Germany to start easing COVID-19 related restrictions from March 8 – Merkel

Angela Merkel

Berlin: The German authorities have agreed to begin easing coronavirus-related restrictions from March 8 in regions with low incidence of the disease, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters after COVID-19 consultations with heads of regions.

“From March 8, retail stores can be opened in regions with an incidence below 50 [new cases per week per 100,000 population], with an incidence higher – through online ordering,” Merkel said.

“Also, with an incidence higher than 50, museums, galleries, zoos and botanical gardens can be opened if… the visit is documented, “she said.
At the same time, according to Merkel, there will be restrictions on the number of clients – this, like after the first wave, will be calculated based on the area of ​​the premises.

Angela Merkel

Decisions on easing will be made by the regional authorities, while the national regime of restrictive measures will continue to operate until March 28.
Overall, Germany has recorded 2,472,881 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 71,073 deaths and 2,278,773 recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins University.