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Cities will determine if the country as a whole can keep the situation under control, according to the chancellor. She discussed the situation and potential measures with the mayors of Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt (Main), Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.
The economy needed to work, Merkel said, and schools should stay open. She also thanked Germany’s armed forces for helping local health authorities with contact tracing.
The Chancellor admitted that restrictions at weddings and other private events reached far into people’s lives. However, she defended the new measures, citing the serious situations in some neighboring states.
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