The North Rhine-Westphalian city of Guetersloh became the first in Germany to be put under lockdown for the second time, following a recent COVID-19 outbreak at the local Toennies slaughterhouse.
The announcement was made by North Rhine-Westphalia State Governor Armin Laschet on Tuesday, in a bid to fight the spread of coronavirus in the area. The measure is supposed to last until June 30.
More than 1,500 workers at a meat processing plant have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as some of their family members and 24 people with no connection to the plant.
Guetersloh's neighbouring town of Warendorf also falls back under lockdown measures that had been gradually lifted since the end of April.