Germany Extends Lockdown, Theaters To Remain Closed

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Antje Kraschinski / BerlinOnline)

The German federal government and Prime Ministers of German sixteen federal states have agreed to extend the lockdown in Germany until at least April 18, 2021.

The federal states should accordingly adapt their COVID-19 regulations, which currently run until March 29. The federal and state governments are currently assuming that an overload of the health system is likely as early as April. The participants accordingly agree that the emergency brake agreed at the last meeting must now be consistently implemented.

Private contacts must again be limited to one person outside of the own household. The retail trade, museums, and galleries, as well as sports facilities, have to close again. Theaters, concert venues, and opera houses will remain closed.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the seven-day incidence in Germany has hit levels over 100 for the third consecutive day, thus triggering the emergency brake set by the German federal government.

Many German opera houses have already extended their closure until May 2021.

Germany is undergoing an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The Robert Koch Institute and the Charité hospital in Berlin warned that the country could see a large third wave of the disease, driven by the novel SARS-CoV-2 variants.