Germany to announce tighter coronavirus restrictions
On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss potential new measures with the heads of the country's 16 states via video conference. A draft document of the measures, seen by various media outlets, said people would be urged to abstain from private parties completely until Christmas.
According to the proposals, children and young people are to be encouraged to meet with only one particular friend regularly in their free time. Similarly, families are to limit private get-togethers to their own household and people from one other particular household.
The draft document further envisions limiting peoples' meetings in public to members of their own households and a maximum of two people from another household. The proposals could still change pending the discussion between the federal and regional governments.
The draft also pushes for social distancing measures to be stepped up at schools. Masks that cover the mouth and nose are to become compulsory for teachers and pupils of all ages on school premises and during lessons. Pupils are to have lessons in assigned, unchanging groups of about half the regular class size, according to the proposal.
All people considered vulnerable will be eligible once a week for one heavy duty respirator mask, also known as FFP2. Other possible resolutions include demanding people with even light common cold symptoms, such as a cough or runny nose, to isolate themselves and go into quarantine.