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    Coronavirus in Bavaria: Assistance in English

    Are you looking for news and assistance in the corona crisis in your language? Here you can find help. With the help of our correspondents and translators we publish the latest news in English on a daily basis.

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    Improving short-time work allowance is allowed

    Around 64,000 companies in Bavaria have applied for short-time work (Kurzarbeit). For employees, this can mean earning significantly less. Because of the corona crisis, however, short-time workers have recently been able to make an additional income in system-relevant industries. Additional personnel is needed in agriculture, the food retail the health and care area. So if you are willing to replenish shelves in the supermarket, for example, you can increase your short-time work allowance to up to 100 percent of the original net income. The Bavarian Trade Association advises to check with supermarkets in the vicinity whether staff is still needed. There is currently a great need for helpers in agriculture, too. Farmers and helpers can get in contact via the platform “Das Land hilft” (“The Land helps”). You can also work in hospitals, care facilities or emergency services without deductions. But these areas need, above all, employees with prior nursing skills. The online platform "Pflegepool Bayern" (“Nursing Pool Bavaria) is looking for nursing assistants or medical assistants.

    08.04.2020

    1:50 pm: Prime Minister Söder: “Patience saves lives”

    The Bavarian cabinet met today via video conference. "Fortunately, the positive trend in Bavaria over the past few days has continued", said Prime Minister Markus Söder in a press conference. At the moment, the number of infections doubles every 8.6 days. "The measures are working," said Söder. It was important to take the measures consistently and in timely manner. After Easter, things will not just go back to normal. Söder did not give a specific date for loosening the measures. The neighboring country Austria wants to starts slowly loosening the measures on April 14th. Events are still canceled there until June. Austria is about three weeks ahead of Germany, said Söder. This gives an idea of ​​how long the exit restrictions will be maintained here. An obligation to wear masks is "most likely". In addition, the Bavarian cabinet has decided to reward all nursing staff in Bavaria with € 500.

    10.45 am: RKI President sees no relief from the situation

    The President of the Robert Koch Institute, Lother Wieler, has stated that the Corona crisis is not eased yet. In the meantime, 33,000 people have recovered and that is "an encouraging number". However, one has to wait and see in the next few days whether a positive trend is emerging. The number of reproductions is currently between 1.2 and 1.5. This means that an infected person infects 1.2 to 1.5 other people. If the number of reproductions drops below 1, virologists assume that a pandemic has been contained.

    Should I use a face mask?

    For a long time, the Robert Koch Institute recommended only people with acute respiratory diseases to wear a mask. The institute changed its opinion last Thursday: It makes sense if people without symptoms wear a mask as a precaution. You cannot protect yourself with such a mask. However, the mask can protect others if you sneeze or cough. Masks are particularly useful in closed rooms where it is difficult to keep distance from other people, for example at work or in the supermarket. There are many instructions on the Internet for making fabric masks yourself. These “textile barriers” should not be confused with surgical mouth and nose protection or medical respirators. However, they serve their purpose for private use. Virologists emphasize, however, that a mask does not replace washing your hands regularly or keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people.

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    How do I use the face mask correctly?

    07.04.2020

    3:22 pm: Around 50,000 violations of corona rules in Bavaria

    Since the beginning of the nationwide exit restrictions, there have been around 411,000 police inspections in Bavaria. Between the start on March 21 and April 6, the police registered around 50,000 violations. This was announced by the Ministry of the Interior in Munich.

    3:15 pm: Strict curfew to be lifted in Mitterteich

    The strict curfew for the city of Mitterteich in the Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz) will be lifted from Tuesday, April 7th. The increase in infections has slowed significantly, said the district office. However, as in the rest of Bavaria, leaving your own apartment is only allowed for valid reasons. Measured by the number of inhabitants, the city of Mitterteich is considered a hotspot of Covid 19 diseases throughout Germany. Mitterteich was the first city in Germany to impose a curfew. No one was allowed to enter or leave the city without a special permit.

    2:25 pm: Berlin does not specify a deadline for the end of the corona measures

    Austria wants to loosen its strict measures in the fight against the corona virus after Easter. The German federal government, however, does not yet set a deadline. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that most people did adhere to the restrictions in force. However, he agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel. In her weekly podcast, she said it would be irresponsible to name a specific deadline if she could not keep the promise, if the the infection numbers did not allow it.

    11.55 am: Those who return from abroad are to be quarantined for two weeks

    If Germans, EU citizens or people who have lived in Germany for many years return to the Federal Republic after spending several days abroad, they should be quarantined for two weeks from now on, recommends the Federal Government's Corona Crisis Cabinet. The Federal Government wants to prevent the corona virus from spreading further through travelers. There are exceptions for medical staff, commuters and diplomats. People who transport people and goods across borders, such as truck drivers, are also allowed to enter the country without quarantine.

    06.04.2020

    2:13 pm: More than 24,000 cases in Bavaria

    As of today, April 5, the number of confirmed corona infections in Bavaria has risen to 24,350. This was announced by the State Office for Health and Food Safety (Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit) on its website. This is 1,301 more confirmed cases reported than on Saturday. A total of 411 people have died from the virus in Bavaria. The State Office for Health and Food Safety estimates that 5,190 of those infected have now recovered. The district of Tirschenreuth is most affected. Other regions that are badly affected are the districts of Wunsiedel, Neustadt an der Waldnaab, Rottal-Inn, Rosenheim, Miesbach, Freising and the cities of Rosenheim, Straubing and Weiden. More than 320 Corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants are reported there.

    4:30 am: It is still unclear whether the Oktoberfest will take place this year

    The Oktoberfest construction usually starts in early July. At the moment it is still unclear whether the world's largest folk festival can take place due to the corona crisis. According to Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD), this decision must be made "at the end of May, beginning of June at the latest". The beginning is planned for September 16, and the festival is to last until October 4.

    00:46 am: Söder warns: Do not loosen the corona measures too soon

    Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) warns against loosening the measures to combat the coronavirus crisis too soon. "If we talk too quickly about returning to everyday life, we trivialize the situation and risk a strong relapse. I don't think that is responsible," said the politician to the newspaper "Bild am Sonntag".

    "Without these measures, according to experts, we would risk countless more deaths and conditions like in Italian clinics. Therefore, the measures are appropriate and proportionate. We just have to withstand now." Nobody should think, that after April 20, everything will aoutmatically go back to how it was before the crisis, said Söder.

