German states agree to new coronavirus measures

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, Germany’s leaders adopted a new set of measures following a meeting of the federal government and states yesterday (29 September). “We want to act regionally specific, targeted,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters following the meeting.

Keeping the economy running and having as many children attending school are among the chancellor’s main priorities while avoiding a second lockdown. “For the rest, we have to see what we can afford,” she said.

Overall, the usual rules of maintaining distance and mask-wearing remain unchanged.

However, the states have reached an agreement to automatically institute new restrictions if infection thresholds are met locally. Districts with 35 new infections per 100,000 in seven days will see gatherings in public spaces limited to a maximum of 50 people. At 50 infections, the limit will decrease to 25.

The leaders additionally encouraged private gatherings to not cross the 25 person threshold. “Party yes, but smaller, less,” Bavarian leader Markus Söder summarised.

The 16 states also moved to introduce €50 fines for giving false contact details at a restaurant and have the option to institute bans on buying alcohol.

(Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)

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