Germany is ranked 16th out of 163 countries in peace and safety, and 11th out of 36 countries in Europe. Individuals, that live in Germany could say that Germany is strict and protective, but is it really?
During the Coronavirus pandemic, Germany has upped its game to what is permitted. At first, people were able to follow the rules leaving the country with fewer cases — after the second wave hit, things started to reverse. Restrictions were set into place and certain rules were edited to have a stronger impact. Events that happened prior to Covid-19 left the country taking extra precautions for the safety of the people. During this time the government has set up new rules and regulations according to Deutsche Welle News (DW News). The new regulations are as follows; Private meetings will be limited to members of one household, plus one other person. Previously the limit was set at a maximum of five people from two households. Anyone arriving in Germany from high-risk areas must submit two negative test results. A minimum five-day quarantine period is required between the two tests — even if the first is negative. Parents receive an extra 10 days of leave looking after children. Single parents will receive an extra 20 days. Residents in areas with a seven-day incidence of more than 200 cases per 100,000 people can be restricted from traveling more than 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from their homes without a valid reason — merely advising people to abide by the rules. That’s not all. Restrictions still remain in place since the very beginning of the pandemic, they are as follows; All shops and services deemed nonessential are closed. Parents can take paid holidays in order to look after their children. Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home if possible. Religious events in churches, synagogues, and mosques may take place if they follow hygiene rules. Schools are largely closed and students are taught through distance learning. The measures come into force as Germany logged another 12,497 cases on Monday, October 26, 2020, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious disease on Friday, October 30, 2020. Germany recorded 1,734 deaths with a 7-day average of 873 people on the 19th of January, 2021— the highest daily tally so far.
Many individuals want the pandemic to subside. However, we can’t follow the rules for a time and hope it’ll die down. We must follow the rules of the lockdown with care so that restrictions may be lifted allowing freedom from quarantine. Accomplishing this will lead our leaders to lift more Covid-19 laws, getting a step closer to reopening the country.