Germany Tightens Travel Restrictions and Extends Lockdown

By Kurt Stolz on 11 January 2021
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Straßenbahn Line 19 running on the Maximilianstraße in Munich

Travel to and within Germany became more difficult Monday as the country, which is already under a hard lockdown, announced further restrictions and limits on travel.

The action follows a continued surge in new coronavirus infections.

Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel said that the country was entering the most difficult phase of the pandemic in the coming weeks, when she addressed the nation in her weekly podcast over the weekend.

The additional restrictions include longer school closures and most strict limits on travel.

Anyone living in areas with very high incidences of the coronavirus will be limited to a nine-mile (15-kilometer) radius around their homes.   This will be mandated for districts where the seven-day incidence rate is more than 200 new infections per 100,000 residents. At least ten districts have seven-day incidence rates of over 400, including Ingolstadt, Leipzig, and Meißen.

Overall, dozens of districts have seven-day incidence rates of over 200 including Berchtesgadener Land, Chemnitz, Coburg, Dresen, and Passau.

The nine-mile rule is not yet required in Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, and North Rhine-Westphalia.

In all parts of the country, a household can only have one visitor at a time, and only grocery stores and drugstores may remain open.

Finally, travelers arriving in Germany from high-risk countries register upon arrival and then quarantine for ten days.  A Covid-19 test is required after five days of quarantine and then again after the ten-day period of quarantine has ended.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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