Coronavirus lockdown measures that had been effective in Germany since were extended until 3 May 2020.
The decision was made on Wednesday following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the premiers of the federal states.
The leaders resolved that it was for the good of public health to maintain the contact restrictions until early May.
The following are the coronavirus lockdown measures in place
Public gatherings of more than two people are banned, except for families and those who live together.
Schools in Germany will reopen gradually from 4 May. Priority will be given to graduating students and students of grades deemed relevant for school qualifications, including the final year of primary school. This year’s graduating students are to be able to prepare for and take their school leaving exams.
The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany will have to present by 29 April a concept laying out how schools as a whole can reopen.
Emergency childcare will be continued and expanded to cover additional parent occupations and sections of the population with specific needs.
Shops with a sales area up to 800 square metres may reopen. Car dealers, bicycle shops and book shops irrespective of their sales areas may also reopen. They must however comply with hygiene requirements to curb the spread of coronavirus, as well as limiting access and avoiding queues.
Hairdressers should prepare to reopen on 4 May, with similar restrictions and using personal protective equipment.
Meetings in churches, mosques and synagogues or any religious celebrations or events are still prohibited.
All people in Germany are requested not to undertake any private travel or visits.
Large-scale events cannot take place before 31 August 2020.
The Chancellor and the state premiers will hols consultations before 4 May to re-assess the situation and decide on additional measures.