Partial lockdown in Germany: tourist travel is prohibited.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced new tough measures. They will take effect on Monday, November 2, and are intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. But will the German people still resist a new national blockade?

New restrictions for November in Germany

  • Restaurants and bars will be closed, except for those delivered at home;
  • Major events will be canceled;
  • Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged; 
  • Hotel accommodation for tourist purposes is prohibited;
  • Working from home is recommended, obviously for all those who can perform homework tasks. Employers should facilitate a transition to working from home;
  • Public meetings will be limited to 5 people or up to 10 people in total if they come from up to two households;
  • Theaters and cinemas will be closed;
  • Public recreation centers such as swimming pools, gyms and saunas will be closed;
  • Sports events will be without spectators.

What is allowed in Germany during the lockdown

  • Schools and kindergartens will remain open;
  • Patients in nursing homes will be able to receive visitors;
  • The stores will remain open, but with only one customer allowed per 10 square meters;
  • The borders remain open.

Merkel said the number of people in intensive care has doubled in the past 10 days and that in many areas epidemiological investigation is no longer possible. In 75% of cases, the source of the infection is unknown.

Merkel has promised that companies affected by the new restrictions will receive financial support. Companies with up to 50 employees and the self-employed will receive 75% of their revenue in the form of government support.

According to media reports, a total of 10 billion euros ($ 11,8 billion) has been allocated to support SMEs in Germany. Larger companies will rely on EU rules for assistance and financial support will vary from company to company.

Are the Germans ready for a new general blockade?

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