Germany, all stores and football to restart within the month gradually relax restrictions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on the 6th that it would gradually ease the lockdown (city blockade), saying that the country’s goal of slowing the spread of the new coronavirus was achieved. All stores are said to be able to resume operations.

The soccer Bundesliga, whose match has been canceled, has been permitted to restart, and the school will gradually continue in the summer.

In addition to meeting and meals between two households, the elderly in nursing homes and facilities for the disabled can also meet with one specific person.

Each of the 16 states of the country will decide when economic activity will resume based on agreement with the government.

On the other hand, if the number of newly infected people increases rapidly, each state will activate “emergency braking.”

The rules regarding contact with others will continue for the next month.

Although economic activity has already resumed to a limited extent, this deregulation will be broader.
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We think we can safely declare that we have passed the first steps of this pandemic, Merkel said.

But we are still in the early stages, and we need to be fully aware that this situation will continue for a long time.

Bayer Governor Markus Zeder said Germany is doing better than many other countries. He explained that the reason for this was that he introduced an excellent strategy both nationally and regionally and that everyone continued to be patient. He added that maintaining a social distance of 1 m 50 cm and hygiene is the key to keeping infection rates low.
According to the statistics of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, about 7200 people were killed by the new coronavirus in Germany as of 7 am Japan time. This is far less than in Western European countries such as the United Kingdom (about 30,000), Italy (about 29,600), France (about 25,800), Spain (about 25,800).

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Germany, 165 people had died in the last 24 hours, and more than 940 cases were confirmed in the country in the past 24 hours, according to the Institute.

The infection rate in the country has remained consistently low for some time. Prime Minister Merkel said he was happy to see the daily number of new cases in the triple digits. He also praised the German citizens ‘responsibility to comply with lockdown measures to protect themselves and others’ lives.
What is the agreement between the government and 16 states?
The widely-read daily newspaper Bilt in Germany reported on the 6th that the government and 16 states will generally agree on the gradual mitigation of the lockdown and that economic activity will resume.

The reopening has already been approved for stores up to 800 square meters. This time, all restrictions on stores will be lifted, but the obligation to wear masks and certain social distance will continue.

Schools had been reopened for some children, but all children will gradually reopen during the summer. Children naturally want to return to their everyday lives, said Merkel.

At a meeting with Prime Minister Merkel at the top of 16 states, the governors agreed to take responsibility for the impact of the lockdown mitigation that has been in place since 17 March.

Like other countries, Germany is wary of the second wave of infection. If the number of new cases in a district exceeds 50 per 100,000 in seven days, the affected area’s authorities will decide whether to impose restrictions again.
Many of the 16 states are less affected by the new virus infection, and some are more enthusiastic about deregulation than others.

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania is expected to restart its restaurant from the 9th of this month and Southern Bavaria from the 18th.

Reopening restaurants and hotels are risky as more people move around Germany and the infection rate increases. Large-scale meetings will continue to be banned.

Bundesliga to resume
The Bundesliga, whose match was stopped in March, was also allowed to restart. The game is open to the public from May 15th. Athletes will be quarantined for two weeks in a training camp-like manner. Bundesliga will be the first major soccer league in Europe to resume activity after a pandemic.

On the other hand, there are risks. A total of 1724 people were tested for the virus in parts 1 and 2 of the Bundesliga, and it was revealed this week that ten were positive.

Not everyone is pleased with this speed of resumption. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann of Baden-Wurttemberg accused other states of prime ministers as “hurrying to resume operations.”

Meanwhile, Tourism Director Thomas Balleis hopes that Germans will be able to travel this summer.


Mr. Balais suggested that continued control of the outbreak could allow for movement to the country or neighboring countries where the number of infections is similarly declining.

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