    In addition, he expects increased use of face masks: "I am not an opponent of the obligation to wear a mask. There are many good reasons to wear masks," said Söder. However, a simple face mask cannot be an equivalent replacement for an exit restriction or contact block.

    05.04.2020

    8:00 pm: Most Bavarians comply with the Corona regulations

    Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann is satisfied with the compliance with the corona regulations in the Free State. Herrmann said that the vast majority of citizens abide very well by the regulations. Despite the good weather, there was no major excursion traffic in Bavaria on Saturday. However, the police registered many violations of the Infection Protection Act.

    4:15 pm: No new inhabitants accepted in homes for the handicapped

    After having nursing homes in Bavaria stop accepting new patients, the government extends these measures to homes for the handicapped, too. Exceptions are possible for homes where new inhabitants can be taken in quarantine for 2 weeks.

    3:00 pm: 23,049 Corona Cases in Bavaria - 370 dead

    According to the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Security (LGL) the number of confirmed Corona cases in Bavaria so far is (as at today) 23,049. Taken altogether, 270 people have died of the virus, according to the LGL. 4,540 of those infected have now been considered cured, as the LGL estimates referring to criteria of the Robert Koch Institute.

    11:40 am: Interest group for the socially disadvantaged criticises nursing homes for not accepting new patients

    Verena Bentele, president of the interest group representing the socially disadvantaged, VdK, criticises the fact that nursing homes in Bavaria have to stop accepting new patients. This would cause almost irresolvable problems for those in need of care and their families, she said in an interview with the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

    9.57 am: Bavaria installs supporting hospitals

    Bavaria is preparing for a possible massive increase of serious cases of Covid-19 by installing supporting hospitals. It was said that already existing health clinics or other facilities with sufficient infrastructure would be particularly suitable in order to create additional capacities.

    Clinical trial for Covid-19 in Munich

    As of April 5th blood samples will be tested for the Corona virus in Munich during the following 4 weeks. The scientists hope to be able to check about 4,500 people. A computer has randomly selected 3,000 households. Only those who have been randomly selected can take part in the trial. So once the scientists ring your doorbell you have the choice whether to take part or not. In order to avoid fraud, the researchers are always accompanied by policemen.

    5:10 am: Corona bonus for nursing staff under discussion

    Given the strains of nursing staff during the Corona crises, the public health care and employers seem to be willing to pay lump-sum bonuses of up to 1,500 Euro.

    04.04.2020

    9:19 pm: As of Saturday: nursing homes in Bavaria are not accepting new patients

    As of Saturday, nursing homes in Bavaria are not allowed to accept new patients. There is an exceptional rule for those homes, where new residents can be put in quarantine for 2 weeks. After being hospitalised, patients may only return to their nursing home if they can be isolated for 2 weeks and if protective equipment is available.

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    Easter and limitations of movement: What is allowed in Bavaria?

    "Please stay at home, even though it might be hard." Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian Minister of the Interior

    This weekend, the Bavarian police will intensify checks as to whether the rules and limitations are being obeyed.

    Strolls and sports in the park: yes. Picnics: no.

    Strolling, jogging or cycling in the park is allowed, at least on your own or with people of your own household. Longer stays in the park (for example picnics) are not allowed, not even if you are on your own.

    No BBQ in public

    Barbecues are only allowed in your own garden or balcony, not in public.

    Fines

    Violations can result in fines starting from 150 Euros. They double in case of repeated violations. Fines can be up to 25.000 Euros.

    Trip to the mountains allowed, but not recommended

    From a legal point of view, it is still allowed to do trips into the mountains, but the German Alpine Association strongly advises not to do it.

    It is also recommended not to do any water sports (for example swimming).

    No family visits over Easter

    The limitation of movement also means that family visits as usually paid over Easter will not be possible. It is not allowed to visit people from a different household, not even over Easter.

    Couples and parents living apart from each other are allowed to visit

    Couples who live apart from each other are excepted from this regulation. The same applies for split parents whose child sometimes lives at one parent's, sometimes at the other's.

    2:17 pm: State examination in medicine in Bavaria postponed to next year

    The Bavarian state examination (Staatsexamen) in medicine will be postponed. The so-called M2 examinations (Zweites Staatsexamen) will only take place in April 2021. Instead of their M2 examinations, students are supposed to bring their practical training forward.

    11:18 am: Robert Koch Institute registers first signs of improvement

    The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) deems the contact bans to be successful. It considers the curbing of the Corona epidemic during the next few days as a possibility. The director of the RKI, Lothar Wieler, said that during the last few days they had registered that each infected person only passed the virus on to one other person. "This seems to be stabilising." 
The goal is now to reduce the contagion rate even further. Wieler said that the limitations decreed by the government have been successful. That is why he hopes that this trend will continue in the next few days.

    03.03.2020

    4:56 pm: Immigration freeze for season workers will be loosened

    Federal Farming Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) have come to the agreement that a limited number of urgently needed season workers will be allowed to enter the country. In April and May up to 40,000 season workers will be allowed to enter the country each month, however, under strong conditions. They will only be allowed to enter and leave the country via plane. Also, a health check will be done.

    4:30 pm: Robert Koch Institute changed opinion on face masks

    The Robert Koch Institute has changed its opinion on wearing face masks. The federal agency said that if people - even without symptoms - wore face masks for reasons of precaution, this could actually minimize the risk of transmitting the virus to others.

    2:41 pm: 2,002 new infections in Bavaria

    Up to now, 19,153 infections with the Corona virus have been reported, 2,002 more than on Wednesday. So far, 277 people have died of the pandemic in Bavaria, stated the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Security (LGL). 2,910 cases count as recovered.

    2:28 pm Munich airport in short-time work as of now

    The Munich Airport ltd. has introduced short-time work. The Munich airport has reacted to the massive decline of air traffic and loss of profit as a consequence of the Corona crisis.

    11:55 am: Bavarian prison inmates sow face masks

    According to Minister of Justice Georg Eisenreich, prison tailor shops in Aichach, Amerber, Kaisheim and Munich will produce 150,000 face masks in the near future. Once finished, the masks will be sent to the state-owned centre of distribution.

    10:40 am: Hospital in Munich closed due to high numbers of Corona cases

    The Helios Hospital in Munich-Pasing has had to stop its daily practice, because too many patients and staff had been infected with the Corona virus. So far, 14 patients and 2 members of staff have tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 virus. A spokesperson said: "All patients we have now will remain here." However, they wouldn't take any new patients, nor would any patients be discharged.

