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Corona measures: The federal states are planning these easing measures

Dhe roadmap for the first steps out of the corona crisis is: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of state of the federal states agreed on Wednesday in an almost four-hour video session about how to proceed with the corona protection measures. Among other things, those are said to be against the spread of the corona pandemic in Germany Contact restrictions to at least May 3 be extended. Major events even stay until at least August 31, 2020 forbidden.

The schools In Germany, the “gradual” opening should begin on May 4th, starting with the final classes, the classes that will take exams in the coming year, and the top primary school classes. Gradual easing should also be possible in retail: Among other things, business with one Sales area of ​​up to 800 square meters may reopen under conditions from Monday. Now it is up to the federal states to legally implement the agreement with the federal government. For this purpose, several state cabinets meet on Thursday.

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Bavaria loosens the initial restriction to contain the coronavirus minimally: In future, contact with a person outside of their own household will also be permitted in the Free State. Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced this change, with which Bavaria is moving towards the nationwide line, after a cabinet meeting in Munich on Thursday.

After the corona-related school closings, the Bavarian cabinet decided to restart in stages: From April 27th, the Graduation classes at grammar schools, secondary and middle schools are the first to be allowed back to schools, as are master classes. From May 11th at the earliest, the classes that will graduate next year will follow at these schools, e.g. the current 11th graders at high schools and the current 9th graders at secondary schools. Emergency care is to be expanded massively.

It is still open when all the other classes will be allowed to go back to school – but from May 11th until the start of Pentecost holidays there are only three weeks left. The daycare centers should also remain closed for the time being. Emergency care should therefore be massively expanded.

From April 27th in Bavaria shops with a sales area of ​​up to 800 square meters under certain conditions. Car dealers, bike dealers and bookstores are exempt from the square meter limit. As of April 20, DIY superstores and garden centers and garden centers can open again.

People in Bavaria should in future in shops and in public transport Protective masks wear over mouth and nose. The Prime Minister explicitly pointed out that this is not about medical masks, but rather so-called community masks. They do not protect you from being infected yourself – but from possibly infecting others. For the time being, however, there is only one bid that business owners must also adhere to. If that is not enough, “then we should consider making a mask”.

The strict prohibitions on visits should remain in hospitals and nursing homes. According to Söder, visits should only be “more generously allowed” when the patient is being cared for. The Prime Minister considers services in Bavaria to be possible from May at the earliest. In the end, however, this has not yet been decided, as with all other measures, the current development in infections must be taken into account.

In parallel to the relief, the test capacities are to be expanded to 25,000 tests per day. Bavaria is one of the federal states with the highest infection rates in Germany.


It starts in Baden-Württemberg classes From May 4th onwards, the classes of all general education schools that are due for final exams this year or next, as well as the final classes of vocational schools, will be gradually restricted. In a next step, the fourth graders should return to primary schools. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and State Minister for Culture Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) did not yet give a date.

Minister of Culture Eisenmann also announced an expansion of emergency care due to the Corona crisis. The supervision, which previously applies to pupils up to sixth grade, will also be available for seventh graders in the future. The care should also be opened up more to people who are now back to work and who have a duty to attend, for example in the retail and service sectors. Single parents are also wanted. So far, parents with professions in key areas such as medicine or the police have been able to give their children emergency care.

Small and medium-sized businesses in Baden-Württemberg will be allowed to open from next week under strict conditions. The owners of shops in the country should be given clear instructions on what conditions they can open again by Saturday.

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North Rhine-Westphalia

According to Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) schools can be gradually opened again after the Easter holidays at the end of April. Also at the start of the Abitur exams on May 12th. “From May 4th, students from general and vocational schools who will have their exams next year will be able to go back to school.” The same applies to the last elementary school class. The daycare centers, however, remained closed at first. Emergency care in kindergartens is being expanded to ten percent of children.

Many rifle festivals in NRW will not be able to take place until at least August 31 due to the ban on major events. Laschet wants to work to ensure that services can take place again soon.


In Berlin they should Abitur exams start as planned in the coming week. That confirmed education senator Sandra Scheeres (SPD) in the RBB information radio. According to the schools and districts, the corona measures to protect the pupils are ensured on site.

The gradual entry for the other students is then planned from the end of April, Scheeres continues: “On April 27, we will only start with the tenth grade.” In primary school, school operations should start on May 4th with the sixth grade.

