Germany: Germans are to face strict lockdown measures from the 18th of April. The decision was made by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of state on Tuesday. The country is also set to go into an even stricter lockdown from April 1st to April 5th, which is over the Easter holiday period when shops, including grocery stores will have to close.
Merkel warned that Germany needed to “break the exponential growth of the third wave.” Case numbers have reached levels that authorities say will overburden intensive care units.
In Germany, a lot of Germans are not happy with the strict lockdown measures as they are tired of being home. The declaration comes as a reversal from earlier in the month when the state leaders agreed to begin a cautions reopening process which began with retail stores and hairdressers, we wrote about it HERE.
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What are the new strict lockdown measures?
As well as prolonging existing measures such as the closure of cultural, leisure and sporting facilities, tougher restrictions will apply over the Easter period:
- Churches will be asked to hold services marking the Christian festival online.
- No more than five adults from two households will be able to meet over the five-day period.
- Testing and vaccination centers can remain open.
- Public gatherings will be prohibited.
- Almost all shops will be shut during the five days. Only grocery stores may open on Saturday, April 3.
- Anyone from Germany holidaying abroad will have to be tested before boarding a flight back to Germany.