    08:45 am: Hospitals in Bavaria consider themselves well-prepared

    The Hospitals in Bavaria consider themselves well-prepared for the rising number of Corona patients. The director of the Bavarian Hospital Association, Hasenbein, said in an interview with the BR that there were currently 4,000 beds in intensive care units available all over Bavaria.

    7:10 am: Kaniber expects higher prices for fruit and vegetables

    Fruit and vegetables might run short this year, due to the lack of seasonal workers in Bavaria. Farming minister Michaela Kaniber (CSU) therefore expects prices for certain sorts to rise.

    02.04.2020

    Corona virus: From Ischgl across Europe

    Hundreds of tourists might have contracted the Corona virus in the Tyrolean ski resort of Ischgl. A BR data evaluation now shows how the virus might have spread to Germany and the rest of Europe.

    6:53 pm: Health minister Huml: "Up to 13,000 tests per day"

    Bavaria has extended the capacities for tests massively. Health minister Melanie Huml pointed out: "Our aim is to gain clarity about suspected cases. This is very important in order to curb further infections." About 13,000 tests per day are supposed to take place in Bavaria in the future.

    4:24 pm: Contact limitations to be maintained over Easter

    Citizens ought to respect the contact bans also during Easter. As the Federal Government as well as the States decided in Berlin, each and everyone must reduce their contact to people outside their own household to an absolute minimum.

    "A pandemic knows no holiday." Angela Merkel, Chancellor

    4:15 pm: Service line and shopping aid in Munich

    The Munich Social Welfare Department (Sozialreferat) reminds Munich citizens of the service line for social concerns and the shopping service for the elderly. With the phone number 089-233-96833, the Social Welfare Department offers a first contact point for Munich citizens. Elderly people in particular can contact the department responsible for them, in order to use the shopping service.

    3:15 pm: Number of Corona deceased in Bavaria rises to 241

    So far, 17,151 Corona infections have been reported in Bavaria. That means 1,646 more cases than yesterday. 2,230 cases of them count as recovered. 241 people have died of Covid-19 in Bavaria.

    2:50 pm: Botanical Garden in Hof reopens

    Traditionally, the Botanical Garden in Hof always opens its doors on April 1st, and so it does today, too. However, town authorities ask people not to build groups and to keep distance. Similar applies to the Botanical Gardens in Bayreuth and Bamberg.

    1:10 pm: Beginning of State Garden Show (Landesgartenschau) to be postponed

    The opening of the State Garden Show in Ingolstadt is supposed to be postponed to the end of May. Originally, it would have been opened on April 24th.

    12:37 pm: Health personnel can use taxis for free in Munich

    Doctors, nurses and caretakers can now use taxis for free in order to get to or back from work. The Munich Taxi Association thus wants to support medical staff during the Corona crisis. However, users must prove that they work in the health sector.

    11:05 am: Armed Forces help test Corona app

    The German Federal Armed Forces support the Fraunhofer Institute in testing a smartphone app, which is supposed to detect contacts to Covid-19 patients. 50 soldiers test indoors and outdoors whether the app is actually able to locate contacts in a specific chronological and territorial intensity.

    9:13 am: Archbishopric Munich postpones Confirmation and First Communion

    Confirmation and First Communion in the Archbishopric of Munich and Freising have been postponed to Whitsun due to the quick spread of the Corona virus.

    3:28 am: Clinical trial: loss of taste and of sense symptoms of Covid-19

    The loss of both gustatory and olfactory sense can be a strong indicator for an infection with the Sars-CoV-2 virus. According to a British clinical trial, almost 60 per cent of the patients who tested positive for Covid-19 afterwards, had spoken about losing both senses.

    01.04.2020

    8:48 pm: Söder: Do not underestimate situation

    For Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, providing protective material is of highest priority during the Corona crisis, as he points out in an interview with the BR. He considers a discussion on loosening the limitations of movement inappropriate. The peak of the wave of infection hasn't been reached yet. It is important, he claims, to buy more time, also in order to overcome supply shortfalls, e.g. of high quality face masks.

    Emergency aids without using private assets

    Prime Minister Söder announced that he was going to abstain from having small and medium-sized enterprises use up their private liquid assets before getting emergency aids. Emergency aids will be paid according to the loss in revenue.

    How Social Distancing works

    The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus is increasing rapidly, as each infected person potentially spreads the virus to a number of other people. The fewer people infected, the better. How can we achieve this? Our simulation shows that social distancing is key.

    3:50 pm: First Corona case in Greek refugees camp

    A woman from a refugees camp in Greece has tested positive for the Corona virus after her child was born. Those who had been in contact with the woman originally coming from Africa, have been isolated.

    2:45 pm: Football league stops until April 30th

    There won't be any matches in the German football league before April 30th or perhaps later.

    2:08 pm: So far 15,505 Corona cases and 191 dead in Bavaria

    Up to now, 15,505 people have tested positive for the Corona virus Sars-CoV-2 in Bavaria. This is what was reported on the website of the State Office for Health and Food Security in Erlangen on Tuesday (as at 10:00 am). According to them, so far, 191 patients who had caught the Corona virus, have died.

    2:02 pm: Spain reports almost 850 dead within 24 hours

    On Tuesday, Spain reported the highest death toll so far: 849 body counts within 24 hours. According to the government, 8,189 people have died from Corona in Spain so far.

    1:20 pm: Spahn expects higher number of serious cases

    German health minister Jens Spahn expects a raise of severe Corona cases in Germany. He said that hospitals would prepare for them. 45 per cent of beds in intensive care units in Germany have been vacated.

    1:07 pm: 20,000 BMW employees on short time

    BMW has reported almost 20,000 employees for short-time work to the Employment Agency. BMW production lines will be standing still until April 19th. According to the latest plans, the production will start again afterwards, a BMW spokesperson has said.

    11:39 am: Home Secretary calls for social control

    In an interview with RTL, Bavarian minister of the interior, Joachim Herrmann (CSU) called for citizens to address violations of the contact limitations directly or, should it be necessary, to inform the police. "If, for example, you are queueing in a supermarket and you realise that someone does not keep the necessary distance, you can tell them to observe the rules", Herrmann said. In cases of serious breaches it would be right to inform the police.

