Germany extends until June 29 its distancing rules to contain the epidemic of new coronavirus, announced Tuesday the government of Angela Merkel.
Up to ten people, or two families, can meet “in public places”, decided the government and the 16 regional states, which recommend to “keep the number of people with whom we have contact as low as possible” .
They also call for priority to meetings “outside”, where “the risk of infection is much lower,” added the federal government in a statement.
For home meetings, “rules of hygiene and distance must also be applied”. “The number of people must be fixed according to the possibility of respecting the rule of distancing and a sufficient ventilation must be envisaged”, they recommend.
Distance and hygiene rules respected
These provisions will be applied “in all cases until June 29”, specify the 16 Länder and the government. In particular, a distance of at least 1.5 meters between people is recommended.
The move is based on the assessment that the number of new infections in Germany is still low one month after the start of “first easing measures,” the statement said.
“This success is essentially based on the fact that the rules regarding distance and hygiene have been implemented and respected”, welcome the government and the regions.
They warn however that new restrictions could be decided “where the regional dynamics of infection will make them necessary”.
New sources of infection
Two eastern Länder, Thuringia and Saxony, have indicated that they want to lift most of the restrictions by early June. They have drawn a flock of criticism from the rest of the country, which fears a second wave of infections.
Germany had Tuesday 179,002 officially registered cases of new coronavirus (+432 in 24 hours) and 8,302 deaths (+45), according to the Robert Koch Institute.
The country has registered new outbreaks of infection in recent days, among customers of a restaurant in Leer, in northern Germany, and in a church in Hesse (west).