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New rules on social distancing: Merkel announces nine-point plan to stop spread of coronavirus

New rules on social distancing : Merkel announces nine-point plan to stop spread of coronavirus

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of Germany’s 16 states have set new rules to stop the spread of the corona virus, they apply to all citizens. Here is a look at the new rules we all need to follow.

After the meeting with the prime ministers of Germany’s 16 states, Chancellor Merkel spelled out how the spread of the coronavirus can be slowed down: Public gatherings of more than two people will be banned throughout Germany for an initial period of two weeks - there are exceptions for relatives living in the same households. But no nationwide curfew will be imposed.

Restaurants must close, and hairdressers as well. Chancellor Merkel and the state premiers agreed on these and other new drastic measures in a telephone conference on Sunday. Those who violate the new rules will be fined by law enforcement authorities.

9-point plan to stop the spread of the coronavirus

1. Reduce contact with others to an absolute minimum unless they are living in your household.

2. When in public, a distance of 1.5 meters should be kept at all times whenever possible.

3. Public gatherings of more than two people are banned, but there are exceptions for those living in the same household.

4. Commuting to work, emergency care, necessary shopping, doctor’s appointments, participation in essential meetings, any necessary appointments or testing, helping others or exercising alone outdoors are permitted, along with any other essential activities.

5. Groups of people celebrating in public places, in private apartments or venues are unacceptable. Police will monitor the situation and violations will result in penalties.

6. Gastronomy businesses are to remain closed. Take-out and delivery is still permitted.

7. Service providers such as hairdressers, massage parlors, tattoo studios and similar establishments will be closed. Medically necessary treatments remain possible.

8. In all establishments and especially those open to the public, hygiene regulations and effective protective measures for staff and visitors must be implemented.

9. The measures will remain in place for at least two weeks.

Orig. text: ga.de, with material from dpa
Translation: ck