Germany imposes one-month partial lockdown

A partial lockdown will enter into force from 2 November in Germany in an attempt to bring COVID-19's spread back under control, news wires reported. Starting Monday, bars, cinemas and clubs will be closed, restaurants will be limited to delivery and carry-out service, and people will only be allowed to meet outside with members of another household in groups of no more than 10.

In addition to cinemas, other entertainment venues will be closed, including amusement parks, concert halls, operas and theaters. Gyms and swimming pools will also shutter, and professional sports are only allowed without spectators.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the population to stay at home. People should "generally refrain from unnecessary travel and visits, even visiting relatives," she said during a press conference.

The rules announced on Wednesday are similar to lockdown restrictions in the spring, and they will remain in place until the end of the month for the time being.

Schools and nurseries will remain open. Church services were also not affected by the new measures and can continue if hygiene rules are observed.

Retail stores will remain open, but there are restrictions on how many customers may be inside at a time. Hairdressers will stay open, but beauty and tattoo parlors will be closed because social distancing cannot be maintained.

The new restrictions, widely dubbed a “lockdown light,” were approved during a videoconference meeting between Merkel and Germany’s 16 state governors, who are responsible for imposing and lifting restrictions.

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