Germany must reopen all stores as restrictions on blocking are eased.
Meanwhile, Bundesliga football has been given the green light to recover, and schools will gradually open in the summer.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany’s goal of slowing the spread of coronavirus had been achieved.
Under the agreement with the government, 16 federal states of Germany will take control of the terms of recovery.
They will trigger an “emergency brake” when there is a new outbreak of infections.
The general rules of contact with the participants will continue for another month. Limited recovery has already begun, but easing constraints is much broader.
The two households will be able to meet and eat together, and the elderly in nursing homes and facilities will be able to visit one particular person.
Chancellor Merkel said: “I think we can safely say that the very first stage of the pandemic is over. But we need to know very well that we are still in the early stages and will be in this for a long time. “
In Germany, a coronavirus pandemic has killed less than 7,000 people – much lower than in other Western European countries, including Britain, Italy, France and Spain.
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On May 6, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal health authority, reported 165 deaths over the past day and 947 new infections.
The incidence of infection has been consistently low for some time, and Angela Merkel said she is very happy because the number of new daily infections is three figures. She praised the responsibility of German citizens for maintaining blocking measures to protect the lives of other people as well as themselves.
It is already allowed to open stores up to 800 square meters. Now all restrictions in shops will be lifted though it is necessary to wear masks and to maintain social distance.
Schools have already begun to open for older children; during the summer period all students will be allowed to gradually return to classes.
Germany, like other countries, is wary of a second outbreak of infections. If within seven days the new cases exceed 50 people per 100,000 in the county, local authorities in the affected region must restore the restrictions.
A number of 16 lands have been less affected by the crisis, so some are seeking to ease restrictions than others.
Bavaria in the south plans to open restaurants on May 18, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the north plans to do so on May 9.
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Opening restaurants and hotels is seen as a particular risk as it will increase the number of people traveling around Germany and increase the level of infection. Large public events will remain banned.
The German Football League, the Bundesliga, has been given the green light for the first time since March.
The so-called “ghostly” games without spectators can start again from May 15 to 21, until a two-week quarantine is introduced for players in the form of a training camp. The decision on the date will be made by the football authorities on May 7.
The Bundesliga will be the first major football league in Europe to recover from a pandemic. However, this is not without risk. This week, the German Football League found ten positive cases out of 1,724 trials in the top two divisions.
Meanwhile, Tourism Commissioner Thomas Borys expressed hope that the Germans would be able to go on holiday this summer.
If the outbreak of the disease remains under control, he suggested that they could disappear in Germany and neighboring countries where a similar drop in the number of infections was observed.