German government defends curfews and domestic-travel bans

A bar owner closes up at a bar in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district on October 10, 2020. - Stolz, along with other bar owners in Berlin, has challenged local authorities over the re-introduction of a curfew for bars in the capital, which are, from October 10 onwards, forbidden to operate between 11 PM and 6 AM. (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)
A bar owner closes up at a bar in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district. Bar owners in Berlin have challenged local authorities over the re-introduction of a curfew for bars in the capital between 11pm and 6am. Photo: John Macdougall AFP via Getty Images

Helge Braun, the chief of staff at the chancellory in Berlin, has defended the government’s decision to tighten restrictions again amid a surge in new coronavirus infections in Germany.

“We are now right at the beginning of a second wave,” Braun told public broadcaster ARD on Sunday.

He said that the government wants to keep the economy functioning and keep schools and kindergartens open, which is “why we have to be a little stricter where the chains of infection are primarily spreading — namely celebrations and unfortunately also through travel.”

He said that the ban on people from high-risk areas of Germany going to other states for

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More than 1,000 UK pubs urge the government to rethink 10pm curfews

In September, the UK government announced that all businesses in the sector, including pubs, bars and restaurants can only offer table service and must close at 10pm. Photo: Getty
In September, the UK government announced that all businesses in the sector, including pubs, bars and restaurants can only offer table service and must close at 10pm. Photo: Getty

UK pub owners are “angry” with the government, as more than 1,000 publicans signed an open letter to Rishi Sunak pleading for more government support and to rethink the 10pm curfews.

In the letter organised by grassroots organisation Campaign for Pubs, owners accused Sunak of “scapegoating pubs” and “ignoring the needs of pubs, publicans, staff and their families” in his Winter Economy Plan.

In September, the government’s announced that all businesses in the sector, including pubs, bars and restaurants can offer table service only and must close at 10pm, after UK coronavirus cases spiked.

Campaign for Pubs said owners signed the letter because there is “real anger among licensees about the 10pm curfew, which has no scientific basis, but which makes

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