German Of The Day: Besser, Schneller, Weiter!

That means better, faster, further!

Masks

You know, like in wear better masks? Be faster than the others when it comes to restricting and regulating your citizens? Go further and ever further into debt? Where no man has ever gone before kind of debt? You know, stuff like that?

Germans are told to wear better masks – Germans will be obliged to wear medical-grade masks in shops and on public transport until Valentine’s Day under tighter lockdown measures.

Most schools are likely to remain closed and soldiers will be sent to carry out rapid tests in care homes as the government tries to suppress the more contagious British variant of the coronavirus.

Angela Merkel had sought even tougher restrictions yesterday during eight hours of wrangling with regional leaders, but her appeal for a national night-time curfew was rebuffed.

The True Religion

In Germany: The state.

Church

Do what we tell you to do or else. Amen.

Coronavirus: German police raid church service with over 100 maskless worshippers – Police said they arrived on the scene to find dozens of churchgoers flouting coronavirus lockdown rules that ban singing and require people to keep their distance.

 

Just Do As The Germans Do And Everything Will Be Fine

COVID-19-wise. It’s good to be the Klassenbeste (top of the class).

Covid

Sure, the number of infections keeps climbing here but at least the German populice is doing as it is told = everything right.

Germany Passes 1 Million Coronavirus Cases As Merkel Warns Of ‘A Tough Winter’ – Germany officially passed 1 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday as the country’s daily totals remain high through the first month of what the government calls “lockdown light.” Since the beginning of November, schools and most shops have remained open, but bars, gyms and other indoor leisure centers have closed, with restaurants only open for takeaway orders.

On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country will have to live with these restrictions through at least Dec. 20.

New Year Fireworks Spread Corona

In Germany they do. Even if you shoot them off from your balcony, in your backyard or in front or your own front door, apparently.

Fireworks

That’s why they must be verboten this year. I mean next year. I mean, you know what I mean. Everything that is not expressly allowed must be verboten here. It’s the law or something. Of course the companies that make 90 percent of their annual sales on New Year feel that this planned ban might have a slight financial impact on their revenue, but still.

Planned ban on New Year fireworks ignites anger in Germany – Authorities set to prohibit big public displays that are traditional part of festivities.

“Wir finden, dass privates Feuerwerk vor der eigenen Haustür Corona-konformer gar nicht sein kann.”

 

German Of The Day: Beregnen

Zu beregnen means “to sprinkle.” I also like Sprühnebel. That means “spray mist.”

That’s what Berlin police water cannon do or use against protestors who demonstrate against the government’s COVID rules and regulations. And they just passed a new “protection” act that allows them to bypass Parliament to make additional rules and regulations. The government is apparently upset that the people are upset about this.

As lawmakers in the German parliament voted to amend the country’s Infection Protection Act, which lays out the restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, thousands were protesting in the capital, accusing the government of using the law to curtail basic rights and establish a “corona dictatorship.”

German Restrictions Re-Restricted For More Regulated And Restrictive Restriction

She’s from the government and she’s here to help.

Masks

The first batch of COVID-19 restrictions worked wonders in Germany. That’s why they introduced a tighter set of restrictions a few months later. And these were so popular (with the German government) that said government is going to re-restrict these restrictions to an even more restrictive level. A special Christmas bonus restriction track is in the works now too, I assume.

Coronavirus: Merkel, German states consider tougher restrictions – Germany’s federal government and states are considering tighter COVID-19 restrictions, such as dramatically reducing the number of people at private gatherings and compulsory mask wearing for school students.

Even The German Public Is Starting To Get It

On the one hand, as the Washington Post itself put it: “Germany and France announce new national lockdowns, saying they have lost control of the coronavirus.”

Corona

On the other hand, the German government, for its part, still pretends that it has the situation under control and is trying desperately to prove this to the German public by introducing ever more restrictive measures. Das Chaos ist perfekt, in other words. Everything is perfectly chaotic.

German hostility to Merkel’s coronavirus shutdown grows – Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany’s 16 state premiers spent four hours deliberating before announcing drastic measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The question now is how the Germans will react.

 

German Of The Day: Gastro-Lockdown

That means gastro lockdown. You know, as in gastronomy lockdown?

Gastro

It’s coming to Germany. Wow, and this in a country that has Corona under control (if you watch American mainstream media news). Angela “we can do it” Merkel will be announcing today and making sure that – take a deep breath now – restaurants, bars, clubs discotheques, pubs, as well as theaters, opera houses, concert houses, whore houses, casinos, amusement parks, film theaters, sport clubs, betting shops, swimming pools and gyms will be closed down for a bit. For our own protection. Not necessarily for the people who work there or own them, of course, but still. It’s a start. And what a whore house and some of the others there have to do with gastronomy I’ll leave up to you.

Otherwise though, everything else can remain open. For now.

Unter anderem sollen Gastronomiebetriebe sowie Bars, Clubs, Diskotheken, Kneipen und ähnliche Einrichtungen geschlossen bleiben. Gleiches soll für Theater, Opern, Konzerthäuser, Messen, Kinos, Freizeitparks, Spielhallen, Spielbanken, Wettannahmestellen, Bordelle, Freizeit- und Amateursportbetrieb, Schwimm- und Spaßbäder und Fitnessstudios gelten.

Flatliners

Coronavirus mortality rates: Germans continue to keep not dropping like flies.

Flatliners

They forgot to add the panic level here though. It’s also still as flat as ever. At a much higher level, of course, but still.

Coronavirus digest: Germany mulls restrictions on traveling, partying – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s aide has called for restrictions on social gatherings and travel to deal with the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Germany has reported a surge in daily infections…

While the number of cases and deaths in Germany is lower than in many neighboring countries, the country has been reporting more than 4,000 daily cases since Thursday, the highest since April.

 

€3 Million Might Sound Like A Humble Beginning

But the German state governments have only just begun collecting the money. It’s a sum that is certainly ausbaufähig (capable of being developed, i.e. increased).

Fines

Coronavirus: German cities issue 35,000 fines to rulebreakers – Germany’s biggest cities have collected more than €3 million in penalties from violators of coronavirus restrictions. Munich and Hamburg, which have been hit hardest by the pandemic, have doled out the most fines.