German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said that the country has achieved a “fragile intermediate success” in its fight against coronavirus and will take small steps out of lockdown with the partial reopening of shops next week.
Schools would also start opening from May 4. Social distancing rules would remain in place until May 3.
Religious gatherings will remain banned and restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and music venues shut, with big events banned until Aug. 31.
“We are now moving forward in small steps,” Merkel told a news conference. “It is a fragile situation in which caution is required, not exuberance.”