Minister President Volker Bouffier: “We are easing restrictions where we can justify them.”
The state government of Hesse decided today to relax corona restrictions following a video conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel and the ministers president on Thursday, 30 April 2020. Beginning on 4 May 2020, hair salons and barbershops, museums and zoos, among others, will be permitted to open in Hesse, subject to social distance and hygiene rules. Playgrounds may also be used again.
“We are far from being over the pandemic. For this reason, protecting the health of our citizens still remains our top priority. We are staying the course and we are easing restrictions where we can justify them. Competition between the states to see who can return to normality the quickest will not help anyone. We are moving forward step by step and in a prudent manner. At the same time, we want to give people an outlook for the future,” Minister President Volker Bouffier said in Wiesbaden.
The following will be permitted to open in Hesse as of 4 May 2020, subject to social distance and hygiene rules:
- Museums, exhibitions, castles and memorials, under the specification, that use is of an individual nature. Group activities or tours may not be offered. As a guideline, one person should be allowed per 20 square metres.
- Animal parks, zoos and botanical gardens
- Dog groomers and dog schools
- Copy shops
- Driving schools, music schools and private lessons (for individual lessons and small groups up to five people)
- Hairdressers and other personal care services such as cosmetic and nail salons, tattoo parlours, and massage practices. Providers must wear a mouth and nose covering for the entire duration of customer contact. Mouth and nose coverings are also mandatory for customers. These may only be removed if the services can only be rendered without said covering.
- Previously prohibited elective medical operations and surgeries in clinics and outpatient practices, may be performed.
- In all health care facilities, such as hospitals and doctors’ offices, mouth and nose coverings must be worn. This obligation also applies in shopping streets and covered shopping centres.
- Classroom training will be resumed in the training of civil servants and employees in the public sector, when completion was planned for 2020. This also includes sports training and examinations.
On Wednesday, 6 May 2020, consultations between Chancellor Merkel and the leadership of the federal states entered the next round. The agenda included concepts for opening day-care centres, schools, sports facilities, restaurants and pubs, as well as the topic of trade. “I expect thorough and constructive discussions and hope that, wherever possible, we will be able to adopt uniform regulations and that citizens, especially families, will be given a clearer outlook for the future,” emphasised Minister President Bouffier.
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