Gradual de-confinement in Germany: The reopening of museums and film industry for the time being

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Germany’s current development gives hope of recovering from the global pandemic as it has reopened its museums’ doors to the public. “We apparently did not have hotspots, it spread slowly and we were lucky”, confirmed Professor Robert Kaufman of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology.

Restrictions are not so curtailed for the time being. While on Sunday and Monday Germany witnessed the resumption of religious services and shops respectively, today some museums were accessible. It should be noted that after several testing of thousands of early Covid 19 cases, the nation highlighted less infection level than expected. This is why there is lesser restrictions imposed. In fact, soon cabinet decisions will suggest ways to ease the rules.

The economy minister, Mr Altmaeir, points out that there has been a closure of only 75% of businesses actually. The mentioned ministry is being extremely careful in keeping track of the rate of the global pandemic.

According to him, reinforcing controls could lead to a “disastrous effect on the economy”. Germany envisions reducing the number of deaths in comparison to other European countries if the above-mentioned strategy turns out to be a success.

However, wearing of masks everywhere and keeping strict hygiene remain mandatory. Social distancing is also imposed. Also, contact tracing is maintained.

The film industry has been granted green lights to operate but on one condition only. Workers have to provide their profile information. Otherwise, other institutions like schools, universities, bars and restaurants will not operate so quickly.

They have to wait for some weeks. For the time being the government is looking forward to allowing the meeting of extended families or small numbers of friends.

Prof Kaufman, one of the country’s leading virologists, points out that “People feel and are confident we can return to normal life”.

Remarkably, Germany is one step forward the other harder-hit European countries in allowing access to some public institutions.