US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The German authorities will extend the restrictions introduced due to the spread of coronavirus for at least another two weeks – until April 19 inclusive.
This decision was made on Wednesday following a meeting of representatives of the German government, headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the authorities of the federal states.
“A pandemic doesn’t know holidays,” Merkel said in her audio podcast. It has been using this format since it went to home quarantine. “We made it clear that the decisions made are valid during the upcoming Easter holidays,” the chancellor emphasized.
“It will be bad if we prematurely relax restrictions on social contacts, and then we will be forced to backtrack,” she said.
“I know that these are tough measures, but they save lives,” Merkel said. The head of the FRG government called on the Germans during the holidays to “refuse private trips and visit relatives” and to keep distance in relation to other people.
The measures previously taken by the authorities initially expired on April 6. In Germany, almost all social life is now reduced to zero. Museums, theaters, concert and exhibition halls, restaurants, bars, hairdressers, beauty salons, pools and gyms are closed throughout the country.
People were forbidden to gather in more than two, exceptions were made for families and people living under the same roof. Also, while on the street or in stores, keep a distance of 1.5 meters from the nearest person. Violations of restrictions are controlled by the police and administrative authorities.
At the same time, people can go for walks, play sports in the open air, be in parks and squares, subject to the above measures. Moreover, no one prohibits each individual federal state to act harsher.
For example, in Hesse you can walk the streets not two, but only alone. Bavaria and Saxony have introduced universal quarantine; restrictions there are tougher than in other regions.
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