On March 3, the federal and state governments will decide on further corona measures and possible easing. The retailers hit by the shutdown are now hoping for further easing to be announced that day. But even before the conference on Wednesday, some federal states such as Rhineland-Palatinate are rushing forward and announce individual easing for the retail sector. Because the numbers develop differently in the federal states, each country also wants to enact its own rules for shopping in the pandemic – which, however, causes confusion for many citizens.
Here you can read about the easing for shopping in the various federal states from March 1st:
While the opening of hairdressers in Baden-Württemberg on March 1st has long been a deal, Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) announced on Tuesday that he would also like to open market gardens, garden centers and flower shops. Unlike in Rhineland-Palatinate, for example, DIY stores remain closed. At the same time, Kretschmann dampened the rest of the retail trade’s hopes for further easing and continued to hold on to the 7-day incidence number of below 35 in this regard. Nevertheless, the Green politician held out the prospect of shopping by appointment. The government is also coordinating with the other neighboring countries of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse so that there is no “shopping tourism” in the border regions.
The Bavarian cabinet decided on Tuesday to even let some dealers open again on a regular basis. Garden markets, nurseries, tree nurseries, flower shops and hardware stores will reopen from March 1st under the same conditions that apply to the retail and service businesses that are already exceptionally open. This means, in particular, that access is restricted to one customer per ten square meters for the first 800 square meters of sales area and one customer per 20 square meters.
Apart from the reopening of hairdressers, schools and daycare centers, Berliners cannot expect any further easing. The Berlin Senate presented a six-step plan this week, which provides for significant easing steps only from an incidence of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week.
In Brandenburg, in addition to the hairdressers, garden centers, garden centers and flower shops are also allowed to reopen on Monday, as Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) announced on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting. The CDU parliamentary group leader Jan Redmann also suggested that cafes and restaurants outside should be allowed to reopen at certain intervals. However, this was not decided. The necessary change to the Brandenburg Containment Ordinance on this individual aspect should take place in the course of the week, according to a statement. The Brandenburg Corona Ordinance therefore provides for a four-stage plan in which retailers with access restrictions are only allowed to open from the second stage – which the country is not yet in. Differentiations – i.e. further possible easing – are also possible within the levels, according to the communication.
Flower shops and garden centers have been able to open in Bremen since February 20th. However, no further easing has been decided at the moment. Bremen’s mayor Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD) suggested in a speech to the citizens on Wednesday, however, to be open to easing the retail sector, reports the “Weser Kurier”. Bovenschulte could also imagine shopping by appointment, as in other federal states. “Specifically, the Senate will take up a suggestion from the Chamber of Commerce and enable individual customers to be served in the shops on fixed dates,” said Bovenschulte – all alone in the shop, only with the seller.
In view of the increasing number of corona infections and the increased occurrence of virus mutations, Hamburg will be one of the few countries to further tighten the mask requirement. From the weekend, masks will have to be worn at all highly frequented places in the city where distances cannot be maintained, according to a corresponding senate resolution. The government is currently not responsible for easing the situation for retailers such as garden centers and flower shops, it says.
Hesse is also considering making appointments in order to achieve individual easing for the retail sector. That said the head of the Hessian State Chancellery, Axel Wintermeyer (CDU). A fitting or assessment could also take place on site via “Click-and-Meet”, if an appointment has been made in advance – this also applies to hardware stores and department stores. Every trader has to decide for himself whether it is profitable for him, according to the state government. However, the Hessian state government wants to wait for the next federal-state switch on March 3rd. In a second stage, the entire retail trade and outdoor catering could open before Easter, reports the “textile industry”.
So far, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has been reluctant to relax protective measures before the upcoming federal-state summit on the corona pandemic. On Wednesday, however, it was decided that garden centers will be allowed to reopen from March 1st. However, the rest of the retail trade should only be allowed to reopen with a limited number of customers, as soon as the nationwide incidence value is stable below 35.
Hairdressers in Lower Saxony, as well as nationwide, are allowed to open on March 1st. For the retail sector, however, there will initially be no easing.
On Wednesday, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister spoke to major retailers in the region and promised further easing prospects, as the “Handelsblatt” reported. According to the business medium, the companies Kik, Siemes Schuhcenter, Tedi, Woolworth, Thalia, Poco, Roller, Appelrath Cüpper, Takko, Ernsting’s family and Jeans Fritz took part in the spontaneous discussion via video call. As the “Handelsblatt” reports further, according to the participants, the possibility of shopping via individual appointment should also have been discussed, as was already announced in Rhineland-Palatinate. The easing was probably also promised because the companies involved are working on the development of an app that will enable customer contact tracking.
Gardeners, garden centers and horticultural supplies can start selling outdoors in Rhineland-Palatinate from March 1st. In the case of a restriction to a typical garden center range, this also applies to the outdoor areas of the DIY stores for reasons of equal treatment. “We are also expanding our” Click & Collect “regulations on a small scale,” says a statement from the state government. From March 1st, it will also be possible to shop by making an appointment in advance. According to Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD), this is a perspective for clothing stores and bridal wear shops, for example. According to this, only individual appointments are permitted for a maximum of one household, and the dealers have to enter the contact details for follow-up.
A new corona regulation is to apply in Saarland from Monday. The Saarland wants to orient itself towards Rhineland-Palatinate with regard to the opening prospects for trade and services from March 1st, because in the opinion of the Council of Ministers it makes no sense to have different regulations in the neighboring countries. Accordingly, openings by retailers by appointment as well as flower shops, nurseries and garden centers are likely to reopen.
In Saxony, the “Click & Collect” order and pick-up service has only been possible for retailers since February 15th. This regulation was initially stricter here than in other federal states. According to a report in the “Sächsische Zeitung”, Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) promised further easing from March 8th at a video conference with citizens from his constituency of Görlitz on Wednesday evening. Accordingly, “Click & Meet” – that is, shopping by registering and making appointments – could also be possible in the future.
In addition to hairdressers, schools and daycare centers, hardware stores, garden centers, garden and flower markets will also be allowed to reopen in Saxony-Anhalt from next week. The state government decided on Tuesday. In the coming weeks, a decision on further openings is to be made in a “Saxony-Anhalt Plan”. The state government has made numerous proposals that are now being sent to associations, social organizations and cultural institutions. However, above an incidence of 50, further easing is not realistic. Only when the incidence has remained stable below 50 for five days should retailers be allowed to receive up to two customers if they have registered beforehand.
After the school opened last Monday, Schleswig-Holstein wants to make certain parts of public life accessible again in the coming week. Next Friday, the state government wants to resolve the following easing for the retail sector: flower shops, garden centers and horticultural centers will be allowed to reopen from March 1st – this also applies to spatially separated gardening departments of hardware stores.
In Thuringia, hairdressers, tree nurseries, garden centers, gardeners and florists, among others, are allowed to reopen again from March 1st.