May 6, 2020 / 12:34 PM / a month ago

Germany extends social distancing measures until June 5 - sources

An empty street is pictured on Labour Day, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government and the 16 federal states agreed at a meeting on Wednesday to extend until June 5 social distancing measures designed to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, two participants said.

The sources said Chancellor Angela Merkel and the premiers of the states had agreed to loosen the restrictions, with members of two households to be allowed to meet.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Michelle Martin

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