The German government-imposed measures such as social distancing. Daycare facilities, schools, and universities were successively closed around the country, as were gyms, museums, theaters, clubs, bars, restaurants, libraries, cinemas, shops, and stores. During April and May 2020, as the German government began easing shutdown measures, decisions were also handed down to individual state governments, with numerous establishments reopening. Social distancing and wearing protective masks continued to accompany daily life outside of the home. Germany has repeated lockdown measures after infection rates began to rise in autumn and throughout winter 2020.
Now the majority of the German population has received at least two doses if not three of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although this does not mean people will not become infected with the virus, it severely reduces the risk of developing more dangerous symptoms and having to be hospitalized, meaning the pressure on hospitals has been eased significantly. This has meant that life for most people has gone back to the way it was pre-pandemic. Restaurants and shops are open, most with no social distancing measures, and on February 1, 2023, the final protective measure, wearing masks on public transport, was also lifted.