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Lower Saxony

With the gradual opening of the schools In Lower Saxony, the beginning of the final classes is to be made on April 27. The high school graduates and those pupils who graduate from secondary or middle school this year are to start. Preparations for exams are initially planned, and from May 4, school operations should begin with a few grades. Otherwise, the federal state plans to base its trade and major events on the compromise with the federal government.


The Saxon government does not want to pass a corresponding regulation on possible easing until Friday. At a video press conference, the state cabinet had already announced easing on Wednesday. So it will Exit restriction canceled, but contacts remain limited.

As planned, the will also open on Monday schools for students who are about to take their final exams, such as their Abitur. Small shops under 800 square meters are also allowed to open in the Free State Loosening for garden and hardware stores announced.


Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) announced on Wednesday that prospective high school graduates would return to school on April 27 schools can visit. From May 4, further students from final classes and then gradually all students should follow. Kindergartens however, should remain closed at least until May.

Hairdressers should be able to pursue their craft again from May 4th. In addition, libraries and archives, but also zoos and botanical gardens as well as open-air museums, galleries, museums and exhibition halls are to be made accessible to visitors again. The churches are being discussed about the conditions under which services could be made possible. Ramelow said there were also talks about ways that the right to demonstrate can be exercised.


The Exit and contact restrictions should remain until at least May 3. Private trips should also be avoided. The Loosening for the retail trade should also apply in this federal state from the end of April. Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) assumes that the shops will open from April 27, but wants to coordinate this with Berlin.

Of the School lessons should start again for certain classes from the beginning of May. It should start with the final classes and the classes that will take exams in the coming year as well as the last primary school classes. From April 27th, exams will take place again. Kindergartens remain for the time being, but emergency care is to be expanded.


From next Thursday on, exams and exam preparations should take place again at schools in Saxony-Anhalt. “The relevant decree will be available to the schools by Friday, April 17,” said the State Chancellery on Thursday. Regular operation in schools is to be resumed gradually from May 4th. Saxony-Anhalt is thus following the line agreed between the federal and state governments. This happens under measures such as compliance with the distance regulations.


Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) has announced that the Contact restrictions be extended until at least May 3. In addition, the state remains for Tourists and second home owners blocked.

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Retail stores up to 800 square meters should be open from April 20. Schools and day-care centers remain closed until May 4th. As planned, however, the Abitur exams should begin in Schleswig-Holstein from April 21. In the exam-free days there will be lessons for the final years, said Günther.


The Hessian state government has announced the comprehensive Contact restrictions to extend for initially two weeks. Of the Lessons in schools According to Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) start gradually again. A concept for this should still be developed. For pupils in final classes, however, a start of classes on April 27 is conceivable. Elementary schools are at the end of this chain.

For loosening in retail trade the government plans to provide details in the coming days. It is still open, among other things, from which day exactly in the coming week, previously closed shops with a sales area of ​​up to 800 square meters can reopen.

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

As Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) said, the planned easing of the protective measures against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic should be anchored in an “MV plan”. Accordingly, on Ban on contact and assembly recorded, but the ban on sales are partially lifted.

After weeks of closure, from April 20 shops reopen with up to 800 square meters of sales space under strict hygiene requirements, hardware stores from April 18.

Earlier than in other countries in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, starting with the upper grades 10, 11 and 12, lessons will be resumed on April 27th. Later, younger students are also expected to return to schools. In the transition period, emergency care for children in daycare centers and primary schools is to be expanded.


In Bremen the schools gradually resume operations from May 4th. Priority would be given to graduation classes from general education and vocational schools, as well as the fourth grades from primary schools, as Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD) said.

With a view to easing for the retail trade Bremen also wants to follow the guideline of opening stores up to a sales area of ​​800 square meters. It has to be shown whether this will succeed on Monday or Tuesday. The legal conditions are to be created by Friday.


In Hamburg, the authorities should examine on Thursday how the resolutions can be incorporated into the city’s existing regulations. The red-green Senate will then meet on Friday to decide on the implementation.


The Council of Ministers in Saarbrücken wants to adopt the new measures this Thursday. Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) has already announced that the contact and exit restrictions should be extended until May 3. Schools and day-care centers in Saarland remain closed for the time being, however smaller shops should be allowed to open under certain conditions.


The Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer (SPD), hopes that all pupils will start teaching again this school year. Dreyer referred on Thursday on Deutschlandfunk to the Ministers of Education Conference of the Länder, which is to present a concept for gradual school opening by the end of April. “Our goal would be if it is somehow possible that all students can go to school again before the summer break.”



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