The Quarantine Diaries, Day 40: Masks, masks, everywhere, and the beginning of the end

On April 20, Germany relaxed some of its quarantine measures. Small stores, under 800 m² (8,600 ft²) were allowed to re-open, on the condition that customers kept at least 1.5 meters (5 ft) apart.

The same day, Angela Merkel strongly recommended people start wearing masks in public, though she left it up to the individual German states to decided if and how to implement this measure. In Hamburg, they announced a new Maskenpflicht (mask-wearing requirement) on April 20, which goes into effect April 27, giving people a week to purchase a mask and get used to these measures.

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My Berlin life: Settling into a routine

I’ve been in Berlin for just over a week, and I’m almost finished with my first week of German intensive courses! The “real” classes won’t begin until October, and until then we have three weeks of intensive German lessons and more orientation stuff most afternoons. Here’s what a typical day looks like for me at this point.

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