The Corona Chronicles in Germany Part 3 Posted by Larissa on May 19, 2020 in corona virus, Current Events, vocabulary
I hope all of you are staying safe and well. Here is my monthly update on how the situation is in Germany! Here in Germany the restrictions are continuing to lift and sometimes there is a sense of normality again. You can find part one and part two of my corona chronicles in Germany here and here.
Kontaktverbot statt Ausgangsbeschränkung
A contact ban instead of a curfew
From the 6th of May the official curfew/restrictions to leave your home has been lifted. You are allowed to go out to the shops, have a picnic and resume other normalities. However there is still a no contact rule, you must keep your distance between yourself and others, and you are only allowed to see one other household at a time. Wearing a mask on public transport is still mandatory.
Ab dem 8. Mai dürfen sich zwei Haushalte treffen
From the 8th of May two households are allowed to meet
This rule was eased just in time for Mother’s Day. Two households (which also means more than two people) are allowed to meet either at home or outside.
Ab dem 11. Mai dürfen alle Geschäfte, Museen und Zoos öffnen
From the 11th of May all shops, museums, and zoos open
You must however still wear a facemask when going into shops and museums.
Ab dem 18. Mai darf die Gastronomie im Außenbereich öffnen
From the 18th of May outdoor dining at restaurants is allowed
There will still have to be a 1.5-meter Mindestabstand (minimum distance) between guests, people from two different households are allowed to meet and only the waiters must wear Mundschutz (masks). This also includes Biergärten (beer gardens), however they must close at 8pm.
From the 25th of May restaurants will also be opening, with the same rules as above but also guests can then sit inside as well, and they are allowed to stay till 10pm.
Ab dem 18. Mai dürfen die Schüler teilweise den Unterricht wieder besuchen
From the 18th of May some pupils are allowed to attend classes again
Many of the school subjects are slimmed down and mainly the core subjects will be taught. This means Sport (sport), Kunst (art) and Musik (music) will not be taught as often. The classes will be divided into smaller groups, who will take turns in going to school. On the days where the children aren’t at school, homeschooling will continue.
das Kontaktverbot the contact ban
die Ausgangsbeschränkung the curfew
die Haushalte the households
die Geschäfte the shops
die Museen the museums
die Zoos the zoos (also known as der Tierpark)
der Mindestabstand the minimum distance
der Mundschutz the face mask
der Sport the sport
die Kunst the art
die Musik the music
Germany’s relaxations of the regulations are a small twinkle of hope that maybe things will be going back to “normal life” sooner than we think. I personally am still enjoying the slow life and taking things as they come. I find it a real hidden blessing to be able to take your time and enjoy the smaller things in life, even if this situation can sometimes be a struggle.
How are you doing from where you’re from? Let me know in the comments below.
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