Lockdown is extended to March 7th

The federal and state governments have agreed: The lockdown will be extended until March 7, the retail trade will remain closed. A new consultation is to take place on March 3rd.

The federal and state governments see much achieved in the fight against the coronavirus in significantly lower infection rates – but there is still no reason for the all-clear. Because new variants of the virus, which could be more contagious, are spreading, warn Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the prime ministers. The existing conditions should therefore be extended to March 7th.

TK retailers can therefore hope to be able to reopen their shops to the public on this date at the earliest. But even this is by no means certain: only when a “stable” incidence of at most 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is reached within seven days, further openings through the federal states should follow. And only then should the retail trade, museums and galleries as well as businesses with body-friendly services be allowed to reopen.

The federal and state governments want to further develop a “safe and fair opening strategy” for relaxation in culture, sport in groups, leisure time, gastronomy and the hotel industry.

The other resolutions at a glance:

  • contacts: In private, people in Germany should still only meet one other person outside their own household at a time. The circle of these people should be kept as small as possible. Citizens are urged to “limit all contacts to the absolute minimum and, in particular, to avoid indoor meetings”.
  • Daycare centers & schools: The opening of care and educational facilities for children and young people should have priority. “This area should therefore be the first to be reopened gradually,” with precautionary measures such as ventilation, quick tests and, where possible, high-quality masks. However, the states decide on openings. The federal and state health ministers should check whether daycare supervisors and primary school teachers are given a higher priority when vaccinating.
  • Masks: The wearing of surgical masks or masks with FFP2 or a comparable standard in shops and public transport remains mandatory.
  • To travel: Unnecessary private trips and visits should be avoided.
  • Home Office: Employers must allow employees to work from home if their activities allow it. Details are regulated by an ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Labor. The federal and state governments call on employers to apply them consistently. When several people are at work together in one room, better protective masks should be worn.
  • Hairdressers: Hairdressers are allowed to reopen from March 1st. You have to control the number of customers on site with appointments, and surgical masks or those with FFP2 standard or similar must be worn.
In countries and counties where there are still at least 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, stricter requirements may apply. The federal and state governments want to discuss again on March 3rd.

Meanwhile, the federal government is sticking to its vaccination strategy: It is still planned that all citizens will receive a “vaccination offer” by the end of the summer. According to Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), this means that anyone who wants to have at least one first vaccination against Covid-19 should have received.

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