Germany extends social distancing rules until June 29

Guests enjoy the atmosphere of the Seehaus beer garden in Munich | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Regions can allow up to 10 people, or members of two households, to meet in public.

BERLIN — Germany on Tuesday extended its social distancing measures until June 29 as part of efforts to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, according to a deal between the federal government and regional authorities.

Under the extension, the governments of Germany’s 16 federal states can allow up to 10 people, or members of two households, to meet.

However, the government recommends that people still limit their number of social contacts and keep the size of their social group as constant as possible. It also suggests holding gatherings outdoors where the risk of infection is lower.

The current measures were set to end on June 5, pending discussions between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the 16 regions, which ultimately have the power to impose restrictions.

Merkel initially announced restrictions on meetings of more than two people on March 22 in response to the deadly virus.



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