Berlin -versusThe number of infections is on the rise, and German officials announced new restrictions on Wednesday and a partial lockdown was imposed in November to try to bring the spread of COVID-19 under control. Starting Monday, bars, cinemas and clubs will be closed, restaurants will be restricted from providing food delivery and takeaway services, and only allow people to meet other family members in groups of no more than 10 people.
The goal is to allow family and friends to meet again during Christmas without too many restrictions. But to do this, the federal and state governments believe that everyone must limit their activities and social interactions.
German ChancellorUrge people to stay at home. She said at the press conference that people should “avoid unnecessary travel and visits, or even visit relatives.”
In neighboring France, President Macron announced that the nationwide blockade will begin at midnight on Thursday and last until December 1 at the earliest. Bars and restaurants will be closed and public gatherings will be prohibited.
Germany’s new regulations are the country that broke the record for the number of new cases per day following the surge in coronavirus infections in October. The country reported a record high of more than 22,000 cases on Friday. The second highest case with more than 13,000 cases was reported on Tuesday.
The rules announced on Wednesday are similar to the lock-in restrictions in the spring, and they will remain until the end of the month.
Schools and nurseries will remain open. Church services are also not affected by the new measures. As long as the health regulations are followed, the church services can continue.
Retail stores will remain open, but there are restrictions on how many customers can be accommodated at a time. Hairdressers will remain open, but beauty salons and tattoo shops will be closed because they cannot maintain social distancing.
In addition to cinemas, other entertainment venues will also be closed, including amusement parks, concert halls, operas and theaters. The gym and swimming pool will also be closed, and professional sports will only be allowed when there are no spectators.
Merkel said the hotel can only be used for “absolutely necessary” and non-tourist purposes.
The Prime Minister said that these restrictions will bring the spread of the virus under control. The outbreak has reached a point where the source of infection cannot be traced back to 75%.
Germany hasCompared with other European countries, officials now worry that if the number of infections continues to increase, the medical system will collapse.
Elaine Cobbe contributed to this report.