Germany: Erfurt lively as social distancing requirements lifted in Thuringia

The city of Erfurt looked lively on Saturday as Thuringia became the first state in Germany to totally lift social distancing requirements put in place due to the coronavirus outbreak. People could be seen enjoying the outdoors, walking in the city centre, shopping at a market, and waiting to board a tram. While face masks continue to be compulsory on public transport and in shops, gatherings with more than 10 people, and featuring people from more than two households, will be permitted although they will still not be recommended. Mandatory restrictions such as social distancing and limiting non-essential trips were enacted back in March throughout Germany as part of the general lockdown. Under the latest terms agreed between the federal government and Germany's states, mandatory social distancing requirements are currently set to expire at the end of June, with other German leaders criticising Thuringia's decision.

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