Germany to extend lockdown until Feb. 15 - document


FILE PHOTO: A sign reads "terrace closed, don't sit down" in front of a closed restaurant as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues during an extended lockdown in Frankfurt, Germany, January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to extend coronavirus restrictions until Feb. 15 and make medical masks obligatory on public transport and in shops, according to a draft resolution by the federal government seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

The draft proposed keeping schools closed until mid-February and improving aid for companies affected by the lockdown extension. It also proposed creating a working group to work out how to exit restrictions safely and equitably.

Merkel is due to meet on Tuesday with regional leaders to discuss measures to rein in the coronavirus pandemic.

(Reporting by Christian Kraemer; Writing by Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Caroline Copley)

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