    10:10 am: RKI president: pandemic will carry on for months

    The president of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, dampened hopes for the Corona pandemic to be over soon. It would carry on and would last for a couple of weeks and months, Wieler said. 
At the same time, he asked everyone to take the disease seriously. Many people would still think it was all a media hype.
In general, Wieler is optimistic that the measures taken are working. He thinks that concrete figures, which enable statements on a trend, will be available by Easter.

    9:54 am: Number of infected risen by 4,615

    According to the latest figures of the Robert Koch Institute, the number of Corona cases has risen by 4,610 since yesterday. Nationwide, the figure is now 61,913. By now, 583 people have died of the Corona virus in Germany. In Bavaria, the number of death cases is 162. 14,810 people have caught the virus in Bavaria.

    6:11 am: WHO: epidemic in Asia far from over

    The Corona epidemic in the Asia/Pacific region is "far from over", warned WHO official Takeshi Kasai.

    1:40 am: Immigration freeze for Europeans into USA to be prolonged

    The immigration ban of the US-government for visitors from Europe is supposed to be prolonged. Since middle of March, people from the Schengen area, Great Britain and Ireland cannot travel to the USA anymore. Only exceptions are US citizens, certain diplomats and Europeans with a "Green Card" and their next of kin.

    31.03.2020

    8:55 pm: Limitations of movement in Italy extended till April 12th

    Italy has prolonged the regulations of movement until Easter. With 11,591 victims, Italy is leading the list of Corona deaths.

    6:16 pm: Incidence rate in Italy declines

    The official numbers in Italy suggest a clear decline of the incidence rate with Corona. A WHO expert said that the situation could become stable soon.

    5:40 pm: WHO against general obligation to wear face masks

    In the fight against the Corona virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) does not see any benefit in everyone wearing face masks.

    5:23 pm: The immune should be able to work

    The German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer) argues for loosening the contact ban for people who have already overcome an infection with the Corona virus. For that it would be good to test as many people on antibodies as possible.

    4:53 pm: Areas in 18 Turkish under quarantine

    Turkey has put several housing areas in 18 provinces under quarantine. As of Monday afternoon, 39 areas, including a small town and 28 villages are locked down. The ministry of the interior did not, however, tell names.

    3:55 pm: 7,000 Covid-19 patients in German hospitals

    At the moment, about 7,000 people with Covid-19 are being treated in German hospitals. About 1,500 of them are patients in intensive care, of whom about 1,100 are given artificial respiration.

    2:51 pm: Higher financial emergency aids for small and medium-sized businesses

    The government wants to raise immediate emergency aids for small and medium-sized businesses in financial trouble. "As of tomorrow, all rates will be raised once more", said minister of finance, Hubert Aiwanger. Companies with a number of employees between 50 and 250 can apply for an emergency aid of 50,000 Euros (instead of 30,000 Euros so far). One-person operations can apply for a 9,000 Euros subsidy, instead of 5,000 so far.

    2:29 pm: 20 million face masks delivered

    So far, Germany has procured over 20 million face masks, and there are more supposed to come. The masks, however, do not seem to arrive everywhere they ought to: According to the Bavarian Association of SHI Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung), by end of last week, 60 medical practices have closed due to lack of face masks.

    Asked whether private citizens should wear face masks too, the government made clear that this would be voluntary.

    2:01 pm: Olympics in Tokyo will start July 23rd 2021

    The Olympic Games in Tokyo, which have been postponed due to the Corona pandemic, will take place from July 23rd to August 8th 2021.

    12.45 pm: Limitations of movement in Bavaria extended

    The limitations of movement, which came to effect in Bavaria on March 21st due to the Corona virus, will be prolonged until April 19th, which marks the end of the Easter holidays.

    11.27 am: Obligation to wear face masks in supermarkets

    In order to fight the spread of the Corona virus, people in Austria will have to wear a face mask in future, when they go shopping.

    10.37 am: Prices for groceries remain stable, despite Corona crisis

    Despite panic buyings, the Corona crisis has not lead to broad rises in prices in Bavaria so far. Pasta, for example, was even cheaper by 3,6 percent in comparison to February.

    10.13 am: RKI defines further regions at risk

    The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has updated its list of regions at risk for the Corona virus. Now, all of Austria has been declared region at risk (before, it was only Tirol). In France, it's the regions Île-de-France (including Paris) and Grand Est (incl. Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne).

    Further regions at risk, according to the RKI: Italy, Iran, Egypt, parts of Switzerland (cantons Ticino, Vaud and Geneva), parts of Spain (regions Madrid, Navarra, La Rioja and Paìs Vasco) as well as parts of South Corea (Daegue and the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do/North Gyeongsang).

    Regions at risk in the USA: the states of California, Washington, New York and New Jersey.

    China is no longer on the RKI's list of regions at risk.

    6.23 am: Toilet paper scarce in parts of Germany - pipes might be plugged

    In some parts of Germany, toilet paper is running scarce. Some users use wet wipes, paper towels or paper tissues instead. These, however, can block sewage pipes. "Do not throw alternative sanitary products in the toilet, but dispose of them in sealed rubbish bags in the gray bin," the Alliance of Public Water Management asks.

    30.03.2020

    6.23 pm: Rise of Corona cases in Italy slowing down

    The rise of new infections in Italy has been clearly slowing down. There were still, however, hundreds of cases of death on Sunday. The number of those deceased of Corona has risen from 756 to 10,779. This is the highest number worldwide.

    Violations of exit restrictions peak

    The beautiful weather made numerous people go outside on Saturday. Many have not adhered to the currently applicable rules. The police were working constantly. At the moment, people in Bavaria are only allowed to leave the apartment “for important reasons”: for work reasons, for necessary shopping, visits at the doctor or walk and exercise in the fresh air. This is allowed only alone or with the people who live in the same apartment. You should also keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people. Picnics and lying in the sun are not allowed. Jaunts by car or motorcycle are also prohibited. If you do not comply with the rules, you can expect a fine of 150 euros or more. In Munich alone, the police carried out more than 7,000 checks from Saturday morning to Sunday morning. There were 324 violations of the current exit restrictions. The police also had a lot to do in the other government districts. The police in Upper Bavaria north (Oberbayern Nord) deployed 150 times, 140 times in the Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz).

    11:57 am: More than 13,000 people in Bavaria infected with Corona

    In Bavaria, 13 263 people have now been tested positive for the corona virus. This was announced by Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml in Munich on Sunday. According to the information, 110 patients infected with the coronavirus have died in Bavaria.

