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Allegedly agreement at federal and state levels : Bundesliga is to start again on May 15, and large stores are also allowed to open

Even before the next conference call between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister, more and more federal states are rushing forward with their own plans for further easing of corona restrictions.

After Lower Saxony presented a step-by-step plan on Monday, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania followed suit with its own ideas in the evening. The northeastern state is reopening its restaurants and ending the several-week entry ban for foreign tourists before Pentecost.

In other areas, there is more agreement, according to a previously unconfirmed report by the Reuters news agency: The federal and state governments will most likely clear the way for ghost games of the Bundesliga on Wednesday and also allow large businesses to reopen, reports Reuters.

According to information from the agency from negotiating circles, the representatives of the federal and state governments agreed on this in preparation for the executive round. Reuters has learned from several people familiar with the negotiations that the Bundesliga will most likely start on May 15. In addition, the limitation to 800 square meters of retail space as a prerequisite for opening a store is to be removed.

Here is an overview of what the federal states have decided so far:


Half a dozen state cabinets want to deal with easing measures this Tuesday. In addition, the federal and state economics ministers will discuss prospects for gastronomy and tourism (6.30 p.m.).

According to the agreement between the Schwerin state government and the hospitality industry, restaurants in the state should be allowed to open to locals from Saturday (May 9) from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. under strict hygiene requirements and with a maximum of six adults per table.

On May 18, hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments are also due to open for locals. On May 25, the entry ban for tourists from other federal states, which has been in force since mid-March, is to be lifted.

The hotels should be allowed to rent a maximum of 60 percent of their bed capacity. After the missed Easter business, Whitsun holidays at the end of May on the Baltic Sea or in the Mecklenburg Lake District would be possible again for all German citizens.

The relevant ordinances are to be discussed and approved at a cabinet meeting on Thursday. As early as this Tuesday, the state cabinet will probably give the go-ahead for the reopening of museums and memorials. Advice should also be given as to when and under what conditions, for example, cosmetic salons or nail salons are allowed to reopen.


The state government in Magdeburg wants to decide on Tuesday whether restaurants, bars and cafes in Saxony-Anhalt will be allowed to serve guests again in May, subject to certain conditions.

May 22nd is in prospect. The cabinet meeting should also look at the prospects for tourism. Saxony-Anhalt has also pushed ahead nationwide in easing contact restrictions. A regulation has been in effect since Monday, according to which five people instead of two can meet again (you can read here what else Saxony-Anhalt is planning).


Prime Minister Stephen Weil (SPD) had repeatedly criticized other federal states for their advance, on Monday his government went on the offensive and presented a five-step plan for gradual opening.

Accordingly, hotels with restrictions should be allowed to reopen from May 25th, restaurants with restrictions on May 11th. However, the measures should only be decided after the federal-state switch. Weil advertised in the ARD “Tagesthemen” on Monday evening for a nationwide easing strategy that encompasses all areas. At the moment everyone is driven by the pressure from the occasional rushing ahead on individual topics, complained Weil (read more about the plans in Lower Saxony here).


The Hamburg Senate intends to first implement the resolutions of the federal-state conference from last week in its session on Tuesday. This involves opening up playgrounds, museums, churches and mosques.

Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) has so far followed a cautious course. In an “ARD extra” on Monday evening, the SPD politician also said with regard to the catering trade: “I think we can also take further steps there.” At the same time, he campaigned for further joint action by the federal and state governments.

[All current developments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can be found here in our news blog. At this point we will keep you up to date on developments in Berlin in particular]

The meeting of the Bavarian cabinet also deals with the implementation of the resolutions of the past week. At the same time, the state government wants to position itself in the nationwide debate about further exit plans for schools, day-care centers, retail and gastronomy. In Baden-Württemberg, the state cabinet wants to talk about the guarantee of energy suppliers in Corona times.


The Berlin Senate is expected to decide on an aid program for cultural institutions in the Corona crisis. Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer (Linke) had already announced four weeks ago that 30 million euros should flow in the course of the program, mostly in the form of grants.

The details have now been worked out. An issue in the Senate could also be a mask requirement for staff in hospitals and nursing homes.

In Berlin there are already exceptions to the 800 square meter limit: Last Thursday, the administrative court issued an urgent decision allowing KaDeWe, Kaufhof and Karstadt to reopen the entire area. The latter implemented this directly on Saturday, the KaDeWe will follow this Tuesday.

It was not the 800 square meter limit itself that was criticized, but rather the unequal treatment between department stores and malls. According to a special Berlin regulation, malls have been open to the public for a long time, because the 800 square meters are used as a basis for each individual shop. (dpa, Reuters)

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