Germany extends lockdown until mid-February

01.02.2021 − 

Due to continuing high numbers of corona infections and mutated virus variants, participants in the federal-state conference reached the decision on 19 January again to extend the hard lockdown that has been in effect in Germany since mid-December. Businesses that do not serve daily necessities - which includes the brick-and-mortar furniture retail trade - must therefore remain closed until 14 February. In addition, medical masks such as surgical masks or FFP2 masks must be worn in the retail trade and on public transport throughout Germany in future. In Bavaria, FFP2 masks have been compulsory in shops and the public transport network since as early as 18 January.

Closure of the non-essential retail trade was imposed in Germany on 16 December and was initially planned to last until 11 January. Subsequently, on 5 January the lockdown was extended a further three weeks until 31 January. While Click & Collect had initially been prohibited in three federal states, the ban was lifted in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria on 11 January. Click & Collect therefore remains forbidden only in Saxony. Various furniture traders offer Click & Collect, such as Ikea, XXXLutz Group, Porta group, Hans Segmüller, Höffner. Dänisches Bettenlager, Poco and Roller. In some cases, orders can be placed at the local branch by phone and subsequently collected.

The brick-and-mortar furniture trade in various other European countries must also currently remain closed, in some cases until into the month of February. In Austria, for example, the lockdown which has been in effect since 28 December and was initially scheduled to last until 24 January has meanwhile been extended by two weeks. As things stand at present, the first easing of the lockdown - and thus the reopening of the non-essential retail trade - could take place on 8 February at the earliest.

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