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Hairdresse­rs reopen despite virus fears

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Germans flocked to the s alons Monday as hairdresse­rs across the country reopened after a 2½-month closure, another cautious step toward normality as Germany balances a desire to loosen restrictio­ns with concerns about more contagious virus variants.

The move came after many German elementary students returned to school a week ago, following a decision by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany’s 16 state governors. They will confer again on Wednesday to decide how to proceed with the rest of Germany’s coronaviru­s restrictio­ns.

Some German states also allowed businesses such as florists and hardware stores to open on Monday. Most stores have been closed nationwide since Dec. 16.

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