Merkel suggests that restrictions in Germany will remain valid until after Christmas

Bundestag Press Office

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the Germany will probably have to stick with measures to dampen the coronavirus pandemic into January. Merkel was addressing parliament when she said that “given the high number of infections, we assume that the restrictions which are in place before Christmas will continue to be valid until the start of January, certainly for most parts of Germany.”

Meanwhile, the chief of staff the chancellory suggested that restrictions might be needed until March.

On Wednesday, Merkel agreed with leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states to extend and tighten the coronavirus lockdown until Dec. 20, but ease rules over the Christmas holidays to let families and friends celebrate together.