Germany lifts more restrictions, Merkel urges caution
May 21, 2021. After months of forced break, restaurateurs in Duesseldorf are allowed to welcome guests again as of Friday. As in other municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia, this only applies to the outdoor area and under certain coronavirus measures. (David Young/dpa via AP)
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to behave responsibly as large parts of the country relaxed more pandemic restrictions Friday at the start of the Pentecost weekend, telling them that caution is needed to avoid further shutdowns.
German regions have gradually started easing restrictions as new coronavirus cases decline steadily, accompanied by an accelerating vaccination campaign.
Beer gardens, cafes and restaurants in Berlin and elsewhere started serving customers outdoors for the first time in months on Friday — provided they present a negative COVID-19 test or a vaccination certificate.
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