While falling short of a nationwide lockdown, on 22 March Germany undertook new restrictions to limit social contact (beyond members of one's household) to an absolute minimum for at least two weeks.
The restrictions include banning public gatherings of more than two people, and closing of restaurants (except for pick up and deliveries). Service providers such as hairdressers and massage studios that were previously allowed to stay open have now been told to close.
Citizens are still allowed to leave their homes for exercise, medical appointments and to go to the supermarket, as long as they practice safe social distancing measures.
Given Germany's federalised system, it is up to its 16 individual states to implement the measures. Four states (including Bavaria on Friday) have imposed more wide-ranging restrictions on movement.
The German Farmer's Association has warned of a looming shortage of seasonal workers as a result of the coronavirus border restrictions, with implications for planting and harvesting. It is subsequently likely that measures will be put in place to facilitate or ease restrictions on the supply of a seasonal work force.