Cultural venues, non-essential shops, museums … Germany will implement a gradual, conditional de-confinement plan from Monday. Angela Merkel has accepted the unlocking of the anti-Covid device, yielding to a growing discontent in public opinion and within his own government.
Having accepted the broad restrictions whether we like it or not, the population shows signs of impatience. Many chain stores and small merchants have sounded the alarm about the risks of massive corporate bankruptcies. All “non-essential” stores have been closed since mid-December.
The Chancellor and the leaders of the 16 regional states of the country thus reached an agreement on a schedule to facilitate part containment measuresl in his place since the end of last year. This anti-Covid device is now only supported by a third of Germans, up from two-thirds in early January, according to a survey.
A 5-step plan
Concretely, how will the progressive de-refinement take place? With this five-step plan, the Chancellor says the country is now entering “a new phase.”
The first stage, namely the reopening, among others, of schools in some Länder, has already been in force since March 1, remember local media.
From March 8, the meetings between two households, as long as they do not exceed five people in total. Bookstores, florists and driving schools, which have already reopened in some Länder, will once again be able to receive visitors from all over the country.
Then, at the end of March, An incidence threshold of a maximum of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be necessary for the reopening of public spaces such as museums, zoos and gardens, as well as some stores.
the March 22 at the earliest, and if the incidence threshold remains below 50 cases, open-air restaurants, theaters, concert halls, cinemas, and opera houses It can be reopened, but only for people with a negative screening test.
Finally, the last step, not before April 5, plan to authorize meetings of up to 50 people in the open air, as well as indoor contact sports.
AstraZeneca authorized for those over 65
Another reason for this cautious unconfinement, Berlin on Thursday authorized the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over 65. This government openness strategy also seeks to build on the mass practice of antigen testings, an area in which Germany still lacks efficiency. The government promises to make these rapid tests available so that, in early April, the entire population can take the test regularly and free of charge.
Despite this desire to lift the measures, there is still a long way to go to reach the 50 level in the long term. The incidence rate stood at 64 on Wednesday, a slight increase in recent days.