That sounds quite bad.
I meant to write about the German situation here for a while, but never took the time to do it.
So, maybe you know, Germany was quite good at getting its numbers down - and no, that’s no fake, but there were really only few cases until one or two weeks ago.
Most restrictions were ended one after another, but you should know that many measures are still in place: it is mandatory to wear masks in all shops and in public transport etc. Restaurants and cafés are open, but distancing is required, and while you don’t sit (go to the restroom or whatever) you need to wear a mask. Pretty much every place has a “hygiene plan” - the requirements differ somewhat from country to country within Germany. Museums are mostly open, but they need to take care that not too many people at once are inside, many have solved this so that you need to buy an online ticket for a certain timeslot, and inside, masks are of course mandatory. In all kinds of places you visit, you need to leave your name and address. (But I should add that there was a small outbreak in Berlin recently where it turned out that many guests had given wrong names.)
In public transport, you sometimes see people who don’t wear a mask or just have it around their neck, but most seem to take it seriously. In Berlin, there are hefty fines for not wearing a mask in public transport, but that’s mostly theory… There are not enough controls. (same is btw true for some other things, like leaving your dog’s poop on the ground can get expensive in theory, but actually, nothing will happen)
In general, contact tracing is taken seriously and seems to work fine now - but I think it’s only possible as long as the number of cases is small. If cases should go up, the local health administrations won’t be up to that task anymore. There is an app that could help if enough people would use it, but most don’t, unfortunately, although, for a change, the German government did almost everything right with this app’s development, and there are no privacy problems.
There were several local outbreaks during the previous months, and each time, it either happened at a meat plant or within some Christian community. (I think that gives us a good hint what we should focus on for the following months, but not sure if anything will happen. Okay, there is a new law that might change the situation of meat plant workers a little bit to the better… But that’s it.)
At the moment, many Germans are on vacation pretty much like normal, many even outside of Germany, and despite all the hygiene plans, the number of cases is rising again. However, it seems this is only partly due to the holidays, and partly because many people are just tired of being careful while the cases are low. Don’t know, maybe it would help if our media would report more about the situation in other countries to make clear that it could get worse any moment. But I have to admit, it feels great to have more freedom again, especially as I’m aware that we’ll certainly lose this freedom again in autumn and winter.