Contact restrictions extended until 3 May
In the fight against the coronavirus, the contact restrictions on people in Berlin and Germany, which have been in force for weeks, will in principle be extended until at least 3 May.
There is a notice board at Frankfurter Allee with a reference to contact restrictions.
This was agreed by the federal and state governments during their consultations on 15 April 2020, as the Deutsche Presse-Agentur learned from participants.
Müller seeks understanding for gradual relaxation
Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller has appealed for understanding that the federal and state governments are only slowly and gradually relaxing restrictions due to the corona pandemic. "A quick relaxation is not going to help anyone. We must all be aware that we are still in a pandemic," said the SPD politician after a conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of the states.
"What is important is that we were able to agree to reopen the schools for the final year classes and to give the retail trade the opportunity to start operations for the most part under strict conditions," Müller continued. At the same time, he believes it is right to extend the current contact restrictions until 3 May. This nationwide uniform approach would gain time to further contain the pandemic.
Shop opening planned according to size and under restrictions
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of the federal states have also agreed to allow shops with a sales area of up to 800 square metres to reopen from Monday, subject to certain conditions. This also applies "independently of the sales area" for car and bicycle dealers as well as bookstores. Details are to be published.
Ban on assembly in places of worship remains
The ban on assembly in places of worship, which was imposed because of the coronavirus, remains in force until further notice. Also in churches, mosques, synagogues or other places of worship no religious celebrations and events are to take place for the time being.
Adjustments for Berlin to be discussed on Thursday
Federalism allows for different interpretations and special ways of combating the corona pandemic in the individual federal states. Following the talks with the Chancellor and the heads of the federal states, Michael Müller announced via Twitter: "We will discuss the results of the joint conference with the Chancellor and the prime ministers in the Senate on Thursday, adapt them for Berlin and implement them."
In the fight against the coronavirus, catering establishments in Berlin will remain closed for the time being.
The number of proven coronavirus infections in Berlin has increased to 4870 cases.
Last edited: Thursday, 16. April 2020 09:06 Uhr