German shops re-open in first step to ease COVID-19 lockdown

German shops re-open in first step to ease COVID-19 lockdown

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[Newsphopick=Hani Na] Germany starts relaxing some of the coronavirus restrictions. Meanwhile the Health Minister speculates that social distancing measures and hygiene rules may "last for months."

Non-essential stores in some states across Germany are re-opening on Monday, as the country eases restrictions brought in to combat the spread of coronavirus.

From florists to fashion stores, the majority of shops smaller than 800 square metres will be allowed to welcome customers again, in a first wave of relaxations to strict curbs on public life introduced last month.

While the first shops will open their doors on Monday, each of Germany's 16 states is set to lift the restrictions at a slightly different pace.

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