With the number of COVID-19 increasing, Germany has extended its lockdown restrictions until at least 18 April. The German government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has extended and tightened COVID-19 lockdown measures in the country until 18 April. Under the new lockdown rules, all shops and indoor activities will be closed on Monday 29 March. Only grocery stores and other essential services providers will be allowed to remain open.
On Easter from 1–5 April, the government is asking the Germans to stay indoors and prohibit the entry of five or fewer people into two houses in total. The move was announced on Tuesday morning after hours of negotiations between Merkel and the leaders of the federal states of Germany. This comes amid rising rates of coronavirus infections in the country, blamed on measures for lockdown earlier this month and partially re-opening shops and schools.
The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s national infection disease center, reported 7,709 new COVID cases on Monday. The rate of infection averaged 107.3 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period. Under the new restrictions, a seven-day transition rate of more than 100 would trigger tight regulations, which could include home quarantine and strict mask wear. For cinema-owners, the news means it will take even longer before theaters reopen.
The government’s five-stage plan in early March provides a road-map for theaters and other in-door businesses, reestablishing a staged program that would have loose regulation due to lower infection rates is. Planning permission for cinemas has been granted again in areas where the registered COVID-19 infection per 100,000 population remained below 50. Twice nationally, a return to business as usual is a distant possibility.
Germany has also lagged behind when it comes to vaccination against the novel coronavirus. As of Monday, only 8.6 percent of the population had received at least one dose of the approved COVID-19 vaccine. In comparison, in the United States, about 25 percent, or the U.K. Has 40 percent.
Germany’s absolute vaccination rate, measuring two percent of the population received two doses of the vaccine, is about 4 percent, comparable to the rest of Europe, and slightly ahead of the UK, but behind the US, where some are 13 percent The population is fully immunized.