Germany Announces One Month COVID-19 Lockdown

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany’s state premiers on Wednesday announced a new partial lockdown to begin on Monday, November 2.

The decision taken is to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The so-called nationwide “lockdown light” is a less intense version of the measures that brought German society and economic activity to a standstill in the spring.

Below are the New Restrictions:

  • Restaurants and bars will close, except for take-away
  • Large events will be canceled again
  • Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged
  • Overnight stays in hotels for tourist purposes is banned
  • All those who can work from home should do so and employers should ease a transition into working from home
  • Meetings in public will be restricted to just two households of up to 10 people total.
  • Entertainment facilities such as theaters and cinemas will be closed
  • Public recreation centers such as swimming pools, gyms and saunas will be closed
  • No crowds at sports events

What is allowed during the partial one month lockdown:

  • Schools and kindergartens will remain open
  • Church services and protests will be allowed to continue due constitutional concerns
  • Nursing home residents will be allowed to receive visitors.
  • Shops will remain open, with one customer allowed per 10 square meters (108 square feet).
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