Bavaria to impose stricter COVID-19 rules

Bavaria’s cabinet is expected to implement stricter coronavirus restrictions in the state today (22 September) for areas where there are more than 50 infections per 100,000 people over the course of seven days, State leader Markus Söder (CSU) announced Monday. In these high-infection areas, masks will be required in crowded public areas, and there will also be a ban on alcohol.

The announcement came just hours after the city of Munich announced that masks will be mandatory in certain public spaces and streets in the city centre as of Thursday (24 September) as the rest of Germany continues to only require masks to be worn in indoor shopping areas and on public transport.

The new rules will be in place until the city’s infection rate goes below 50 new infections per 100,000 in the span of a week.

Munich will also reinstitute contact restrictions, only allowing five people from two households to meet both in private and in public areas like restaurants.

Söder pointed to these private gatherings as the source of the increasing case numbers in the city in a statement on Monday. “The problem is the private parties. If reason does not help, then rules are needed,” he said. (Sarah Lawton |

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