    How can I protect myself against the corona virus?

    80 percent of all infectious diseases are spread by hands. On average, we touch our faces every four minutes. Often with unwashed hands. The most important protective measure against viruses and bacteria of all kinds is therefore: wash your hands often and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds. A mnemonic device is to sing "Happy Birthday" twice in your head. Don’t forget to soap your fingertips, the back of your hands, and your thumbs. In order to protect your skin from getting dry, you should also apply moisturizer from time to time. Sneeze and cough in the crook of the arm and not in the hand. If you have a cold, use disposable tissues and not cloths. Dispose of the tissues in a trash can with a lid. Keep at least 1.5 meters away from people with whom you do not live.

    29.03.2020

    8:01 pm: More than 30,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide

    Worldwide, more than 30,000 people have died of coronavirus infections. The prestigious Johns Hopkins University in the United States registered 30,248 deaths on Saturday. According to the information, 649,904 people have been shown to be infected with Sars-CoV-2. Experts assume that the number of unreported cases is high.

    Sunbathing in parks prohibited

    According to the Munich police, sunbathing on a towel or having a picnic in a public green area is not allowed. Not even if distance is kept. Doing sports outside and going for a walk, however, is allowed.

    3:00 am: April 20th day due for further measures

    Until April 20th all measures remain: shops, restaurants, schools and universities remain closed. Movement is still limited.

    28.03.2020

    10:27 pm: First laboratories able to do antibodies test

    In Germany, first laboratories are able to do tests for antibodies. Thus, they know whether a person has been infected by the Corona virus or not. The Krone laboratory has announced to do its first tests for antibodies on Monday.

    4:27 pm: Bavaria enacts schedule of fines

    A fine of 150 Euros will be imposed upon anyone who transgresses the limitations of movement in Bavaria. Entering a hospital or nursing home without permission even means a 500-Euro fine. Owners of shops or restaurants who open without permission will have to pay a fine of 5,000 Euros.

    7:45 am: Plea: people should abide by contact ban

    The president of the German Hospital Association (Deutsche Krankenhausgesellschaft), Gerald Gaß, calls on the people to abide by the contact ban in order to contain the Corona virus. "I am confident that we will be able to avoid Italian conditions, at least during the next two weeks, so that our ventilator capacities will definitely suffice for the two weeks coming", says Gaß on ZDF. But: "The other side must be functioning as well. We have to make sure that the curve is flattening in the beginning or in the middle of next week, so that the number of patients does not grow endlessly, for then, even a health system as good as the one in Germany, would then be overstrained, despite the effort of all hospitals.

    6:00 am: Conservatives: check infection chains with app

    In the fight against the quick spreading of the lung disease Covid-19, politicians of the conservative parties would like to use an app as soon as possible, which citizens could download to their smartphones by choice. It is supposed to work like a digital diary and - in case its owner has been tested positively to the Corona virus - to automatically send anonymous notes to all those who have been in contact with the person during the last two weeks. "Each person could contribute by downloading the app", said CSU politician Michael Kuffer.

    27.03.2020

    13.12 pm: Spahn expects further burdens

    Health Minister Jens Spahn has once again painted a serious picture of the situation in Germany. "We are still at the beginning", he said at the federal press conference at noon. No one could say exactly what will come in the next few weeks. Therefore, it was still necessary to slow the spread of the corona virus. At the same time, the capacities in the clinics would also have to be increased with intensive care beds. Spahn anticipates that burdens for hospitals and medical practices in the corona crisis will continue to rise.

    But he also confirmed that Germany was able to start preparations early because of a lot of tests. The capacity is 300,000 to 500,000 tests per week, which is very high in international comparison.

    Politicians are now concerned with the “time after Corona” during which the virus has further to be fought , but public life will gradually normalize. The Federal Government and the Prime Ministers want to discuss this after Easter.

    10 am: Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls for solidarity

    In a video statement, Steinmeier says the imperative of the hour is "keep your distance". But people can still be close to each other and get involved.

    I see and hear: Many, very many of you are helping each other. You go shopping for your older neighbors. You hang bags of food for the homeless on 'donation fences' ... All of you, you are the heroines and heroes in the Corona crisis. I spoke to some of you on the phone this week: the store manager, for example, in the supermarket, who works 12-hour shifts with her team so that the shelves don't stay empty, or the elementary school teacher who teaches educational videos for her students in the attic. The social worker who organizes a telephone chain for people who feel lonely, and the doctors, nurses and pharmacists who do their life-saving job beyond exhaustion. And solidarity also means that our gaze must go further than to the next border fence. It’s tearing our hearts when we see the pictures from Italy. I am glad that hospitals here in Germany also treat seriously ill Italian and French patients. I would like more concrete solidarity in the European spirit. - President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

    26.03.2020

    8:45 pm: Deutsche Bahn reduces offer

    Deutsche Bahn has reduced its offer due to the corona crisis. The company announced that 75 to 80 percent of the trains are still running. In this way, the company wants to protect employees and the fleet. Most international connections have been canceled. Some ICE or IC connections are cancelled or run with fewer wagons. There are also some restrictions in local transport. The Deutsche Bahn responded to criticism from the train drivers' union GDL. It had demanded that the capacities be reduced to 50 percent in view of the low number of passengers.

    11.42 am: Bavarian Parliament votes for Infection Protection Act

    The MPs in the plenary session of the state parliament passed the new Bavarian Infection Protection Act with the votes of all political parties. It enables measures to contain the corona pandemic. These can limit the rights of citizens significantly . For example, the Act allows the seizure of medical material, i.e. respirators and protective clothing. It is also about how the state can access personnel such as doctors and nurses. The law is limited until the end of the year.

    11:27 am: Seasonal workers are no longer allowed to enter

    In order to slow down the spread of the corona pandemic in Germany, the Federal Ministry of the Interior has ordered an entry ban for seasonal workers. Foreign harvest workers and other seasonal workers will be denied entry this Wednesday at 5 p.m. as part of the existing border controls.

    10.46 am: Sick leave for two weeks is possible by telephone if there is suspicion of corona

    The sick leave rules in Germany are further loosened. From now on, doctors can issue a medical certificate for a maximum of 14 days to patients with mild diseases of the upper respiratory tract or suspected corona. Patients do not have to go to the doctor's office for sick leave. The regulation is valid until June 23.

