Coronavirus: political jumble – hotel visits allowed at Christmas?

The hotel "The Student Hotel" in Berlin-Mitte

The hotel “The Student Hotel” in Berlin-Mitte

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For around eight hours, the state ministers discussed the new Corona winter rules with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Wednesday. Despite various sticking points and even a temporary interruption of the meeting, both sides agreed on a new set of rules.

Accordingly, hotel stays for tourist purposes should continue to be prohibited. There is only an exception for business travelers. In other words: If you only want to spend a few days vacation on the North Sea, you cannot sleep in a hotel there. But what about those who want to visit their family there for Christmas and want to take a hotel room because otherwise an overnight stay is not possible?

Exactly this question is causing new trouble behind the scenes at the federal and state levels. North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) said on Thursday: “Anyone who cannot spend the night privately during family visits at Christmas should of course stay in a hotel – that does not fall under tourist overnight stays.” Hesse’s head of government Volker Bouffier (CDU) also announced family visits Christmas an exemption.

Chancellery chief Helge Braun (CDU) contradicted this view. During the consultation on Wednesday, it was considered whether one could stay overnight in the hotel while visiting relatives, “so that it doesn’t take place on the couch at home,” said Braun in the RTL program “Guten Morgen Deutschland” on Thursday. “But then we came to the conclusion: You can’t control that. And tourist trips are definitely not allowed to take place. ”

Participants of the session, however, are surprised at these statements. Accordingly, it was not only discussed differently among the federal states, it was also not an issue in the conversation with the Chancellor, according to Berlin, which is currently chairing the Prime Minister’s Conference. Overnight stays in hotels for a family visit at Christmas were covered by the decision of the Prime Minister’s Conference on Wednesday.

Either way: In any case, the states and not the federal government are responsible for implementing the regulations. Means: Even if the Chancellery does not consider hotel overnight stays for family visits at Christmas to be possible – in the end the countries decide. And they obviously go a different way.


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