Coronavirus Resurgence Near German Equestrian Center in Warendorf Triggers Reimposition of Lockdown

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German equestrian federation headquarters.

June 24, 2020

A major resurgence of coronavirus near Warendorf has led to re-imposition of a lockdown on the German Equestrian Federation community and the cancellation of horse competitions just as 3 1/2 months of restrictions were easing.

The new lockdown was triggered by an outbreak in which 1,540 of 6,140 slaughterhouse employees, and some additional family members, tested positive for Covid-19 in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to the World newspaper.

The newspaper said that the new restrictions will initially apply until the end of June but the state health minister was reported as saying they could be extended.

It is the first time since easing of restrictions initially imposed in mid-March that an area in Germany is returning to tight controls.

No more than two people outside of a household can be together in pubic. Indoor sports and numerous cultural events are prohibited. Gyms, bars and movie theaters remain closed. Daycare centers and schools will also be closed.

Four mare and foal shows in the region have been canceled. A qualifier for the prestigious Piaff Promotion Prize for Under-25 dressage riders that was to be held at Warendorf center was also called off.