We are currently in a lockdown in Germany, which will last until February 14th. However, we will have to see if the rules have been followed or if the lockdown will be extended again.
But what does a lockdown in Germany mean and what restrictions do we have?
The federal government has decided that all employers must allow home office where possible. The consequence is that all areas of myGermany work in the home office, where possible. Of course, our warehouse staff who take care of your packages can not work in the home office. They are still on site in the warehouse and strictly adhere to all Corona measures. This means wearing masks, keeping a distance of 1.5m, having appropriate disinfectant dispensers everywhere and always airing out. This is the only way we can all contain the virus, but still process your packages.
Nevertheless, it can happen that the warehouse is closed if a Corona case occurs. This does not even have to occur directly with someone, but also in the environment of the person involved, forces our employees into quarantine. There you have to spend 14 days in isolation and also a negative test forces you to the 14 days, which is controlled by the health department.
Furthermore, in certain areas of public life, one must wear medical masks or FFP2 masks. This includes stores, nursing homes or public transportation. A cloth mask or scarf no longer counts there and is punishable by a fine.
To further contain the virus, there are also special contact restrictions and only one’s own household is allowed to meet with a maximum of one other person. This means that either only grandma or grandpa is allowed to visit one, but one is allowed to go with the household to both. At the same time, the number of households from which the additional people come should be kept as constant and as small as possible.
Already since November all bars, pubs, discos are closed. So are restaurants, but they are allowed to offer food for delivery or pick-up.
Only stores for daily needs are open, such as supermarkets, gas stations, drug stores, etc.
Schools and kindergartens are also closed and the only way to get emergency care here is for parents to work in the medical field, for example. This is an immense hurdle for many parents, as they also have to take care of homeschooling and look after the little ones.
For particularly high incidences of more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week, the radius of movement will be restricted to 15 km around the place of residence, unless there is a valid reason. If one violates this, heavy fines may await one.
We hope that with these measures we in Germany can contain the virus and its mutation in the best possible way — myGermany is also doing its part!
We would like to continue to enable you to buy products in German online stores and send them to you. That’s why we are here for you, even if it may take a little longer sometimes, but we have to follow all the rules.