The new restrictions in Germany will enter into force on November 2. Here’s what’s changing!
The federal government wants to contain the growing number of coronavirus infections in Germany by introducing drastic restrictions. The new restrictions are to come into force on Monday, November 2 , and not on Wednesday, November 4, as previously said. The restrictions will be in force until the end of November. On November 11, during Angela Merkel’s next meeting with the presidents of the federal states. “Bild” was the first to announce a change in the date of introducing further restrictions in Germany.
Here’s what’s changing from November 2?
The federal government and the Länder have agreed to declare a “health emergency” for Germany in order to contain the corona crisis.
Help for entrepreneurs: The German government has promised to help companies forced to temporarily close – reports “Bild”. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz suggested that smaller companies should be compensated up to 75% of their turnover compared to the same period last year, and larger ones up to 70%. According to Scholz, this is a total cost of between 7 and 10 billion.
Contact restrictions: As of November 2, only members of two households are allowed to stay together in public places, but the number of people during such meetings must not exceed 10 people.
Moreover, it is advisable to refrain from “unnecessary” private travel. This also applies to visits by relatives. Hotels and boarding houses can no longer receive tourists. The offer of hotels and guesthouses will only apply to business trips.
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Schools and kindergartens: Schools and kindergartens remain open. Similarly, social and youth welfare institutions.
Gastronomy: It has been agreed to close the eating places (restaurants, bars, pubs) by the end of November. Take-away and home deliveries will be excluded from the restriction. Canteens will remain open.
Retail: Shops and wholesalers will remain open. Shops will not be able to accommodate more than one person in 10, and not 25 square meters of space as originally wanted.
Remote work: In light of the high number of coronavirus infections, the federal government and federal presidents are calling on companies to allow their employees to work from home – wherever it can be implemented.
Sports: Sports facilities such as swimming pools, fitness and leisure clubs remain closed. Individual sports, such as running alone or in pairs, are allowed. Bundesliga matches are allowed without spectators in the stands.
Culture and entertainment: Theaters, cinemas, theme parks, operas, concert halls, arcades and betting shops close.
Cosmetic factories, massage parlors and tattoo studios are also closed . Hairdressing salons and physiotherapy offices remain open.
Church services: Despite the increasing number of coronavirus infections in Germany, it was not decided to ban church services.
We will keep you updated on further arrangements!