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Bavaria announces state of emergency

Due to the spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, Bavaria’s Minister President Markus Soeder (CSU) has declared a state of emergency in Bavaria. As of today, schools, day-care centers and kindergartens are closed. As of Tuesday, the restrictions on public life will be further extended: No more public events will be allowed, bars, cinemas and swimming pools will be closed, and from Wednesday certain shops will also be closed.

Leisure: cinemas, swimming pools, zoo closed

Bavaria further extends the restrictions due to the spread of the coronavirus. Not only cinemas, clubs will be closed from Tuesday, 17 March up to and including 19 April, but also sports facilities and playgrounds will be closed, as announced by Minister President Markus Soeder (CSU) on Monday in Munich.

Swimming pools and saunas will also have to close from Tuesday. Likewise, the Hellabrunn Zoo will also be closed to visitors until further notice. Fitness studios, libraries, wellness centres, thermal baths, dance schools, zoos, amusement parks, further education centres, community colleges, music schools and youth centres are also affected.

Events: Trade fairs, concerts, theatre – no more events allowed

All events and gatherings are prohibited until 19.4. – this applies to strong beer festivals (Starkbierfest), concerts and theatre performances and all other types of events throughout Bavaria.

Excluded from this are private celebrations in privately used rooms suitable for this purpose, where all participants have a close personal relationship (family) to each other.

In the fight against the coronavirus, restaurants in Bavaria may only open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Tuesday onwards.

As Prime Minister Markus Soeder (CSU) explained, a distance of 1.5 metres between the guests should also be guaranteed. Also, a maximum of 30 people in the guest room may only be served at the same time.

Shopping: Retail closes – grocery stores open longer

From Wednesday onwards, selected shops that are not necessary for the basic supply will also be closed. Grocery stores are to remain open.

In order to ensure the basic supply of food and other important products, Bavaria is extending the opening hours for certain shops: Supermarkets, grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks and some other shops will be allowed to open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and will also be open on Sundays, then until 6 p.m.