Outdoor dining back on the menu in Germany as restrictions eased

Berlin, May 21 (EFE) – Outdoor terraces reopened in Germany on Friday for the first time in months as the country begins an easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The lift on restrictions comes as the country is seeing a steady decline of coronavirus infections across all federal states.

Despite the good news, Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn recommended a “step by step” and cautious de-escalation.

“Our impatience cannot lead us to become too confident,” he said.

The ministry agreed to open only outdoor spaces and wait a few weeks before relaxing measures indoors.

Outdoor swimming pools have also reopened, and other 14 are expected to reopen in Berlin, where infection rates rose slightly.

Berliners with a negative Covid-19 test or immunity will be able to enjoy terraces in groups of maximum 5 people.

Open air cinemas, theatres and cultural events in the capital are allowed to host a maximum of 250.

Germany’s cumulative seven-day incidence dropped on Friday to 67.3 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 people, down from 68.0 on Thursday. EFE


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