The district of Warendorf closed all schools and daycare centres starting from Thursday as the lockdown was reinstated in the region due to the recent coronavirus outbreak at a meat processing plant in the neighbouring Guetersloh, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) away.
The lockdown was announced first for Guetersloh where more than 1,500 workers at the local Toennies slaughterhouse have tested positive for COVID-19 and later expanded to Warendorf, where some of the workers live.
On Thursday, classrooms and school premises were seen empty deserted at one of the Warendorf schools.
«The Warendorf schools have been closed starting from today, students had the last school day yesterday, they took home all the studying materials,» said Barbara Licht, Manager of Overbergschule school.
She added, «For today and tomorrow we provide daycare for students whose parents are working in critical infrastructure,» such as police, healthcare and fire service.
Licht stressed that the lockdown affects kids as they have limited social contacts and playing options. Moreover, many families who have already planned their summer vacations outside the region are affected by the shutdown.