Germany’s federal government is planning to extend coronavirus lockdown measures until next month, but will allow some small shops to reopen, local media reported on Wednesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel would propose premiers of federal states this afternoon to extend most of the restrictions on public life until at least May 3, but would suggest allowing small shops to reopen beginning from April 20, Suddeutsche Zeitung reported.

Her proposal envisages easing restrictions for small shops and stores with less than 800 square meters on condition that they would adhere to social distancing and hygiene rules, but restaurants and cafes will

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