There’s also a chance these facilities will remain closed longer over New Year's Eve and into the new year in 2021.
It also cannot be ruled out that Berlin will tighten the contact restrictions that have been in place since the beginning of November, reported the Tagesspiegel as well as the Berliner Morgenpost based on information they received from the capital's State Senate.
Several Senate representatives expressed a “broad consensus” over extending the shutdown, reported the Morgenpost.
According to current rules valid until November 30th, people are allowed to be in public and private spaces alone, with people from one's own household and two other people from different households.
Meetings of two households up to a maximum of 10 people are also permitted. It is also possible that the Senate will agree to further limit the number of people who can meet in Berlin.
Rules for schools are also likely to be tightened, leading to a mixture of face-to-face and digital teaching for upper secondary and vocational school pupils. At the moment, all schools are permitted to stay open for in-person teaching.
Berlin’s Senate is also likely to adopt rules agreed at a meeting next Wednesday November 26th between Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democrats and Germany’s 16 state premieres.
Earlier this week, Merkel and leaders issued strong recommendations on top of the November shutdown.
Next Thursday November 26th at the earliest, the Senate will adopt the new set of rules, set to remain in place until Sunday December 20th.
According to a new reformed Infection Protection Law passed in the Bundestag on Wednesday, new coronavirus regulations adopted by Germany’s states must be limited to four weeks – but with the possibility of extension.
December 20th was chosen as an end date so that the regulations would not stretch into the Christmas holidays.