BERLIN | Germany will introduce new, more restrictive measures in an attempt to combat a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Wednesday evening after a meeting with officials from the 16 regional states.
For example, the number of participants in private events will be limited in regions recording more than 35 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days. In these areas, masks will be mandatory wherever people are close to each other for a period of time.
Gatherings will be limited to 25 people in public establishments and 15 in private rooms.
“I am convinced that what we are going to do now will determine how we get through this pandemic,” commented the Chancellor.
” We can see […] that the rate of infections is increasing and that in some regions it is very high, ”she added. “This is the reason why we have to prevent uncontrolled or exponential growth.”
If the figure of 50 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants is crossed, even more draconian rules will be imposed, such as the limitation of private meetings to ten people from two households maximum and the closing of restaurants at 11 pm.
The federal government and the Länder, which are responsible for health policies, spent eight hours on Wednesday drafting these rules, which attempt to unify extremely disparate situations, a consequence of federalism.
Germany recorded 5,000 new COVID-19 contaminations in 24 hours on Wednesday, a level not seen since the country’s containment in the spring.