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Corona rules for retail: where can you shop now and when?

Closed shops in downtown Cologne

Closed shops in downtown Cologne

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The federal and state governments spent nine hours negotiating the next steps in the corona crisis on Wednesday. The first result: the current lockdown will be extended until March 28th. The second result: An opening plan with five steps, which, depending on the infection rate in individual federal states or regions, allows the corona measures to be relaxed.

The plan is complex, depending on the opening step, it depends on incidence values ​​and how long these have been stable, falling or rising (see graphic). Basically:

1. The lower the 7-day incidence – i.e. the number of infections over a week per 100,000 inhabitants – the more openings are possible.

2. The longer the 7-day incidence stays low, the more openings are possible.

Basically, this also applies to retail, i.e. the possibility of shopping in shops that sell non-essential goods. Shops for essential goods, such as supermarkets, are already open anyway. NewsABC.net explains the conditions under which you can shop again.

The opening plan as presented by the federal government

The opening plan as presented by the federal government

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So far only were allowed to Supermarkets and have opened all other stores for the supply of essentials. Come since March 1st Barber shops added. The rest had to stay tight.

According to the decision at the Corona summit, nationwide as of next Monday Bookstores, florists and garden centers to open again. For them, however, there is a customer limit: one customer per 10 square meters for the first 800 square meters of sales area and another for every additional 20 square meters. Specifically: ten customers can be served in a shop with a total of 100 square meters of sales area. In a shop with 1000 square meters, 90 customers are possible.

Now come the further opening steps, which are not linked to a specific point in time, but to the achievement of a specific incidence:

First stage (Third opening step according to the Corona decision): If the 7-day incidence in a country or region is stable below 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, shops can from next Monday “With a limit of one customer per 10 square meters for the first 800 square meters of sales area and another for every additional 20 square meters”. This means that ten customers can be served in a shop with a total of 100 square meters of sales area. In a shop with 1000 square meters, 90 customers are possible. There are no restrictions on specific sectors in retail.

If, on the other hand, the 7-day incidence is between 50 and 100 infections per 100,000 population, is from next Monday only the so-called “click and meet” is permitted. One customer can visit a shop for every 40 square meters of retail space. The prerequisite is that you have made an appointment and save your contact details for possible contact tracking. How exactly the appointment is made is up to the business.

Second step (Fifth opening step according to the Corona decision): Does the 7-day incidence remain in a country or region even after the first retail openings (see above) For 28 days stable below 50, there is no further relaxation. However, the incidence remains in spite of the easing in retail For 28 days stable between 50 and 100, there is no limit to Click and Meet. Then also stores with an incidence of 50 “with a limit of one customer per 10 square meters for the first 800 square meters of sales area and another one for every additional 20 square meters” can open. However, according to calculations by the federal and state governments, this will not happen until April at the earliest.

Important: If the incidence rises above 100, all opening steps are withdrawn. Then the strict lockdown rules will come into effect again, which will apply until March 7th.

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