The German capital on Tuesday introduced a new business curfew and other severe restrictions, in a bid to curb the explosion in daily infections.
Local restaurants, bars, stores and other businesses will have to close between 11 p.m. local time and 6 a.m., the Berlin Senate, the city’s governing body, reported. der Tagesspiegel.
During the curfew period, private gatherings of people will be limited to five for those living in separate households. Nighttime encounters in the parks will also be prohibited.
Outside of curfew hours, gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed inside, up from 25 people.
There are exceptions for gas stations, but they will not be able to sell alcohol during curfew hours.
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The restrictions were decided after the senate met twice on Tuesday to discuss its response to reducing infection rates.
This is the first time since the introduction of its traffic light warning system that two of its lights have been lit red: both the R-value, the virus’s basic reproduction value, and the d-value. incidence which indicates the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants. within a week.
Four districts of Berlin are classified as high-risk areas, which means they have exceeded 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for seven consecutive days.
This is the threshold that Germany uses to define areas abroad as high risk; German residents returning from these areas must self-isolate for 14 days or pass a test and demonstrate that they are in good health after a shorter period of self-isolation.
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In response to the situation in Berlin, the northern states of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony have introduced mandatory quarantines or tests for domestic travelers from the capital.
Rhineland-Palatinate has also continued this course, with a few exceptions.
Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder expressed concern about the increasing rate of transmission of the virus in Berlin: “I am afraid that [Berlin] is about to lose control, ”he said at a state cabinet meeting.
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