Germany Extends Lockdown Until May 3

By Francisco Salazar

Chancellor Angela Merkel has extended Germany’s lockdown until May 3 as a result of the coronavirus.

Merkel announced in a video that Germany would maintain restrictions and would slowly open non-essential businesses after May 3. However, theaters and sporting events would be banned until August 31, 2020 due to the high risk these venues pose.

The new restrictions will undoubtedly affect all summer festivals and the rest of the 2019-20 seasons that had been previously planned. As a result, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Semperoper Dresden, Baden-Baden Festival, Frankfurt Opera, the Waldbühne and Stuttgart Opera, among others remain closed.

The country’s lockdown, which was set to end on April 19, includes the closure of all non-essential shops and banning any social contact among more than two people in public.

Germany has confirmed 133,154 cases of COVID-19 with 3,592 deaths reported.