A young couple wearing masks walk past a florist on the first day of the easing of some restrictions during the coronavirus crisis on April 20, 2020 in Lueneburg, Germany. Across Germany many states, but not all, are introducing steps to lift restrictions that have had a deep economic and social impact, including the reopening of smaller-size stores, allowing high school students to take exams and restarting production lines in some factories. The number of COVID-19 infections is continuing to rise, but at a slower rate than in previous weeks, which is giving the federal and state governments hope that the time is right to begin lifting restrictions.
A mother and son wear protective face masks as they shop for shoes at a shoe store that was open for the first time since March on the first day of the easing of some restrictions during the coronavirus crisis on April 20, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany.
Employee Andrea Kuenle-Bartsch wears a self-made face mask next to a sign reading: "Due to the hygiene and distance rules we may serve max. 2 persons in the shop. Thanks for your understanding" as she opens the door of a fashion store in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany, on April 20, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff tape off social-distancing markings during preparations for reopening the temporarily-closed Schloss-Schule elementary school on April 21, 2020 in Heppenheim, Germany. Schools across Germany are making preparations to reopen in coming weeks as part of overall measures to ease the coronavirus lockdown. Certain precautions will accompany the resumption, including keeping pupils socially-distanced and the wearing of protective face masks. Germany is taking steps to lift elements of the lockdown in order to allow people to return to their jobs and for the economy to gain pace.
Staff install a plexiglass pane on the teacher's table during preparations for reopening the temporarily-closed Schloss-Schule elementary school on April 21, 2020 in Heppenheim, Germany.
Cinema goers watch a movie sitting in their cars at a newly opened drive-in cinema in front of the "Phoenix West" former blast furnace during the novel coronavirus crisis on April 20, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. While regular cinemas remain temporarily closed as part of overall measures to stem the spread of the virus, drive-in cinemas have in some German states been allowed to remain open, with the requirement that a maximum of two people occupy each car.
Pupils sit on distanced tables as they complete the Biology Abitur (high school graduation) examination in the assembly hall of the Paul-Natorp-Gymnasium secondary school in Berlin on April 22, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
City administration helpers hand out face masks in Dresden, Germany, April 20, 2020. Saxony became the first German state to make wearing a face mask mandatory. Wearing a mouth and nose protection is mandatory in shops, public transportation and supermarkets.
Woman wearing face masks disinfect their hands as they enter a fabrics store in Ludwigsburg, Germany, on April 20, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
A trainee of Berlin[s public transport company BVG cleans a bus during a shift change on April 22, 2020, amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Pupils and parents pick up their homework for the week at the temporarily-closed Schloss-Schule elementary school during the coronavirus crisis on April 20, 2020 in Heppenheim, Germany.
Rihan, 5, leads his father Erdem while shopping in a toy store that opened for the first time since March, during the novel coronavirus crisis on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Small to midsized-shops are opening across Germany this week as state authorities follow a recommendation by the federal government to ease restrictions imposed in March meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Employees of a clothing store in the Mall of Berlin stick a sign on the floor with the words "Entrance" in Berlin, April 22, 2020. The store has reduced its sales area to less than 800 square meters and only allows a limited number of customers to enter via the single entrance. As of today, Berliners can once again shop in many stores beyond the food trade.
People are counted as they enter the IKEA home furnishings store Koeln-Godorf on April 22, 2020 in Cologne, Germany.
A shopper checks out at the IKEA home furnishings store Koeln-Godorf on April 22, 2020 in Cologne, Germany.
An employee desinfechts the self-checkout terminal at the IKEA home furnishings store Koeln-Godorf on April 22, 2020 in Cologne, Germany.
The Theater an der Niebuhrg theatre group performs musical hits at a makeshift stage on a truck for a drive-in audience during the coronavirus crisis on April 21, 2020 in Oberhausen, Germany. The drive-in theatre is a means for the group to continue performing and selling tickets while their regular venue remains closed as part of measures aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Across Germany theatres, museums, cinemas, symphonies, opera halls, ballets and other cultural institutions are struggling to make it through the coronavirus lockdown.
Employee Alexander of the Zeppelin company marks a temporary cycle lane on the Kottbusser Damm in Berlin, Germany, April 22, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the establishment of this bicycle lane was accelerated in order to give citizens an incentive to switch to the bicycle.
People wearing protective masks queue up to go in a garden store in Munich, April 20, 2020.
Boeing 747 aircrafts of German Lufthansa are parked at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, April 20, 2020. Due to the coronavirus Lufthansa had to cancel 97 percent of its flights.