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Berlin (dpa) – Germany faces even more weeks of partial lockdown in the corona pandemic – but with a decline over Christmas.

Before then, contact restrictions and other measures will even be tightened again to minimize the risk of contamination during the holiday. This becomes clear before today’s deliberations by the federal and state governments on how to move forward with the pandemic. To this end, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the presidents of the state ministers are joining forces in a video conference.

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder spoke out in favor of strict contact restrictions, including on New Year’s Eve, ahead of the talks between the heads of state and the chancellor – unlike most countries that have been sought. “Because Christmas is the family’s festival, New Year’s Eve is of course more the festival of friends,” said the CSU boss in the ARD “Morning Magazine”. He would rather be more consistent at the turn of the year than at Christmas.

Whether the relaxation will also apply on New Year’s Eve is still open. It is also unclear whether restaurants and hotels may reopen during the holidays and New Year.

While the federal government has always drafted rounds like this Wednesday, which has subsequently been discussed with states, this time it was the other way around: the heads of state agreed on a common line. The federal government has supplemented your document with its more extensive ideas, which will now be discussed.

There is no question, however, that contact restrictions will be tightened from the beginning of December. However, there will be a relaxation from December 23 to January 1. The goal is to reduce the persistently high number of new corona infections in the coming weeks.

The main measures, on which the federal and state governments largely agree:

PART-LOCKDOWN: The closure of bars, restaurants, cultural and recreational facilities must be extended until at least December 20th. All unnecessary contacts and trips should be avoided. Wholesaling and retailing remain open, but the mask obligation should now also apply to shops and in parking lots. With an incidence of “well” under 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days and if other conditions are met, countries should be able to deviate from this.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Support in November for companies and institutions affected by the partial closure will continue in December. The federal government is planning financial aid for affected companies in the amount of probably 17 billion euros, the Dpa learned from government circles.

CONTACT RESTRICTIONS: Contact restrictions need to be tightened. Private gatherings with friends, family and acquaintances are therefore limited to your own household and another household, but in any case to a maximum of five people. Children up to 14 years are excluded.

CONTACT RULES FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS: From December 23 to January 1, household gatherings with non-household relatives or people outside the household must be possible up to a maximum of ten people. Children up to 14 years of age do not count here either.

FIREWORKS: New Year’s Eve fireworks are prohibited on busy squares and streets to avoid larger crowds. The locally responsible authorities must determine the places and streets affected. In principle it is “recommended” to avoid fireworks at the turn of the year.

COMPANY HOLIDAY: Employers should check whether production facilities can close due to corporate holidays or generous home office solutions from December 23 to January 1.

SCHOOLS AND KITAS: Childcare facilities and schools must remain open. However, in regions with significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, in the future, masking requirements should also apply in the classroom from grade 7. It should also be possible to introduce such a requirement for primary school, fifth and sixth grade.

PROTECTION OF RISK GROUPS AND FAST TESTS: The protection of risk groups must be improved. For people in need of care in institutions, there are 30 rapid tests per month from 1 December. Depending on availability, this requirement is gradually increased. The federal government must ensure an even more extensive and accessible use of rapid tests.

Further ideas from the federal government:

STORES: According to the Chancellery’s ideas, there should be no more than one customer per 25 square meters of sales area in stores – so far there is one customer per 10 square meters.

RAIL TRANSPORT: To make travel safer, the number of occupied seats on trains must be significantly reduced. In principle, only all window seats should be bookable for the winter months. At the same time, the capacity of the trains must be increased.

TESTS: According to the federal government, a more generous testing option for cold symptoms should be offered before Christmas. The goal is to make Christmas encounters as safe as possible.

The planned restrictions on private celebrations during the Christmas period to a maximum of ten people are accepted by most citizens. In a survey by the opinion research institute Civey on behalf of the Augsburger Allgemeine, 57 percent of the respondents correctly indicated that the state prescribes a maximum number of participants. 36.5 percent of respondents thought it inappropriate for the state to arrange family parties.


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