    For companies and freelancers: How do I get emergency help?

    The Bavarian government has set up an emergency aid program for companies and freelancers who encounter financial problems as a result of the Corona crisis. All companies with up to 250 employees and whose permanent establishment is located in Bavaria can apply. Depending on the size of the company, between 5,000 and 30,000 euros are granted. According to Bavarian Minister of Economy Hubert Aiwanger, the money will be paid into the applicant's account within the next eight to ten days. The emergency aid does not have to be repaid.

    With this application, the money can be applied for quickly and unbureaucratically (unfortunately only available in German).

    Important: Applications should NOT be sent to the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy. The locally responsible licensing authorities are responsible for processing, which means: In the case of Munich, it is the state capital. Otherwise, the district governments are responsible.

    25.03.2020

    12.40 pm: Aid organizations: Please only call 112 in an emergency

    The Bavarian aid organizations ask citizens to only dial 112 in the event of an emergency. At present, the number is often dialed for advice related to the corona virus. However, the lines must be kept free for emergency situations such as heart attacks, fires or car accidents. If you suspect corona infection, dial 116117. For other specific questions about the virus, call the hotline of the State Health Office of Bavaria: 09131 6808 5101 (consultation in German and English).

    What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

    Here in Europe, the symptoms of the disease mostly resemble a harmless cold. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain and fatigue - sometimes including sputum, headache and diarrhea. A minority suffer from viral pneumonia, the severe course of Covid-19. Warning: Many people with corona have no or only mild symptoms. Nevertheless, they can transmit the virus.

    What should I do if I think I am sick?

    Call your family doctor. Do not go to the doctor without first informing them. If you have had contact with an infected person, you should report to your health department regardless of the symptoms: You can do this via the emergency medical service 116 117.

    Who is at risk?

    According to current knowledge, the gender, age and state of health of a patient play a decisive role in whether one gets the severe form of Covid-19. It is believed that older people in particular - and more likely men - are affected, and people with pre-existing conditions such as lung diseases or diabetes. Long-term smokers also have an increased risk of developing Covid-19. Children and pregnant women are less at risk.

    07.15 am: Huml calls ex-nurses for support

    Bavaria's Minister of Health Huml wants to bring former nurses back to work in the fight against the corona virus. Since it is impossible to predict how the pandemic would develop, Huml asked all nurses, all nursing assistants, as well as medical technical assistants and medical assistants who were not currently working in this profession and did not belong to any risk group, for support. Volunteers could register on the specially created online platform "nursing pool for Bavaria" (unfortunately only available in German).

    24.03.2020

    7.15 pm: Minister expects more domestic violence

    Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) anticipates an increase in domestic violence due to the restrictions of movement in Germany. The fact that many people are currently at home and that family members spend a lot of time together in a confined space can lead to aggravated domestic conflicts. Those affected can find help at this number: 0800 116016. With the help of interpreters, telephone advice is available around the clock in 17 languages.

    1:22 pm 50 billion emergency aid for self-employed and freelance workers



    Federal minister of finance, Olaf Scholz (SPD), and federal minister of economic affairs, Peter Altmaier (CDU), have agreed to "quick and unbureaucratic emergency aid" for micro enterprises, solo self-employed and freelance workers during the corona crisis. Both ministers explained after the extraordinary meeting of the cabinet on Monday that up to 50 billion Euros were at disposal for that. Scholz underlined that none of it would have to be paid back.
Micro enterprises from all economic sectors, solo self-employed and freelance workers with up to five employees would hence be able to get a single payment of 9,000 Euros for three months; those with up to ten employees 15,000 Euros.

    12:09 pm General Practitioners' Association wants to restrict patients' contacts drastically

    The Bavarian Association of General Practitioners (Bayerischer Hausärzteverband) want to reduce patient-centered care in doctor's offices due to the Corona pandemic to a minimum. As the association told on Monday, in future, patients should not visit their general practitioner anymore without previous notification by phone.

    "Contacts between doctors, office staff and from patient to patient are to be reduced to a minimum level, and procedures must be reorganized accordingly", has been said in an information by Markus Beier, the regional leader of the GP's association, to resident doctors. "In the face of restrictions of movement and foreseeable lacking laboratory capacities, it is absolutely necessary to bundle staff resources for serious cases and ask patients not to go and see their GP, even in suspected cases of Corona!"

    23.03.2020

    7:00 pm: The federal and state governments agree on a contact ban - Bavaria will stick to its own rules

    In the fight against the spread of the corona virus, the federal and state governments want to adopt a comprehensive contact ban. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the state premiers agreed at a conference call to fundamentally ban groups of more than two people. Spending time in public space is only allowed on your own, with people living in the same household (partners, children or flatmates in a shared apartment) AND with another person who does not live in the household. Bavaria sticks to its own rules. These are stricter: In Bavaria, spending time outdoors is only allowed on your own or with members of your own household. An exception applies to the life partner. According to the State Chancellery, the accompaniment of older people who need help will continue to be allowed. Markus Söder thanked the population for their understanding: "I thank the population very much for sticking to it so well. Bavaria is holding together really well."

    What is short-time work ("Kurzarbeit")?

    If a company has little to do due to a poor order situation, it can apply for short-time work – that is the case in the current corona crisis. The idea: The employees work less or not at all and therefore receive less wages. The advantage: Nobody loses their job. In order to at least partially compensate for the loss of wages, the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesarbeitsagentur) pays part of the salary, the short-time allowance. Short-time allowance is paid only for the lost work hours and is 60 percent of the net salary for employees and 67 percent for employees with children. The employees remain in the statutory social insurance and occupational accident insurance. Short-time work benefits are granted for a maximum of 24 months.

    Questions and answers on the restrictions of movement in Bavaria

    Can I do administrative work, e.g. go to town halls, the foreign office and other authorities?

    Most town halls and other authorities are closed to the public. Think about which administrative procedures can be postponed and which are really urgent. Please inform yourself on the respective homepage of your municipality or authority if you can reach them via phone or e-mail. You will be advised whether it is an urgent matter that cannot be postponed and can only be dealt with in person. Many matters can now be dealt with online.

    Do I have to go to work? I am in close contact with many people there.

    The question of whether you have to work has to be answered by your employer. However, employers are required to ensure the minimum distance of 1.5 metres between two people at work. In addition, employers should take advantage of home office opportunities as far as possible.

    Do I have a right to work from home?

