In the third wave of pandemics in spring, the federal government was allowed to impose exit and contact restrictions via the so-called corona emergency brake.

The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe announced on Tuesday that the measures had significantly interfered with various basic rights, but were "in the extreme danger of the pandemic" compatible with the Basic Law.

The statutory federal emergency brake, which was in effect from April 23 to the end of June 2021, provided for corona-related restrictions with an incidence of over 100 on three consecutive days.

Many citizens saw this as an inadmissible interference with their fundamental rights.

By the end of July, 8,572 people had turned to the Constitutional Court on constitutional complaints and urgent motions.

As early as the end of May, the constitutional judges rejected numerous applications to stop the federal emergency brake in an urgent decision.

Among other things, the FDP, which is to be involved in the future traffic light government, had sued.

The judges ruled that the restrictions served to protect the health of the population and thus a “legitimate purpose”.