However, the strict restrictions will be relaxed over Christmas. From December 23rd to January 1st, a maximum of ten people are allowed to meet, children up to 14 years of age are not subject to the regulation, as can be seen in the resolution paper of the federal and state governments.
It was also decided that the current partial lockdown with the closure of restaurants, theaters, fitness studios and leisure facilities, among other things, will be extended until December 20.
In view of the persistently high number of infections, the Chancellor called for further “effort” in the fight against the pandemic. At the top consultations, the federal and state governments in Germany agreed that the current restrictions “must apply until the beginning of January, according to human judgment,” said Merkel. The conditions that have been in force since the beginning of November have so far only led to a “partial success” – “and we can by no means be satisfied with this partial success”.
A large-scale switch to “alternating lessons” is not planned in Germany despite the persistently high coronavirus numbers. Alternating lessons in divided groups at home and at school will continue to be decided on site, depending on the regional numbers.