Germany will begin to ease the quarantine regime from March 8

Nationwide quarantine regime in Germany will be prolonged till March 28, but since March 8 German federal states can make independent decisions about relaxation of limitations depending on epidemic situation in the country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced it to journalists on March 3.

Thus, since March 8 in regions with the disease incidence below 50 new cases per 100 thousand people a week can open bookstores, flower stores, beauty studios, driving schools and gardening markets. If the incidence rate is above this mark, retail sales will only be possible through online ordering. However, visits to museums, galleries, zoos and botanical gardens will be allowed by appointment.

From March 22, restaurants, cinemas and retail stores will be allowed to partially reopen. Merkel stressed that this will only be possible if the incidence rate declines or remains stable for two weeks.

“Spring in 2021 will be different than in 2020,” she said. Earlier, on Feb. 10, German authorities decided to extend quarantine measures in the country until March 7. It was reported that an easing of the lockdown would follow only if the number of new cases of infection was consistently below 35 per 100,000 residents for a week.