    There is no general legal right to a home office. In some companies, home office arrangements may be included in company or collective wage agreements.

    Can I visit my parents and grandparents?

    Everyone is encouraged to keep contact with other people outside of their own household to an absolute minimum. Therefore, a visit to the parents and grandparents should be very carefully considered and is only recommended if they need support, for example if they need help with shopping. Visits to older people generally have to be kept to an absolute minimum due to the high risk of infection. Please refrain from casual gatherings and prefer to use the phone or Skype to stay in touch.

    Can I visit my life partner?

    Yes, this is covered by the rules, you can go to your life partner, even if you are not married to him or her. Visits, and thus going for a walk together, are allowed.

    What happens if there are violations?

    Anyone who violates the rules can expect high fines up to € 25,000. In addition, according to Section 74 of the Infection Protection Act, up to five years in prison can be imposed in the event of an intentional violation, if someone is infected.

    22.03.2020

    9:00 pm: Corona Disaster Staff extends emergency care in Bavaria

    In the wake of the Corona crisis, the disaster relief team in Bavaria expanded emergency care for particularly affected groups. As announced by the Ministry of Family Affairs, from Monday employees working in health care or nursing can also take advantage of emergency care in schools and daycare centers for their children if only one parent works in these areas. The Ministry of Culture emphasizes that the measure is also aimed at all employees "who serve to maintain the company". This includes, for example, the cleaning staff and the clinic kitchen. The prerequisite still is that the affected parent is prevented from childcare due to business or operational necessities, said Bavaria's Minister of Family Affairs Carolina Trautner. Until now, emergency care was only available if both parents worked in these areas or if a single parent was employed there. The Bavarian Family Ministry provides further information here.

    Also younger patients in intensive care units

    So far it has been said that especially the elderly and people with an underlying health condition are in danger of contracting the Corona virus. The lung disease, however, can also strike younger ones massively, underlines Prof. Clemens Wendtner, head physician at the Munich Schwabing Hospital.

    The number of young people with Corona treated in intensive care units is rising. This has been seen in Italy and "this is also something we see in Germany. The youngest of the Covid-19 patients showing symptoms were in their early twenties," said the physician.

    According to Prof. Wendtner, it is - along with the elderly and the ill - especially generally healthy patients with a damaged lung, who are in danger, such as long-term smokers or patients with asthma. But also diabetics and people with high blood pressure.

    The timespan from an infection to the outbreak of the disease is, according to the medic, between five days and two weeks. The figures would double every three days if there were no interventions, says Wendtner. An end of the crisis would not be foreseeable. "At the moment, no-one can seriously predict how long the proceedings will take altogether", says Wendtner. He considers, however, a period of several months realistic, until late summer.

    11:03 am: Tenants not to be given notice during crisis

    According to a common legal bill of the ministry of justice, the Home Office and the Department of Trade and Industry, tenants are supposed not to be given notice due to rent arrears during the Corona crisis. This refers to rent arrears in the period of April 1st to September 30th 2020. The tenants' obligation to pay their rent, however, persists in principle. Also, other parties liable, who are not able to fulfill their contractual duties due to the Corona crisis, will, according to the bill, not have to fear legal consequences. As for loans, a legal settlement for delay of payment will be installed. The bill is supposed to pass the Federal Cabinet (Bundeskabinett) on Monday and the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) on Wednesday.

    6:22 am: Citizens in Bavaria abide by restrictions

    The restriction of movement, which was installed all over Bavaria last midnight, has largely been abode. The police in Swabia, however, had to disperse several groups of young people celebrating and gave them dismissals.

    Am I still allowed to visit family members?

    Since yesterday, leaving one's flat in Bavaria is only allowed for "good reasons". Within the family circle you are allowed to: visit your partner, the elderly, the ill or disabled (outside facilities) and to do child custody in the private sector. Furthermore, it is allowed to accompany persons who need help, to accompany minors, to accompany the dying, as well as to participate in funerals within the inner family circle.

    21st March 2020

    4:03 pm: Train traffic in Bavaria continues to run normally for the time being

    Train traffic in Bavaria continues to run normally despite the impairments in public life in the fight against the corona virus. A radical reduction of train traffic is currently not appropriate, said Minister of Transport Kerstin Schreyer (CSU). Nevertheless, train journeys should only be undertaken if there is good reason. Buses and trains in the municipal transport associations are already partly running with a reduced schedule. Deutsche Bahn is accommodating in the event of cancellations: Passengers can postpone their travel for all tickets purchased until March 13 with travel dates between March 13 and April 30 and use the ticket flexibly for the booked route until June 30. Travelers who no longer want to travel due to the corona virus can have their tickets purchased until March 13, 2020 for travel days until April 30, 2020, converted into a voucher for the value of their ticket. This also applies to "Super Sparpreise" and "Sparpreise".

    12.30 p.m .: "We don't lock Bavaria in, but we shut down public life almost completely"

    The infections in Bavaria continue to rise. Therefore there will be exit restrictions starting on Friday night at midnight. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder announced this in a press conference on Friday afternoon. He appealed to the population to stay at home.

    What is allowed?

    Going to work, to the doctor or buying essential items is allowed. Sport or walking outdoors is possible, but only on your own, with the family or with pets. Group formations and gatherings of people are prohibited. Parents who live separately from their children can visit them.

    What is forbidden?

    Visits to nursing homes and old people's homes are prohibited and only allowed for the dying. Visits to the hospital are prohibited, there are three exceptions: dying, children and parturients and newborns may be visited by their closest relatives. Hairdressers, DIY stores and garden centers remain closed. Restaurants of any kind may only sell or deliver food to-go. Söder said: There is no reason for panic buying. The banks will also remain open. Citizens do not need written permits to leave the house, such as in France. The restrictions are controlled by the police. Anyone who violates the rules must expect high fines. The restrictions apply temporarily for 14 days.

    20.03.2020

    Daily Life Tip: What restrictions apply to Bavaria?

    So far, a curfew has been imposed at two locations in Bavaria: in the city of Mitterteich and in the district of Wunsiedel. Here people can only leave the house to do important shopping, go to work and help people in need.

