Germany to launch partial lockdown

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Germany will be going on a partial lockdown as from 2 November in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

The decision was made during a video conference which involved Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 states. The German Chancellor explained that the country had to act immediately or risk overloading its health system.

The partial lockdown is scheduled to last until the end of November, although its measures will be reviewed after two weeks. Around €10 billion in aid is to be provided to affected businesses.

Bars, restaurants, sports and cultural venues will be ordered to close down, and public gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people – which may hail from no more than 2 households.

Schools and nurseries will remain open, as will places of worship. Care homes will still be able to welcome visitors, albeit with precautions in place, and protests will not be restricted. Retail outlets may remain open, but are limited to one customer per 10sqm at all times.