May 6, 2020 / 5:21 AM / a month ago

German federal govt and states agree on way to ease lockdown - draft document

BERLIN, May 6 (Reuters) - The German federal government and the states have agreed that all shops and amateur open-air sports can restart under certain conditions and states will each decide on a gradual opening of various aspects of public life, a draft document showed.

The paper, dated late on May 5, was prepared by federal chancellery chief Helge Braun and the heads of the regional chancelleries - for a telephone conference Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to hold with premiers of the states later on Wednesday.

It said states would decide on their own about a gradual opening of universities, restaurants, bars, hotels, trade fairs, cosmetic studios, brothels, theatres, fitness studios, cinemas and discos.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke Writing by Michelle Martin Editing by Scot W. Stevenson

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