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Merkel wants to relax, but has her hand on the emergency brake

Ultimately, it was agreed to extend the lockdown to March 28th – linked to opening steps. With a stable seven-day incidence of less than 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, museums, zoos, botanical gardens and memorials could open subject to conditions. In the retail trade, it would be possible to buy by appointment. If the incidence falls below 50, editions are dropped or weakened. Then non-contact, small-group outdoor sports should be possible.

Also in sight: Up to five people are likely to meet again privately in the future. Bookstores, florists, and garden centers could also unlock. In addition, body-hugging service companies are to open up with hygiene concepts. As in Austria, people would then have to submit a quick test or self-test. From next week, the federal government will cover the costs of a quick test per week for every citizen, announced Merkel. In order to accelerate the corona vaccinations, general practitioners and specialists should be involved more extensively than before by the beginning of April at the latest.

With all possible easing – tourism professionals, gastronomy and culture have to wait until the next summit on March 22nd – the Chancellor wants to put in an “emergency brake”. Should the seven-day incidence exceed 100, the previous rules would come back into effect, she said.

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