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Corona crisis: will the Easter holiday fall flat again in 2021?

Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU)

Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU)

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Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) sees no chance for travel and tourism in the next few weeks. “I am in favor of speaking truths: Unfortunately, there can be no Easter holiday in Germany this year,” he told “Bild am Sonntag”. Too much mobility in April is poison. “We would destroy everything that we have achieved since mid-December.”

A return to normality like in autumn would also lead to an explosion in the number of infections like in November and December. “The result would be a hard lockdown like in spring. We absolutely have to avoid that. ”Support came from the SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach. He told the “world” that he was not assuming that we could go on Easter vacation this year. Instead, the Easter weeks should be used to “avert the still threatening third wave with the dangerous mutations with as little contact as possible”.

Berlin’s Governing Mayor Müller (SPD) sees it differently: “I don’t share that across the board,” he said on Sunday evening on the ZDF program “Berlin direkt”. It is premature to say so. In the past six or seven weeks you have managed to come down by 100 points. “Why shouldn’t we be able to drop another 30 points in the next six or seven weeks until Easter? And with that, to regain much more freedom and normalcy. “

Daniel Günther (CDU), Prime Minister in Schleswig-Holstein, also does not want to write off Easter holidays. The country bosses had agreed to work out a clear opening strategy for the catering and accommodation. “I don’t believe in questioning this less than a week later,” Günther told the “Welt”. Our goal must be to be able to experience a different Easter than last year. “

The Federal Government’s tourism officer gives hope for summer vacation

A week ago, the Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß (CDU), even raised hopes of a summer vacation in an interview with NewsABC.net.

Even if the long long-distance trip is not possible because of uncertain infection data and delay in vaccination. “The classic package tour in Greece, Turkey, Mallorca, that will be safe with appropriate hygiene and infection protection precautions. The same may also apply to long-distance travel, such as to the USA, ”said Bareiß.

In regions with very different infection levels such as Egypt, individual regions could be released for vacationers and then served by airlines selectively. The tourism expert calls this so-called “travel corridors”. If, for example, the number of infections is low on the Red Sea, the airlines could fly to this destination selectively, while the rest of the country would remain a risk area.

Even Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) pointed out that Easter would only be “in about seven weeks”. It is important to act step by step. This also applies to those who are already saying what the next six months will not do.

jg / dpa

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