German is battling to get a second coronavirus wave under control. German Officials hope that stricter rules will bring infection rates and the death toll down.
A stricter coronavirus lockdown restrictionscame into force across all of Germany’s 16 federal states on Monday. Ten states, including the most populous, North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden Württemberg, introduced the new rules as of Monday.
A number of restrictions were introduced on December 16 in a bid to curb a second COVID-19 infection wave. These were originally slated to remain in place until at least January 10 but have had only a moderate impact on caseloads. Some of the measures that were already in place have been extended, while other restrictions have been tightened.
Health Minister Jens Spahn appealed to the public to stay the course.
Following are the restrictions remain in place.
All shops and services deemed nonessential are closed.
Day care centers are closed, but parents can take paid holidays in order to look after their children.
Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home if possible.
People are not allowed to drink alcohol in public.
Religious events in churches, synagogues and mosques may take place if they follow hygiene rules. Communal singing is banned.
Schools are largely closed and students are taught through distance learning