Germany will close most stores from Wednesday to New Year. The Christmas shopping season will stop with the implementation of stricter COVID-19 blockades.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that non-essential stores will be closed until at least January 10 as part of a national blockade.
“I wanted a lighter measure, but because of Christmas shopping, the number of social contacts has increased significantly,” Merkel told reporters.
The new blockade allows banks, as well as essential stores such as supermarkets and pharmacies, to remain open.
Hair salons, beauty salons and tattoo shops have been ordered to close.
The government will provide affected companies with approximately € 11 billion ($ 13.3 billion) per month.
Stores forced to close could receive up to 90% of the cost of the project, or up to € 500,000 a month ($ 605,580), according to Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.
Germany has been partially closed for six weeks, including the closure of restaurants and bars.
“The’blockade light’had an impact, but it wasn’t enough,” said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder. “The situation is out of control.”
According to data from the Robert Koch Institute on Sunday, 20,200 new cases have been added to the national tally, for a total of over 1.3 million.
With post wire
Germany tightens COVID-19 blockade rules prior to Christmas
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