    The following rules apply in the rest of Bavaria:

    • Meetings: All events and gatherings are prohibited. This also includes services and meetings in churches, synagogues and mosques.
    • Leisure facilities are closed: These include museums, cinemas, sports halls, pubs and gyms., amongst others.
    • Gastronomy: Diner and canteens are only open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outside of these times, take-away meals can be served and delivered.
    • Limited retail: stores must remain closed. Exceptions are grocery stores, beverage stores, banks, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply stores, opticians, hearing care professionals, branches of Deutsche Post AG, pet supplies, DIY and garden centers, petrol stations, dry cleaners and online retail.
    • Parks and green areas: The police check whether park visitors keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from each other
    • Schools, kindergartens and day-care centers: For now, they will be closed until April 19. Emergency care is only available for children whose both parents work in "areas of critical infrastructure", such as care and medicine, in supermarkets or the police or fire service.
    • Service providers and craftsmen: They should generally be able to carry out their work. However, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between customers must be maintained in service companies.
    • Right to visit clinics and nursing homes: To protect older or immunocompromised people, each patient or carer may only receive one visitor per day for one hour. Exceptions are possible in an emergency or for the dying.

    9.47 a.m .: Ten deaths in Bavaria

    According to Prime Minister Markus Söder, 2,282 people in Bavaria had already been infected with the corona virus by Thursday morning. As a result, ten people have now died. "The cases are increasing daily and the infection chains are becoming increasingly difficult to track. In the current statistics, Germany is now ahead of South Korea in infections," said the CSU chief in his government statement in the state parliament in Munich. He also does not consider Bavarian curfews to be excluded. At the same time, in view of the Corona crisis, Söder asked the federal government to provide a package of aid worth at least 100 billion euros to alleviate the economic consequences.

    19.03.2020

    4:17 pm: Mitterteich imposes curfew

    The town of Mitterteich in the Oberpfalz, which has a population of just under 7,000, has become a Corona focus in the past few days, said District Administrator Wolfgang Lippert in a press conference in Tirschenreuth. Therefore, there is a curfew until April 2, 2020. Leaving the house is only allowed to drive to work, do groceries, drive to the doctor, take a walk with pets, or help people in need. The curfew is monitored by the police. Failure to stay inside may result in fines and up to two years in prison.

    12:05 pm: Federal government makes no legal preparations for curfew

    The Federal Ministry of Justice denies a media report that the federal government is working on the legal preparations for a curfew in Germany. "There is nothing there. We deny," said a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday afternoon. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the president of the World Medical Association, also spoke out against a ban on going out. „You can't keep schools and daycare centers closed until the end of the year - and it will take at least that long to get a vaccine“, he said. Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, had previously not ruled out a curfew for the future. But everyone still has the chance to prevent a curfew by staying at home and keeping a distance from other people, he said.

    Daily Life Tip: Can I still meet my friends?

    Because of the coronavirus, you are no longer allowed to go to the movies, theaters and school. It is up to you whether or not you should meet with friends. The method of social distancing in order to slow down the spreading of the virus only works preventively, that is: before showing symptoms. Some experts suggest behaving as if you were already ill. That would mean reducing any social contact.

    If you still have to meet:

    • outside is better than inside
    • fewer people are better than many people
    • prefer meeting the same friends than meeting someone else every day
    • wash your hands regularly
    • do not shake hands, kiss or hug
    • keep at least two metres of distance apart
    • consider if you can replace the meeting with chats or telephone

    18.03.2020

    8.00 pm: Germany implements entry ban for non-EU citizens

    Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has ordered entry restrictions for non-EU citizens in Germany. The entry ban applies to international air and sea transport for trips that start outside the European Union. There are exceptions for nationals of third countries (e.g. Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain) with a long-term right of residence in an EU country. The limitation initially lasts for 30 days.

    1.33 pm: Flixbus stops operating at midnight until further notice

    The bus operator will suspend all national and cross-border connections to and from Germany from March 17, 2020, midnight, the company said on Tuesday in Munich. Affected passengers will be informed and receive a voucher for the entire ticket price without a cancellation fee to the email address provided when booking. The long-distance bus company Blablabus will also stop operating tomorrow morning. The Blablacar rideshare service, through which customers can create ridesharing opportunities, remains unaffected. The Blablacar platform will "continue to be available to those who absolutely need to travel," it said.

    9.28 am: Clients should call employment agencies only in emergencies

    The federal employment agency „Bundesagentur für Arbeit“ asks clients to call them only if absolutely necessary. Clients do not need to cancel appointments. There won't be any disadvantages such as reductions on Hartz-IV-payments. Deadlines will be suspended for the time being.

    9.21 am: Federal government of Germany proclaims worldwide travel warning

    Due to the corona crisis, the federal government of Germany has advised against all kinds of touristic travel. According to dpa, foreign minister Heiko Maas proclaimed this warning on Tuesday morning in Berlin. Until this point, the Federal Foreign Office had only advised against unneccessary trips abroad.

    8.56 am: On Saturday, Volkswagen will stop production to a great extent

    Due to the corona crisis, Volkswagen will stop its production in most of its factories in Germany and Europe. The company will announce during the morning that on almost all of its factories, the last shift will be due on friday. This was confirmed by both news agencies dpa and Reuters. In the past few days, there have also been first confirmed cases of infections with the causative agent of the lung disease Covid-19 in VW's German plants.

    17.03.2020

    7.30 pm: The Federation decides on extended limitations

    In order to slow down the spreading of the coronavirus, the Federation has decided to close a variety of shops, cultural, sports and leisure venues. Supermarkets and other essential stores will stay open. An agreement with the federal states also says for restaurants to stay closed between 6 p.m. And 6 a.m. Overnight stays in hotels etc. will only be allowed for necessary and non-touristic purposes. Church services of all kinds of churches and religions will be prohibited.

    10.16 am: Supermarkets in Bavaria will stay open longer

    In order to ensure the basic supply with groceries and other important goods, Bavaria will expand opening hours of certain stores: supermarkets, grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies, gas stations, banks and some other stores will be able to remain open until 10 p.m. during the week and on Sundays until 6 p.m.

    9.15 am: Bavaria declares disaster

    Pubs, clubs, toos and swimming pools have to close from Tuesday. From Wednesday, the opening hours of shops and restaurants will be restricted. Pharmacies, super markets and other grocery stores will remain opened. The state of disaster will remain for at least 14 days.

    16.03.2020

    3 pm: Bavaria restricts public life

    Because of the coronavirus, Bavaria is planning to reduce the opening times of shops and restaurants. The BR also learned from government circles that there would be extensive closings of bars, clubs, swimming pools and cinemas.

    15.03.2020

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