OREANDA-NEWS. Germany is preparing to gradually remove restrictions on public life imposed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced this decision of the German government and federal states. “We will continue to have to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, it will be possible to stay in a public place only together or with family members,” the politician said. At the same time, some stores will open on April 20, and schools will begin to work on May 4.

According to Merkel, the German authorities managed to seriously slow down the spread of coronavirus infection, but this is an “intermediate success.” “We must understand that we will have to live with the virus until we get medicines, first of all, a vaccine,” the Chancellor stated.