Posted by: Daniela Socolovschi
News / International
15 Oct. 2020 / 12:00
Germany tightens Covid-19 restrictions
Germany will introduce tougher measures on gatherings and mask-wearing to fight a surge in coronavirus infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday after talks with the heads of Germany’s 16 federal states, France24, reports.
Europe’s biggest economy will begin imposing limits on people gathering at events as well as mandatory mask wearing at crowded places when new infections in an area reach 35 per 100,000 in seven days, earlier than under the previous yardstick used of 50 per 100,000.
“I am convinced that what we do now in these days and weeks will be decisive for the question of how we come through this pandemic,” Merkel said.
“We can see that ... infection rates are rising and that we have a very high infection rate in some regions,” she added.
“We must therefore prevent an uncontrolled or exponential increase.”
If an area records more than 35 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days, masks will become mandatory in all places where people have close contact for an extended period.
The number of people allowed to gather will also be limited to 25 in public and 15 in private spaces.
Once a threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000 is exceeded, even tougher restrictions will apply.
These include limiting private gatherings to 10 people or two households, and the closure of restaurants after 11:00 pm (2100 GMT).