A draft agreement seen by media on Tuesday shows that Germany plans to extend the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown to March 28 but would lift some curbs on social life and shopping.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would meet with regional governors on Wednesday to take stock of the progress in rolling back the pandemic, which has claimed 70,463 lives in Germany alone.
Guidelines drafted ahead of the meeting allow for larger groups of friends and relatives from two households to meet starting March 8, according to Focus Online, a news website.
Bookstores, flower, and gardening shops would be allowed to reopen across the country.
Regions with coronavirus infections below 35 or 50 per 100,000 residents would have more freedom to reopen.
Regional authorities nevertheless insist on an “emergency brake’’ that would allow stricter rules to snap back into place if the number of infections rises above a certain value for three days in a row.