Hard lockdown in Germany might start on Wednesday

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Due to the persistently high CoV figures, a hard lockdown is to apply in Germany from Wednesday at the latest, according to a report. The heads of the state and senate chancelleries of the federal states had agreed on this with the Chancellor’s Office this evening, the business magazine “Business Insider” reported. The Chancellor’s Office would prefer to put the lockdown into effect on Tuesday.

The state premiers want to discuss the tightening measures with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) tomorrow morning. The meeting had been called at short notice because the previous less stringent measures had not brought the hoped-for turnaround in infection figures.

According to the Business Insider report, private meetings will be limited to two households and a maximum of five people in the future. Children under the age of 14 would be exempt from the regulation. Over the Christmas holidays, the limit would be increased to a maximum of ten people, although countries could deviate and set tighter limits. More than two households would then also be allowed, but only if they were direct relatives, the report added.

There is agreement in principle that there should be no face-to-face teaching until January 10, Business Insider reported. The concrete implementation would depend on individual regulations of the states. A decision on whether kindergartens will also have to close has not yet been made, the report said. According to the report, the states are in favor of keeping them open, while the chancellor’s office is in favor of closing them.

hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies, picture: pixabay.com

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