Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, alongside successor Olaf Scholz, announced Thursday that unvaccinated citizens will be prohibited from entering nonessential public places, according to BBC News.
Those who are unvaccinated will be barred from places such as restaurants, shops, bars or events, with the exception being if they have recently recovered from a case of COVID-19.
“Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated or recovered,” Merkel said in announcing the lockdown.
Unvaccinated people will still be permitted to enter essential stores, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, CNN reports.
Additionally, unvaccinated people can only meet two people from another household, and bars and clubs must close in areas with an incidence rate above 350 cases per 100,000 people over one week, according to German political news site DW Politics.
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