Due to the continually high coronavirus figures, the southern state of Bavaria is officially declaring a disaster on Wednesday December 9th, and enforcing tighter restrictions.
Bavarians will be asked to stay home unless they have a valid reason to be outside, state premier Markus Söder told a press conference.
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Stricter curfew for most affected regions
An extra-strict night time curfew is also to be imposed in particularly affected regions – or those with a rate of 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days.
For the 24 cities which exceed this mark, a curfew from 9pm to 5am is being introduced, in which leaving one's home is only allowed for medical emergencies or to go to work.
For the rest of Bavaria, the rules are more relaxed. People not living in severely affected area can leave their home during this time for reasons including sports, shopping and visiting another household.
Here’s a breakdown of the 24 cities affected, and their current incident rate.
- District of Regen 587.7
- District of Freyung-Grafenau 376.5
- City of Passau 371.2
- County of Hof 366.6
- Urban area of Nuremberg 350.7
- City of Passau 321.3
- District of Main-Spessart 266.3
- District of Erding 262.7
- District of Traunstein 250.4
- District of Günzburg 241.7
- District of Neumarkt in der Opf 238.5
- District of Nürnberger Land 235.4
- District of Landshut 233.9
- District Augsburg 232.0
- City of Schwabach 231.8
- City of Fürth 229.6
- District of Altötting 228.7
- District of Augsburg 223.7
- District of Coburg 223.6
- City of Kaufbeuren 223.0
- City of Rosenheim 218.7
- District of Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebirge 214.7
- District of Neu-Ulm 208.9
- District of Hof 207.8
Restrictions throughout Bavaria
Schools will be asked to switch some lessons online for older age groups, while those in hotspots (defined as more than 50 infections per 100,000 residents per 7 days) will need to move all teaching online for older students.
This map shows the 7-day incidence rate of coronavirus cases as of Tuesday morning. Graph: DPA
“The situation is unfortunately serious … We must do more, we must act,” Söder said on Sunday, after insisting that a national partial shutdown introduced in early November was not enough.
However, private meetings between two households, with up to five people, continue to be allowed.
Meetings beyond two households with a maximum of ten people, exempted children under 14, are also allowed from the December 23rd until Boxing Day, instead of New Year's Eve unlike most of the rest of Germany.
On Tuesday, the eastern state of Saxony also decided to introduce a stricter lockdown, closing schools and shops, amid a spike in new coronavirus cases.