Germany Moves to Reopen, Restart Bundesliga

  • Berlin supports the reopening of all stores around the country and the resumption of the Bundesliga.
  • For restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels, the statement leaves room for local governments to decide whether to resume work.
  • The German Bundesliga is scheduled to reopen, either on May 15 or 22.

A draft agreement between the government and federal state officials revealed that Germany will decide Wednesday to cut critical stages in the measures to reduce isolation imposed against Coronavirus, by reopening all shops and schools and resuming the Bundesliga without spectators later this month.

Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 2000 to 2018.

The draft decision revealed that the German government wants to keep the ban on major public activities until the end of August as part of procedures to contain the Coronavirus. However, Berlin supports the reopening of all stores around the country and the resumption of the Bundesliga.

The text, obtained by AFP, indicates that these measures have become possible with the “number of new infections” with the new Coronavirus remaining “minimal,” after an initial stage of reopening on April 20. They noted that “no new wave” has been recorded.

All schools, even primary schools and kindergartens, can open their doors, but with certain conditions, starting next week. According to the statement, “schools should gradually allow all students to be taught while respecting hygiene and separation measures.”

The statement is supposed to be formally adopted throughout the day by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and heads of state governments. Germany had previously partially permitted the opening of high schools. The agreement leaves the decision to open universities to local governments.

The document also affirms that “all stores can open their doors, but while respecting the conditions of hygiene and imposing control on entry operations to avoid the formation of waiting lines.” This is related to supermarkets with an area of ​​more than 800 square meters, as those smaller than that have already resumed work.

Decisions by State Governments

For restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels, the statement leaves room for local governments to decide whether to resume work. Several states have already allowed this, such as Bavaria. On this issue, the local economic ministers had agreed to allow the restoration of the catering sector, as of the May 9.

The agreement also provides for states to decide on theaters, concert halls, nightclubs, and gyms. And the agreement remains until late August, “at least,” to ban major sporting and cultural gatherings, which came into effect months ago. It is also not planned at this time to open the borders for those wishing to travel on vacation.

The Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide. At the top of the German football league system, the Bundesliga is Germany’s primary football competition.

Resuming Football

As for allowing the resumption of the Bundesliga in May, the draft agreement between Chancellor Merkel and the states says that holding First and Second Division matches will be “in order to reduce economic damages” for the 36 clubs. German football was halted in mid-March due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus.

It is an “acceptable” idea from a specific date in May, which will be determined during a meeting of the DFL tomorrow. Merkel will also consult with the heads of the 16 German states, according to this document. The most likely date of resumption is May 15, although May 22 is also being considered.

The draft indicates that if the number of new infections with the virus rises to more than 50 cases per 100,000 people over a period of seven days, the anti-Coronavirus action must be strengthened again. It is expected that Chancellor Merkel, at the conclusion of these consultations, will clarify the details of the procedures agreed upon between the federal government and the states today, Wednesday.

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Joyce Davis

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