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Bavaria tightens corona rules – No easing for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Curfew still in place

Bavaria tightens corona rules
Germany's coronavirus restrictions might restrict people from meeting in gatherings apart from on the Holidays.

The Bavarian state government once again passed stricter corona rules. General exit restrictions should apply from Wednesday in Bavaria, as Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said after a special session of the cabinet.

The house may then only be left “for valid reasons”, for example for work, visits to the doctor, school, shopping, sports, church services or visits to another household (if the contact restrictions are observed). Due to the many reasons mentioned.

In regions with a seven-day incidence of 200 or more, there should even be a night curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. – with a few exceptions such as professional activities, medical emergencies or walking.

The planned easing for New Year’s Eve will therefore be withdrawn – now only a maximum of five adults from a maximum of two households (plus associated children under 14 years of age) are allowed to meet on this day in Bavaria.

December Christmas Holidays restrictions

According to the Prime Minister, the relaxation of the contact restrictions in the Free State to ten adults from several households (plus children under 14 years of age) will only apply from December 23 to 26.

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From Wednesday, all vocational schools are to switch completely to distance teaching. In corona hotspots with a seven-day incidence from 200, this also applies to all students from the eighth grade (with the exception of the final grades), said the Prime Minister. Up to now, alternating lessons were planned in this case.

In addition, all Bavarian students from the eighth grade onward should switch between face-to-face and distance lessons from Wednesday.

Ban on mulled wine in public spaces

In the next few weeks, people in Bavaria will have to do without a mug of mulled wine while walking: According to the State Chancellery, the consumption of alcohol “in inner cities and other places in the open air” is prohibited. 

“We do not want groups to be formed,” said Söder in support of the reason. the ban therefore also applies to the usual glass of sparkling wine at the turn of the year – at least outdoors. There are also new requirements elsewhere: From Wednesday on, worshippers must always wear mouth and nose protection on their seat and are not allowed to sing.

New rules for retirement homes

According to Söder, the following rules will apply to the Bavarian old people’s homes in the future: One visitor per day is allowed per resident – namely “tested and with an FFP2 mask”. In addition, all employees are to be tested twice a week in the future – not only with rapid tests, but also with the more reliable PCR tests. If a corona outbreak does occur in a facility, non-infected residents should, if possible, be relocated to other locations, for example to rehab facilities.

The shops in Bavaria will remain open, unlike in spring. Söder announced, however, that the personal restrictions – in larger shops and shopping centers the equivalent of one customer per 20 square meters of sales area – should be controlled much more strictly.

Source: AfroNews.eu, BR News

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