The second phase of loosening of the lockdown, introduced in mid-March because of the coronavirus, has begun in Germany. Many federal states have opened shopping malls, pupils of the penultimate and fourth grades are returning to schools.
In Germany, the second phase of the loosening of the lockdown, introduced in mid-March against the background of the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 came into force. On Monday, May 4, many federal states allowed hairdressers to resume their work, hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren are returning to schools, and churches, mosques and synagogues are again open to believers.
Museums, exhibitions, zoos and botanical gardens were also opened in many cities. In the state of Saxony-Anhalt, up to five people are now allowed to meet at a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, which makes it possible to resume, inter alia, sports activities in clubs and various educational events. In the remaining 15 states, a ban on meetings for more than two people remains in force.
In some states, such as Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Rhineland-Palatinate, it has been permitted to open all shops and shopping centers, regardless of their size. Restrictive measures were relaxed with strict observance of hygiene rules, distances and other recommendations in order to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infection.
Some school classes return to classes
In many Federal Provinces, face-to-face teaching is being resumed in classes that have to pass the final examinations next year and in the last – fourth – grades of primary school. Students in the final grades have returned to school since April. In all cases, the timetable has been significantly shortened and the learning process continues, in part, remotely. The rest of the classrooms are still fully remote.
A slight loosening of the lockdown was agreed upon on 30 April during a videoconference between the federal Government and the land authorities. In particular, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Ministers of the federal states agreed to the opening of street playgrounds. There was no single date for the opening of the playgrounds, they were allowed to visit them in Berlin on the same day.
A decision on kindergartens, schools and sports clubs is expected on May 6 .
The decision to open kindergartens, schools and resume the work of sports clubs and associations, including football matches of the Bundesliga, has been postponed until May 6. The next stage after that will be the decision on the opening of restaurants, cafes and hotels.
The first stage of loosening of the lockdown began after Easter holidays. Since April 20 small shops with the area up to 800 square meters have resumed their work. Larger branches of department stores, shopping centers remained closed for the most part. Furniture stores were opened in North Rhine-Westphalia as an exception. Regardless of the sales area, bookstores, car dealerships and bicycle repair shops were reopened.