Germany set to consider relaxing coronavirus restrictions

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Top German scientists have said that the country could begin to reduce public restrictions after April 19. Chancellor Angela Merkel will take this into account when her government decides how to proceed.

Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences, said the government could begin to safely reopen some schools while still observing hygiene rules. Stores and restaurants could also be reopened, if social distancing regulations are strictly enforced.

The academy also said the government should introduce requirements for citizens to wear face masks in public.

“Every citizen should in the future have this type of protection for their mouth and nose and wear it each time social distancing measures can’t be respected,” said the academy’s head Gerald Haug to German newspaper Der Spiegel.

The academy also said that government offices should gradually reopen, but stressed that private and public travel and the vast majority of public events should only slowly and incrementally be re-introduced.

The state of Lower Saxony’s economy minister also called for business “restart programs” to begin soon, amid fears that coronavirus is sending Germany hurtling to a recession.

“I maintain that limited restart programs are necessary as soon as we can bring a bit of normality back to the business world,” Bernd Althusmann told German newspaper the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Monday.

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