German state of Bavaria heads for full coronavirus lockdown
From midnight, Bavarians will not be permitted to leave their homes without good reason.
Bavarian state premier Markus Söder | Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty ImagesBY JUDITH MISCHKEMarch 20, 2020 1:36 pm
BERLIN — Bavaria will become Germany’s first federal state to go into full lockdown, state premier Markus Söder announced Friday.
From midnight, Bavarians will not be permitted to leave their homes without good reason. Exceptions include commuting to work, grocery shopping, visits to the doctor or pharmacy, and providing help to others.
“We are not totally locking up Bavaria, but we are shutting down public life almost completely,” Söder said at a press conference in Munich.null
The lockdown will initially last two weeks, Söder added, saying that police would control whether people comply with the measures. Violations could result in “heavy fines,” Söder said, urging people to “not have parties” nor to “invite the neighborhood children.”
Söder said he believed “the severeness of the situation is still understood by too few.”
In addition, Söder said that restaurants would have to close from midnight, a measure he expected Germany’s other federal states to implement as well. So far, restaurants had been able to serve customers with limited opening hours.
For the next two weeks, there the only options for restaurant food will be meals “to go, drive-in and deliveries,” he said. “All other states also want to implement this.”