Corona News

Prolongation of restrictions on inter-personal contact

Chancellor Merkel and the heads of the 16 German states have agreed on the strategy to contain Coronavirus going forward. The key idea behind the adjusted rules and regulations is to avoid jeopardizing the successes of recent weeks.

The restrictions on personal movement in place since mid-March have been prolonged in principle until 3 May 2020.

· Schools will gradually re-open from 4 May onwards; initially final-year students will return to school as well as other grades taking qualifying exams, as well as the last year of primary school.

· Exams and preparations for exams for final year students in the current school year will be able to take place again.

· The Standing Conference of State Cultural Ministers has been instructed by 29 April to table a concept for the next steps for enabling lessons as a whole to resume.

· Emergency childcare will continue to be provided and will be extended to include further professions and groups of the needy.

· Stores with a footprint of up to 800 sqm and, irrespective of outlet size, car dealerships, cycle stores, and bookstores can open again. They must comply with the conditions for hygiene and controlled access, and avoid queues arising outside.

· Hairdressers should prepare to re-open from 4 May onwards, whereby the same conditions as those above shall apply and personal protective clothing must be worn.

· Gatherings in churches, mosques, and synagogues remain banned for time being as do gatherings for religious celebrations and events.

· Citizens continue to be asked to refrain from private travel and visits.

· Large events remain prohibited until at least 31 August 2020.

Chancellor Merkel and the heads of the 16 German states will re-evaluate conditions in due time before 4 May and resolve further measures as necessary.

16APR2020 Source: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/aktuelles/fahrplan-corona-pandemie-1744202

English translation: © gainestranslations.de

 

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