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Germany: lockdown may be extended until April 18, possible restrictions on movement

Germany: The draft resolution, prepared for Monday’s federal government summit with the prime ministers of the federal states, shows that Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to extend the lockdown until April 18 and introduce restrictions on leaving homes in regions with a 7-day incidence of Covid-19 above 100 per 100 thousand. residents.

This currently applies to 180 out of 401 counties and cities. Germany had already made the decision to extend the lockdown before to the 28th of March and this decisions also did not meet the fancy of many in Germany. We wrote about it HERE.

According to the motion for a resolution for Monday’s summit, the current lockdown restrictions are to be extended until April 18 in Germany. In addition, it is recommended to consistently contract the so-called emergency brake. This means that with the incidence of 100 new infections per 100,000 residents within 7 days, the easing adopted at the government conference on March 7 are suspended, for example – in retail.

“Probably the most explosive point has yet to be agreed: the federal government is forecasting + exit restriction from XX to 5 am “,” unless there are good reasons to the contrary. ” Apparently, the starting point of this curfew is still being discussed, ”reported the Welt daily on Sunday night .

In addition, schools and kindergartens are to be closed “unless there is a guarantee that a two-time coronavirus test a week for teachers as well as all students (…) cannot be guaranteed.” From a 7-day maturity from the value of 200, the Law Firm is planning mandatory closure of branches.

Federal and state governments want to continue to urge citizens to refrain from traveling within the country and abroad that is not absolutely necessary – even during Easter. Tightening the quarantine rules is under consideration. For example, you can imagine a quarantine for all trips abroad – regardless of the coronavirus situation in the destination country.

“As it is to be expected, especially in popular holiday destinations, that holidaymakers from many countries will meet and that Covid-19 variants can easily spread, federal government quarantine ordinances must be revised immediately and, regardless of the number of local cases of sickness, will be implemented in relevant state regulations by the end of March ”- it was written in the draft.

The so-called a hard lockdown was introduced in Germany in mid-December. On March 7, it was decided to partially loosen restrictions, including in trade.

On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with the prime ministers of the federal states to decide on the introduction of further restrictions amid the rising number of coronavirus infections in Germany.

From Berlin Berenika Lemańczyk (PAP),