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Coronavirus restrictions eased in Rheinland-Pfalz, home to Ramstein Air Base

St. Martinplatz in downtown Kaiserslautern, Germany, is pictured here on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. An easing of coronavirus restrictions in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, which includes the city, will allow patrons to visit restaurants without reservations. Establishments will also be allowed to remain open until midnight under the new rules, which take effect Wednesday, June 10.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 9, 2020

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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — More of the restrictions introduced in Rheinland-Pfalz two-and-a-half months ago to combat the coronavirus will be relaxed starting Wednesday, officials said.

Restaurants and bars will be allowed to remain open until midnight, a two-hour increase, and reservations will no longer be required to eat out, a decree issued by the state government in Mainz said.

But all other restrictions, including wearing protective masks, social distancing and a ban on guests sitting at a bar, will remain in force, the decree said. Nightclubs and brothels will remain closed, it said.

Children younger than six years of age don’t have to wear masks, the decree said.

Rheinland-Pfalz is home to about 50,000 U.S. personnel and family members, as well as Ramstein Air Base and several Army installations.

Each of Germany’s 16 federal states has its own rules regulating restaurants, hotels, bars, ice cream parlors, beer gardens and other hospitality establishments. Most states have gradually relaxed the strict measures implemented at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany in March.

Separately, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz announced Monday the reopening of pedestrian gates at Baumholder — those at the central issue facility/quartermaster, the health clinic and Smith Barracks — and at Kaiserslautern’s Daenner, Kleber and Panzer Kasernes. The garrison also said on its Facebook page that the pedestrian gate at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center will reopen June 15, along with all vehicle access points.

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St. Martinplatz in downtown Kaiserslautern, Germany, is shown on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. An easing of coronavirus restrictions in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, which includes the city, will allow patrons to visit restaurants without reservations. Establishments will also be allowed to remain open until midnight under the new rules, which take effect on Wednesday, June 10.
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