Germany is banning public meetings of more than two people, to minimise the risk of Covid-19 spreading through social interactions.
The move was the latest in efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19, which had infected more than 22,000 in the country, the Independent reported.
Only 84 deaths have been reported in Germany – a significantly lower rate than seen in the rest of the world.
Chancellor Angela Merkel – who is now in self-isolation herself – said the policy did not apply to those who lived in the same household.
“The danger lies in the direct social interaction,” Merkel said.
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Germany is seeking to reign in the spread of the virus
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The federal government and regional states had agreed on the stricter rules, she said.
Merkel herself has gone into quarantine after her doctor, who vaccinated her, tested positive with coronavirus, according to NBC reports.
Public spaces had already fallen quiet on Saturday after a number of states imposed quarantine measures and called on citizens to stay at home as part of a partial lockdown of the nation.
Breaches of the orders remained relatively low, according to Die Welt, with the state of Saarland reporting roughly 20 incidents overnight.
Due to covid-19 coronavirus, most of the shops, museums and concert halls in Berlin are closed
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Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that while he understood the need for “fresh air”, he was disappointed to see small instances of people flouting government guidance and socialising in groups.
“Maybe we can nudge the others a little bit to suck it up so that we can protect ourselves from further restrictions on freedoms,” he said.