Strict Lockdown Announced in Germany. Here’s What Will Change on Wednesday

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At a press conference held on Sunday early afternoon, it was announced that Germany would be entering a strict lockdown from December 16th to January 10th, in light of alarming infection rates across the country.

At the press conference, statements were made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, as well as Bavaria’s Minister-President Markus Söder.

You can watch the full press conference here, but here is a quick summary of what we know will be changing in Bavaria specifically on Wednesday, Dec 16.

NOTE: A full description of changes is also available here on Bayern.de.

All non-essential retail shops must close

Söder announced in the press conference that all shops will close, except for those catering to daily needs.

According to the official press release from Bayern.de, these are the shops that may remain open:

  • Food trade (i.e. supermarkets)
  • Beverage stores
  • Health food stores
  • Baby stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Medical supply stores
  • Drug stores
  • Opticians
  • Hearing aid acousticians
  • Petrol stations
  • Car workshops
  • Bicycle workshops
  • Banks
  • Post offices
  • Dry cleaners
  • Laundromats
  • Animal/pet supplies
  • The sale of Christmas trees
  • Weekly markets selling food
  • Wholesale

All daycare centers and schools will be closed

It is said that this will apply to all grade levels.

Söder emphasized however that (regardless of how long lockdown lasts), all graduating classes will still be able to take their exams.

NOTE: According to the official press release from Bayern.de, music and driving schools will also be prohibited from in-person training.

There will be a curfew from 9pm – 5am

While a curfew had previously been implemented in hotspots with more than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in a single week (including Munich), now this curfew will apply throughout the entire state of Bavaria.

Watch the Full Press Conference

For more information, you can watch the full press conference (in German) here or read the full press release with the new restrictions here on Bayern.de.

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