German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday evening a plan to relax COVID-19 restrictions, including conditions to reopen businesses.
Merkel made the announcement following a meeting with the 16 state premiers on Wednesday that lasted more than nine hours.
What Merkel announced
Some restrictions already lifted
Most stores have been closed since December 16. Restaurants, bars, sports and leisure facilities have been closed since November 2.
Germany moved ahead with the first reopening steps this week. On Monday, hairdressers opened after two-and-a-half months. The same day, some German states also allowed businesses such as florists and hardware stores to open.
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