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Söder's Bavaria plan: Corona restrictions are significantly relaxed

Ministerpräsident Markus Söder bei einer Pressekonferenz zu Corona-Lockerungen, Foto: picture alliance / dpa
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Corona: Söder presents schedule for easing restrictions in Bavaria

(May 13, 2020) On 5th May, the Bavarian Cabinet presented a timetable for far-reaching easing of the corona measures. Movement restrictions are lifted from 6th May, and there are also specific points in time for relaxation of measures for gastronomy, trade, tourism, schools and day care centers. Here is an overview.

Söder: "Right time for a cautious opening"

After weeks of bans and restrictions, the Bavarian cabinet has decided on relaxing the tough anti-corona measures. "Now is the right time for a cautious opening. Success is clearly visible", said Prime Minister Markus Söder after the cabinet meeting in Munich on Tuesday, 5th May.

Hotels and restaurants in particular will be allowed to reopen before Whitsun (Pentecost), and there is a schedule for schools as well. However, many kindergarten and day-care center kids still have to be patient. The following is an overview of the relaxed measures that have been decided.

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Overview: Bavaria is planning these easing of measures in specific areas

  • Movement restrictions : The previous rules have been lifted - but contact restrictions (minimize contacts, keep a distance of 1.5 meters) and a ban on crowds in public places still remain. From Wednesday, 6th May  onwards, you're permitted to meet or visit a person outside your household and also close family members. Further relaxations start on Friday, 8th May, where you can meet with members of another family. Here's more information on the relaxation of movement restrictions
  • Gastronomy and hotels : After weeks of enforced closure, restaurants and hotels in Bavaria may gradually reopen. May 18th for outdoor areas of restaurants; May 25th for inside the restaurants; May 30th for hotels. See more information about the planned relaxation here
  • Shops : From Monday, May 11th, all shops were allowed to open again, including departmental stores and shopping malls. The previous restriction for maximum sales area of ​​800 square meters will no longer apply.
  • Schools : Schools are to reopen gradually for more classes starting Monday, May 11. The first to be allowed back to schools are final year classes, as well as fourth graders in primary schools. From 18th May  onwards, classroom attendance are to resume for the following classes - Primary school: 1st grade; secondary school: 5th grade; junior high school: 5th and 6th grade; grammar school: 5th and 6th grade. Only after the Whitsun holidays in mid-June will there be face-to-face teaching for all pupils and age groups. Graduating classes were allowed to attend school since the end of April. Here is the schedule for the opening of the schools
  • Childcare : All kindergartens and daycare centers are yet to be allowed to fully open again. From Monday, 11 May, however, certain childcare facilities were allowed to reopen, including daycare facilities for up to five children. In addition, reciprocal private childcare in fixed small groups of up to three families will be permitted. Here you can find more information on the plans for daycare centers and kindergartens 
  • Playgrounds : Good news for parents: from Wednesday, May 6th, all playgrounds in Bavaria were allowed to reopen.
  • Zoos and cultural institutions : Starting Monday, May 11th, zoos, botanical gardens, museums, libraries, galleries, exhibitions and memorials throughout Bavaria were allowed to reopen - includinjg the Hellabrunn zoo. With this, the Free State is implementing a federal-state agreement from the previous week. In the theater sector, however, there is still a need for clarification as no decision has been made. 
  • Old people's homes and care : Bavaria is relaxing the strict ban on visiting hospitals and care facilities due to corona. Starting on the weekend of 9th April, visits from a permanent contact person were permitted - under strict hygiene and protection measures. More information here 
  • Sports : From 11th May onwards, certain individual sports were permitted as well - such as tennis, athletics, golf and sailing. 

Source: dpa / Bavarian State Government

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