Germany extends the lockdown until February 14, Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday evening. More people should be working from home to help further limit contacts that could be used to spread the coronavirus, said the German Chancellor.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday that the lockdown would be extended across the country until February 14. This decision – as she pointed out – was made at a meeting with the authorities of the federal states. The current lockdown was to last until the end of January.
“More people should work from home”
According to the previous restrictions, it is forbidden to leave the houses unnecessarily. Only stores with essentials for everyday life are open, as well as pharmacies and banks. Schools are closed, and some employers have had to suspend their activities or have their employees work remotely. Hairdressing, cosmetic and tattoo parlors were also closed. At the Tuesday meeting, it was also decided that the owners of enterprises must, if possible, organize remote work for their employees by 15 March. More people should be working from home to help further limit contacts that could be used to spread the coronavirus, Merkel said. “There are fewer people working at home now than during the first spring wave of the pandemic,” she pointed out.
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