Bavarian leader Markus Söder (CSU) announced on Sunday that his state plans to tighten restrictions, declaring a “disaster situation.”
Residents of the state will only be allowed to leave their homes for a ‘good reason’ – which includes Christmas shopping, as well as going to work, school and the doctor – as of Wednesday, provided the state’s parliament approves the measure during its Tuesday meeting.
A night curfew will also be introduced in areas with more than 200 infections per 100,000 in the span of seven days. These restrictions will be relaxed over Christmas, but not for New Year’s Eve.
While the partial lockdown instituted in early November has successfully stopped the exponential growth of the virus in Bavaria, the number of new infections has plateaued at a relatively high level. “The numbers have to come down,” Söder explained in a press conference.
Söder was previously an outspoken advocate for stricter measures, referring last week to the ongoing debate on restrictions being an “ethical capitulation” in the face of a growing death toll.
(Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)