Germany’s heads of state will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel to decide on the next level of the country’s coronavirus restrictions and how to organize the Christmas break.
The video link discussion on Wednesday will include whether or not to start the Christmas break earlier, as well as a proposal to encourage people to self-quarantine before meeting relatives.
Proposals for gatherings suggest that the rules between the 21st. December and 3. January to relax so that friends and family can meet members from two separate households with a maximum of 10 people, excluding children under 14 years.
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Merkel is pushing for stricter rules than the heads of state and government in many countries have proposed, and proposes a public holiday that will be held on May 16. December begins instead of three days later.
The meeting is taking place as Germany recorded the highest daily death rate, rising 410 in 24 hours. Almost 14. 800 people have died from the virus. The registered infection rate seems to be 18. Stabilizing 633 new infections since Tuesday. However, it is still too high whether the health system will be in order at least until next spring. By then, the effects of a vaccination program are likely to have had an impact on the spread of the virus.
It is expected that employers will be encouraged to provide employees, whenever possible, between the age of 21. December and 3. January to enable work from home.
However, if schools had to close early, there is still confusion about the legal rights of workers who cannot work from home but would have to take time off to look after their children.
According to a survey by the election institute Civey, a majority of Germans support the proposals to reduce private gatherings to a maximum of 10 people. A total of 57% supported the government setting a limit, 36. 5% said it was inappropriate for the state to interfere in private gatherings.
Heads of State will also discuss the government proposals to limit the number of passengers on trains, so that in future only window seats can be reserved and more trains have to be used. The national railway reported losses of € 5. 6 billion. (£ 5 billion. ) this year.
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