Rhine-Westphalia.

All 53 vaccination centers are ready, the supply chains are in place.

There are also 14,000 volunteers who help with the vaccinations in North Rhine-Westphalia.


In North Rhine-Westphalia, the corona numbers remain high.

According to the RKI, a total of 357,298 corona infections have been detected so far.

From Monday to Tuesday 4579 were added.

5,425 people died in NRW from or with the virus.