AIn view of the persistently high number of corona infections, the countries want to extend the partial lockdown until December 20. The prime ministers agreed on this in a switching conference on Monday evening, as the German press agency reported, citing participants. A final decision should be made this Wednesday during the deliberations of the federal and state governments with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). With the extension of the measures, the contagion numbers that are still too high should be suppressed. The paper states: “The hoped-for turnaround could not be achieved in November, so far only a“ sideways trend ”has been observed.” The federal states assume that restrictions will be necessary beyond the turn of the year. The next steps should be discussed on December 15th.
These are the tightening and standardization on which the Prime Ministers have agreed according to a draft resolution submitted to the news agencies dpa and Reuters:
From December 1st onwards, stricter ones should be Contact restrictions be valid. “Private get-togethers with friends, relatives and acquaintances are to be limited to one’s own household and to another household, but in any case to a maximum of five people,” says the draft resolution. For this purpose, meetings with up to ten people in a household with non-household family members or people from outside the household should be made possible from December 23 to January 1. Children up to 14 years of age are excluded from this.
The prime ministers also want to talk to the churches about the Christmas services speak. “The federal and state governments will seek talks with the religious communities in order to reach agreements for church services and other religious gatherings with the aim of reducing contact,” the paper says. “Religious get-togethers with the character of large-scale events should be avoided.”