Wednesday 04 August 2021

Germany bans cross-border shopping trips as corona cases rise

No cheap fuel for Dutch motorists until November 1. Photo:

Short trips over the German border to fill up with fuel or buy groceries have been banned since the weekend as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

The Robert Koch Institut – the German government’s infectious disease control agency – has labelled all border provinces apart from Limburg ‘red zones’, meaning all non-essential travel is prohibited.

Only commuters and people on urgent family business are exempt from the ban, as long as they notify the local German health authority. The restriction will remain in force until at least November 1.

Germany is also experiencing a rising number of coronavirus infections, recording 1,543 new cases on Sunday. The Netherlands had more than 4,000 on the same day with less than a quarter of Germany’s population.

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