COVID-19: MERKEL ANXIOUS AS GERMANY BEGINS OPENING UP

Written by on April 21, 2020

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Some small shops in Germany reportedly reopened today as the country took a cautious step toward returning to normal, though Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a stark warning against complacency in the face of the pandemic.

From florists to fashion stores, the majority of shops smaller than 800 square metres (8,600 square feet) were allowed to welcome customers again in much of Germany, in a first wave of scaling back lockdown measures introduced last month.

Merkel and regional state premiers announced the decision to reopen last week — but were careful to cast it as a cautious first step.

The government is said to be facing increasing pressure to ease restrictions, especially from industries eager to get business back on track.


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