Germany: full government decisions after agreement with the states… restrictions on public life after numbers of coronavirus death cases increased

On Monday, the German federal and state governments decided to close shops, places of worship and playgrounds in order to slow the spread of the Coruna virus.

according to Der Spiegel magazine, the German federal and state governments agreed to impose severe restrictions on public life in order to combat the spread of the Corona virus, and among other things, the guidelines for the agreement to close many shops and facilities.

However, supermarkets and other shops that supply people with basic materials must remain open, and closings exclude food and feed retailers, weekly markets, delivery services, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, gas stations, banks, post offices, clothes launderers, barbershops, and animal necessities Pets, hardware stores, construction equipment and wholesalers.

The agreement added that for the aforementioned stores, the ban on sales was lifted on Sundays until further notice (i.e. they are allowed to work on the holiday), however strict rules of hygiene must be followed, and customer waiting lists (queues) must be avoided at the same time, and specifics have been set opening time for restaurants is between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The ban includes meetings in clubs and other sports and recreational facilities, and this applies to courses in adult education centers or music schools and other private and public educational institutions and bus trips, as well as all places of worship (churches, mosques, synagogues and any other temples), in addition to public and private sports facilities Swimming pools and gyms, stadiums will be closed to the public.

The agreement also provides for the closure of several other facilities:

  1. Bars, clubs, discos and bars.
  2. Theaters, opera, concert halls and museums.
  3. Exhibitions, cinemas, and animal and recreational parks.
  4. Private markets, casinos, betting shops, and similar stores.

The guidelines also provide additional measures to limit social communications:

Special laws for visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

Ban entry to medical facilities as well as universities, schools, and kindergartens for people who have been in risk areas (the spread of the virus) in Germany or outside it during the past 14 days.

Rules for cafeterias, restaurants, and hotels to reduce the risks of spreading the Corona virus, such as observing the distance between guests, reducing the number of visitors, and adopting hygiene measures and other guidelines.

Hotels and hostels in Germany must be used for essential purposes only, and not for tourism purposes.

This decision was taken, in an attempt to contain the spread of virus in the country, after an increase of the number of corona virus deaths in Germany, which reached to 16, with three other cases recorded, Monday.

According to German Tagesschau website, the death of corona virus was recorded for the first time in the city of Hamburg.

A spokesperson for the city’s health authority said that the deceased was an elderly man residing in an elderly residence, adding that the death occurred on Friday, but subsequent checks proved that he was positive.

Two new deaths from the Corona virus were recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the Heinsberg City Administration said that a 94-year-old woman with previous illnesses had died of pneumonia caused by the virus in Heinzberg Hospital.

A 81-year-old patient from Heinsburg also died in the hospital “Erkelenz”, also as a result of pneumonia due to infection of the Corona virus.

The city administration said: “The deceased was already suffering from health problems due to previous diseases.”

With these three new cases, the number of corona virus deaths in Germany has risen to 16 (8 in North Rhine, 4 in Bavaria, 3 in Baden-Württemberg, and 1 in Hamburg).