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Drastic measures: Corona restrictions for restaurants, playgrounds, church services

Drastic measures : Corona restrictions for restaurants, playgrounds, church services

In the fight against the coronavirus, the federal and state governments are planning massive restrictions in everyday life. An overview of the "Guidelines for a uniform approach", which were passed on Monday.

Retail trade:

A number of shops are explicitly not to be closed: food retail, weekly markets, pick-up and delivery services, beverage markets, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drugstores, petrol stations, banks and savings banks, post offices, hairdressers, dry cleaners, laundrettes, newspaper sales, DIY, gardening and pet supplies stores and wholesale. For these sectors, even Sunday sales bans are to be suspended until further notice. There will be requirements for hygiene, access control and avoiding queues. However, other shops, including outlet centres, will have to close.


All health care facilities are to remain open, with increased hygiene requirements.


Bars, clubs, discos, pubs and bars will be closed. Also theatres, opera houses, concert halls and museums. This also applies to trade fairs, exhibitions, cinemas, leisure and animal parks, providers of indoor and outdoor "leisure activities", amusement arcades, casinos, betting shops, prostitution facilities and brothels.


According to the resolution, sports operations on and in all public and private sports facilities, swimming and fun pools, fitness studios and similar facilities must be closed to the public - the same applies to playgrounds.


Meetings in clubs and other sports and leisure facilities are to be prohibited. In addition, offers in adult education centres, music schools and other public and private educational institutions are to be prohibited.


Accommodation offers in Germany should only be used for "necessary" purposes and no longer for tourism. This would also mean "that there should be no holiday trips at home or abroad", said Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). Coach travel will also be expressly prohibited.


Service providers and craftsmen should continue to be able to pursue their activities.

Church services:

Meetings in churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious communities are no longer possible.

Restrictions on visits:

They are to come for hospitals, prevention and rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes - for example, they may allow visits once a day for one hour, but not by children under 16 and not by visitors with respiratory infections. In general, there should be a general "prohibition of entry" there and also in universities, schools and kindergartens that are still open, for people who have been in risk areas abroad or particularly affected regions at home in the past 14 days.

Gastronomy industry:

Restaurants and catering establishments are to be allowed to open at 6.00 a.m. at the earliest and must close at 6.00 p.m. at the latest. Cafeterias, restaurants, cafeterias and hotels should minimise the risk of spreading the virus - for example, by means of distance rules for tables, limits on the number of visitors or hygiene measures.

Here’s the resolution of the federal and state governments:

(Original text: dpa; Translation: Mareike Graepel)