German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reversed a planned strict Easter shutdown, amid massive criticism of the government’s pandemic management.
Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 states had agreed on Monday that almost all shops were to be closed from 1st to 5th on April, with only grocers allowed to open on Saturday 3rd April.
However, the planned strict lockdown has been reversed, instead people will be asked to stay home over the Easter weekend.
Merkel had called an unexpected crisis meeting this morning as a backlash over the pandemic measures sent her CDU party’s ratings plummeting.
The leaders had agreed the measure was “a mistake and not enforceable in this form”.