Germany enters general lockdown during Easter (April 1-5)
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Germany extended the restriction period by another three weeks, with a general lockdown during the Easter period. After talks with regional leaders, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the current measures would remain in place until April 18.
Between April 1-5, during Easter, the measures will be even more severe. Most stores will be closed and gatherings will be limited. Merkel said Germany was in a very serious situation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new measures approved during Easter
In addition to the current measures, which will be in force until April 18, Germany will apply a set of severe measures during Easter. For 5 days, the Germans are asked to stay at home and reduce contacts with relatives and close ones. At the same time, travel for tourist purposes will be restricted.
During this period, religious services will be canceled. Large family gatherings will be banned. Meetings with a maximum of two households or up to 5 people will be allowed. Children over the age of 14 are not taken into account. All stores will be closed except the grocery store on Saturday, April 3rd. Meetings in public spaces are generally prohibited, and open-air restaurants will be closed for five days.
OP masks or masks with KN95 or FFP2 standards must be worn for shopping and public transport. Employers should allow employees to work from home whenever possible. Private travel and unnecessary visits should be avoided.