2020 just keeps on giving, right? If you’re in Germany or thinking about moving here, here’s a quick update about the November lockdown and what to expect.
Starting from November 2nd (you gotta start from Monday right), Germany is going into another lockdown. Gyms, wellness centers, pools, theaters, museums, clubs, and coffee bars will close. Restaurants will remain open but only for delivery. If you want to grab some nice pizza or a more German dish like dozens of kinds of sausages (a.k.a. Wurst) you’re the only option is delivery.
Schools and kindergartens will remain open which is kind of a relief for parents since… Kinda… Because kids will be kids and they will still run around touching, kissing, chewing, spitting, and sneezing over each other making the transmission of COVID-19 a potentially big problem. Time will tell how this will work, but it definitely raises some interesting questions.
Merkel (and the rest of the politician’s crew) gave an estimate of the current numbers doubling in a week if no measures are taken. This will put enormous stress on the healthcare system and they’re trying to avoid that situation. Although in the 1st wave, Germany held up really good compared to other bigger EU countries nowadays the numbers are reaching all new highs.
Stores that sell food will stay open, as well as drug stores. No need to panic and please, learn from the 1st wave and don’t develop the hamster syndrome again. Especially with the toilet paper. There’s more than enough food and drinks for everyone and even toilet paper to wipe your ass off. Don’t go bananas (again) please. We’ve seen it wasn’t really necessary. Keep your hands clean, avoid contact with others, and try to make the best of the situation. Go read a book, learn something, do some bodywork. Yes, the situation is a bit of a pain in the ass but it might be a good reset-point to reevaluate your life goals and focus on something else and make progress in your life.
The lockdown will probably have a major impact on the economy but this might be a great chance to get into some other fields of expertise. IT experts are at an all-time high and we’re pretty much intact by the whole pandemic situation, so you might consider that as your next step in life.
Take care, stay safe, and see you soon.
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